[Quick Summary: Based on a true 1972 story, two robbers hold up a Brooklyn bank (one robber is financing his lover's sex change operation), and become the first inadvertent media darlings.]
Though the 1st half of the script was struggle to read, I was impressed by the opening lines:
"EXT. ELECTRIC SIGN
It FILLS THE SCREEN....It says:
This message will be a little cryptic to the movie audience on an essentially BLACK SCREEN. HOLD for a beat, then it changes: the lights flash this sign, which should explain it to everyone:
94 degrees F."
I know everything in a few sentences:
- It's summer & hot & in the afternoon.
- We're at a bank.
- Something is about to go down at the bank.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: It's extremely smart to orient your reader to the location.
It says, "I'm not trying to outsmart you, reader. I trust you. We're in this together."
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
by Frank Pierson