We’ve all heard that the first ten pages of a script are crucial in terms of persuading the reader to keep reading. Each one of these screenplays achieve that in different ways, but they all have a very important point in common; they introduce us to the main character and they set up the world (and genre) in which that character lives. Each one also manages to introduce additional information that will be important going forward.
For the audience to care about a character, they need to feel what the character feels and vicariously experience the emotions they experience. The quickest way to get them to do this is to provide them with insight into the way the characters interact with their world, before they see them making important decisions.
One of the main reasons that people watch films is to enjoy an emotional rollercoaster ride with no personal consequences. It’s a safe place to experience laughter, fear, sorrow, revulsion, delight… all in a fun emotional ride lasting roughly 100 minutes. If a screenplay is devoid of emotion, the film is seldom worth watching.
Every screenplay should have three types of conflict, and if you are missing just one of these your screenplay will miss the mark. In a good script all three are interwoven and inseparable when reflecting the theme of the story.
Designing the introduction of a primary character in your story in a manner that illuminates their core essence (or inner qualities), is worth the investment in time that it takes. One of the factors that set aside the mundane from the attention-grabbing script, is the way a writer sets the scene and introduces their primary …