READ THE SCRIPT IMMEDIATELY .
YOU'VE FINISHED THE SCRIPT, NOW CALL THE WRITER IMMEDIATELY AND PRAISE THEM!
BEGIN YOUR PRAISE WITH A VAGUE COMPLIMENT, THEN FOLLOW IT UP WITH SOME SPECIFIC POSITIVE COMMENTS.
SET THE MEETING AND STICK TO IT
THE MEETING - START A VAGUE POSITIVE STATMENT
DO YOUR BEST TO TAKE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARD THE SCRIPT
GO THROUGH THE ENTIRE SCRIPT PAGE BY PAGE AND TELL THEM SPECIFICALLY ALL THE MOMENTS YOU LIKE!
BEING NICE PAYS OFF - AKA THE BENEFITS OF BEING POSITIVE
WHEN GIVING A SCRIPT CORRECTION BE AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE
DON'T PUSSYFOOT ABOUT WHAT YOU DON'T LIKE.
CONVINCE THE WRITER THERE ACTUALLY IS A PROBLEM
SOMETIMES YOU WILL BE WRONG.
THE WRITER IS WRONG AND REFUSES TO SEE IT. WHAT DO I DO?
DON'T OFFER SOLUTIONS. CONVINCE THE WRITER THERE'S A PROBLEM AND THEN LET THEM COME UP WITH A SOLUTION.
DON'T "SPITBALL" IDEAS. (SEE RULE FIFTEEN)
THE WRITER SHOULD FEEL IT'S THEIR STORY...
BE SPECIFIC ABOUT THE PROBLEM AND VAGUE ABOUT GIVING A SOLUTION
WHAT IF YOU HAVE A GREAT SOLUTION?
THERE'S A PROBLEM AND YOU'VE DROPPED HINTS AND DESCRIBED YOUR GREAT IDEA VAGUELY, BUT THE WRITER CAN'T GRAB THE HINT?
SUBMIT YOUR IDEA AS A CLICHE THAT SHOULD BE AUTOMATICALLY DISMISSED
DANGER! HACK WRITER AHEAD
PREFERABLY HAVE ONLY ONE PERSON IN A ROOM, ONE EXCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT EXEC FOR EVERY WRITER
21. SUBMIT YOUR IDEA AS A CLICHE THAT SHOULD BE AUTOMATICALLY DISMISSED
Richard Wagner would do this - before tossing a solution to a problem, he would qualify the idea with a warning that I was about hear a horrible cliche that I should not use - "I wouldn't want you do this, but here's the cliche...". It allows the writer to judge the idea without danger of being forced to incorporate it in the story or even consider it, in fact you're asking them to NOT do it. If for some reason they like it, it will be their decision to keep it. Encourage them to analyze it, break it down conceptually and recreate it within the context of their story . Then it becomes their idea, they own it, they'll be enthusiastic about writing it and everyone is happy. It also keeps a clear eye on the division of labor and will even help keep their ideas fresh.
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