As a writer who has sold over 70 feature-length screenplays, Cynthia Whitcomb knows about creating page-turning scripts—namely, that the first ten pages are the deciding factor in whether your script ever gets a full read.
This video lays out clearly the essentials for creating great openings, such as orienting your audience to genre; the importance of effective symbols and images; creating an effective story “hook”, and much more, including:
- What should your story’s catalyst demand?
- What are the two most important skills great screenwriters possess?
- Using the opening credits effectively in your script
- What does it mean to “not answer a question the audience hasn’t asked”?
- Simple changes to make your dialogue more powerful.
- Why “two weeks spent writing your first ten pages is time well spent!”
About Cynthia Whitcomb
Cynthia Whitcomb is a scriptwriter, author and teacher of the art of scriptwriting. She has sold over 70 feature length screenplays, of which 29 have been filmed. Her teaching credits include seven years at the UCLA Film School and over 10 years teaching scriptwriting in Oregon.