Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Josh James has a pretty brilliant example of a jump scare in his screenplay The Living and the Dead. Josh is an excellent writer and has some great writing on writing on his blog. Actually, here's some more of this screenplay.
A small figure flits by the corner of Caleb’s eye. He turns.
A SMALL CHILD runs down the hallway.
INT. HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS
Caleb hurries down the hallway, the child barely in sight.
Wait. How did you get in here?
The child runs, almost playful, down the twists and turns of
the lab. Caleb turns a corner and the hallway ends.
The child, A LITTLE GIRL, stands with her head in the corner,
as if on punishment.
You shouldn’t be in here. Who let
The LITTLE GIRL doesn’t move. Faces the corner. Afraid.
Hey. Are you all right?
Caleb reaches out. Touches her shoulder.
The LITTLE GIRL TURNS.
SHE HAS NO EYES OR NOSE, JUST HOLES AND A DARK EMPTY MOUTH.