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Author Topic: The Movie Pitch Thread  (Read 1858 times)

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Re: The Movie Pitch Thread
« Reply #180 on: August 16, 2017, 12:07:04 pm »
I had this idea for a film that I originally talked about back in 2013 on RT (I think it was on the Robot Jox forums, I could be wrong though). Basically, it's about a man who tries to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend using a sudden magical box that serves as an intentional deus ex machina whenever problems arise, basically doing whatever solves these issues the quickest and the best.

The ideal title would be Deus Ex-Girlfriend Machina.

So...if the audience already knows his issues will always be solved in the most optimal way there is, where would the dramatic tension of any kind come from?

Turn it into a comedy or have the machine turn on him and try to kill him or his girlfriend later on.

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Re: The Movie Pitch Thread
« Reply #181 on: August 16, 2017, 01:31:09 pm »
I had this idea for a film that I originally talked about back in 2013 on RT (I think it was on the Robot Jox forums, I could be wrong though). Basically, it's about a man who tries to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend using a sudden magical box that serves as an intentional deus ex machina whenever problems arise, basically doing whatever solves these issues the quickest and the best.

The ideal title would be Deus Ex-Girlfriend Machina.
So... if the audience already knows his issues will always be solved in the most optimal way there is, where would the dramatic tension of any kind come from?
Well, it would be a comedy, like Cutler suggested.

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Re: The Movie Pitch Thread
« Reply #182 on: August 20, 2017, 05:13:56 pm »
I had this idea for a film that I originally talked about back in 2013 on RT (I think it was on the Robot Jox forums, I could be wrong though). Basically, it's about a man who tries to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend using a sudden magical box that serves as an intentional deus ex machina whenever problems arise, basically doing whatever solves these issues the quickest and the best.

The ideal title would be Deus Ex-Girlfriend Machina.

So...if the audience already knows his issues will always be solved in the most optimal way there is, where would the dramatic tension of any kind come from?

Turn it into a comedy or have the machine turn on him and try to kill him or his girlfriend later on.

Yeah, I thought of that too, but that's rather predictable. It might be better if it genuinely gives "the quickest and the best" solutions for him, while at the same time screwing everyone else over. It would appear comedic at first, and would take until about halfway until he fully realises how serious it gets. From then on, there are several ways the plot could go. Predictable one would be the typical touchy-feely struggle until he abandons it, and the darkest ending would have him value the machine more than the girlfriend by the end, so that once she finds out and threatens to also exploit its power, he lets the machine solve the problem permanently (which likely leaves him dead or broken as well.)

P.S. Alternate approach: machine works properly, but has a limited number of uses. He uses up them all to get the girl and it seems to work. In the epilogue, though, several years pass and he realises this was always a mistake, and he had several opportunities to do much more important things with it. (i.e. It's set in 2016, and every time he uses the machine to win his girlfriend is contrasted with every opportunity he could've taken to wish for a different outcome in November.)
« Last Edit: August 20, 2017, 05:28:39 pm by Robert Neville »

 

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