Yes, the book starts with Ana’s interview of Christian. But I could see that as a better start AFTER the opening credits. Which leaves, how to start that pre-opening credit part. Here are my ideas:
1. Christian waking from a nightmare and playing the piano: Christian having a nightmare, waking up from it and going to the piano to play while the opening credits come up. It gives you a hint about Christian having “issues” and the music could be a nice blend into the credits.
2. Christian as a child meeting Grace: 4-year-old Christian, scared and hungry meeting his new doctor – Grace. Caring for him and telling him that he’s going to come and live with her in her big house and he’ll have a new brother too! Again, it hints at Christian having issue.
3. Christian in an appointment with Dr. Flynn, hinting at some of his issues:
Flynn: “Maybe if you’re bored it’s a sign that this lifestyle isn’t working for you anymore?”
Christian: “No, I just need to find myself a new sub, and quick.”
4. Ana at the end of the book 1, and having a flashback:
Ana waking up without Christian in the bed after Savannah, but before the final trip to the Red Room of Pain. She flashes back to how she met Christian and the story is told through the film.
5. Christian breaking it off with his last sub: This would give an opportunity to show the Dom side of Christian and show his as single and looking for girl…
6. Christian beating up on Claude: Seems so simple to start at the beginning of Christian’s side of the story, but oh so easy. You’ll get to see how much energy he has and needs a way to expend it.
7. A few establishing shots of Ana, a quite, clumsy book worm: Maybe use the shots of Ana at school getting into her car, add a little bit to the conversation with Kate before the interview to establish Ana’s character at the start of the film.
How would you start the movie?