Midpoint Reversal In Screenplay by Chapman University Professor Paul Joseph Gulino

Film Courage: What is a midpoint reversal?

Paul Joseph Gulino, Associate Professor at Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts: A midpoint reversal that you’ll see (we are talking classically constructed works) but often what you’ll see (let’s say it’s a dramatic piece and you’re using dramatic tension and the first act is you have a character who wants the money that they are owed. At the end of the second act you are going to get some kind of resolution of that.

If you go with the idea that they are going to get it in the end, the resolution of the movie and they get it, the end of the second act is often where it doesn’t look like you’re going to get it.

The midpoint is usually the mirror opposite…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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