Happens in Act II
Act II comprises the next
two quarters of the film. (For a two hour movie, Act II would last approximately
What happens in Act II (Confrontation)?
Obstacles--In the second
act, the main character encounters obstacle after obstacle that prevent
him from achieving his dramatic need.
First Culmination--a point
just before the halfway point of the film where the main character seems
close to achieving his or her goal/objective. Then, everything falls
apart, leading to the midpoint.
Midpoint--a point approximately
halfway through the film where the main character reaches his/her lowest
point and seems farthest from fulfilling the dramatic need or objective.
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.