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Feb 25th, 2002, 03:51 PM
i have to write the first 5 minutes of a soap and have to think of characters and a plot.

any ideas guys?

thankyou so much in advance!

Feb 25th, 2002, 04:16 PM
Dum, dum de de dum, dum de de dum...

De, dum de de de, de da da da, da da da da, da da... etc.

Thst's the theme music to Crossroads. Basically don't write it like the first five minutes to any episode of Crossroads cos people will turn off.

You need a focal point in every soap. Eastenders has the Market and the Vic, Coronation St has the Rovers. Don't do it completely based around the focal point (a la crossroads motel/hotel they call it now), because you will be restricted for storylines.

Try and convey the characters personality as soon as you can. Make them interesting and of a broad base. Don't have loads of dull people playing bit parts, and put your main characters first, those who are going to be key to the show.

Now, you're writing for the first five minutes, so you won't have to be that in depth surely?. Wrong!

You have to grab your audience by the scruff of the neck but in a gentle manner as though you are leading them into the storyline and not throwing them into it. If you start off with, I dunno a murder or an explosion, it's all a bit too much too soon. If this is the first five minutes of a new soap, as in not broadcast before, then developing a storyline is irrelevant, you have to build your characters up first as they are the foundations for the soap, the plot gets built on it later.

P.S. Have a Cockney bloke in who can only whisper, a pantomime villain character a la Nick Cotton or Terry Duckworth, and someone has to say "Get outta my pub". ;)

Feb 25th, 2002, 04:18 PM
Umm, Kisha you could go with the usual crap that plays on tv or you could surprise everyone and make a truly interesting plot line. Maybe your soap could be centered around a single mother who must work couple of jobs to support her child. The women is neither rich nor all that beautiful, she is just an everyday women coping with normal pressures. Give your audience something they can relate to and play the sympathy card.

Feb 25th, 2002, 04:21 PM
thanks guys!

Joey - wow, you have really thought that answer out, thanks that helps alot!

Tim - as always you come up with a great answer:) . i will use that idea.

Feb 25th, 2002, 04:31 PM
I think you need a central place, and a central family. Most soaps have one or two central families, and the soap is about them and their friends.

Good luck with it!

Feb 25th, 2002, 04:40 PM
LOL! I think you should start downloading threads from this board for inspiration ;)

Feb 25th, 2002, 04:41 PM
Just watch neighbours and copy that, they have enough daft stories with a bit of comedy mixed in :o

Feb 25th, 2002, 05:08 PM

five minutes... that could equate to 2 even 3 scenes. So don't just have one scene now honey, cause that will be just d-u-l-l

I'll be back with more later! (if I remember that is!)

Feb 25th, 2002, 05:18 PM
each soap opera need a gay or a lesbian
or both

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 25th, 2002, 05:38 PM
lol! yeah kish! Some really smart guy wrote a cool movie here....!!!! ;) and like Matthias said, you need gay and leasbians. The gay guys, guess you know who they are.. and the lesbian part... :rolleyes: ehhh... use you imagination now!

Feb 25th, 2002, 05:40 PM
somebody needs to be pregnant, you can do so much with a baby. who`s the father, kidnapping, illness etc.;)

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 25th, 2002, 05:53 PM
Hey Irma! lol@ the "you can do so much with a baby"! ;) Good one! :bounce: Yeah, like your man is black... but the kid turn out to be white.. or bi-raced! ;)