When a dramatic action is being developed in a story, is called a ‘plot’. Do you know its meaning? Do you want to be an expert in script, film and TV? If so, it means you are interested in expanding your vocabulary with the following information. The plot is the central part of the dramatic action, in which all the characters are linked by different conflicts or problems. It serves as a link to organize all actions and connect them one by one and make dramatic action more intense.

Why is the plot so important?

A good plot always tends to catch the spectator to properly enjoy and finish a movie or show, it doesn’t matter really what kind of film show it can be. For example, in soap operas, there are usually up to 3 plots in the same chapter. It is the engine that generates new situations in the story, generates expectation among the spectators and that becomes the vital part of the drama. It is usually presented at the end of the story, to keep the viewer in suspense until the last moment and not lose interest in it. Without a plot, the spectator will not have any purpose of watching or even elaborate an idea to think about after watching the story.

Types of plot

While the main plot is when there is a crucial moment in the story that gives meaning to the rest (and there is only one) the Sub-plot is when there is a secondary plot (or more) that reinforces the main one but that does not become so important. However, a Multi-plot is a story with several plots, but none is more important than the others as happened with the previous point. The Parallel plot is another type, is presented in a story when there are two stories or circumstances involving two plots that take place at the same time being both equally relevant.

Plot points in Gladiator and Rocky

Gladiator is triggered by the death (or murder, in this case) of the elder emperor of Rome by his son, who after his death ascends to the throne as legitimate heir. His final plot point would be the discovery by the emperor that Maximus is alive, ending in an individual confrontation. On the other hand, in Rocky, the breaking point is the notification of Apollo Creed offering a fight for the title to the Italian stallion, whose second plot point is generated. In Rambo, the meeting between John and the curator (Will Teasle), generates the micro-war, the focus of the whole film, having as its next breakpoint the bombing of the Rambo shelter, which makes him go to the same city to confront the commissar, destroying everything in its time.

Developing a good story

So, as we can see, the fundamental scenes that allow the development of both the stories and the characters (psychologically) are called “plot points”. Each of these can be more obvious than others. Nevertheless, all the plots have the same intention, or at least, they must have it: they generate the continuation of the events in a logical and relevant manner, including in large part, new motivations and elements to take into account, within the collective and individual context of the characters.



  • Author : Siry
  • Date : July 10, 2019
  • Category : FILM PRODUCTION