#10 My First Screenplay: Basics: Plot Points

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With the Central Question established, and always in the forefront, itʼs time to get specific about how to answer it within the 108-115 pages of the screenplay. Iʼve already discussed a screenplay being divided into three acts, and how if you divide the second act in half, youʼll have four sections of approximately the same length.

That a script is made up exactly 44 plot points — no more and no less. A plot point is a discreet, unique and essential chunk of story information.

This is the hierarchy of a screenplay and I remember them in order of importance by comparing them to a deck of playing  cards.
Ace:
Act I Act II Act II

King:
44 Plot Points

Queen:
Scenes

The Jack:
Beats

I will discuss scenes in the next blog.

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