A new thought to kick around.
I received an essay written by MA student Liz Coward recently. It compared Eight with Joyride, both films being on the previously mentioned Cinema 16 DVD.
She found it slightly difficult to get the 3 act structure to fit when she examined Eight. This was mainly due to the fact that it is from the perspective of a young boy who is random in his thinking patterns. But also because we want a mystery in the story (for the audience) - where is his dad, what is the truth?
That got me thinking. Is there another structure? A new structure? A structure that is more in the style of the internet and TV2.0? What do I mean by that? I mean a story that throws out facts and opinions and challenges the audience to put together the story. In Eight this would be the random facts about Dad that build a picture of him.
This style of structure drags the audience into the story more. It makes them work. If we stick rigidly to the 3 act structure we are a "teacher in a lesson" for the audience. This new idea makes us more of "facilitator in a workshop" for the audience.
I think this idea has some merit in exploring. I have just finished the first draft of Circumference and this script is very much in this new style. I think other films will follow. I realise this isn't a completely new idea (heck I've already made a documentary version in Quartz Shorts but I'm going to give it a name anyway. What else could it be but structure 2.0