Use of Archetype/standard characters
For example: Our main character is a clerk at District Court. He/she takes the metro to work everyday, listens & files the complaint, helps the lawyer, supports his poor family etc. etc. as the writer wish.
On this story set –up now bring in the action
On a normal day, this Poor Clerk accidently witness a Judge taking a bribe from the lawyer and here you can kickstart the movie. The reader should be wondering : Is the movie about corruption? Is it a rags to riches story? Will the poor clerk be a Justice Savior?
If the script creates the required suspense from the very beginning that’s success for the writer
Critical elements of the First Act
- Can be shorter or longer than 10 pages but should end with a plot changing/inciting incident.
- This incident should be powerful enough to force the protagonist to take a life-changing decision that in turn will have a great influence on the rest of the story line