3 potential film pitches and proposals

1. Workers (Sci-Fi)

Pitch

What happens if all humans are replaced with the perfect workforce?

Plot

70 years in the future almost all working humans are replaced with robotic machines. The film focuses on a small resistance group that plans an uprising against the greedy corporations that care little about humanity and society.

Unique Selling Point

The film looks at the devolution of the human race in a future dystopian society if such a thing was to happen. It is based in a future dystopian world so the film would fall under the science fiction genre. The USP of this film is that it somewhat proposes answers a ‘what if’ question by proposing an alternate reality of what would happen in the next 70 or so years – which could be used to market the film by engaging potential audiences in this very question. What if people were not needed in the future – what would happen to them socially and what would happen to the society itself.

Inspirations

The Matrix (humanity controlled and taken advantage of by machines), iRobot (the impact of high-tech robots on society), Equilibrium (the dystopian society).

Distribution

Sci-Fi usually appeals to teens and adults equally. Due to the serious nature of this film, it would be more suited towards the older generation but can be screened at most sci-fi and drama film festivals.

 

2. Concrete (Drama/Thriller)

Pitch

The most dangerous people are the most inconspicuous.

Plot

Mike is a young and seemingly innocent young man who works a simple job and has recently started a university course. To most he is considered a timid individual, but little do they know he is a remorseless contract killer. Mike’s housemate discovers something strange about him and is eager to learn the full truth. The film looks at Mike’s dual identity and shows the seamless transition between his two occupations.

Unique Selling Point

The USP of this film could be directed to students by a tagline or question – what if their housemate was a killer, what if someone they studied with was someone beyond their imaginations, how much do they know about their peers. The film explores the issue of dual identities and the misjudgement of character. How can a person be able to control two completely different occupations (one completely illegal and immoral) and still live what appears to be a normal life?

Inspirations

Leon (Ordinary man, but a hitman), History of Violence (dual identity of main character, family man and ex-gangster), Training Day (viewer is unaware of what the characters are capable of doing – the rookie being the hero, and the cop being incredibly corrupt), The Roommate (the mysterious and evil roommate).

Distribution

The film would be very popular with older teens and students, especially when there are two student characters as the main protagonists. It could be screened at universities and many different film festivals.

 

3. Narcoleptic (Horror/Thriller)

Pitch

For most, sleeping is a pleasure. For Marco, sleep is a fear. A narcoleptic’s struggle between reality and nightmare.

Narcolepsy “a condition characterized by frequent and uncontrollable periods of deep sleep.” – dictionary.com

Plot

A narcoleptic (perhaps revealed later in the film) falls asleep on the bus and wakes up in an abandoned warehouse in chains. He keeps falling asleep (from his random sleep attacks) and waking up in different horrific situations – he just doesn’t know what is reality and what is nightmare anymore. Eventually it turns out that his sadistic ex-girlfriend is stalking and kidnapping him to make him suffer – the big plot twist at the end of the film.

Unique Selling Point

The film explores the medical condition of ‘narcolepsy’ (where a person suffers from sleep attacks) and a once close person taking advantage of the condition for her benefit. The film would show the main character in one scene, then after a sleep attack, waking up in chains and in a very serious situation, e.g. having to free himself and escape. This particular scene would be shot and edited in a suspenseful way giving the audience the impression that it is a horror. The next scene would then transition into his normal life and be shot and edited as a drama. The film will play with the audience’s head by transitioning between the codes and conventions of two genres. Plot twists are what make films good so having a major one at the end could mesmerise the viewer in a positive way.

Inspirations

Narcolepsy is not really covered in film. Rat Race (Rowan Atkinson’s character suffers from narcolepsy), Disturbia (the transition into a horror genre towards the end of the film).

Distribution

The film could be screened at horror and drama film festivals alike, but generally appeal to all people. The fact that it brings awareness to a somewhat unknown medical condition could satisfy the curiosity of some film-goers.

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