Writing A Great Movie Opening – Christian Elder

Christian Elder, Screenwriter: You’ll notice that sooner or later it has you in its grips to the point where it’ll do something that is so enthralling that it won’t leave your memory, that you won’t forget it. It just won’t go away.

Film Courage: Do you ever envision your script sitting in a pile on someone’s desk or maybe in their study on a weekend and think what’s going to make mine stand out here? What chance do I have? 

Christian: Yes, absolutely. The way I look at that (at the risk of sounding redundant) is I’ve talked about the whole aspect of the voice. But the voice is one thing in my case…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).



Christian Elder is a screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. He has been a finalist for Tribeca All Access, a semi-finalist for the International Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Award, a quarterfinalist for the ScreenCraft Play contest and a quarterfinalist for the Academy Awards Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. His work written for the stage has been recently developed at the Billie Holiday Theatre through the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop and Urban Stages, both in New York. He has written and directed two short films and is the creator and executive producer of the new crime fiction anthology podcast Hell, California. Elder’s Hell, California, is a hardboiled crime fiction podcast anthology series (co-produced by Jeremy Foley). It takes place in a mysterious, mythical California border town called Hell. Each episode is an original standalone noir story, often about greed, lust and murder. In March 2020, Elder, Foley and a team of six writers formed an online TV writers’ room during the pandemic, resulting in this series. 





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