Personally, I believe the second act is the hardest part of a screenplay to write. So when a listener wrote in to Scriptnotes asking about his troubles with first acts, I was a bit perplexed. What’s the big deal?
Then John and Craig went on to lay out what the first act can and should accomplish. Wow! Now I need to reevaluate some of what I’ve written. I have a new appreciation for screenplay structure after listening.
Check out THE END OF THE BEGINNING episode of Scriptnotes at https://johnaugust.com/2018/the-end-of-the-beginning