Monday, January 9, 2012
Worst spec script mistakes ever: criticising looks.
You might have already read my post about the guy who wasn't able to write a coherent logline (but managed to win a competition). That's probably the biggest mistake you can make based on your lack of intelligence - lack of IQ that is.
However, that still leaves us the mistakes you can make based on your lack of emotional intelligence. Unfortunately this is an area where you can make even bigger mistakes than writing loglines that don't make sense.
I found one when I managed to read a Modern Family spec that boldly went where many hadn't gone before - that is, totally superficial.
It was pretty hard for me to believe what I was reading, but nevertheless, this writer's storylines were all about how someone looks and how the characters would change the appearance of others if they could.
Cameron this, Mitchell that, Jay this, Gloria that, Claire this, Phil that. Looks, looks, looks.
You know, unless the premise of the show is "the fat guy and.." (King of Queens, Mike & Molly), you don't bring up someone's appearance. You may and even should complain about someone's habits, but you don't complain about the looks. Because doing that is simply wrong. It's inhuman.
The whole point of writing is that looks don't matter. It's what's inside that counts.