Working with scriptwriters
authentic female characters
Hello fellow creatives,
Firstly, it would be inaccurate to say there are no strong representations of female characters on screen. Whether it is Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag, Michaela Coel's Arabella in I May Destroy You or Beth Harmon from The Queen's Gambit, you don't need to look too far to find powerful and three-dimensional female characters.
However, it is important to note that usually these shows are created and written by women, or have women in the production teams, tightening characters along the way. What I have found is that writers operating alone can struggle to create female characters of such depth, and often fall into the trap of writing clichéd and stereotypical female characters. This may be more common with male writers, but it also crops up in female scripts, I think due to the fact so much of the TV we watched growing up was male-centric, and created before women entered the workforce in such a powerful way.
This is why I created this service, so I can offer feedback on the female elements of your scripts, for anyone who feels it might boost their work and get it one step closer to screen. You could be falling into one of these camps:
You’re not exactly sure how to make the women in your script stand out from each other, or how they would react to a particular event.
Your female characters currently feel inconsequential to the plot. They are making up the numbers, rather than driving the action.
Maybe you have funny, complex, powerful and flawed female characters, but something you can’t put your finger on is not quite right.
If any of these areas sound familiar, please take a look around my site, and get in contact. My ambition is not to point fingers, but to help writers produce the best script possible, and I believe this is only achievable by creating female characters that are as complex and dynamic as 21st century women.
Thanks for listening, and below is a video where I explain more about the service.
Robbie Sunderland, comedy writer
"A major concern I had with my script was that my female characters weren’t active enough in the humour. Joanna gave me possible solutions without dictating what I should do, which is exactly what I was hoping for."
"Joanna's notes will definitely make the sitcom much better and I look forward to sending the next draft to see what she'll raise."