good to be aware of screenwriting dramatic structure and at the
same time leave room for your own creativity. That is, if
you feel you should write your plot "backwards," then
why not? That is, for a thriller/mystery, for example, you
start by already knowing who the murderer is, and then instead go
backwards and examine why this character committed the crime.
for sports scripts, show the team win the trophy, and then go back
and observe the challenges that lead up to this.
dramatic structure starts with a "hook," something that
will immediately catch your viewer's attention. It can also
be called something like a "strong cup of coffee" to
wake up your audience, visually or internally. Then continue
on with your plot. This is act I. In Act II--the story
gets developed--that is layers are added to the plot and layers
are added to the characters--that is, their situation, thoughts,
views, actions. And in Act III--The main characters make a
decisive choice and act on it. Then there is a brief
wrapping up at the end--the consequences of the main characters'
decisive actions. Find out how you can "end" your
script by watching a few of your favorite movies and how they end