2008-04-14

A New [Censored] Hope

I wrote my first screenplay in the tenth grade. I wrote the first screenplay i got paid actual real money for a few years after that, and have been bashing away at trying to expand my knowledge of screenwriting and its peculiar art and craft ever since then. However, this particular approach never occurred to me.


Reading the article, i’m overwhelmed by the sudden reimagining of so many of the classic scripts that were the source of so much of my own understanding of the form…


EXTERIOR: SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR.

The three TIE fighters zoom down the Death Star trench in pursuit of Luke, never breaking formation.

INTERIOR: LUKE'S COCKPIT.

Luke looks anxiously at the exhaust port. He’s fucked. He knows it.

INTERIOR: DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT.

Vader's targeting computer swings around into position. Vader takes careful aim, ready to take Luke's X-wing fighter right up the ass.

VADER: I have you now.

He pushes the fire buttons.

EXTERIOR: SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR.

The three TIE fighters move in on Luke. As Vader's center fighter unleashes a volley of laserfire, one of the TIE ships at his side is hit and FUCKING EXPLODES!

INTERIOR: LUKE'S X-WING FIGHTER -- COCKPIT.

Luke looks around -- Who the fuck is out there?

INTERIOR: DARTH VADER'S COCKPIT.

Vader is shitting bricks as he looks out from his cockpit.

VADER: What?

INTERIOR: MILLENNIUM FALCON -- COCKPIT.

Han and Chewbacca grin from ear to fucking ear.