• Caroline Gordon-Elliott

Prime Real Estate

Updated: Jul 15, 2020

“To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script and the script.”

~ Alfred Hitchcock.

You wouldn't skip over Park Place to blow your fake money on St. Charles Place, so why would you save your best material for page 60?

Things you should do in the first ten pages of your screenplay:

  • Set the tone

  • Introduce the principle characters

  • Set up the stakes for your main character

  • Establish the world we're in

Things you should not do in the first ten pages of your screenplay:

  • Waste space.

If a VIP is reading your script and the first ten pages plod along, not really going anywhere, they're not gonna be like, "I have a ton of time on my hands so I think I'll keep reading this boring script."

Here are examples of first pages from two successful screenplays:

Three Billboards

Outside Ebbing, Missouri

There's Something About Mary

This is how you start a movie! #Jawbreaker

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