I put this in the book. No one seems to have noticed it. I think it’s the single scariest thing in there. But now, through the magic of YouTube, I can show you want I’m talking about.
Watch Natalie Merchant sing “Because The Night” by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith. She does a hell of a job. Singing her little heart out. Trying her best. It sounds really good. She can really sing. You hear this, you think she’s wonderful. Just like a screenplay that’s only okay.
It seems really good until you compare it to one that actually IS really good. And the Patti Smith version is what your script needs to be. It has to have that cutting edge. The power. The raw gushing talent that is overpowering. Patti Smith’s voice (what you want YOUR screenplay to be!) is so incredibly powerful, like a tsunami, it makes the Natalie Merchant version sound like dirty dishwater.
In my opinion.
And you have to make sure you’re delivering at that stratospheric level, not content to be satisfied being Natalie Merchant.