Who wants what from whom?
What happens if they do not get it?
Screenplay has to have
2. VISUAL INTENT
3. ADVANCE SCENE - character revealed
Advance the scene
Beginning - middle - end
What is the scene accomplishing?
At end of scene do reader want to read the next scene?
Something needs to happen between two people or more in scene (or it is a side or a shot, not a Scene)
WHERE TO START A SCENE:
Do not be passive
Go to heart of a conflict
A. Whose scene is it? Who has more desire? Conflict? Need? And there is something in the way?
B. Inner conflict - want something but guilty to say it,
Start with impact, even if it means deleting the beginning, and just have the middle and the end.
Create atmosphere based on whose scene is it?
Let the viewer be in the scene, be more visceral then visual even.
IS THE SCENE OVER
Nowadays scene is not longer then 3 pages, attention span is shorter.
When curiosity has been raised and viewer wants to know what happens next?
Cinematic compelling conflict
Story – a unique character in cinematic conflict leading to an end related to the character.
Eg: a 52 yr. old grandmother going to Iraq in the war is more interesting then a soldier in the war
ELEVATING A SCENE
SURPRISE IS ALWAYS GOOD, BUT HOW DO YOU DO THAT
Conceptual approach is: from outside coming inwards
Intuitive approach is “: inside to outside, that’s is to say, follow the character and see what develops.
A mix of both together makes it more interesting.
The intuitive approach is more interesting and has more organic a feel.
Withhold information, so curiosity is generated
Keep questions alive in the audience’s mind
Less in dialogue and more in action is better
Surprise by giving new information, e.g.- OH mom is a hooker, takes one by surprise.
CONFUSE THE AUDIENCE
BE A BORE
Write material where the actors can be committed
Push emotions of characters.
LIKABILITY OF CHARACTER:
One likes when one can care for the character
It is an external judgment
Characters should want something badly
Signature scene early on of the character
CHARACTER QUALITIES: humor and/or best of bad lot, and/or needs something badly
WHAT IS THE CHARACTER DESIRING ? WHATS STOPPING THEM ? KEEP THIS IN MIND FOR EVERY SCENE .