American Gangster (2007)

At the exact midpoint, Detective Richie Roberts notices Frank Lucas in his "$50,000 chinchilla coat" and identifies him as Bumpy Johnson's former driver and protege. Invisible Frank has died and Identified Frank is born.

Contact (1997)

The Film's Main Theme: The battle between faith and science (reason)

At the midpoint of this film, we find Ellie Arroway and Palmer Joss attending a Washington, D.C. reception, having been reunited in the previous scene after a period of separation. They compliment each other on appearances.

ELLIE
I read your book

PALMER
Here we go.

ELLIE
Would you like me to quote you? 'Ironically, the thing that people are most hungry for, meaning, is the one thing science hasn't been able to give them.'

Yeah... yeah.

ELLIE
Come on. It's like you're saying science killed god. What if science revealed he never existed in the first place?

An all powerful god that...

PALMER
I don't know. i couldn't imagine a world where god didnt' exist.

ELLIE
How do you know you're not deluding yourself? For me, I'd need proof."

PALMER
Proof?

He stares at her intently.

PALMER
Did you love your father?

ELLIE
What?

PALMER
Your dad... did you love him?

ELLIE
Why, yes... I loved him very much.

PALMER
Prove it.

Ellie's beeper goes off.

ELLIE
Kent.

Palmer's beeper beeps.

PALMER
The White House.

What happened?

DRUMLIN
You were right all along

has finally paid off

and obtained exclusively by CNN

PALMER
President has called an emergency meeting.

DRUMLIN
Yeah... I imagine he would.

Iron Man 3 2013

At the exact midpoint of the film, Iron Man, having been bested by an opponent in a fierce, kinetic battle, lays in the rubble of his destroyed Malibu pad, stunned as he stares at Iron Patriot glaring back at him. The powerful visual we get of these two demigods facing off at the exact midpoint of the story is another example of Bell's "mirror moment". In this case, Tony Stark looks into the virtual mirror image of himself as reflected by Iron Patriot.

Body of Lies

CIA Officer Roger Ferris has done it now. As the head of the Jordanian foreign post, he has lost the trust of Hani Salaam when Ed Hoffman's subterfuge creates havoc. After a CIA attempt to [incomplete], destroying the only chance of [incomplete]

Hani Salaam: "Marwan show you the burning house? Do you know what happened?"

Roger Ferris: "I have absolutely no idea."

"You see, you could have said yes or no. When a man says more than yes or no, then I begin to wonder."

"I don't know what happened Hani.

"Listen to me..."

"I told you to never to lie to me."

"He did not know."

"When I want to hear from you, I will speak to you. Now I'm talking to Mr. Ferris. So, in as few words as possible, did you know what happened?"

"You have twelve hours to leave Jordan."

"You knew you needed to adapt to this environment."

Incomplete notes.

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Christian: "You look different."

Anastasia: "I feel different."

The old Anastasia has "died", the midpoint transformation has occurred. He texts her. She reviews, then signs, the binding terms of the dominant-submissive contract.

Kingsman (2015)

The midpoint of this film is a "literal" example of Bell's mirror moment... the viewpoint character looks into an actual mirror


This site is a personal repository of rough notes about writing for novels and the screen, hence its work-in-progress nature. Notes are heavily influenced by the work of Blake Snyder, Robert McKee and James Scott Bell. This is a slow, long-term project.

It is at the Midpoint Moment that transformational questions arise in the conscience of the viewpoint character. Common transformational questions include: