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This Twitter Account Shows How NOT To Introduce a Female Character In Your Scripts

This Twitter Account Shows How NOT To Introduce a Female Character In Your Scripts

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Producer Ross Putman has started a new Twitter account, @femscriptintros, that features introductions for the female leads in scripts he’s actually read. Putman changes the name of the female leads to Jane, but otherwise, he states that everything else is verbatim. While the intros are hilarious at first, they grow increasingly cringeworthy once reality hits that these are serious.  And the trends he uncovers explain a lot about the way Hollywood looks at women. 

Really, these tweets have definitely opened up some serious questions for us ladies: For example, I now wonder why I don’t casually jump naked on my bed as well. Is something has been missing from my femininity as a result? 

Below are some choice favorites:

Read all of the female intros on Ross Putman’s Twitter feed.

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Which is funny because Max Landis has done the exact same thing in his own scripts.


The problem isn’t writers, the problem is hollywood producers only putting a certain type of female character on screen… Write a script that reads, "A fat pimply girl with warts and facial hair comes in the room and says HI!" see how far that gets you?

Ken the Magnificient

No doubt Tony is the kind of guy who always spits out quotes to friends so he appears enlightened, while also reminding them that his greatest influences were the famous Philosophers. I actually knew a guy named Tony who did exactly this in University.


Also check out the twitter of Max Landis Feb 10 2016. He talks about it too, and I think he ranted about it in one of his videos but I didn’t have time to look through all of htem.


there’s so little context for these intros so it’s hard to say if these are generic or right for the script/story they’re being pulled from. With the exception of the one Jane" who was labeled as being Mexican, I’d imagine all these Janes are white actresses.

Mark McKendrick

Pip… Tony’s punctuation in this instance is correct. Had he been quoting a second or third party’s use of "a" or "it" the punctuation would be inside. Hope this helps.


Pip, the punctuation goes inside quotations. Tony is not quoting here. His punctuation is correct.
"His punctuation is correct." If I am writing about Tony’s use of punctuation and quotation marks, as I stated above, his use is "correct". Not yours.


These ARE pretty terrible, but descriptions of male characters can be just as stereotyped and/or over-the-top. I’ve read lots of male characters described as "chisled," or "hunky," or possessing "quiet good looks," whatever the heck that means…


Its Jeopardy style click-bait. ‘This’ doesn’t indicate our proximity to a link or image, but rather denotes that a specific entity (The solution to the question) possesses the specific qualities that follow it (ie. Shows How NOT To Introduce a Female Character In Your Scripts’).

Pip Nosher

Yeah, and hey Tony, while we’re all three wasting time here, your punctuation should go inside your quotation marks (assuming you are also living with us in pre-Trump America).


@Tony – Did you not read the article? It’s literally in the opening line, then repeatedly throughout in every screen grab. If you’re too lazy to read beyond the title that’s your problem, not the authors.


"This Twitter account" – what Twitter account? There is no indication of name or of it in the title or lead image. If you’re not featuring "it", you can’t say "this". Use the term "a". "A Twitter account".

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