I'll explain the details and reasons for this challenge later in the post, but the gist of this competition is for each of you creative blogger-types to write a brief movie plot. Not only will the winner receive bragging rites, but I will actually bring the winning submission to life by making a short film based upon the winner's plot. I'll use cheesy household items, lame props, and my family's wonderful acting abilities to make a short movie which will be posted on the blog through Youtube. The winner will be recognized in the credits as the Writer, right alongside the Key Grip, Gaffer, Assistant Sound Technician and Boom Mike Operator. It should be cheesy, fun, and embarassing all at the same time. So, here is what you need to do:
1. Comment with a brief plot overview, similar to a 60-second elevator speech, from one of 3 options below.
2. Give your film a title.
3. Write a specific word-for-word quote that you would like to appear in the movie. Preferably something corny that Schwartzenegger would say, such as, "You're call is very important to us, please continue on hold the line..............while I terminate you".
4. Be creative, off-the-wall, and give me a script to be proud of - write a little about how they got in the situation(s) they are in, the perils/twists/turns they experience, why we should care, and how everything gets concluded.
If you have the mental energy to do this, just take one of these three summaries and expand upon it using the criteria above:
1. A slightly nerdy, middle-class Mormon family experiences adventure when they obtain a magical Dodge Grand Caravan that allows them to travel through time.
2. In the year 2356, a power struggle between a five-year-old Jedi and his three-year-old Princess sister will determine if the lego/bionicle-boys or the princess-girls will control the universe.
3. A devistatingly attractive female dentist and her hygenist husband learn that one of their patients is involved in a plot to destroy the world, and the fate of humanity rests in their hands.
The reason I want to do this is because of a new show that I just started watching called "The Lot". Even though I only watch a little bit of TV, I always get a little bummed out when all of the season finales are done with my core group of shows. With Survivior, American Idol, and Lost all winding down, Seventh Heaven getting cancelled, and the NFL season nowhere in sight, we are officially entering the lame summer months where there is almost nothing good to watch. (Just kidding on me watching Seventh Heaven, just wanted to make sure you were still paying attention).
Every summer there seems to be one or two shows that surprise me and are watchable, like the Biggest Loser. (Side note - Every time Andrea and I watch Biggest Loser together I serve myself a heaping bowl of ice cream, slather it with Hersheys syrup, sit down on the couch, and say in a disgusted voice through a mouthfull of Breyers, "How could they let themselves go like that?" It's always good for a laugh.)
Anyway, I really enjoyed the premier of "The Lot". The general premise is that the producers received thousands of short films and invited 30 aspiring Directors to Hollywood. It is an Apprentice-like elimination process that will conclude with one winner who will be able to direct a real Hollywood blockbuster. In the first episode, the three judges gave each of the contestants 24-hours to prepare to pitch a show with scenarios like the three I listed above. It was incredible how many of these articulate people who can write, film, edit, and publish exceptional short films could not muster a coherent sentence at times when trying to explain a possible plot. I thought to myself, "how hard can it be?" and am hoping that each of you can help answer the question with your submissions.
Best of luck. Maybe the winning submission and subsequent short film will become the next Youtube sensation, get us featured on Good Morning America, get picked up by Dreamworks, make us a bizillion dollars, move to Hollywood, blow all of our money, make a terrible film with Ben Affleck, become industry outcasts, disappear from the scene for seven years, and then return with an Emmy-winning movie with Kathy Bates, Dakota Fanning, Pee-Wee Herman, and Robert Redford. I hope you are ready for a wild ride.