(Video) quick tip – describing female characters – how not to do it

This is Max Landis. People have mentioned him on the Internet. I sometimes post links to the stuff he does. And people give him a lot of crap.

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This is Max Landis, writer of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. People have mentioned him on the Internet. I sometimes post links to the stuff he does. And people give him a lot of crap.

Quite frankly, I see someone trying to good things and sometimes makes his own suggestions. But this is a video that every screenwriter should watch. It’s about how to not describe female characters. And he’s right.

Screen writing is an economy. One page is a minute of screen time. And on that page, the screenwriter should describe the controllable variables of a scene. Describing a character as “attractive” is meaningless because that’s subjective to the audience, so it’s something the screenwriter can’t control.

Screenwriters who do this: please stop.

Author: the Purple Prose Mage

I'm not Batman, but I wish that I were.

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