I am cranky.
Recently, I covered a script that failed to remember the Rule of Two.
Thus, I am cranky.
And lost. I got really lost b/c the script wandered from the Rule of Two.
What is the Rule of Two? Glad you asked.
I will not be cranky at you if you remember the Rule of Two.
The Rule of Two = The story always, always, always revolves around the PROTAGONIST & ANTAGONIST fighting.
I do not care if you have an ensemble cast. How does the ensemble support or conflict with the Two?
I do not care about your jokes unless they involve the Two.
I do not care if there's a monkey stealing the scene. If the Two are using the monkey as a carrier pigeon, then that's ok. Otherwise, I don't care about the monkey.
Why is this rule so important? Because otherwise the script:
- goes off on tangents. ex. The script veered off from the athlete (protagonist) & became a documentary (bystander started commenting at the camera).
- becomes individual episodes, not one continuous story. ex. I can't follow 3 A stories with 3 different protagonists. Please don't make me do it.
- gets thrown in the slush 'cause it's too hard to follow.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: All you need is Two.