I have decided to begin my hiatus a week early as I have been far too busy preparing to move my family to the other side of the planet. So instead my good friend Téja Hudson has compiled her top ten two pagers and written a little bit about each one.
Téja is an important part of my process when writing these two pagers. Every week I will send the first draft to her and we will spend some time discussing the strengths and weaknesses before I tackle the next draft. I really can’t say enough nice things about Téja and I’m going to miss living in the same city as her (and indeed the same country, continent and hemisphere).
So in ascending order, Téja’s top ten part one:
#10 – Life Support
This is such a touching script, simple idea but with enough personality to make it both funny and sad and beautiful. I also think it’s a really well-structured example of the two-page format, of what can be achieved emotionally in such a short space.
#9 – Chronology and the Captain
Again, I love the simplicity of this one, but also the underlying depth of emotion of both characters. There is something so true and so human about what these two focus on when the whole of time and space are at their disposal. Lovely stuff.
#8 – Hole in the Head
Once again, Robert mixes serious ideas with delightful whimsy. I love this script for the caravan in the middle of the desert, for the scrap metal wind chimes and for that final line of dialogue, which turns everything upside down in my own head.
#7 – Falling Into the Sky
I love everything about this script, except maybe the title (which I feel gives away the surprise of the first scene). A strong, simple set-up and a delightful pay-off nonetheless, with rich characters that leave me wanting more.
#6 – The Gravediggers
I happen to think this script is kind of perfect; the only reason it isn’t higher up on my list is because I suppose I have a personal bias towards contemporary films and I’m completely in love with each of the five script I ranked higher.
Wonderfully descriptive characters, a new angle to an old story, and the feeling of being “in on the joke” all make this script a thoroughly enjoyable read. It also made me run for my copy of Hamlet again…
Make sure you check out the top five next week.