The Jane Test – A new take on the Bechdel Test

The Jane test. It’s a new take on the Bechdel test (a way to test if movies with female characters interact (and talk) with each about topics unrelated to male characters). Producer Ross Putman was curious to learn how female characters are described early on in movie scripts. He took hundreds of movie scripts and changed all the female characters names to Jane. Ross then posted these female character intros to Twitter (@femscriptintros). What the Jane test shows is female characters tend to be around 20-30 years old and attractive. The idea behind posting to Twitter is that screen writers can test their own scripts to see how their work fares.┬áBy examining the way female characters are depicted in their screen plays writers can perhaps consider other ways to describe female characters. It’s a neat test that uses technology and language to understand works of fiction.