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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.

From: puppytron
2004-08-31 05:50 am (UTC)
well, you sort of cleared it up in one sentance - you dont have a working portfolio to speak of. Everybody has good ideas that could make good movies. The hard work and making it happen is what sets you apart. I'm all talk too, i have about 3 ideas rattling around in my head. I even met once a week with another writer for a while, but it sort of slowed down to nothing.

I think the best way to avoid that race for whomever writes it first is to not share your idea (even though the time-period vs. aliens idea has i am sure been thought of by hollywood at some point) Just do it. Sit down once a week and start writing. Buy a movie script and copy the correct screenplay format and just do it. I know a guy that is a scout for a company that finds scripts...there is NO EXCUSE for me to not be sending him screenplays once a month, but here i sit.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-09-01 02:53 am (UTC)
There is no excuse for living, if one thinks long enough on the subject.

Yet, as living things, we continue on without excuses.

I think I'm going to learn to live with less guilt over the remaining time that I have.
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From: puppytron
2004-09-01 05:51 am (UTC)
the strange thing is i feel guilty for everything...even things out of my control. I was visiting my mom in Greenville yesterday, and i drove by the town grocery store Jorgensen's, and i realized they relocated the Meijer store about a city block away from Jorgensen's. I had this huge wave of guilt for my about to go to Meijer after seeing that. Did i move Meijer right on top of a mom and pop place? no. But i feel guilty all the same as if i did.

moral: dont feel guilty that we live in a world out of our control.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-09-01 02:36 pm (UTC)

I suffer from the same situational mind effect.

I can blame Catholicism for that trip.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-09-01 02:56 am (UTC)
I figure if Los Angeles becomes too small for me, there is Tokyo, New York City, or Mexico City.

This I find humorous, as I am so absent-minded.

The genius that could not remember how to tie his own shoes.

A thirsty man with salt water monopoly . . .

Man, I could sit for hours on the ways I'm always catching myself in the middle of the sea in a boat without a paddle.
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