pliny the elder at 2011-09-14 00:21:57:
As the great bassist Billy Sheehan said: "Before you break the rules, you've got to know the rules.".
James, with all due respect, it's not an issue of a "cookie cutter" approach to writing a movie, or a question of counting pages, but more of an issue of getting some clarification and insight, from someone with true expertise, experience and craft, on the issues and techniques regarding timing and pacing of my script.
Trying to seek an understanding of the nuances of structure, you know, the stuff none these tomes will tell you, that only comes through bitter experience, is not a sin, imho.
My concerns were to do with pacing, or more importantly the question of whether a short, and therefore speeded up, first act causes the second or third act to drag, simply by contrast.
Or perhaps a short 1st act is a danger sign, that I might not have done enough setup (I'm writing a *multi-protagonist* drama: Grandfather, Father & Son as my three protagonists). To be honest, I'm a little concerned my grasp may have exceeded my reach, with this form.
I quoted Snyder, because quite frankly, out of all the books I've read (and I've read dozens), he's the only one who even remotely addresses this issue. In my mind, that's more than a little disturbing.
If I were writing a symphony, or an opera, I'd be able to find dozens of books that address similar structural issues, and provide the tools that would allow me to address them. Actually, one could be highly discouraged from writing such ambitious works, without a solid foundation in the theory.