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Old 05-10-2009, 11:10 PM   #1
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I submitted my script to a major production company who said they liked the story and if I made it "more studio" they would consider it. It's a slightly subversive romantic company, somewhere between an Indie and a mainstream film. Any suggestions and guidelines on making it it "more studio?"
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:15 PM   #2
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I submitted my script to a major production company who said they liked the story and if I made it "more studio" they would consider it. It's a slightly subversive romantic company, somewhere between an Indie and a mainstream film. Any suggestions and guidelines on making it it "more studio?"
Make it non-subversive
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:33 PM   #3
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Make it non-subversive
Actually they said they liked the subversive element, which they described as a "Juno-like curiousness, post-taboo and commercial." It has more to do with the setting, placing it against a bigger backdrop, heightening the subplots, giving it more scale... Maybe someone has some examples from other romantic comedies...
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:51 PM   #4
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Actually they said they liked the subversive element, which they described as a "Juno-like curiousness, post-taboo and commercial." It has more to do with the setting, placing it against a bigger backdrop, heightening the subplots, giving it more scale... Maybe someone has some examples from other romantic comedies...
Dude/or Chick, what they say is heroine poppy ****.

You look at the movies studios are making. THAT'S what they want. Every writer thinks they can be the one who writes that "different" thing the studios will make, yet the studios are making less and less "different" films every year. It gets more rigid by the day.

If you're gonna go for it, don't gild the lilly. Go for it. And "Juno" ain't it, regardless what they say.

All IMO of course.
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Dude/or Chick, what they say is heroine poppy ****.

You look at the movies studios are making. THAT'S what they want. Every writer thinks they can be the one who writes that "different" thing the studios will make, yet the studios are making less and less "different" films every year. It gets more rigid by the day.

If you're gonna go for it, don't gild the lilly. Go for it. And "Juno" ain't it, regardless what they say.

All IMO of course.
Agreed. So how do I make it more studio? I'm not sure what that means...
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:41 AM   #6
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Agreed. So how do I make it more studio? I'm not sure what that means...
If you're looking to get usable suggestions, it's too difficult without anyone having read the screenplay or at least have some idea of what the story is about.
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Old 05-11-2009, 05:18 AM   #7
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It has more to do with the setting, placing it against a bigger backdrop, heightening the subplots, giving it more scale...
IMO, they gave you a few clues right there. If it's set in a simple apartment with the female and male leads on the same level, add some obstacles: Possibly have the male wealthy, living in a mansion with snobby parents who look down on the simple *Junoesque* heroine.

Add more involvement of your subplot characters, perhaps some from the *wealthier* group, a few from the average group. Give them a life, their own story, maybe a sister of the wealthy guy who gave up her poor lover to marry one of the wealthier types and is secretly miserable. Maybe she even meets her old *poorish* boyfriend on the side?

Just some thoughts to make the screenplay less linear as it dips into the subplots and gives them more life, but still interwines with the central plot?
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:22 AM   #8
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Maybe a silly question but did you ask them what "more studio" meant?
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Trying to read between the lines without having read the script, my guess would be they mean the stakes aren't high enough.
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:25 PM   #10
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Maybe a silly question but did you ask them what "more studio" meant?
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Just call them, "more studio" is too subjective to ask in here. The easy answer is call and ask them yourself.
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