What Must Happen To The Hero At The End Of Act 1 In A Screenplay by Alan Watt

Film Courage: What is a reluctant hero?

Alan Watt, Author/Screenwriter and [Founder of L.A. Writers’ Lab]A reluctant hero…are you talking about the end of Act 1? I always talk about how our protagonist makes a decision at the end of the first act and that there is reluctance around that decision. And the reluctance is a function of the dilemma. In other words if your protagonist doesn’t experience this reluctance, we’re not going to understand what the decision means.

I will give you an example, let’s take Romeo and Juliet, the inciting incident is Romeo sees Juliet…so oh my gosh I’m in love. And then the opposing argument (which is something that I talk about in the workshop) is where we understand the dilemma…oh my gosh! I’m in love with the enemy of my father. I’m in love with the family member who is the enemy of my family.

Then the decision is to (in spite of that) is to go and stand under Juliet’s balcony and profess his love. So he is not reluctant to profess his love, he is reluctant to get…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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