When I’m writing, my emotions tend to vacillate between “Oh, God, how did I ever fool myself into thinking I can write?” and “Why am I so amazing?”
For this reason, I’m not very perspicacious when it comes to judging my own work. (Why, yes, I do have a word-a-day calendar. How did you know?)
On the one hand, my favorite script is one my wife hates. On the other, I wrote a short that I thought was just okay, but my friend said, “You have to make this. Right now.”
So, you never know.
That being said, I’m still surprised when I read a really bad screenplay on TriggerStreet.com. (For those of you unfamiliar with that site, it was created by Kevin Spacey’s company as a kind of social networking website for filmmakers and other artists. You can post scripts, short films, comic books, and so on. The hitch is, you have to review someone else’s work first. It’s a clever way of dissuading freeloaders.)
It’s a great way to put your story out into the world and stand up or fall down on its own merits. But the scripts some people submit just baffle me. I’ve seen stories with huge plot holes, characters that don’t act like people, scenes that ramble on and on, and general grammatical confusion (commas and periods serve very different functions, buddy).
I suppose I should congratulate them simply for completing a very difficult task. Then again, people say the same thing about soccer (or “metric football“), and you won’t see me going to an LA Galaxy game anytime soon.
Reading a script like that always gives me pause. Did this guy think he had just written his masterpiece? Did he really believe this was the great American screenplay?
What does this say about me, when I jump back and think, That’s it! Don’t touch another word! Just point the camera at the pages, and it’ll make a hundred million!
Am I as delusional as these guys?
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This has nothing to do with the above, but if you like video games, it’s funny anyway.