The three act structure

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Most stories follow a 3-Act structure. Certainly most movies. This was first defined by Syd Field in the mid-’70s in his book Screenplay. It has been repeated, refined, and built upon in hundreds of books since. But the basic idea goes back as far as Aristotle, who in his Poetics defined stories as having a Beginning, Middle and End that are causally related.

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