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16 Things You’ll Only Understand If You Studied Screenwriting at University

Watching films will never be the same again thanks to the Three Act Structure.

1. The importance of showing and not telling.

How many times have your lecturers told you actions always speak louder than words now?

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2. Desperately trying to find inspiration for your next piece everywhere you go.

You just never know.

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3. Feeling like a spy listening to people’s random conversations for the sake of research.

It’s all in the observation.

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4. Knowing the Three Act Structure makes it almost impossible to stop predicting the plot of every film you see.

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5. Which inevitably makes you everyone’s least favourite person to watch films with.

“Saw that one coming!”

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6. Your character’s ordeal is often your own ordeal.

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7. Trying to sneak something that happened to one of your friends into a story without them knowing.

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8. Writing three pages of script in first year seemed a lot of responsibility…

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9. Until you had to write a feature length film script in your final year, of course.

All while knowing it would probably never be produced.

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10. But also feeling not so secretly smug that this is what you get to do as your final project.

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11. Counting watching films on Netflix as revision.

Shouldn’t you take notes, though?

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12. Being in complete awe whenever you see an incredible episode of something.

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13. But then thinking “I could do a better job” every time you watch a bad film.

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14. The irony of people questioning why you would want to study Screenwriting and then flailing over how great it would be to go into the industry.

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15. That feeling when you write a really great plot twist.

If you do say so yourself.

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16. And, of course, when you finally get to write “FADE OUT”.

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