In just a few short scenes, you’ve managed to introduce a whole bunch of different people, and shown the audience a bit about each of their characters.
You only have 20 or so pages for the entire first act, you have so much to do, there’s no time for long, drawn-
If your main-
There’s a reason so many scripts start with the main-
him doing something good.
You typically want the audience to relate the the main-
So, you will often see protagonists getting introduced by solving some wrong. Like beating up a drug-
Trainspotting has one of the best introductions/inciting-
Just look at what this tells you about the characters in just a few short seconds: they are criminals, they don’t care, they are probably homeless or on drugs, they are skinny and unhealthy, dressed poorly, this is set in Scotland, etc…
Then, they introduce all the supporting-
Another good film to watch to see how they introduce the characters is Armageddon, the Bruce Willis/Ben Affleck killer-
Watch how they introduce all the minor characters, they’ll only have maybe a quarter of a page -
And then again, when they go on leave right before taking off in the Space Shuttle. Each character only gets a short little scene to tell us what happened to each of them -
And again when listing all their demands (for payment). Each item is well-
If you don’t like popcorn movies like Armageddon of disturbing, drug-
They have 12 individual characters to introduce and just look at how well they do it. By the end of the film, we know so much about each character it’s like we’ve known them our whole lives. That’s what you should strive for in your screenplays. Don’t just introduce characters, show us what they’re like.