I don’t open films the same way that Shakespeare opened plays. The first shots in Dara Says contain no words. It opens with a series of actions, and in the first couple of minutes there are fewer than ten words spoken.
We created a draft of the opening for the crowdfunding campaign. Here’s the video of the first few minutes from that campaign.
The script for the final film was identical, but we used different music and paced things differently.
I wrote the screenplay thinking that “film is a visual medium”, but a lot of story is told through the dialogue, tones of voice and other sounds. Film is an audio-visual medium.
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