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Once upon a time, a few friends and I brainstormed up a series of movies that we couldn’t possibly make ourselves. Each one would be from the viewpoint of a different character, following a separate storyline. The movies would be roughly sequential, but with heavy overlap as the stories intersect each other. Ideally, some scenes could be shared, but with different meanings in each iteration.

Oh, and each movie would emphasize a different genre.

#1: Romantic Comedy

Girl meets boy; girl gets annoyed with boy’s unexplained absences and Superman complex; girl complains to best friend; boy wins girl back.

At this point, the only signs of other storylines should be subtle: probing questions that could be innocuous, something seen through a window in the background, an object on a table that disappears while the protagonist’s back is turned.

Post-credits teaser ending: An early-morning phone call takes the boy from sleepily groggy to nearly panicked rush mode. Girl stares slack-jawed as he pulls something on and leaves the room. Superhero costume optional.

#2: Drama

A political figure or civil servant receives a complaint from underprivileged citizens about the actions of a large corporation. After initial reluctance, he starts to uncover signs of something suspicious, spearheaded by the best friend from above. The fight for justice teaches him a life lesson.

This should be our first hint that the best friend isn’t as nice as she first appears. She genuinely cares about the first protagonist, but her agenda comes ahead of almost anyone else.

Overlapping scenes should include when the friends meet (interrupting a meeting?) or part ways (interrupted by a phone call?); locations (office building, courthouse, diner) would be particularly easy to re-use. Bonus points for cameos of the protagonist and/or compaining citizens in the first movie.

Post-credits teaser ending: The best friend either celebrates or laments the outcome of the legal/political battle. Celebration would mean using an embattled location as part of an evil plot; lamentation would include “Curses!” while hastily moving things out before authorities arrive.

#3: Horror

The underprivileged citizens from above become aware of problems stemming from the best friend’s agenda, and complain. Victory is theirs, but conditional; they fight to satisfy the condition, incidentally killing a few dozen monsters that get in their way. Surprises, death, and at least one battle-hardened individual ensue.

The complaint and judgement scenes from the drama can obviously be re-used, but that portion of the show should be condensed as much as possible. The specific type of monster should somehow have been hinted at, but not fully revealed until they pop out of nowhere.

Post-credits teaser ending: Boyfriend shows up in superhero costume, sees that things are under control there, and rushes off to the next disaster area.

#4: Action

The boyfriend is introduced as a superhero’s sidekick, but gets increasingly annoyed at getting called away from the protagonist of the first film. The best friend’s plot kicks into high gear, and boyfriend finally derives satisfaction from saving lives. When his girlfriend shows up at a crucial moment to save his neck, he discovers that perhaps his lives don’t have to be as different as he thought.

Pack in as many shared scenes as possibly fit without slowing down the action too much. In particular, have scenes filmed for this movie visible in the distance and/or through windows.  The monsters unleashed above will appear, but more getting killed than killing anything themselves.

Post-credits teaser ending: Girlfriend gets kidnapped by a new villian of the day, but has read the True Love List, and promptly disables the villian.

Of course, none of this has to be nearly so cliché as I’ve written here; consider this a launchpad to get started from. If anyone does get such a project going, please let me know.


Written by eswald

17 Jul 2012 at 10:34 pm

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