Tag Archives: Three-Act Structure

The Rule of Three in Humor

Stealing a joke. A little girl was walking through the park when she saw three dogs lying by the pathway. Being an animal lover, she approached the dogs and proceeded to pet one of the dogs on the head. She … Continue reading

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July 21 2013 Round-Up

R.I.P.D. joins a long line of Dark Horse properties to flop as films. The film features Ryan Reynolds as a young police officer killed in the line of duty who remains a cop in the afterline, partnered with a Wild West … Continue reading

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Round-Up July 15 2013 Edition

Hugh Jackman wants Wolverine to join the cinematic Avengers. For a 40th Anniversary celebration of Red Sonja, Gail Simone. The 2013 Harvey Award nominations were announced. Hawkeye and Saga lead. I should check out Revival, considering how unfamiliar I am with … Continue reading

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Three Act Structure: Strangers on a Train

One risk of paying so much attention to three-act structure is that it can become a distraction to notice in action when I’m watching a great movie like Strangers on a Train. The inciting incident is when Bruno and Guy … Continue reading

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Amazing Fantasy: A Pitch

This would be a finite series lasting several years retelling Spider-Man’s story in a closed setting, outside the Marvel Universe, the Ultimate Universe or any other existing fictional world. It’s vaguely inspired by Naoki Urasawa’s manga Pluto, which spent eight … Continue reading

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Three Act Structure: Short-Tension VS Global Tension

Two unrelated parts of my report on three-act structure involved Andrew Stanton, the Writer/ Director of Wall-E, a massive hit, Finding Nemo, another critically acclaimed hit, and John Carter, a legendary flop. Three act structure is simply the way many … Continue reading

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Three-Act Structure: Apophenia

There are several counter-arguments against the emphasis on three-act structure. The most thought-provoking may be whether it’s an example of apophenia, the tendency people have of seeing patterns where none exist, of reordering random events to fit a narrative. In … Continue reading

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