Saturday, May 12, 2007

Who's Your Audience?

While squealing girls, Jack-o-holics, and pirate fans worldwide are waiting for Captain Jack to stagger back onscreen May 25th, rumors of his confusing storyline are already burning up keyboards. At World's End is sure to be dissed by critics for not dumbing down to audiences in the same way Dead Man's Chest was criticized for being too complex to follow. But the wallet of the viewer is louder than the voice of the critic and the reason this franchise works is because Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio know exactly who they are writing for.

Okay, there are a whole lot of other reasons the POTC films work -- Depp, Bloom, Verbinski, Bruckheimer, Rick Heinrichs, Penny Rose, Hans Zimmer... it goes on and on.

The point here is that all of these guys know there's a great packhorse made up of POTC fans carrying this trilogy on its back into mind-numbing legendary explosiveness and it's that beast that has to be fed -- not the critics.

Whatever the genre, don't write for somebody else's audience. You aren't Stan Lee. You aren't Nora Ephron. You aren't J. K. Rowling. You aren't Steve Martin. You aren't even Ted Elliott or Terry Rossio. Don't write for their audiences.

Who's your audience?

It's not the critics.

Oh, my aching back.

5 comments:

E.C. Henry said...

When you love someone, they can do nothing wrong -- in your eyes.

Mary An, you need to face the facts: you love Terry Rossio! Ephiny, I know. But the way you gush and carry on over this man's work is nothing short of treament the Beattles got from teenage girls in the early 60s.

Your fixation is cute in a way, but it also reminds me of a little dittie that was popular in the back half of the 1980s.

"Gonna have to face, you're addicted to Rossio!"

Rose covered glasses tend to skew one's objectivity on the true greatness, or lack their of, of an artistic offering rendered. I LOVED the second "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, but the third and upcoming one, (based on the preview for it I saw while watching Spidy 3 last weekend) make it look like a dud.

Anyway, all I submit is that you TRY to be objective, and control your raging (post) teenage horemones. Robert Palmer may have coined it, but now in 2007 E.C. Henry's moderninzing it...

"Mary An, you're gonna have to face it, you're addicted to Rossio!"

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

annabel said...

You aren't Nora Ephron.

Don't crush my dreams!

MaryAn Batchellor said...

Let's not forget Ted Elliott, E.C. I'm an equal opportunity gusher.

Annabel, your dreams are safe as long as you aren't trying to write Sleepless in Seattle!

The Moviequill said...

MaryAn gets 11 gold stars for holding her tongue...

Spider Man is getting the same lame-o plotline comments too and um, I think it did some business haha

Matt Hader said...

Maryan, you couldn't pick a better couple of writers to gush over. I've had the pleasure of meeting Terry and Ted together one time and Terry a couple of other times. They're good people.