The 3 Things Your Screenplay Is Missing in Act Three (and How to Find Them)

This post is by Jason Hellerman from No Film School

You’re on your way to the end. Don’t forget these key elements.

When you’re writing your screenplay, there are a lot of beats you have to try to remember. When you break them down over your acts, it can seem a little less complicated.

The three acts are a way to view a story that goes all the way back to ancient Greece, and they inform all kinds of storytelling in film and television. It was Aristotle’s theory that a drama should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Well, with all this theory, sometimes you miss out on actually writing. So I wanted to break down the things I see people missing, because a lot of times, it’s the same. Even I miss these things, so it’s good to review for me too.

Today we’re going to cover Act Three. Yes, it’s the end of your screenplay. By the time you get here, you’re going to want to cruise. But oftentimes, if you cruise, you’re going to miss a few things. Let’s go over them together.

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