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“Let us assume that there is a bomb under this table between us. […] suddenly there is a loud boom and the bomb goes off. The audience is surprised, but before this surprise they have only seen a very ordinary scene without any significance.<p>“Let us instead look at a suspense scene. The bomb is under the table and the audience is aware of this because they have seen the anarchist plant it there. They also know that the bomb will go off at one o’clock, and up on the wall is a clock showing that …
There are the followers of Syd Field who speak of “Inciting Incident”.<p>Then there are the believers in mythology who speak the language of Joseph Campbell and prefer “Call to Adventure”.<p>To make matters worse, others speak of “Opportunity” or “Disturbance”, “Catalyst” etc.