I'd love for someone (or maybe a couple of you) to send me a private message to discuss with me an idea I have for one of the characters in "12 Princesses". The one character in particular (don't want to give too much detail on the public forum) is well written as is... but... I'm considering an almost complete overhaul of the character, but I'm not sure if I should. I can think of reasons to keep the character the same with slightly different dialogue in spots... but then I can also think of reasons to completely change the character... but can't figure out which works better.
anyone interested in hearing my idea and helping me decide, please send me a private message!
Go with your complete overhaul of the character... it may just elevate your pitch/proposal above other similar/mediocre ideas. Take a risk and try and stand out from the crowd. It may just more than just... 'works better'.
The Amazon Studio notes for 12 PRINCESSES let a writer pitch absolutely whatever they so desire.
The notes appear like generic 'good advice' that could apply to any film of any genre.
well, ok, the character I was thinking of altering is Franc. I'm considering making Franc a male. I feel like if Franc is male, it would make the Franc-Bob dynamic feel more vaudeville (which seemed to be what Rob was going for in the first place). It would also add an extra male to the story, which I feel like it could use to balance out 12 princesses that I'm making more dynamic and 3 dimensional rather than just background pieces.
A reason to NOT change Franc is that she comes across as amusing because she behaves the way she does (she's like a female version of Genie from "Aladdin"... but I'd make her even more-so if I leave her female).
So I'm not sure which is better... strengthening her already Genie like aspects (which to me make her seem one of the more entertaining characters), or to alter her into a he and focus on the vaudville aspect of the Franc-Bob dynamic.
Most people would leave Franc a female. Changing it gives you an automatic difference from the average script. But above all, do whichever gives you the strongest story. Amazon wants, in the end, the best movie regardless of how many men, women or fairies are in it.