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  • #46
    Re: "Untraceable" Trailer

    Originally posted by Terrance Mulloy View Post
    What I want to know is - how the fvck does more hits to the site kill the victims faster? What, is the guy's heart hooked up to a modem or something?

    What if the killer (or killers) just simply checks to see if the site has gotten more hits and if so then proceeds to shorten the lifespan of their latest victim?

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    • #47
      Re: "Untraceable" Trailer

      Originally posted by j over View Post
      What if the killer (or killers) just simply checks to see if the site has gotten more hits and if so then proceeds to shorten the lifespan of their latest victim?
      Sure, that's feasible, but once again I go back to my "ludicrous" argument.

      Imagine watching a film where the serial killer is downstairs in his "untraceable" den of torture, with some poor guy half dead, sprawled out on a rack, and this killer is stopping every few seconds to check his Google Adwords account.
      @TerranceMulloy

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      • #48
        Re: "Untraceable" Trailer

        I'm with you Writers Block, as I think you know.

        I think the thing to think about is this: what type of per centage of managers (and to a lesser extent agents) do you think would have requested a look-see at this script? I would wager that it would have gotten a ton of read requests, because it's got a clever, high concept premise, and can be done very affordably. I think some of you guys are harder than the market when it comes to believability of concepts, and I'm not sure that serves you well.

        But that's just my .02.

        And by the way, thanks a ton for posting this link!

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        • #49
          Re: "Untraceable" Trailer

          Originally posted by seh View Post
          I think some of you guys are harder than the market when it comes to believability of concepts, and I'm not sure that serves you well.
          I think we have all been bamboozled into thinking we have to come up with the next "Speed".

          Hey. It's great if you can. It's even better if you can effectively execute the concept well in a screenplay (the other half of the equation).

          But barring both of these prerequisites... What I believe aspiring writers should look at are projects like "Untraceable" and see the thought process of both the writers AND the producers who bought it and greenlighted it.

          For example, look at "The Kingdom".

          Even though it bombed... The concept is fairly straight forward and has a hook. It is basically "CSI goes to Saudi Arabia". It is same because it is an action movie, but different because of the setting and geopolitical and religious baggage it addresses.

          And speaking of which... I can bet another reason "Untraceable" was greenlighted is because it IS similar to a lot of the dominant police procedurals on TV right now (CSI; Without a Trace; Bones) as is "The Kingdom". This is not a bad thing, guys. It means this is what the general audience is interested in, familiar with and are most likely willing to spend their money at the box office to see. This is the epitome of same, but different.

          Like I said, I'm not saying you can't have an opinion as a movie fan. This movie might suck royally. And it will probably bomb given most films of this type do.

          But agian, it is the thought process that should be examined because I feel this is the number one thing more important than just being a good writer. It is not knowing what your market wants, but how that market thinks which in turn leads to what it wants.
          Positive outcomes. Only.

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          • #50
            Re: "Untraceable" Trailer

            I agree with what both of you are saying. And you're right. It is a high concept - marketable idea.

            But when you strip away all the ooo's and ahh's, it seems pretty ridiculous, and that's what I was getting at. Not the viability of the hook by Hollywood standards, but based on the trailer it looks a little silly. As far as the film itself goes - well, I mean, for all I know the film could be awesome?

            I'm going to have to read the script, because I want to know how the hell this guy kills his victims with more hits to the website. It has me intrigued.
            @TerranceMulloy

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            • #51
              Re: "Untraceable" Trailer

              I'm intrigued, too. If anyone wouldn't mind passing along the script, please pm or email.

              Thanks.

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              • #52
                Re: "Untraceable" Trailer

                IMO, my biggest issues with the script are (POSSIBLE SPOILERS):

                The method used to cause the number of hits to shorten the time in terms of EToD seemed absurd.

                The actual EToDs were ridiculous.

                A lot of the techie stuff seemed impossible.

                On top of that, there were some typos and I noticed every time a character smiled because either the micro-managing smile action line wasn't needed at all or it seemed a completely inappropriate time to smile.

                Despite all this, it was a compelling read and kept me up into the wee hours of the morning because I wanted to know what happened next. Go figure.

                "We're all immigrants now, man."
                - Zia (Patrick Fugit), "Wristcutters: A Love Story"

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