Thursday, July 22, 2010

Open note to writers

To all writers and wannabe writers out there:

Just because something is awkward doesn't mean it's funny.

This especially applies to screenwriters (of, for example, The Office and Cop Out).

A conversation that is awkward is uncomfortable, which makes the audience wish it would end.  Drawing this conversation out for a loooooong time is not funny, and it's not entertaining; it just tortures the audience.  For example, every scene involving the dimwitted parents in the Transformers movies.

Repeat!

Awkward != Funny
Awkward <> Funny
Awkward ≠ Funny

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