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    I'm opening a script with a dream sequence. But I don't want the audience/reader to know it's a dream until after it's over. Or should I not even worry about that detail and just put Dream Sequence in the Scene Heading? thanks
    MT
    If Lindsey Lohan has a child, and that child will lead...I will follow.

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    Re: opening script with dream sequence

    1) Dream sequence openings usually suck. But I have a great one at the start of one of my scripts so I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt.

    2) Write it like you want them to see it... (You don't want them to know till it's over = you've already answered your own question)
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    • #3
      Re: opening script with dream sequence

      I believe in doing your best to give the reader the experience you want the audience to have. Therefore, I wouldn't mention it was a dream sequence. They'll find out soon enough when the person wakes up. But if you want the dream to look a little unreal in the movie, you might want to find a way to put that into your description, maybe using words like "hazy."

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      • #4
        Re: opening script with dream sequence

        My favorite opening dream sequence is from Bring it On. It's so perfect to set up the movie. I love it.

        I wouldn't tell the reader it's a dream until the viewer would learn it's a dream.

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        • #5
          Re: opening script with dream sequence

          thanks for the tips, folks. yeah, I know an opening dream sequence is cliche. but it's pretty well suited in this situation.

          MT
          If Lindsey Lohan has a child, and that child will lead...I will follow.

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          • #6
            Re: opening script with dream sequence

            Cliches abound in movies, don't worry about that part.

            My current script opens with a dream sequence that isn't apparent until after the sequence is finished. JCorona gave me a great idea to transition from the dream to reality to emphasize the fact of it. However, in my case, 2 scenes later it's revealed that maybe it wasn't a dream.... you can check it out on the boards here if you're interested.

            The thing about a dream sequence is that it must affect the story, and it should connect to reality in some way... waking up, sounds.... etc.

            Just think of any vivid dream that you awoke from and how you transitioned into realizing it was just a dream!
            Words... they don't arrange themselves.

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            • #7
              Re: opening script with dream sequence

              Here's the opening of a screenplay I have long since abandoned. I posted it in the Script Pages forum a while back (like 2003, maybe 2002 -- yes, I was around then). It's no great shakes or anything, but it sorta illustrates what you're talking about. I don't want my audience to know it's a dream, so I give my readers the same experience.

              Code:
                          EXT.  BACKYARD GARDEN - DAY
               
                          A yellow-jacket hovers around the ear of NORMAN KITTLESBERG,
                          mid-40s and uglier than the weeds he's pulling.
               
                          He swats at it, but it's smarter than he is and won't be
                          discouraged so easily.  It swoops back in and lands on his
                          earlobe.
               
                          Within seconds, Norman is a flurry of panicked motion and
                          expletives.
               
                          LAURA -- mid-20s, with a grace and cover girl beauty (even
                          when dressed in overalls and a t-shirt) that contrast
                          strongly with Norman's unattractiveness -- rushes over to
                          him.
               
                                              LAURA
                                    What's going on?  What's wrong?
               
                                              NORMAN
                                    Goddamn f cking worthless c cksucking
                                    garden, that's what's wrong!
               
                          Norman falls onto his ass, defeated.  Laura kneels next to
                          him, caresses his hair.
               
                                              LAURA
                                    What happened?
               
                                              NORMAN
                                    Got stung by a wasp.
               
                                              LAURA
                                    Where?
               
                          Norman points to his ear.  She examines it.  It's red and
                          rapidly swelling and it makes her crinkle her nose in disgust
                          (which Norman doesn't see).
               
                                              LAURA
                                    Aw.  Poor widdle guy.  My poor widdle
                                    Normie.
               
                          Norman wipes the tears from his cheek.
               
                                              NORMAN
                                       When I find that wasp, I'm gonna
                                       kill him and his whole goddamned
                                       family.  And I'm gonna do it slow.
               
                          Laura smiles, kisses the top of Norman's head.  He winces.
               
                                              NORMAN
                                    You'll see.  He won't get away with it.
               
                                              LAURA
                                    No he won't.
               
                                              NORMAN
                                    That wasp's gonna regret the day he
                                    tangled with Norman Kittlesberg.
               
                                              LAURA
                                    That naughty, nasty bee.
               
                          Laura turns the sensuality meter up ten notches on the
                          attention she's giving him.
               
                                              LAURA
                                    Oh, Mr. Kittlesberg.
               
                                              NORMAN
                                    Oh, Mrs. Kittlesberg.
               
                          He grins, momentarily forgetting the pain.  She kisses his
                          forehead, his nose, his cheek -- and then moves to his neck
                          (bypassing the earlobe, which is now the size of a baseball).
               
                          He licks his chapped lips and gets into the act...
               
                          Within seconds they're going at it like horny squirrels.
               
                          Norman unbuttons Laura's blouse and focuses his attention on
                          her exposed nipple.  He opens his mouth to feast--
               
                          The raucous BEEPING of an alarm comes out of his mouth, much
                          to his puzzlement and chagrin...
               
                                                                               CUT TO:
               
                          INT.  BEDROOM - MORNING
               
                          The ALARM continues.  
               
                          A lump under a tangle of sheets and blankets stirs.  There's
                          a muffled groan.
               
                          The lump tosses the blankets off itself, revealing --
               
                          LAURA.  She silences the alarm and smiles.
               
                                              LAURA
                                    Oh, Normie.  Today's the day.  Today's
                                    the day you're gonna notice me!
               
                          She looks radiant and gorgeous despite the bedhead.
              "Tone is now engaged in a furious Google search for Leighton Meester's keester." -- A friend of mine

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              • #8
                Re: opening script with dream sequence

                Originally posted by mtoomey View Post
                I'm opening a script with a dream sequence. But I don't want the audience/reader to know it's a dream until after it's over. Or should I not even worry about that detail and just put Dream Sequence in the Scene Heading? thanks
                MT
                NNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

                Oh, sorry, I was asleep.

                Starting a movie with someone waking up in any way shape or form may well be the most cliche opening scene ever. So, I'd take that in to account.

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                • #9
                  Re: opening script with dream sequence

                  Ralphy,

                  Norman's gonna kill the entire wasp family slowly?

                  NORMAN
                  That wasp's gonna regret the day he tangled with Norman Kittlesberg.

                  Corona
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                  • #10
                    Re: opening script with dream sequence

                    I seem to have a morbid fascination with squirrels. I should have that looked at.
                    "Tone is now engaged in a furious Google search for Leighton Meester's keester." -- A friend of mine

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