I am noodling an idea about how to open the limited edition book I am producing for my Cattletrack opening in January. I want to deal directly with Olive Oatman's time among the Mojave. So I have been casting around for an opening scene. I was inspired by something I read by the director Steve McQueen: "Save the best for first. The opening scene should jar and jolt. I want your attention."
Okay, here you go:
"The beginning of a movie is never the beginning of a story. Scramble the narrative, especially in the first act."