The following points for consideration were created as a resource for entertainment development and production. They are not intended to limit the creative process.
Incorporating sun safety into screenwriting is easy to do and can increase the believability of any situation:
- Realistic interaction – Have one of your characters remind another to apply sunscreen before going outside. Doing so will add a casual, realistic element to the dialogue, making it seem less scripted.
- Romantic intrigue – Let’s be frank: Applying sunscreen is a good excuse to take off your characters’ clothes. A little skin never hurt ratings.
- Beauty is skin deep – A character can point out that the more sun exposure a person has, the more Botox she will need down the road. By spending $2.50 for a bottle of sunscreen, she will be saving $250 on botulism toxin, and possibly her life.
- Jerk some tears – Skin cancer often goes unnoticed until it’s too late. By that time, it can be disfiguring and terribly painful. By no means is melanoma or any other skin cancer a pleasant thing-but it’s incredibly common, and is not often explored onscreen.
- Sun safety can be stylish – Sex & the City was popular in large part because of its ongoing fashion-forward trend setting. Start a trend by putting your characters in a variety of hats to shield them from the sun. The same can be done with protective eyewear.
- Leave ’em laughing – Friends hit a comedy goldmine when a bad experience with a spray-tanning salon left Ross looking more well-done than well. Showing your characters red-hot from the sun isn’t funny, but stupid-looking tans can be.