Script tip: Using Current Events To Improve Your Screenplay
During the recent New York City marathon, there were many exciting events above and beyond the actual running of the race. At the end of the marathon, a man proposed to his girlfriend as they crossed the finish line. Luckily, or not, she said yes. As I t was returning home, from tango dancing, I was lucky enough to witness a severely handicapped man cross the finish line at about 11:45. Events like this can be a very useful setting for scene or sequence in your screenplay. One way to keep your scripts fresh is to keep abreast of current events and to use them as needed when you have a scene in your screenplay that feels flat.
A well-chosen event, can also work on a symbolic level. HE using the example of the man who proposed to his girlfriend, we can extend the metaphor; that is, he not only ran the Marathon, he also ran the race of the courtship of his girlfriend of his girlfriend. In the case of the handicapped man, he not only ran the marathon, he proved that he could win the quota quote race against the physical limitations of his body.
Here’s the exercise:
Step 1: Visualize your main character in running clothing, regardless, of how absurd that might seem.
Step 2: Select a reason for your character to have .run a marathon. For example,
in the film, Run, Fat Boy, Run,” Simon Pegg runs a race to get his girlfriend back.
Step 3:Set a timer for 15 min.
Step 4: Write in the 1st person as your main character, and describe how he or she experienced the race.
Since a race of any kind is very symbolic. For example, in the film The Silence Of The Lambs, Clarice, runs a race through an obstacle course, which clearly suggests the type of experience to be had in this this film. By doing this exercise, you will learn a lot about your character.
Good luck and happy writing!