By the time JOKER reached the screen, director Todd Phillips had rearranged the opening scenes and they were no longer in the same sequence as they were in his original screenplay. He also interestingly added an opening scene that is not in the screenplay at all.
This is the second in a series where I look at the opening sequences of Oscar nominated screenplays and point out some of the tools used by the writers, and highlight why they are considered to be exceptional. Oscar Wilde said; “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” and so when something works it works… and is worth …
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.
The total box office earnings in South Africa for the year 2019 amounted to R 1.2 billion, (a 6% decline from the previous year,) but the locally produced films – there were 22 produced in both years – recorded an 18% growth in box office income by amassing R 59.6 million for the year.
The film and video industry is infamous for their disrespect, indifference and neglect of the craft of screenwriting, which is why it’s ironic that the Oscars have two screenwriting categories; Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay.