Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ye Be Warned

Post by Trai

Every month, I’m going to post a scene from a favorite screenplay, something written with flair and craft. Most folks have never seen a screenplay before and believe it to be too much of a mystery to take on, but in actuality, it’s not that hard to learn.

My Spring 2010 LCCC class of Beginning Screenwriters were writing at a very high level within 14 weeks; several finished their screenplay, even having never seen one before. If a teacher isn’t handy (and one is), do what all writers do to learn their craft: read. But Ye Be Warned: Screenwriting can be addictive!

EXT. PORT ROYAL - HARBOR - DAY

The skeletal remains of four pirates, still clad in buccaneer rags, hang from gallows erected on a rocky promontory. There is a fifth, unoccupied gallow, bearing a sign:

PIRATES - YE BE WARNED

The top of a billowing sail passes regally in front of them. On the landward face of the sail, apparently high in the rigging, is a man for whom the term 'swashbuckling rogue' was coined: Captain JACK SPARROW.

He gazes keen-eyed at the display as they pass. Raises a tankard in salute. Suddenly, something below catches his attention. He jumps from the rigging --

-- and that's when we see that his ship is not an imposing three-master, but just a small fishing dory with a single sail, plowing through the water -- the Jolly Mon.

And it leaks. Which is why he has the tankard: to bail.

Jack steps back to the tiller, and using a single sheet to control the sail, and the Jolly Mon comes around the promontory, the whole of Port Royal laid out before him.

Can someone guess the film?

3 comments:

Mason Canyon said...

Pirates of the Caribbean, Curse of the Black Pearl.

Gotta love Johnny Depp as a pirate.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Jennifer Carter said...

Indeed, there are many ways to love Johnny Depp.

This is a great idea, I can't wait to see more of these!

Trai, when will you be teaching another screenwriting class?

Patricia Stoltey said...

Trai, this will be very helpful. Great idea.

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