Shakespeare for Screenwriters: Timeless Writing Tips from by J. M. Evenson
By J. M. Evenson
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Oh my God. I must be losing my mind. Clearly, the dream is meant to both recall the warning from Stuart and tell us about what is to come: Jack will lose his mind and try to chop both Wendy and Danny to pieces. Rather than diffusing tension, the information audiences receive in foreshadowing acts like Alfred Hitchcock’s proverbial “bomb under the table”: it builds suspense. We wait with fear and dread for the climactic sequence to explode on stage — and when it does, it is terrifying. As with Romeo and Juliet, there is no way the audience could predict the exact way the ending of The Shining would happen.
Nevertheless, her arguments prove persuasive: by the end of the scene, Macbeth agrees to murder Duncan. The power of her obsession allows her to control everyone around her — including her husband, the would-be king. But what’s truly frightening about Lady Macbeth is her audacity. She is willing to do the unthinkable. Her ruthlessness startles both her husband and the audience. Obsessed characters must show that they are different from everyone around them. We want to see the intensity of their desire, and we want them to shock us.
KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER † The opening sequence must reveal the source of this particular family’s conflict and set the stage for every fight the family will have. † After the midpoint, give us a “point of no return”: a dramatic change or reversal in the family dynamic. † At the end, make sure to give your characters and your audience a cathartic moment. † Make sure your cathartic moment has an outpouring of emotion that leads to closure for both the characters and the audience. MOVIES TO WATCH Shadow of a Doubt (1943) The Godfather (1972); The Godfather: Part II (1974); The Godfather: Part III (1990) Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) EXERCISES 1.