Ten-second review: “Follow this 9-step guide to crafting a compelling 3-act tale.”
Title: “Create the Right Screenplay Structure.” Paula Brancato. The Writer (August 2009), 44-45.
. “Set up your protagonist.” Reveal the main character.
. “Blow your protagonist out of the water.”
. “Create a false hope in the protagonist.”
. “Define the Holy Grail for the protagonist.”
. “Now build the antagonist.”
. “Create a turnabout and failure.”
. “Force your protagonist to hit bottom.”
. “Create a satisfying resolution.”
.”Get the heck outta there.” “The best stories feel, at the end, like an open window. They leave the audience wanting more.”
Comment: I checked this structure against one of my favorite movies, North by Northwest, with Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint. It pretty much fits the steps in the plot. RayS.