So my understanding of story structure is as follows:
Very often, a story is made up of three Acts, and each of these Acts is formed from a bunch of scenes.
The three Act structure is highly recognisable from most classic blockbuster movies, and generally it can be boiled down to the following:
Obviously this is very simplified, and not all stories are always going to be structured this way.
For instance, the LESSONS FROM A SCREENPLAY video I refer to above is talking about a five Act structure in storytelling.
So that's all great, but my main question was:
WHAT INGREDIENTS ACTUALLY FORM AN ACT WITHIN A STORY?
And Michael totally answered that within his video.
Here is my understanding of the ideas behind an Act:
An Act is a collection of scenes that drives your story forward.
Each Act is essentially a question.
For instance, will 'Whoever' gather the courage to try and do 'Whatever'?
And to answer that question (or lead to the next question that will drive your story forward), an Act usually includes the following ingredients:
Anyway, I found it all super interesting. :)
I hope you did too!!
Storytelling is the best!!!!