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Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting Today, 07:43 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By JeffLowell
Re: High Concept vs New High Concept

I think more of these are high concept than maybe you're giving credit:

She Dies Tomorrow
Cut Throat City
Unhinged (full logline isn't up, but it looks like it's in the mold of Falling Down)
Bill &...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting Today, 03:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 131
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: High Concept vs New High Concept

I think people can drive themselves crazy with definitions. If you have a smart contained thriller that has an angle no one has done, you'll get reads. If you're pitching "guy trapped in phone...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting Today, 11:57 AM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

Just trying to help your level of insult. You wouldn't look at a fat guy and say "hey, Pigpen!" Pigpen's defining trait is that he is literally a walking cloud of dirt. Also, he's a character from...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting Today, 11:45 AM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

Also, it's tete-a-tete.

And Pigpen is dirty, not fat.

No charge.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting Today, 11:40 AM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

This is very upsetting. You didn't know the difference between high concept and low concept in 2010, and you still don't, a decade later?
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-10-2020, 09:47 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

Hey, Cyfress, upon further consideration, I love both the ideas you posted in this thread. I think we all do, right, guys? Right?!






Please don't kill me.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-10-2020, 09:13 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

Couldn't agree with you more. High concept isn't some panacea. There are just as many bad high concept ideas as bad low concept ideas.



Hear. Hear.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-10-2020, 09:08 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

That's some pretty mild irony, and besides, I don't see what something being ironic has to do with it being high concept. I'd honestly put irony as more of a characteristic of independent films,...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-10-2020, 03:37 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

Yes! A script needs an intriguing idea to even get requested from a query! Thank you for agreeing with the point I've been making for twenty pages!



Well, in your hypothetical, they're putting...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-10-2020, 03:15 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

Again, you said that you have literally never read a script that would be rejected because of its idea. Own it! Unless you've changed your mind.

I've done a couple of reviews of scripts here...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-10-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

No, I'm saying I'm not sure it's the event you think it will be. Go for it! I hope you get tons of helpful advice.



Yes, of course, they should write whatever they're passionate about! But if...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-10-2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

Wait, you missed it?

A HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

Have a fun hour (http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/boards/showthread.php?t=83524).
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-10-2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

I don't think anyone here is talking about a great story by someone who isn't good at writing a logline that sums it up. We're talking about scripts where the underlying concept isn't working. It's...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-10-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

You seem to regularly miss what makes a film interesting. The concept of "The Usual Suspects" is incredibly original and catchy: the police "round up the Usual Suspects" - i.e., a group of career...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-10-2020, 10:07 AM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

Thanks to the JTMD defenders. I think one quadrant of viewers (young women) thought it was great. I wish teen girls wrote reviews instead of OLD WHITE GUYS, am I right?!

Anyway, my point in...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-09-2020, 02:14 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

Subjectivity and self-analysis is always a problem. It's why I pitch road testing ideas - first off, do the research to make sure it doesn't exist, and then pitch it to everyone on earth and get...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-07-2020, 04:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 352
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: The Use of Dialogue in Character Development

sc111: I think hearing different voices for different characters in your head definitely sets writers apart. (Although Sorkin has done well writing one voice for all his characters - I guess if...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-06-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

We'll vote on it at the next meeting.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-06-2020, 04:57 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

I have no notes.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-05-2020, 08:24 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

Forget it, Joe. Its Chinatown.

Nice thread, Bono. Jesus.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-05-2020, 06:46 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

Well, that seemed sane, Cyfress.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-05-2020, 05:42 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

I believe its spelled King Tastykake, and it means that Cyfress thinks Im delicious and wants to eat me?
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-05-2020, 03:43 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

Cyfress has really brought the rest of us together. Me and SC and that idiot Bono.
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-05-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

Sloppy of us.

The best part is, I'm sure the idea that you've spent your time on DD sucking up to me is as amusing to you as it is to me. I've probably spent more time fighting with you than any...
Forum: Intermediate & Advanced Screenwriting 08-05-2020, 03:08 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 10,918
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Picking Right Idea

I haven't seen the Godfather in awhile, but wasn't Fredo the one who was frustrated because he was always passed over? No one let him do the job he knew he could do? But the truth was, he was...
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