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Share Why It Matters If your goal is to land an agent, pique the interest of a producer, or cause an actor to proclaim, "I have to play this role", you have no choice but to come out with guns blazing from Page One. Agents, producers, actors, contest script readers -- or whomever you are lucky enough to get your script in front of -- will give you ten minutes of their time.
In fact, I firmly believe they'll give you five. If you don't hook your reader in 10 pages or less, expect your page masterpiece to be tossed in the trash.
Generally, if the script hasn't hooked me in the first ten pages, I'm going to speed read the rest, write up the coverage, and pick up the next script off the pile. A bad first impression sets a bias for how your reader judges the rest of your script -- and if you wrote poorly in the beginning, odds are the rest won't be much better.
Getting interest in your story is a crap shoot most of the time. Here are 4 crucial tips to improve your odds.
Draw Your Reader In Immediately In today's insta-matic social media culture, our attention span for entertainment material has shrunk from hours to minutes, and possibly seconds. It makes sense -- we have access to millions of videos from our laptops, tablets, and phones -- writing action sequences screenplay agents we judge immediately whether something is worth viewing, and if it isn't, we move on.
I believe this has begun to infect movie culture as well. This is why trailers have become a crucial advertising tool more than ever before -- companies have learned to create masterpieces in seconds to convince viewers they should spend two hours watching their film.
Think of your reader approaching your script the same way you approach a trailer, or a YouTube video that's gotten some buzz recently.
If nothing happens in the first 30 seconds, do you stick around? Set the tone immediately. Let the reader "feel" what your script is about in the first words on the page. This doesn't mean crazy action though it could be.
The Bourne Identity This is what I mean by "with guns blazing. At this point you want to read the next 9 pages, and probably the next That's the hook you must find in order to reel your reader in. You can write the greatest action sequence of all time, but if you don't connect your audience to the protagonist, no one will care.
A common mistake for screenwriters is to assume that to hook your reader, you need to write an over the top, Michael Bay style action sequence where the world is blown to pieces and your action hero has already escaped death six times. It might be exciting to read, but it's downhill from there if the climax happened in the opening sequence.
As we go further in to the opening sequence of the Bourne Identity, we come to realize that Jason Bourne, our protagonist, has amnesia and has no idea how he ended up in the ocean -- and more importantly, he has no idea who he is.
Now that's a hook. We've yet to see an explosion, gun fight, or car chase.
Some films can get away with the big action opener. A perfect example is the famous opening sequences in the James Bond films; each film attempts to one-up the last with incredible action set-pieces. Look at 's Skyfall and the first 10 minutes of the film, from the opening frame, is pure adrenaline rocking insanity.
Because we've already been drawn in since the entire world knows who James Bond is. We have a reason to root for him; we've seen him killing bad guys for over fifty years. But your John Doe is not James Bond. Jason Bourne was someone the audience connected to immediately -- we can all sense how terrifying it would be if we woke up one day and had lost all memory of our past, much less in the middle of a dark ocean.
We want to see him figure out his life again. What is your John Doe going to make us feel? What glimpses into his life will make us root him on to victory in the end?
I am not stating that the opening scenes must be void of all action.
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