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Writing a Great Movie Opening

As a writer who’s 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 DVD lays out clearly the essentials for creating great openings, such as orienting your audience to genre; the importance of effective symbols/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!"

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Meet the Author: Cynthia Whitcomb