Wednesday, February 14, 2007

What are the rules of a spec script again?

I like the film ‘Last of the Mohicans’. It has a great opening sequence where nothing much is said at all. I looked up the script on the internet to see how that is portrayed. The following is what I found (do you think this would make it as a spec script from a newbie writer?):


The screen is a microcosm of leaf, crystal drops of precipitation, a stone,
emerald green moss. It's a landscape in miniature. We HEAR the forest. Some
distant birds. Their sound seems to reverberate as if in a cavern. A piece of
sunlight refracts within the drops of water, paints a patch of moss yellow. The
whisper of wind is joined by another sound that mixes with it. A distant
rustling. It gets closer and louder. It's shallow breathing. It gets ominous.
We're interlopers on the floor of the forest and something is coming.


rockets through the frame scaring us and ...
running hard. His head shaved bald except for a scalp-lock. Tattoos. He's
twenty-five. He seems tall and muscled. Heavy, even breathing. We'll learn later
this man is UNCAS, the last of the Mohicans.

Now don't get me wrong; it is a fantastic film, but I couldn't get away with this in a month of Sundays. It looks like it was lifted right out of a book!

Oh well. One day I'll have enough film credits to write like this :)



2 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

write it anyway ha... because it reminds me of an opening idea I have on file somewhere, but it wasn't on the green leaf, more of an animate object

you asked about that gangster horror script you read for me?

Chris - I revamped it, sent it out per a request and had some interest in it, but they passed. We discussed a few things and now I am going to disect it and make two scripts out of it: one strict horror, the other coming of age gangster and not combine the genres so much

Chris (ukscriptwriter) said...

I hope something comes out of it. One of us spec monkeys will make it good some day :)