IAPI Film Club

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Act 1 But Were Too Afraid To Ask

Tuesday 13th May

18:30 to 20:30

Odessa Club


When building a story in any art form we are creating an intended experience in an audience but how do we achieve that? How do we engage the audience? How do acts assist the creator in that process of engagement?

  • What do we mean by Acts in a mainstream cinema?
  • Can't a writer just write a screenplay and make it about two hours long?
  • Is there a formula a writer can follow?
  • Are there rules or conventions about Acts?
  • What does Act 1 need to achieve in the overall structure of the film?
  • What is meant by the "rules of the world"?
  • Why are the future intentions of a character important in Act 1?
  • What is meant by an overture in terms of a screenplay?
  • What is a scene of introduction?
  • What is a scene of preparation?
  • How do we know when Act 1 is over?

On Tuesday May 13th we will discuss all of the above and more with particular reference to the opening Acts of two classics of American cinema The Godfather (scr: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola dir: Francis Ford Coppola) and Tootsie (scr: Larry Gelbart, Murray Schiscal / dir: Sydney Pollack)

Time permitting, we’ll look at two recent Oscar nominations one French, one Belgian and the Irish film Adam & Paul (scr: Mark O'Halloran dir: Lenny Abrahamson).

You do not need to have seen the films before to participate in and enjoy the evening.

Rachel O Flanagan is script editor and development executive having started her career in the Film Industry in 1996. After several years as development executive for Treasure Films, Rachel went freelance and has worked on developing and script editing feature films and television dramas.

Her produced credits include Good Vibrations, The Stag, The Running Mate, Rasa na Gaillimhe, Showbands 1 & 2; The Clinic and On Home Ground. Rachel trained with Bobette Buster, author of Do/Story on her Visual Storytelling training course; with Stephen Cleary on the MEDIA Arista course and studied The Sequence Approach with the professors of screenwriting at USC.

Rachel has been a guest lecturer at the Huston Film School; the National Film School (IADT); DCU School of Communications and Filmbase. She has acted as script editor and external panel member for the MA Screenwriting course in IADT and as a reader / jury member for the Tiernan McBride Script awards; the IFTAs; the Digital Media Awards and North by Northwest MEDIA training programme.

In 2012 Rachel curated "one of the liveliest sessions at the Mountains to Sea Festival" (The Irish Times) bringing together, for the first time, screenwriters Lisa Albert from Mad Men and Jeppe Gjervig Gram from Borgen to discuss their work at a sold out event.

In 2013 she chaired a second television drama event with writers Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge); Ben Richards (The Tunnel/Spooks); and Allan Cubitt (The Fall)

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