Masters tales

Screenwriting 3

I’ve changed my idea, the other one just wasn’t working. It was a decent enough story, a child’s fantasy, but it just didn’t have ‘legs’. There was very little way of putting in a subplot and exploring the intricacies of screenwriting. So out went the child’s film and in comes the adult drama. I’m actually enjoying it. Even if it is harder to write.

To make atmosphere and mood without getting into a characters head is very difficult. Every now and then all I want to do is to write about what the character is thinking but I can’t because all the screenplay is about is action and dialogue. So how do you create tension? I’ve been thinking about it as I’ve got to write a scene that introduces the film and must show why the storyline is so scary. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a horror but more of a thriller and murder mystery.

So I’ve decided that I’m going to use:

  • the place – creepily tidy… so something appears off.
  • the actions of the character – the antagonist must scare the protagonist and the audience.
  • the over-reaction of the antagonist – something small will haven and he will over-react creating an over-wrought situation.
  • the fear of the protagonist

I don’t want to give the story away but lets just say he is not very nice to her. Anyway it is particularly difficult – so I’m off to write it now… Wish me luck.

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