Task 3 – Introduce a Character

Task 3

This week we have considered how characters are realised in filmic terms.

For Blog task 3 you are asked to produce the first page of a screenplay that will introduce a character you have worked on during this week’s activities.

1) Write a draft of the dialogue, (or monologue), that you want to include in your opening scene.

2) Using the first page of Jojo Rabbit (below page 2) as a guide, add instructions for the cinematographer (e.g. ‘quick detail shot,’ ‘close-up’), as well as the costume, set and sound designers, if appropriate.

3) In particular, think about filmic ways of introducing your character’s internal or external conflicts.

4) Post the first page of your screenplay to your blog with a short summary of your story idea as outlined in your five-finger pitch.

The idea with this start of the script is to confuse the viewer and for them to form their own thoughts about the character before she speaks based on stereotypes and character archetypes. The scene opens in a messy room with a girl in her late twenties waking up. Often in films, a montage would take place of them getting ready to poppy music doing stereotypical ‘female’ things such as putting on makeup, perhaps then a singing in the shower scene, etc. You would then assume that her job wasn’t too professional due to 1. being a woman in a messy bedroom and 2. not being too put together. The audience gets the “getting ready” montage however it is very quick with block colours. Not too much effort is put into their appearance regarding the stereotypical “women can’t make decisions about clothes” concept. We get an insight into habits that almost all humans do – poping spots. Something which will then make the character seem more human to the character but then erasin te female stereotype further. When Hannah, our character is about to leave, the audience are unsure where she is going – most likely work due to the attire and time of morning… but we are still unsure. Our character then gets a phone call which we quickly learn is work… and she works in a field that was not expected.

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