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Example act breakdowns

Examples of well known stories broken down into the screenplay three-act structure.

Star Wars in acts

How the screenplay of Star Wars divides the story into the three-act structure.



Hamlet in acts

Showing Shakepeare's Hamlet broken into acts to see the underlying structure.



Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in acts

The first of the Harry Potter films broken into acts to show the structure.



Terminator in acts

The classic science-fiction thriller The Terminator broken into acts to show the structure.




"I know an author whose book was optioned for a movie, on the condition that the main character be made a much younger man. When the wind is right I can almost hear his screams."

William Goldman