Exposition--The part of
a story that introduces the characters, shows some of their interrelationships,
and places them within a time and place.
This part of the story introduces the
main character, the dramatic premise, and the dramatic situation.
person in the story who has a need/objective to fulfill and whose
actions drive the story
the story's about
circumstances surrounding the action
event that sets the plot of the film in motion. It occurs approximately
halfway through the first act.
The "Plot Point"--According
to Field, the three acts are separated by two plot points. A plot point,
often called a reversal, is an event that thrusts the plot in a new
direction, leading into a new act of the screenplay. Later screenplay
gurus have built on Field's theory by stating that Plot Point #1, which
leads into Act II, is the moment when the hero takes on the problem.