1. Who is my Protagonist?
2 What does my Protagonist want?
3. Who is my Antagonist?
4. What does my Antagonist want?
5. How does what my Antagonist wants oppose what my Protagonist wants?
6. Why does my Antagonist want to oppose my Protagonist?
Your Antagonist wants something very badly and your Protagonist wants something that is an obstacle getting in the way of the Antagonist’s goal, therefore the Antagonist must create opposition.
Your Turn: my Antagonist wants to oppose my Protagonist because ___________________.
7. What is the journey that ensues because of this Antagonist and this opposition?
This is where the story really comes to life. Because now you have opposition. And opposition creates opportunity—for your Protagonist to learn, discover, find out what he’s made of, all while squaring off against a bad guy he needs to defeat in order to get what he wants.
Your turn: the journey that ensues because of the Antagonist and the opposition is __________________________________________________________________.
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- Story Structure Overview (video)
- The Story Structure Cheat Sheet (PDF)
- A collection of 11 story deconstructions of movies (and one novel), including: What Women Want, Rudy, Beerfest, Eraser, Cruel Intentions, and If I Stay (PDFs)
- How To Deconstruct A Movie (Instructional PDF)
- Movie Deconstruction Worksheet (PDF)
- Practice Plan (PDF)