Criminal Mischief: Episode #20: Elements Of A Thriller
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Elements of a Thriller
Open with a Bang or a Chill or a Compelling Question
Establish the 4 Ws Early——-Who, What, When, and Where
Inciting Incident—Sets the protagonist’s story in motion
Establish the Story Question—What does the Protagonist want/need?
Who/What opposes the Protagonist and Why?
What does the antagonist want/need?
Establish a Time or Situation Endpoint
Scenes advance or obstruct the protagonist’s attaining goal
Each power scene poses a question and ends with:
No, and furthermore——-Strongest
Convergence of Space and Time—“Life in a Trash Compactor”
Epiphany—Protagonist grasps the solution
Personal Jeopardy—Protagonist must fear for personal safety
Mano a’ Mano—Protagonist must confront antagonist “face to face”
Resolution—all major story questions are resolved