Not literally, obviously, but your protagonist’s development through the arc of your story will (or it should) closely follow your plot points.

In the four part story arc (more here), your story moves from Setup (Act 1) to the First Plot Point. At the First Plot Point your hero/protagonist is jarred out of their status quo and is forced into a Response (1st part of Act 2). The response phase happens until the story reaches the Midpoint (the turning point that “changes everything”). The Midpoint shifts the story into Attack mode (2nd part of Act 2) through to the Second Plot point, where it shifts to Resolution (Act 3).

That’s the story arc.

Your hero needs to change similarly.

The Protagonist of your story is essentially an Orphan in Act 1. Not necessarily literally, but figuratively. They are in their status quo state, living their life, blithely unaware of the shit storm that’s about to come.

Once that First Plot Point hits them, forcing them across the threshold and into the meat of the story, your protagonist becomes a Wanderer. They’re not sure why this thing has happened to them. They are in an exploratory state, wandering from one thing to another, trying to figure things out.

Then the Midpoint strikes and the protagonist is in possession of a new piece of information. An awakening occurs, and the protagonist now must force the story. They are now a Warrior. They may not know all the answers yet — in fact, they shouldn’t know all the answers yet — but they know the direction they have to travel. As they proactively try new things, and ultimately fail, they are still attacking, vainly, in an attempt to solve the problem.

But they’re missing that one final piece of the puzzle. The Second Plot Point delivers that piece, and now your hero knows what they need to do, and they are willing to Martyr themselves to achieve it.

This is a very important point. Your hero needs to be the hero, and they must be willing to die (literally or figuratively) to reach their goal.

 

Next up (in a week) we’ll examine how stories are circular, with some examples that appear extremely obvious once you see them.

 

Help a guy out here, folks.

I never heard of Mitch Moore before about an hour ago. Ran into a link of his on Stage 32 (a great site for screenwriters, photographers, film makers and the like) and just watched the first three episodes of his web comedy series “State of Franklin”. He’s the writer, plays the lead (Toby) and has some of his acting friends filling in the other roles. But it’s not what you think. The writing is hilarious, the acting well above a lot of what I’ve seen on TV and the production quality is above average. Oh, and a naked Ben Franklin, time travelling (somehow) to Toby’s living room.

Please, click below, have a watch, subscribe and tell your friends. Help this guy’s work go viral. He deserves it.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or have absolutely no interest in what James Franco is doing at any given moment (and I can’t imagine ANYbody falling into both of those camps) you know the story of “The Interview” and it’s recent release.

Sony was hacked (by a disgruntled laid-off employee who wasn’t North Korean) and attention was drawn to the soon-to-be-released Franco/Rogen flick. Since the entire plot of the movie was “James and Seth smoke dope, make fart jokes and kill a world leader” (and I use the term “leader” loosely) many assumed that the aforementioned world leader, Kim Jong-Un (also known as KJU, code name “Cujo”) was behind the hack.

Guardians of the Galaxy Peace claimed theatres would be “blowed up” if the movie was released as planned on Christmas Day.

Many large chains backed out of a distribution deal forcing Sony to make a choice — cave in to who, at the time, they thought was a harbinger of doom from the poor end of the Korean Peninsula, or find another way. Independent theatres stepped up and saw a chance to gain some visibility and Sony simultaneously released the movie on Google/YouTube/their own website. Apple didn’t bite (yet).

The amazing thing is, Sony sold $15,000,000 online and the limited theatrical release pulled in something like 2 mill. Imagine how much more if Apple joined the parade.

Studios hate the idea of releasing first run movie in theatres and online at the same time. Historically, barring some independent productions, the online version is coincident with the DVD release. It’s possible that these results may change some minds. Distribution becomes *almost free. Instantaneous, even. The numbers Sony garnered were almost what they were expecting to get with their planned theatrical release.

Granted, there are a percentage of viewers who bought/downloaded the movie JUST because of the hoopla. What percentage of the buyers that is remains to be seen. But I’m pretty sure, for some classes of movies (the “stoner adventure” high on that list), a simultaneous online release would probably BOOST numbers.

I’m interested in seeing if this is the beginning of a more liberal release model. And, dammit, why can’t I get it in Australia yet?

 

*almost, because there’s still the cost of bandwidth and servers, but that’s well below the cost of creating prints and shipping them to theatres.

I think I’m going to play this every single morning.

Maybe you should, too.

The first half of 2015 was reviewed here. Best you check that first before reading on.

Finished that fast? Well done. On we go…

July

The Korean Peninsula was thrown off balance in July when Psy released a follow-up to Gangnam Style. The catchy ear-worm was played 24/7 by teens who had no idea that the lyrics mocked them for their blind obsession with stupid dancing and hummable hooks.

Even Kim Jong-un liked it, moving North and South Korea closer than they’ve been since pre-1952.

August

The North and South poles flipped over a period of twelve hours. Travellers using GPS were unaffected, but an entire Duke of Edinburgh group on an orientation exercise ended up lost for two weeks.

They found their way to safety when the one dyslexic in the group insisted on taking map reading duties.

September

Putin sent formal invitations to all the satellite states that made up the former USSR to rejoin him in re-creating that communist state. “Capitalism sucks,” he was overheard saying as oil dropped to $10/barrel.

They all said no.

October

Uneventful, for the most part, October was settling in to be a humdrum month when, on the very last day, millions of pre-pubescent Americans disguised themselves and raided neighbourhood homes for sugary confections.

This, apparently, is an annual attack and these pre-pubes managed to outwit authorities once again. Maybe we can stop the assholes next year.

November

The world oil market rebounded when a nerdy science guy pointed out that there was only 500 gallons left underground. Putin was excited for as long as it took him to shoot a bear, then realised that there was only 500 gallons left to sell, and they were all in Venezuela.

December

The year (2015, in case you weren’t paying attention) draws to a close with a James Franco/Seth Rogan Christmas movie so bad, Kirk Cameron thought it was good.

Kim Jong-un finishes the last bottle of Hennessy in Pyong-yang. Sober for the first time in twenty-three years he declares war on Bhutan, completely unaware of where it is.

They say no.

 

Stay tuned as the REAL 2015 unfolds and we see how absolutely correct I was/will be.

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