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220 Plot Point Breakdowns (new!)
TSL’s Encyclopedia of Screenwriting
"A movie, I think, is really only four or five moments between two people; the rest of it exists to give those moments their impact and resonance. The script exists for that. Everything does." – Robert Towne
But the number 8 is only part of the equation. If the sequences are what shape a screenplay’s three-act structure, then the five major plot points are the building blocks behind sequence construction: Inciting Incident, Lock In, Midpoint, Main Culmination, and Third Act Twist.
Each analysis of selected features breaks the film down to the essential 5 major plot points, time code of when each plot point occurs included.
Screenplay Genre: Drama/Comedy Movie Time: 161 minutes Beware spoilers! Note: There are arguably two main story threads within this film….
Screenplay Genre: Comedy Movie Time: 104 minutes 1. INCITING INCIDENT Architect Peter Mitchell (Tom Selleck), cartoonist Michael Kellam (Steve Guttenberg),…
Screenplay Genre: Action/Action/Adventure Movie Time: 112 minutes 1. INCITING INCIDENT Michael J. Dundee (Paul Hogan), known as “Mick”, is living…
Screenplay Genre: Action/Romance Movie Time: 106 minutes 1. INCITING INCIDENT Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) is a romance novelist living in…
Screenplay Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/Family Movie Time: 115 minutes 1. INCITING INCIDENT Elliot tries to convince his family that there’s something…