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Three act structure

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The acts of film come from the theater, after all, both plays and films are drama.

Usually a film has three acts, cf. beginning, middle, end. Having three acts is not a rule, but a structural division. It is used since it functions well and helps makers keep the film contents together. There can quite as easily be two, four or five acts.

In the end of each act there is a plot point (turning point), bringing dynamics into the film, in a way hurling the story forward towards to resolution of the last act.

The units shorter than an act are called sequences and scenes.


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