ACT IPlease share a film you've seen where information was effectively held back and kept you HOOKED on the film till the end. BE SPECIFIC!
We meet your character.
BRUCE DETT, 25, dressed in black ninja assassin garb, is attacked by brawny men with knives and staves. Dett dispatches them in a flurry of blows, and kicks down the door they were guarding.
MASS SIN, 40, a Chinese man with a long Fu Manchu mustache stands in front of a large window, holding a sword. Sin slashes his own throat and falls out the window. Detts notices the blood and sword are fake. Outside, Sin is gone.
Their life is interrupted, but they learn something that saves them in ACT III
Dett, still in his assassin's garb, stands before WU, 60. Dett reports his failure in slaying Sin. Wu slides a yellow slip of paper to Dett, who signs it. Wu places it in a wall safe behind him.
Suddenly Sin's men leap through the window on ropes and battle Wu and his men. After a melee, the attackers escape, leaving Wu dead. Outside, Dett watches the assassins flee, with Sin driving away in a black sedan.
Fat dapper, MR. RONG, age 50, in a handsome suit enters Wu's office, smoking a cigar, and Wu's men bow to him. Rong sits in Wu's chair.
PLOT POINT I
PLACE YOUR OPENING SCENE HERE. (the one you worked earlier in the semester) This is now your inciting incident that launches your character into act 2.
A cigar is raised by Rong. Cigar-shaped batons are held, one each, by four burly men in wife-beaters, standing two each to the side of Mr. Rong. Dett, now in misfitting casual wear and his face fully-revealed, walks around a corner to face Rong and his men. Dett stops as the burly men spread out to surround him.
The men raise their batons, and glance at Mr. Rong, who nods. The batons descend. The sound of fighting ensues. One by one each baton falls to the floor. Dett stands among four motionless bodies. Mr. Rong drops his jaw--the cigar falls out and hits the floor. Dett's foot descends upon it, crushing it. A pool of water reflects the fleeing Mr. Rong.
Your character tries to grasp what has happened to them. (remember our earlier exercise).
Dett reveals that he is an assassin to Rong (the HOOK is not knowing who this mysterious assassin is, and the reveal here kinda acts like a plant/payoff surprise).. Rong demands a refund for his failure in slaying Sin, which Dett cannot do.
TURN AROUND 1
They have an encounter with the enemy but in the process meet someone that will help them. (remember our earlier exercise).
Dett, again masked, attacks Sin's lair, leaving behind a fat cigar. Sin, believing it is the work of Rong, wages war on Rong's holdings.
Rong summons Dett and instructs him to deliver a money bag to Sin to cease the mob war--in return all debts by Dett will be forgiven.
TURN AROUND 2
Your character's are seemingly defeated. (Remember our earlier exercise)
Dett delivers the money bag, but Sin opens it to find it filled with newspaper, and a bomb. The bomb goes off with Sin and Dett in the room.
PLOT POINT II
REFER TO EARLIER EXERCISE.
Dett climbs out from under a huge bell which decorated Sin's temple room (the HOOK is leading the audience to think Dett was killed in the explosion). He finds Sin's black sedan and takes it.
Dett changes his appearance with a haircut, new outfit, and glasses. He buys a jar of "tung oil" from a Chinese herbalist, and dips a yellow marker sheet into it. At one of Rong's casinos, he deliberately loses badly, and makes out a marker using the black sedan as collateral. The marker makes its way from the casino, to Rong's building, and into the wall safe. Once secure in the wall safe, the treated marker smolders and bursts into flame.
THE FIGHT WITH YOUR ENEMY ENSUES.
Dett packs up his bags to leave, but is struck on the head as he steps out of the door (the HOOK is leading the audience to think this is the end for Dett).
PLACE YOUR ENDING SCENE HERE
Dett is brought in to Mr. Rong. Thugs stand all around. Dett slowly regains consciousness to see a smiling, smoking Rong. Dett is tied to a chair. Dett claims his debt is paid, and demands to see the marker. Rong opens the safe to find only ash and smoke.
Enraged, Rong draws a knife to slay Dett. Dett disarms Rong, and uses the knife to free his bonds. Rong sees he's losing, and breaks to get away. Dett's got him and swings him through a plate glass window. Dett watches as Rong plunges to his death.
The police arrive to find a mass of bodies. They ignore Dett, dressed in one of the casual clothes of Rong's men, who saunder off into the dark.
It seems the iconic films are those which always come to my mind (rather than recent ones). "THE MATRIX" effectively portrayed "normal" urban life with elements of superhuman feats (eg. Trinity jumping across a six-lane street) and freaky psychic premonition (eg. Morpheus mailing Neo a cell phone and it rings just as he opens the envelope, and then warns him of impending danger and provides step-by-step instructions on how to evade it). These odd abilities were an effective HOOK. Even though the explanation was revealed mid-way through the movie, the second HOOK of Neo being "the One" kept me intrigued until the end.