The initial few pages of a screenplay are crucial as they often determine whether executives or readers become interested in the story. That’s why it’s important for your screenplay to have a strong and captivating beginning. Here are some proven screenwriting techniques to start your story effectively:
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A doctor in an emergency room saves the life of a victim from a traffic accident. However, the main story might revolve around stopping an epidemic. In this case, you could begin with the same doctor treating a patient with a mysterious and unknown illness that turns out to be related to the epidemic.
An inner-city teacher helps a disadvantaged child learn how to read. This could lead to a story where she fights against an uncaring bureaucracy that wants to close down a youth center in order to build a shopping center. Alternatively, her personal life might face challenges as her marriage falls apart due to her having a learning-disabled child.
The key to creating a compelling beginning is to avoid letting it become boring. Give the reader a reason to immediately root for the main character. Show them as an underdog or introduce some conflict in their life, whether it directly relates to the main story or not. Quickly provide a reason for the reader to care about what happens to the protagonist.
These screenwriting techniques can help you start your film with a strong impact. Consider incorporating them when you begin your next screenplay or when rewriting an existing one to give it a more engaging and powerful start.
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