The Conventional Wisdom:
- Again, this isn’t controversial. This is the moment the beginning ends and the middle begins.
- “Eighty percent of success is showing up” –Woody Allen.
- It’s easy to over-emphasize the commitment scene. It’s okay for heroes to be knee-deep before they realize that they’re committed. Bruce Willis spends the entire first half of Die Hard just trying to call the cops, not realizing that he’s already pretty much committed himself to taking down the bad guys single-handedly.
- Sometimes, it’s possible skip over the actual commitment scene, jump-cutting right from hesitation to the conflict after committing: In Some Like It Hot, they’re mid-debate, when we suddenly cut to the two of them wobbling down the train platform in heels.
- None! This happens in every story about a large problem.