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HULK PRESENTS: THE MYTH OF 3 ACT STRUCTURE

Did you know, that in addition to smashing things, the Hulk also authors a film / screenwriting critique blog?

Well, he does! And it’s pretty damn good, but it’s all in caps, of course, and in Hulk-speak.

On twitter, F. Scott Frazier just highlighted a Hulk post from last year that I’d forgotten about, and I wanted to put it here on the blog so I’d remember it and have a handy bookmark if I want to reread it again, because it really is worth it, it’s called:

HULK PRESENTS: THE MYTH OF 3 ACT STRUCTURE « FILM CRIT HULK! HULK BLOG!

And here’s a piece of the intro:

“IT BECAUSE EVER-POPULAR NOTION OF THE 3 ACT STRUCTURE = THE MOST ABOMINABLE WAY TO EXPLAIN STORYTELLING IMAGINABLE. EVEN IF SOMEONE WROTE A STORY USING THE MODEL AS GUIDE, IT STILL, ESSENTIALLY, A MYTH.

IN ORDER TO EVEN DISCUSS, HULK FIRST MUST DEFINE WHAT CONSTITUTE AN “ACT.” PEOPLE USE THE WORD ALL THE TIME WITH OUT REALLY BOTHERING THINK WHAT IT MEAN. IT SORT OF JUST GENERAL PLACEHOLDER FOR “BEGINNING, MIDDLE, AND END.” AND WELL… THAT MEAN NOTHING.

SO HULK, AS WELL AS MANY SCREENWRITERS, PROFESSORS, ACTUAL GOOD BOOKS ON SUBJECT, AND MANY OTHER SMARTER PEOPLE THAN HULK, DEFINE THE END OF AN ACT AS FOLLOWING: A POINT IN STORY WHERE CHARACTER(S) MAKE CHOICE AND CAN NO LONGER “GO BACK.””

Hulk goes on at length to define something many of us have known about, three acts is a bit of a myth (even those who talk about three acts sort of admit that there’s a mid-point in the middle of act II that is, in essence, the end of an act) that we all still pay homage to, regardless… but great reading, you should go and dive into the whole thing.

HULK PRESENTS: THE MYTH OF 3 ACT STRUCTURE « FILM CRIT HULK! HULK BLOG!

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