How To Hook The Audience In The Opening Scene

Everyone who learns how to make movies asks themselves the same thing. How can I hook the audience in the first five minutes? There isn’t always a cut and dry answer to that. The genre of the story can weigh heavily on how to get movie-goers interested.

In this video, YouTuber, Thomas Flight, breaks down the opening scene to Baby Driver. On top of hooking the viewer, this scene also gives us a glimpse into what the rest of the movie may entail. From the use of music to the subject of the shots, this scene foreshadows conflict, reveals character traits, and establishes the mindset of the protagonist, all with minimal dialogue.

Take a look at this scene from Baby Driver and maybe find some inspiration for your next writing project.

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  • Connor Sassmannshausen is a screenwriter, video producer, and social media organizer with the Initiative Production Company. She loves watching movies, nerdy t-shirts, travelling and taking broken things apart (but not necessarily putting them back together).

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