OK, so you’ve submitted some concepts for your big break in the business. Here’s what we’ve got so far (I have added my comments—in italics—to each idea, but remember that this is ultimately YOUR decision):
Mikhail gives us the first idea:
1) The main character is reliving conversations or events in their life in an introspective grey void. Maybe he/she died.
This could work, but the visuals in this film, being so spare (there’s not necessarily anything wrong with that, though), would be entirely subordinate to the story. This one would require a highly effective script and powerful performances.
Ethan has two ideas:
2) A man is paid to tempt an honest person into sin, and then kill them, thus sending them to hell.
This could be interesting, but the spiritual angle gets old after a while. I’ve been working on movies dealing heavily in spiritual iconography for a year and a half now, and quite frankly I’m tired of it. But if this one is what you guys want, I’ll do it, of course.
3) A contradictory adaptation of a parable.
Ethan’s idea originally specified this as a biblical parable, but I’m broadening it to include any parable, fable or other moralistic tale. I like the idea of rebutting a story that we all see as being unerringly true, but again, the script will need to be tight. Not as tight as with idea 1, necessarily, but tight nonetheless.
I was hoping to get more concepts than this, but since you didn’t deliver I’m going to cut loose and offer up an idea of my own:
4) A love story with teeth.
I suppose I should have offered up an example concept such as this at the beginning, but this is a learning process for us all. I put this up because I think there’s great story potential here, and yet is open-ended (remember that YOU ALL will be writing the script, not me). If you pick this one, you’d better have some ideas about the actual plot.
So there you go. I was going to set all this up with a nifty poll, but the plugin is having seizures so instead I’ll just have you vote with your comments and I’ll tabulate them by hand. One vote per person. Also, please feel free to use the comments to lobby for a particular concept, either by expounding on its merits or pitching your script ideas. Try to avoid threats, unless they’re constructive (and yes; there IS such a thing as a constructive threat. I should know because I’ve used them).
Vote away! And please, invite your friends, family, and distant relations to join in the fun! The more people we have involved, the better the end product will be!
(If you don’t understand this project, please take a look at “You Explode Filmmaking: Phase 1” for more details. And then come back here and vote.)