After almost every movie or television show I ever see, I think to myself “If I had just been given a week with that script…”
I.E. I am always convinced that I have spotted some places where just a minor tweak would have made the movie a whole lot better.
As an example (the only one that comes to mind right now), once I was watching an episode of Enterprise where the vulcan lady said, to someone who was making some sacrifice for her, “You don’t have to do this.” I thought it would have been much better for her to say “That is… not required.” Or something like that.
Another example: In Batman Begins, upon seeing the Batmobile for the first time, Gordon says, “I gotta get me one of those!” Stupid cliche. My suggestion would be (if you must have a reaction from Gordon) to have him stare after it agape for half a second or a second or so, then turn to look down at his own appropriately sad-looking or beat-up car for a second or two. Should get a chuckle, and even though it might be considered still a bit cliche, still it seems to me to be more humorous and more appropriate to the movie to me and (I haven’t put my finger yet on why) it feels more respectful towards the audience than the “gotta get me one of those” line.
Anyway. Stuff like that is what I’m talking about. Just changing the wording here, replacing a cliche there, and so on.
I suspect there are people involved in the production of a script of a movie whose role is basically to do just what I described.
How could I get to be one of those people?
Note that I am barely interested at all, if interested at all, in actually writing whole scripts of my own. I’m not a writer. I’m a critic. But a constructive critc…