From Prologue to Page One
by Mikie DeLong Pyle
Adapting writer Shawny Lou Miller’s novel, Unsung Lyrics, into a screenplay, that is.
When Shawny Lou and I talked about me writing a Blog post and including the first page of the screenplay to show the transformation of the book’s Prologue into page one of the film, I was excited to begin writing. I mean, it’s only one page, right? Piece of cake, easy-peezey-breezey, no prob.
In Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat book on screenwriting, he says:
“The very first impression of what a movie is – its tone, its mood, the type and scope of the film – are all found in the opening image.”
(No pressure, Blake, thanks.)