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Why 3-Act Will Kill Your Writing


#1

http://www.truby.com/3act.html



Discuss.


#2

interesting stuff Mr. Hard Drinker


#3

[quote=“Dr.Groovemaker”]
interesting stuff Mr. Hard Drinker
[/quote]


#4

I found it hilarious when he said,



"The 3 act structure is obsolete"



Which is a fucking joke.



Please do us all of a favor and watch movies being made today and you’ll find that 90% of them still follow the 3 act structure. Not exactly what I call "obsolete."



To make a career out of screenwriting involves LUCK – a fair bit of it actually.



A virtual nobdy could write a great, great script, yet if he doesn’t have the right connections – it’s probably not going even get read, unless he gets a little bit lucky and the script lands in the hands of the right person.



Unless your name is:



Quentin Tarantino

Cameron Crowe

Woody Allen

Charlie Kaufman

David Koepp

M. Night Shyamalan

Larry and Andy Wachoski

etc.



It’s going to take a little but of luck, talent and dedication to get a movie made – not whether you follow the 3 act structure or not.


#5

“Training Wheels School of Drama.” I just love that line.



He states that you can’t follow a character through a three act format. Bullshit. If you’re a good writer and your character is well developed. Nothing can stop you’re character from holding his own.



His article is poppy cock.


#6

The training wheels line was great. I always felt that way when I was first reading

about how to write screenplays. I thought the whole concept that “this should

happen in the first ten pages, then this should happen on page 25…”. Any decent

writer should be able to figure out if their story flows right nor not without following

the formula.


#7

[quote=“DexPac”]
The training wheels line was great. I always felt that way when I was first reading

about how to write screenplays. I thought the whole concept that “this should

happen in the first ten pages, then this should happen on page 25…”. Any decent

writer should be able to figure out if their story flows right nor not without following

the formula.

[/quote]

The problem is:



When producers or whoever read a script that doesn’t follow any sort of formula… 99% of the time the screenplay is complete shit. What happens is: they start reading your script and things aren’t happening that are suppose to be happening, right away alarm bells go off, unless what you or I write is absolutely masterful (which I sincerely doubt).



Like I said before, when you have a famous last name like a Coppola or Tarantino or Kaufman or whoever, you can do whatever the fuck you want.



But when if you’re just a good, solid screenwriter (nothing special) and decide to bend and twist the rules and do whatever the hell you want, I garuntee you’re not going to make any progression, unless you write an absolute gem.



Oh and I wasn’t speaking to YOU directly, I was just saying in general. 8)