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I don't wish to sound overly sensitive regarding our military and the route you took but I am from six years in and have had a few of these conversations with friends (and family) returning home and DEALING WITH THESE FEARS.
I felt is was a bit clever but at the expense of a beer commercial type ending.
I think you really had dialog working in your favor had you kept it on a serious level. Almost like you had been there.
Actually, when I was reading it, I also thought you were going to take an after life type approach. Like they were both dead and one was helping the other to cope.
WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU - Dark Thriller
Pay with your life...But is it enough?
MISSION STYLE - Comedy
COMING SOON - TREVOR AND TAG - A really Flucked up comedy...
To me this comes across like a bad sketch from Mad TV. I think you would have been better off taking this story in a serious direction and playing it straight.
But if you go the comedy route you need to have an element of believability in there for it to be funny.
So he is away on a two day retreat? Fine, but that completely undermines the conversation they have about still looking the same, and keeping his good looks etc. You might think that is part of what makes it funny, but I would argue this is what ruins it. You overplay it to the point of absurdity and since there is no basis of truth here then the comedy feels forced. That is the problem with a lot of sketches on TV.
I think you could give this a rewrite and find a different way to tell this story (if there is one there) that doesn't just rely on a big build up with a cheap gag as a payoff.
It appears as if the gag might've gone over a few peoples heads. Or maybe it went over mine. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I read it like TJ and Brandon were on a company retreat playing paintball. True or false? The paintball schtick is funny, if that's in fact what you were going for. If not, then you might wanna rework the ending just to clarify.
P.S. - I can see where Ledbetter is coming from. PTSD isn't too funny when it comes to our brave soldiers.
It appears as if the gag might've gone over a few peoples heads. Or maybe it went over mine. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I read it like TJ and Brandon were on a company retreat playing paintball. True or false?
Clearly from the dialogue TJ and Brandon were not together. That's why Brandon is asking TJ all about it.
The paintball schtick is funny, if that's in fact what you were going for. If not, then you might wanna rework the ending just to clarify.
Whether it is paintball or something else, that is the gag. But it has been done a zillion times before. Exaggerating a trivial event way out of proportion to lead us in one direction and then shock us with the gag at the end. But the problem is the characters' actions are completely outside of reality for the actual event that it cheapens the humor. If I can't buy the premise or believe the characters are behaving in a way that is real, then ultimately I fail to identify with it and laugh at it.
i think the problem with this script is that is goes way too serious and way too deep for way too long. i think you should make the wartime dialogue a little bit lighter and definitely shorten its duration. when people start caring about the characters (as a few on this forum did) and start becoming intrigued in what they have to say - well it feels like a punch in the balls when the gag comes. they almost feel as though they were led on.
also, i think the ending could be a bit clearer considering a few people didnt get it. myself, i thought i knew what happened but i wasnt 100% sure until i read other people's comments.
oh and PTSD is a very touchy subject. i like to think that no subject is taboo...but thats one where i wont even go (just because it invokes an immediate negative response no matter how funny/clever the script is)
it feels like a punch in the balls when the gag comes. they almost feel as though they were led on.
I'm not trying to be a smart-a**, Albino, but isn't this what you could consider a "big twist?" For me that's what storytelling's all about. I'll be curious to hear what the Author actually had in mind for this one.
I didn't see the ending coming and I admit, I was surprised. Some may find the subject matter a little touchy, and I admit, I don't think I would write something like this, but to each his own. I will defend our troops to my last breath, and their sacrifice should not be taken lightly, but then again, it's that very sacrifice that allows you, me, and all the rest of us to come on here and share our little stories.
As far as the story itself, I def got a little chuckle out of the ending. When I was about halfway through I was wondering how you were going to pull this off in only three pages.
Couple of things:
Seem to be missing a (cont'd) for Brandon on page one.
I'd also think about breaking up some of TJ's dialouge with a little action sequences.
All in all, like I said, I had a chuckle at it. Good luck.
haha i really wasnt being all that serious. forum replies, just like text messaging, do not convey intentions or tone of voice unfortunately. and yes, it wont be the last time haha i like you screenrider, you keep me in check
and ill second the notion that i want the author to stop on by and say a few words