Not to steal Toby's Thunder but rather than start new thread, I thought to post related question here. Please see if the following works:
My mystery/comedy opens with a short scene (about six lines). Male character sits in the shadows on a plush bed. He is holding a note. INSERT shows it's a threat. BACK TO SCENE - He sighs, crumples note.
Next scene is also short, about 15 lines, this time with dialogue.
Question: Is it okay to start a feature or MOW with two short, present day scenes before going into story? I need to set up dilemma of both key characters before starting in. Not flashbacks so I thought it'd work (I heard FB's are only to be used when absol. necessary). Feedback welcomed.
I just joined this forum but I thought this was an interesting thread--whether the original poster is still wondering or not. Of course, he may be headed towards rewrites so I'll just share my thoughts anyway...Hello writers! I'm writing a crime screenplay. The plots, characters, etc. are well planned. Ready to write my screenplay after research and brainstorming, I was clueless on how to start my screenplay. A series of scenes? Montage? A simple establishing shot?
Please gimme some ideas on how to start a screenplay powerfully.
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