Without having read the script, after watching a bad movie:
How do you judge whether it was bad writing, bad directing or bad decisions by the producers/"creative execs"?
Are there certain elements in the movie that indicate to you who's to blame?
When somebody says, "That was bad writing," I assume they're mainly referring to the dialogue. But even with dialogue, can you blame the original writer who has no control over the final material?
In arguments with my friends, my bias prevents me from ever blaming the writer. After all, if you've ever heard screenwriters talk plot and then heard producers/studio execs talk plot, it may very well sound like 2 different languages.
Just in case y'all are curious as to what my friends and I are arguing over these past few days- PROMETHEUS and SOUND OF MY VOICE.
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06-15-2012 05:37 PM
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06-15-2012 06:04 PM
To some extent I don't think the script can ever be blamed. If it is bad enough to destroy a movie the producers shouldn't have optioned it in the first place. Once optioned if it's not up to scratch the production team should get it fixed in pre-production. It is the actors job to find a way to make the dialog work. If they can't there's nothing to say it can't be changed. Of course a good script makes everyone else's jobs a lot easier.
Reading the scripts for some of my favourite movies it is clear that it is nothing more than a blueprint anyway. I've never read a script which I would have envisaged the way it turned out. If the problems appear to be down to money (too little - looks cheap, too much - director may get out of control) then it's producer. Everything else at least in part lies with the director. They should have it under control. Unless the producer has hamstrung the director but you need inside info to know that. The casting is often what makes or breaks it.
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06-15-2012 06:07 PM
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Bad writing - bad dialogue, dumb characters, cliche story twists...
Bad directing - bad acting, bad staging / shot decisions...
Bad producing - final product looks and sounds cheap...