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!


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:


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?


Mason Canyon said...

Pirates of the Caribbean, Curse of the Black Pearl.

Gotta love Johnny Depp as a pirate.

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.

Share a Post