Script Muse User Guide

There is no formula or perfect receipt to building a perfect script, but there are different ways to get a coherent screenplay.

It is common understanding in the movie industry that 1 page of script is equal to 1 minute of screenplay.
Script Muse comes by default with the 90 minutes movie settings, which means that each line numbered from 1 to 90 represents 1 minute/1 page of your script. To maintain the purpose of this application to mainly create the structure of the story text input for each field will be a limit to an input of 90 characters. It is then to you to develop your story in your preferred scriptwriting application.

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Script Muse's concept

Some may say that a story as 3 acts, others 4, 5 or 7 acts. This tool is purely and simply based on 5 key points, subplots and the classic Aristotle’s principle that a story as three-act structure: The beginning, the middle and the end.


Act I(Page 1 to 30) – Setup
Expose the main characters, their relationships and the world they live in. At the end of the first act, incident occurs that confront the main character.

Act II(Page 31 - 60) – Confrontation
First obstacles, Conflicts also known as rising action, describe the protagonist’s attempt to resolve

Act III(Page 61 - 90) –Resolution Represent the resolution of the story. The Climax is the scene in which the main tensions of the story are brought to the most intense point.

5 Key points

Inciting incident(First 10 pages)
The inciting incident is an action or situation that causes conflict for the hero in your story. This point is a hook that grabs the audience’s attention. It is placed at the beginning of Act I. Usually, your inciting incident occurs within the first ten pages of your screenplay, after you’ve introduced us to your hero, shown us what his everyday life is like.
In the film, Final Destination, the inciting incident is the scene in which high school student Alex Browning has a premonition that the plane he has just boarded will explode shortly after taking off.

Plot1(Between page 25-30)
This item occurs at the end of Act I where the scenes completely change the course of the story and, throw everything off balance. Plot 1 is a situation that drives the main character from their “normal” lives toward some conflicting situation that story is about.
It should come as surprise that shifts the story in a new direction. It puts an obstacle in a way of the character that forces him or her to deal with something they would avoid in normal circumstances.

Middle point(Page 45)
This scene gives a change in direction to the story At this point the story, the characters and conflicts are all established. The mid-point serves as set back, reversal or turning points. Obstacles develop, leading each of them to mini crisis. Thought each of these crises is temporarily resolved, the story leads inevitably to an ultimate crisis – The climax.
Moving without boring the audience, the creation of a sub plot or parallel story becomes necessary at this stage.

Plot2(Page 55)
This scene is an action or event that comes near the end of Act II and turns the narrative drive of the story into a new direction, kicking it out of the Confrontation of the Act II, closer toward the Resolution of Act III.

Climax(Page 75)
At the end of the story the point of conflict resolution is reached. Your character faces the biggest obstacle of all in a climactic showdown and, in doing so, finally achieves the opportunity to realize his/her Outer Goal.
It “wraps-up” after the climax. No more than 5 pages that quickly tie up the script’s loose ends, i.e., “They lived happily ever after.”

SubPlots Subplots will intersect with the “A Story" and starts at act 2. They provide your story with depth and a sense of dimension. The most common subplot is usually a love story.
A subplot often adds a three-dimensionality aspect to the characters by allowing them to engage in a behavior that is not pertinent to the main plot, but still relevant in the overall narrative and often connected to a central theme.
The subplots should preserve the idea of the 3 act-structure with beginning, middle and end.
Always keep in mind that a subplot must relate to the main plot or to the main characters in a way that is interesting and sheds a new light on the main story situation or it will merely be distracting.