DRACTS ACTS BUMPS and SLIDES
The question of how acts are perceived by an audience versus how they are formed in the story appears to be undecided. The web is full of people arguing the 3 versus 4 acts structure. I think Dramatica has helped clarify this but I didn't find it codified anywhere.
I took what appears elsewhere on this board and enhanced and put it in a spreadsheet. Because spreadsheets are love.
Acts = What the audience perceives, and sometimes even what the writer mistakenly wrote. Varies depending on story structure... 2, 3 or 4. This can be though of as a superficial layer.
Dracts = New term coined on another thread by someone else... The Dramatica Act concept. Its easy, its always 4 for a grand argument story. This is the deep structure.
Bumps = Horizontal or Vertical signpost changes. Ex. Understanding to Doing - Perceived as separating two acts
Slides= Diagonal signpost change. Ex. Learning to Understanding. Perceived as a continuation of an act, no separation
I've uploaded a sheet with the 24 permutations for the Activity/Physics Domain/Class. I labeled the Transitions with arrows and coin the term Phase for the change from one to another, either a Bump or a Slide.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
I'm writing a trilogy and one of the hardest parts for me has been deciding on an overall three movie structure versus the structure of the individual movies. Its done so badly almost all of the time.
My theory at the moment is that I should choose a permutation that is perceived as 3 acts for the overall arc of the trilogy, and then it probably won't matter as much on the structure of the bumps and slides for the individual movies. Though I might choose a 2 act perception for the first and last and a 3 or 4 act perception for the middle story.
Q & A
Any thoughts on this? Other examples of storyforms for trilogies versus the individual movies?