Plot point

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For the role-playing games concept see Plot point (role-playing games)

In television and film, a plot point is a significant event within a plot that spins the action around in another direction.

Noted screenwriting teacher Syd Field discusses plot points in his paradigm, popularized in his book Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting. There he proposes that a well-structured movie has two plot points within a three-act structure.[1] The first plot point occurs 20 to 30 minutes into the film (assuming a standard 120-minute running time), and the second one occurs 80 to 90 minutes into the film. The first plot point ends Act I and propels the story into Act II; likewise, the second plot point ends Act II and propels the story into Act III.

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  1. ^ Yardley, William (November 19, 2013). "Syd Field, Author of the Definitive Work On Writing Screenplays, Is Dead at 77". The New York Times. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 

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