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?