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Manchester
04-27-2014, 06:36 PM
If you want to say, "Oh, my script is like [name of produced film]", how big should that film's gross have been, relative to its budget, to make it a helpful reference?

ducky1288
04-27-2014, 10:39 PM
I think "profitable" is considered 2.5 times the original budget? So anything above that would be good, but of course the more money the better.

keithcalder
04-28-2014, 11:16 AM
It's a mistake to think of these references purely in terms of money. It's about picking movies that an exec/producer/agent would be excited about being involved with. Sometimes they're motivated by gross, sometimes they're motivated by profitability, sometimes they're motivated by launching franchises, sometimes they're motivated by being risk-averse, sometimes they're motivated by awards and critical acclaim, and sometimes they're even motivated by personal taste.

Don't just assume it's about picking somewhat similar films with high grosses.

Bunker
04-30-2014, 12:03 PM
If you're going to reference a film, don't worry about the gross. Just worry about:

1. How recognizable is the film?
2. How well-liked is the film?
3. How distinctive is the film?

For example, by any profit measure CHILDREN OF MEN was a flop ($70mil BO on a $76mil budget, according to wikipedia). And yet, everyone has seen it (criteria 1), everyone loves it (criteria 2), and it portrays a very clear visual style/world (criteria 3).

Therefore, if your script is near-future sci-fi of a dark, realistic, almost-apolocalyptic world, you should definitely reference CHILDREN OF MEN.

Howie428
04-30-2014, 03:54 PM
These things are all about perception. Fifteen years ago if you went around shopping something as being "like Cutthroat Island" you'd have been shown the door. Then a movie comes out that is like Cutthroat Island, only well executed. Then you can say "like Pirates of the Caribbean" and everyone will listen.

DavidK
05-01-2014, 06:17 AM
It's a mistake to think of these references purely in terms of money. It's about picking movies that an exec/producer/agent would be excited about being involved with. Sometimes they're motivated by gross, sometimes they're motivated by profitability, sometimes they're motivated by launching franchises, sometimes they're motivated by being risk-averse, sometimes they're motivated by awards and critical acclaim, and sometimes they're even motivated by personal taste.

Don't just assume it's about picking somewhat similar films with high grosses.

This.