Today is the anniversary of the day Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man And The Sea.
This is the first sentence of the novel:
“He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.”
After reading that, what do you NOT know? What an opening page to a screenplay that would be! No backstory, no set up… just start at the latest possible place to start and onlyl tell us what we absolutely HAVE to know!
That Hemingway guy, he knew his stuff.