Bad Loglines = Bad Screenplays?

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  • #16
    Re: Bad loglines

    Ask ANY 20 y/o male what's a good idea for a movie and he'll say "The story of my life."

    And he'll be serious.

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    • #17
      wcmartell,

      You're scaring me.

      I read your article :INDEPENDENTS: Dog Juice" and took it to heart. I figured my current project was for the indie market and I crammed as much "juice" in as I could. Then I remembered your remark, "If I wonder whether I've gone far enough, I probably haven't," or something to that effect. And I crammed even more juice into the damned script.

      At this point the script is, well, juicy. Very juicy.

      A couple quotes from your opening comment in this thread are in order:

      "If your scipt is too different than other movies, the audience won't want to see it".

      "If you can't think of any recent films like your script, there may be a very good reason... they don't make movies like that... start looking for similar stories in other media."

      I can put together a logline for my script. It would take the form "Movie X meets Movie Y meets Movie Z". So in that way, I don't feel off the deep end. And yet, we're talking lots of dog juice here.

      Then I think, well, "Being John Malkovich" was weird, original, funny, juicy.

      Question: Is it possible to have too much dog juice for even the indies?

      greg

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