The Secret to Cracking Your Script's Second Act

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Jason Mirch

Webinar hosted by: Jason Mirch

Producer & Director of Script Services at Stage 32

Jason Mirch is a feature film and television producer and consultant based in Los Angeles, California. Most recently, Mirch founded Destructo Productions and is currently producing a feature film based on the New York Time best selling memoir Odd Man Outby Matt McCarthy. Previously, Mirch was the head of feature and television development and production at Image Nation Abu Dhabi, a finance and production company based in The United Arab Emirates. There, Mirch was directly involved in developing Image Nation’s 5-year strategic plan with the CEO, Michael Garin. Mirch worked closely with producers, Ashok Amritraj (Hyde Park Entertainment), Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Parkes+MacDonald), as well as Jonathan King (Participant Media), in the development, financing and production of a slate of international motion pictures, while supervising the content division for Image Nation International. There, he supervised the Image Nation contributions in the development of Flight, The Help, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Contagion, Life of Crime, Ghost Rider 2, Midnight Sun, and 100 Foot Journey, among others. Locally, Mirch supervised a team of executives to manage a slate of over 20 feature film and television projects in active development. Prior to his work at Image Nation, Mirch was Co-Head of Development at Zadan/Meron Productions (Chicago, Footloose, The Bucket List) where he was actively involved in the development and sale of television series and mini-series to CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, and Lifetime. He was also developed a slate of feature film projects for New Line, Paramount, Summit Ent., and CBS/Paramount. Mirch has worked with partners based in the Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and India. He has sold programming to the OSN Network, the largest satellite provider in the MENA region, as well as MBC, the largest network in the region. Additionally, Mirch has worked with Gulf Film and Empire, two of the largest theatrical distribution companies in the MENA region. Mirch has worked with firms based in New York, London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Korea, and the Philippines to develop, produce, and distribute international content. Mirch has also consulted a number of international firms on the Middle East market, advising companies such as the BBC, Creative Artists Agency, and Burberry.   You can contact Jason directly at J.Mirch@stage32.com   Social Media Accounts: Stage 32 account - Jason MirchInstagram @jasonmirchTwitter @jasonmirchLinkedIn: Jason Mirchwww.jasonmirch.com Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Ask any executive where most screenplays go wrong and they'll tell you it's in the 2nd act. That's because many screenwriters type FADE IN knowing their opening (Act I) and closing (Act III) inside out, but haven't thought through how to bridge the gap (Act II).

How many times have you watched a film and thought that it dragged in the middle? It happens more often than you think. Introducing a great concept and fantastic, deeply drawn characters is, of course, a staple of Act I, but the Second Act is where the heart of the narrative happens and where momentum must be found. Your Second Act must propel you through to the climatic Third Act. If your Second Act stalls, anyone reading your material will likely quit right there and then.

As a 10+ year executive and producer, Jason Mirch has read (or partially read, when things go bad) thousands of screenplays. He's also been involved in some of the most successful films of the last 10 years including THE HELP, THE BEST MARIGOLD HOTEL, FLIGHT and more. Jason has taught for Stage 32 for 6 years and now serves as our Director of Script Services. There are few that know story and story structure better. 

In this webinar, Jason will explain the common pitfalls and why so many Second Acts fail. You will learn techniques for crafting dialogue that moves the narrative forward, while exposing their characters’ flaws. You will learn how to carefully order their scenes in such a way that it creates a series of authentic and escalating obstacles for their characters to overcome. He will identify and explain key plot points that typically exist in a well-written Second Act, and explain how you can use these as guidelines for their own projects.

 

Jason will be citing specific examples from films in several different genres as well as providing you tools to apply to your own writing.

What You'll Learn

Just some of what Jason will be teaching includes:

  • Reasons why most Second Acts Fail
  • Using Elements of a solid Act One to set up Act Two
    • Inciting Incident
    • Main Tension
    • Locking in your protagonist 
  • Identifying the Protagonist’s Goal and Obstacles
    • Using your protagonist’s flaw to keep him from reaching his goal
    • How to write dialogue the serves a purpose
    • Dealing with obstacles and going through change
  • How Act Two fits into the 3 Act Structure
    • Why there are actually Four Acts, Not Three
  • Structuring Act Two
    • Constructing Act Two Part 1
    • Crafting the Midpoint into a Turning Point
    • Changing the Game in Act Two Part 2
  • Attempts and Consequences
    • Increase Tension by Creating Ever Escalating Stakes
  • How to Effectively Weave in a Meaningful Sub-Plot
  • Constructing a believable “All Is Lost” Moment
  • Propelling your narrative into Act 3
    • Main Culmination
  • Q&A with Jason 

About Your Instructor

Jason Mirch is a feature film and television producer and consultant based in Los Angeles, California. Most recently, Mirch founded Destructo Productions and is currently producing a feature film based on the New York Time best selling memoir Odd Man Outby Matt McCarthy.

Previously, Mirch was the head of feature and television development and production at Image Nation Abu Dhabi, a finance and production company based in The United Arab Emirates. There, Mirch was directly involved in developing Image Nation’s 5-year strategic plan with the CEO, Michael Garin.

Mirch worked closely with producers, Ashok Amritraj (Hyde Park Entertainment), Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Parkes+MacDonald), as well as Jonathan King (Participant Media), in the development, financing and production of a slate of international motion pictures, while supervising the content division for Image Nation International. There, he supervised the Image Nation contributions in the development of Flight, The Help, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Contagion, Life of Crime, Ghost Rider 2, Midnight Sun, and 100 Foot Journey, among others.

Locally, Mirch supervised a team of executives to manage a slate of over 20 feature film and television projects in active development.

Prior to his work at Image Nation, Mirch was Co-Head of Development at Zadan/Meron Productions (Chicago, Footloose, The Bucket List) where he was actively involved in the development and sale of television series and mini-series to CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, and Lifetime. He was also developed a slate of feature film projects for New Line, Paramount, Summit Ent., and CBS/Paramount.

Mirch has worked with partners based in the Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and India. He has sold programming to the OSN Network, the largest satellite provider in the MENA region, as well as MBC, the largest network in the region. Additionally, Mirch has worked with Gulf Film and Empire, two of the largest theatrical distribution companies in the MENA region.

Mirch has worked with firms based in New York, London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Korea, and the Philippines to develop, produce, and distribute international content.

Mirch has also consulted a number of international firms on the Middle East market, advising companies such as the BBC, Creative Artists Agency, and Burberry.

 

You can contact Jason directly at J.Mirch@stage32.com

 

Social Media Accounts:

Stage 32 account - Jason Mirch
Instagram @jasonmirch
Twitter @jasonmirch
LinkedIn: Jason Mirch
www.jasonmirch.com

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Testimonials

"Jason had so much good information to share, he did it at a breakneck speed. It was hard to digest it all at once. The good news is we can revisit the webinar after the fact." - Michael G.

"Plan on listening to it again and again!" - Peggy R.

"Jason did a great job presenting the information." - Joseph M.

"Very well done. Useful." - Rich W.

"Jason was great. He answered all questions and presented the information effectively!" - Barbie D.

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • I'm writing with a partner. We had a really good sense of our characters, knew where the story was going, and we were well into writing it. Then Jason's webinar just took us in a whole new direction. We re-worked it, we cut some things, we shifted some things, it's so much better. Now if were not sure about something, we say, well, what would Jason do?
  • Very informative and professional. Will 100% help my writing.
  • Fabulous breakdown and a lot of great information. (Still processing, days later.) Some of the clips were glitchy, but I could always hear the dialogue, so I understood the illustrations. Other than the sometimes-glitchy video examples, awesome class. Will recommend to other writers.
  • This was great. the Q&A session at the end was helpful. There was a ton of information, which was both fantastic and a little overwhelming. This is definitely a webinar that I may have to watch a couple of times to get the full use of it. Overall, I thought it was great.
  • The lecture was extremely helpful... but the dialogue in the movie clips were muffled... so didn't understand what they were saying... not sure if it was my computer or not.
  • Webinar helped me to sort out my Act 2 quagmire. Thanks.

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