|Theory on Story Ideas.
||[Aug. 30th, 2004|09:45 pm]
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Basically, if I share a story idea, and it has some credible and workable ideas . . . at that point, if the idea goes into the public, be it the internet, or in a public place in conversation . . . it becomes a free-for-all, a race by folks who write to see who can come up with the better story, at the right time for Hollywood to snap-it-up.
This is complete paranoia, considering two situations:
1) I have no portfolio of screenplays to speak of . . .
2) I have made no progress toward a beginning for a screenwriting degree.
So, since those two points I can fathom, I'm not too concerned about my mental health going from astute to deranged.
On that note, girlyunderwear found a blurb that launched her unexpectedly into my source of the muse:
My words, reprinted, to her found story link:
Personally, I can see that blurb about the Dominican Republicans stranded at sea going two ways.
1) Tell a moving story about a family that struggled through terrible third world situations, had dreams . . . the final act could feature the last-gasp secret boat attempt that ends up in a harrowing stranded at sea situation . . . maybe have a double-nadir around that point, make the family completely destitute in the third world, and have the opportunity for a better life by the secret boat escape . . . this could be worked into a pretty good independent film, and all of the white suckers in Aspen would give it many awards.
2) Change the subjects to wealthier folks in developed countries, and make it a cruise ship summer thriller. This would need a bigger budget. However, the target audience would be rather large. The stories I've read and the stuff I've watched on TV about illnesses and other fiascos on cruise ships . . . the wealthier half are ripe for a summer film about their favorite pass-time . . . schedule it for around Memorial Day, in the US . . . watch the cash flow, flow, flow. Plus, it's been quite a few years since Speed 2 closed the door on any lucrative thrillers with cruise ships.
I'd go for #2, but that's me. #1 is easily as enjoyable, and requires a far smaller budget.
Thanks for the voice of the muse.
Also, Brad and I kicked around some minor thoughts on a time-period settlers vs. aliens idea.
With Hollywood, it seems that timing is everything. Also, what you see is the best there is . . . that remains true. Writers, get your pens and keyboards. Call the writers Ishmael, call the "great story idea" Ahab, and the studio check would then be the whale.