Screenwriting Class Assignment # 4: Build a 3-Act structure summary using only 1-3 sentences per act description. You already created a character and a central conflict last week. So let’s come up with a story for her. But let’s keep it really simple for now. I’d like you to create a three-act structure for your character, making sure you setup up your character’s situation in Act One.
My creation from last week’s assignment (recap):
Original Premise (altered): Jamie always dreamed of owning her own salon and now she’s finally got the clientele and a chance at a banking loan after 3 years of being denied from the banks. The meeting’s set for one week from today with the banks as she has to take all week gathering her financials. Boring stuff. However, leaving her current salon isn’t an easy choice because when the salon’s current owner gets diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and only has a year to live, the rest of the hairstylists band together and choose the option given to them by the owner: to buy her out. It would help the owner with hospice bills and keep the hairstylists employed. But they need Jamie to join in for them to be able to afford it as a tandem. Jamie knows she could leave behind these “colleagues at best” once she opens her own salon thereby leaving them unemployed (which she isn’t concerned with). However, she doesn’t want to turn her back on a dying friend’s request to continue employing the hairstylists and the hospice money truly helps out a ton. The owner options the idea of Jamie buying out the salon for herself, but then she’d be pissing off the other girls who come to like the idea of partner ownership AND once they realize she wouldn’t hire them on after the buyout. The owner is against making a solo deal unless the hairstylists come with it. But the salon she’s currently looking at buying comes at a great price and the auction is coming at month’s end so time is of the essence. She doesn’t want to just keep working at the salon as a partner owner with girls she doesn’t get along with when she knows she has a chance to own one herself. What will she choose?
My 3-Act Structure Sentences:
Act One: Jamie grew up poor in orphans and had to earn everything she has got so she carries great zeal that sometimes can lead to savagery, which makes the other hair stylists somewhat distant and catty towards her. When the owner of the salon she works at gets news of terminal cancer, the salon is optioned for joint ownership by all the employees, who need Jamie included for financial reasons. However, Jamie has another option to purchase her own salon but is limited by only a couple week’s time for a decision because the forthcoming bank’s auction.
Act Two: The life of a hairstylist and the cattiness that exists between employees. The antagonist pulls a prank on Jamie gone awry, causing great tragedy when the salon is caught on fire because of her negligence, leaving much to cleanup and the cost to fix it right around the money amount Jamie would be loaned. The other hairstylists start to warm up to Jamie once they learn of the loan, trying to convince her to use the money to repair the salon.
Act Three: Jamie uses her personal loan money to fix-up the salon, not through their convincing, but because she wants to do it out of the goodness of her heart. She finally bonds with the other hairstylists and they end up purchasing the salon from the owner, becoming partner owners (with certain percentages going back towards paying off Jamie’s loan, so financially she won’t struggle). The owner is happy to see her legacy continue as the girls decide to keep the name on the business.