There exists something called a narrative structure which can be used to structure virtually any story. See the following plot graph. Is this a structure you may recognize in films and TV series?
The 3-part structure is a convention. It is derived from Aristotle’s Poetics written about Greek dramaturgy and studied by Gustav Freytag.
From Wikipedia: In his Poetics, the Greek philosopher Aristotle put forth the idea that “A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end” (1450b27). This three-part view of a plot structure (with a beginning, middle, and end – technically, the protasis, epitasis, and catastrophe) prevailed until the Roman drama critic Horace advocated a 5-act structure in his Ars Poetica: “Neue minor neu sit quinto productior actu fabula” (lines 189-190) (“A play should not be shorter or longer than five acts”).
Renaissance dramatists revived the use of the 8-act structure. In 1863, around the time that playwrights like Henrik Ibsen were abandoning the 5-act structure and experimenting with 3 and 4-act plays, the German playwright and novelist Gustav Freytag wrote Die Technik des Dramas, a definitive study of the 5-act dramatic structure, in which he laid out what has come to be known as Freytag’s pyramid. Under Freytag’s pyramid, the plot of a story consists of five parts:
exposition // rising action // climax //falling action // dénouement-resolution-revelation-catastrophe
It is supposed that stories follow a story arc made of the elements described in the diagram above. It is made of 3 parts, a beginning, middle and end, where you have the exposition of the plot, a rising action, a climax, and a resolution (or dénouement, as in the diagram above). Perhaps there are alternatives to this structure? See here What’s Wrong With The Three Act Structure…
Can you also recognize this pattern in video installations for instance, in social media, v-logging, or experimental formats?