November 9, 2014 at 12:50PM
Screenwriting technique - character reveal
At a certain point in my script a character is revealed - his reveal shines light on past situations.
In order for the character to not jump out of the blue, he pops up in certain scenes throughout the story. However, he is never in the spotlight and and in fact, I don't want him to be noticed - he should just "show-up" as a returning background extra, if you will. On screen, you would be able to see him lurking in the background from time to time.
My question is, how do I write about the existence of this character throughout the script, without revealing that he is significant at all, yet letting you know that he's there? Thus keeping the surprise and mystery for the reader of the script.
Is there a method to do this? Perhaps there is script that I can read which tackles the same situation? (I thought of Synecdoche New York, if anyone can point me to that script).