The Script is the Bible #4

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Fong: I found some old notes on movie ideas. Thought I would share.

Documentary Ideas

1. A documentary on empathy. Not the concept, but being able to physically empathize with someone. It would be over a course of a week.

  • Day 1: a day without sight
  • Day 2: a day without sound
  • Day 3: a day without words
  • Day 4: a day without legs
  • Day 5: a day without arms
  • Day 6: a day in poverty
  • Day 7: a day in prejudice

2. Based on Do the Movies Have a Future? by David Denby, a “documentary” on the death of cinema. A satirical take on pop culture. Not sure how this will pan out. Maybe set in a dystopian future or alternate universe where the entertainment industry is not as prominent in society.

Feature/Short Ideas

1. A convicted killer on the run finds refuge in the dorm room of four college students. Questions mortality. Based on the Christopher Dorner case a while back, where his motives and innocence were unclear, and all I wanted to know was the truth.

2. “Cuil” Theory = Kill Theory. The embodiment of psychopathic insanity – an exploration of the abstraction of thought as one delves into justifying murder.

3. A visual piece revolving around synesthesia, in the style of Drive.

4. A security agent of a celebrity becomes obsessed with the celebrity’s stalker and must hide his feelings from his family and the celebrity.

5. A gang of “bikers”, but use electric bikes instead of motorcycles. This one is more of a character idea.

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The Script is The Bible #3

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“‘I found a great script’. That’s what the whole industry is about.”
– Adam Novak

Adam Novak, Head of Story and Development at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, came to speak the other day. He recommended Passengers by G.J. Pruss as an example of a great script.

A USC Writing for Television of Film alum, Novak started off doing coverage for William Norris before they merged with Endeavor. He was good at it and his insights got movies made. They were great movies, too, like Creme. Eventually, he decided he was better at reading scripts than writing them.

So, for those college interns fed up with all the coverage you may be forced to do, don’t give up. Maybe you’ll end up reading for the rest of your life, but it’s not so bad. You could be making millions telling others how to fix theirs. Take your time, learn from the good and the bad scripts.

The Script is the Bible #1

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A documentary about the world’s greatest elevator-music star. We follow how he deals with stardom–the drugs, the girls, and the awkward elevator rides. A fascinating character study and comment on elevator culture. Coming soon.

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