Guy1: What’s the threat to the protagonist? Guy2: We don’t need a specific threat. It’s never addressed. Guy1: Is there a threat to the protagonist? Guy2: There’s a threat to all of them [the characters]. Guy1: What is it? Guy2: It’s not important. We don’t need to define that. The audience doesn’t care. Unlike the … More Conversations From Hollywood: Stakes Are High for Protagonist
Plot Point 1 and Plot Point 2 are opt-out decisions. The other 5 Decisions demonstrate a character arc. There may be more Opt-out Decisions throughout your screenplay but want to try for at least those 7.
The 7 Decisions MAY be the Plot Point 1, Plot Point 2 or Midpoint decisions but don’t have to be. Usually Plot Point 1 is a reflection of the protagonist’s decision to undertake the challenge of Act 2.
Question: Does the protagonist’s need & want exist before the movie even begins? Answer: Yes.