On gender of protagonists

I struggled a lot ("a lot" here meaning ~10 minutes) with the genders of this last logline. I wanted it to be a female, if only because the idea seems to suit a male lead in my head and I figure that's more due to my thoughts being set in their ways than the idea actually preferring it. But after writing it out with a female lead, it just didn't look as funny as a male lead. I don't know. Maybe it's just that I'm not a good enough writer, or not creative enough, but for now, I've landed on a man. Maybe I'll change it if I turn it into a treatment, but the logline is finished.

I've tried very hard to default to female protagonists in my ideas, after reading a post on the subject by Xander Bennet. The basic gist of his thinking was that everyone else in Hollywood defaults to male protagonists, and so by defaulting to female you're already standing out - and also it, you know, is a tiny step towards better representation of women in movies.

I gave it a shot, and found that not only are both of those the case, it also stretches me as a writer. Which is, if I'm honest, the main reason I've stuck with it. As a male, most of my initial movie ideas are male-focused. Which, yeah, is because I'm a male, but if you really follow the reasoning, it eventually gets down to laziness and going with what's comfortable, rather than what works best.

By forcing all of my ideas to switch to female leads in the translation from thought to writing, I'm forced to make gender a deliberate choice. It's given me more of an awareness of what I'm writing, which is the key to avoiding cliche.

 - Teddy