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Old 10-26-2013, 05:23 PM   #1
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Ok, after 7 years of being here as an active member (and who knows how many more from just reading stuff), I decided to create my first topic.

And it ocurred to me just when I was watching the teaser poster of Pixar's The Good Dinosaur. Now Pixar has two dinosaurs: that new guy and Toy Story's Rex.

So here's my first idea: a crossover of some of Pixar films.
(Note: I'm not saying I will like something like this if someday happens, I believe is fun just thinking about it).

What if Mike and Sulley enter little Boonie's room and somehow the Toy Story toys get lost in the monster universe and getting from door to door, travelling through the world trying to find their way home, and maybe encountering the Bug's Life characters along the way (since they are of the same size)?

I know, the story should be flawless, and I don't know how the screen time would work, but if they do it right, they're sitting in a gold mine.

I have another idea, but I will write it down if this topic gets enough visits and posts, so I don't feel such an idiot about it.

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This takes place in 1967 or 68.

A Sci-Fi Action thriller about a spy who is forced to check out and look after NASA, mistakenly discovers about a secret Russian trip to space. Oh, I forgot, this guy loves Space and Star Trek. Upon receiving the news, he takes a trip to Russia and has to work his ass off someway somehow to get to voyage. Finally, he lands on the ship unnoticed. The voyage then checks out more than just the moon, it checks out many planets including Mars. A terrible accident happens killing most the crew members but he survives. He is the first man to have gone to space and come back alive. The U.S. government believes he has betrayed them but he's also sought after by many other nations. So it's an adventure from there.

What do you guys think? I know it might sound absurd.

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This takes place in 1967 or 68.

A Sci-Fi Action thriller about a spy who is forced to check out and look after NASA, mistakenly discovers about a secret Russian trip to space. Oh, I forgot, this guy loves Space and Star Trek. Upon receiving the news, he takes a trip to Russia and has to work his ass off someway somehow to get to voyage. Finally, he lands on the ship unnoticed. The voyage then checks out more than just the moon, it checks out many planets including Mars. A terrible accident happens killing most the crew members but he survives. He is the first man to have gone to space and come back alive. The U.S. government believes he has betrayed them but he's also sought after by many other nations. So it's an adventure from there.

What do you guys think? I know it might sound absurd.
Thanks for being the first poster!

I like the idea of a space and science fiction fan somehow managing to actually get into space and getting himself into a mistaken identity plot. Sounds like an adventure alright!

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I'd probably take inspiration from North by Northwest and Minority Report.

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Yeah, North by Northwest totally came to mind.

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Years ago when i was a teen i had lots of ideas for movies and such.

One was of animated Pixar style movie of a small boy who is dying from a genetic illness. The story woud be told from his perspective, not much dialogue. the idea was that this little boy would be in hospital and simply want his little puppy friend from at home. He would be guided by a living spectre of a toy he knows (kind like pinochio and jimminy Cricket) and leave the ward to go home to meet his puppy.

Though it sounds dire the tone would be light and the magic would be that the simple objective is meeting his friend. He'd be going through an adventure so to speak throughout the hospital and all of the various hospital devices would be re-imagined by the boys wonderful imagination as if they were magical toys.

in the end it would be revealed that it was in fact his passing through the white light into death and in the end he would reunite with his best friend and be happy.

The ending would give you that heartwarming feel the end of Monsters Inc did.

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That sounds like a tearjerker

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Yeah, North by Northwest totally came to mind.
Except I wouldn't have a love interest in this.

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Wow cyclopswasright, that sounds crazy sad, but extra touching

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Except I wouldn't have a love interest in this.
Let's see what the studio thinks of that! :P

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Wow cyclopswasright, that sounds crazy sad, but extra touching
Indeed.

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I have not exactly an idea, but a visualization of how a Where's Wally? (or Waldo, depending your country) movie could work because the series of books has a lot of cinematic potential that could be used. Just to name a few:
Time travel, magical and inventive new worlds created from scratch with their own rules and characters (a world totally ruled by the notion of time, other one that's a huge game with all different teams, another one that is just a battle between all different kinds of fruits, etc, etc); you have a group of central characters (Wally, White Beard Wizard, Wenda), a villain (Odlaw), and even the curious pet (Woof).

I imagine some kind of Bourne/Catch Me If You Can chase adventure movie through all this different worlds and time lines, where maybe a new character or group of characters must find Wally (they would be basically a representation of us, the ones who are searching for him).
Wally is always losing stuff, so maybe a plot point could be him trying to find something he lost somewhere, tracking down his steps and discovering new hints about what happened along the way. This could work as an excuse to keep the character jumping from one time line to the other, or a different parallel world.

I don't know, I mean, if done right, I think a Where's Wally? movie could be an amazing adventure movie, visual dazzling and with a good time travel plot.

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How old would Wally be?

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I imagine late 20's, early 30's.

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Let's see what the studio thinks of that! :P
Lol, yeah. There's a good chance they'd want one, but there'd be no use.

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You guys have great ideas, but now I think it's time we go for an idea we would probably all hate--a real tough sell.

This film revolves around the Trayvon Martin case. It's an attempt at an objective telling of the case and of the events that came out of the entire incident. However, the film isn't about him, and the film doesn't chronicle his last day or his last few hours. The story opens with the various 911 calls; beginning right after Trayvon is shot by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is sitting in a police car with his face beaten and bruised. But he is the main character.

From then on, there are no flashbacks or time jumps; the crime is never committed on-screen. There are no appearances of Trayvon Martin beyond photographs, so as to establish his presence throughout. The characters are Zimmerman and the people involved in his case. The story chiefly portrays the case as objectively as possible, with a conflict between freedom and guilt as a dramatic driving point.

Zimmerman is free riding into the sunset. He sits in solitude, knowing that he is free but also that without the legal system watching his back, then perhaps not many people would truly let him have his freedom. The ending is set on September 9, 2013, with George Zimmerman sitting pathetically, in the back of a police car once again, unsure of what's to be of himself.

So what do you guys think? Feel free to pick it apart, because it is a hard idea to sell.

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Mine would be a love letter to the dystopic sci-fi movies of the late '60s and early to the mid-'70s. It basically sprung out of something that always bothered me about the end of "Soylent Green", which basically is this: if conditions in the world were really THAT bad, if there were that many people starving so badly...would they really give a crap what Soylent Green is made out of? I took elements of previous ideas I've had and interwove them with components of some of those old movies - particularly "Logan's Run", "Rollerball", "Westworld" and "Planet of the Apes" - for this particular one.

Basically, the story is this: in the year 2977 (1000 years from the year of my birth, heh-heh), the remnants of humankind live in a number of domed city-states which are located on the coastlines to facilitate being hydroelectrically powered. The caste system in place is as thus: computers/robots/cyborgs run the show, humans live for pure pleasure, and all the hard work is done by humanoid marine creatures engineered from various surviving marine species - each kind does its thing and everybody gets along great, for a while. The aquanoids are starting to get a little sour to the deal, though; any particularly nasty fits of unrest are usually put down just as quickly by an elite brand of robot, a single one for each dome, when the usual outlet for venting (or just plain sick amusement, in the case of the humans) that is the society's popular deathsport fails. The most accomplished of these robot agents, though, is starting to get a little bored with his success, and needs a challenge to keep him in line, so the computer in charge of the most unrest-prone dome decides to give the aquanoids a hero - though really a martyr for the top robot to pick off so that they'll all shut up and go back to being slaves like they're supposed to; to ensure that the subject in question will be a troublemaker, they transplant into a newly-created sharkoid body (the mirror image of the top robot) the long-stored neural engrams of a 20th-century antisocialite.

Naturally, though, he gives the robot overlords a little more trouble than they were planning on, starting with turning the tables on the deathsport's star athletes when he's forced to play as a penalty, and when the top robot decides to pursue him out of the dome, things get even crazier from there. Along the way, and with the help of a snarky old man who managed to BS his way out of his mandated termination date, and the sexy medical cyborg they more or less abducted, the sharkoid explores the remains of society as he knew it. He not only discovers evidence that whatever happened to present-day humankind may not have been as self-inflicted as he'd have figured - which hints at another idea for a movie, one set in the same world/universe but in the present - but there are societies still out there beyond just the humans in the domes, and these other races aren't particularly thrilled with the idea that the hairless two-leggeds have got it better than them...and they're just aggressive enough, and ARMED enough, to want to do something about it. So a race to outrun a robot posse from the domed city turns into a race BACK to said domed city to prevent a massacre...and let's just say that every victory has its price.

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That second film I hinted at is a little different, of course. The core premise is identical - an outcast/misfit wakes up one day in a markedly non-human form and realizes the world he knew has gone to heck all around him - but whereas the previous film is a more straightforward, marginally-witty popcorn-sci-fi action-adventure set in a post-apocalyptic world, the second one is a grittier survivalist-horror film set at the dawn of said apocalypse, where any laughs you get usually precede something really horrendous. And whereas the previous film is made in the mold of those post-apocalyptic '70s movies, this one is an homage to all those alien-body-takeover remakes from the late '70s and early to mid-'80s - "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", "The Thing", "Invaders From Mars" - with a healthy dose of "First Blood" thrown in.

The hero here, instead of being antisocial, is autistic and, on one rather raucous New Year's Eve night in his small town, falls almost deathly ill while his family is really at each other's throats in a particularly heated argument. When he wakes up, we see him only in shadow, poorly lit, and from a distance: he's so groggy and bleary-eyed he doesn't immediately notice that his bedroom windows have all been smashed in and his floor is covered in about three to four inches of snow. Which is nothing, really, compared to the bulldozer that's smashed through the front wall of the living room. Or the chewed-up remains of the family dog that seemed to have been tossed back into his kennel piece by piece like chicken bones. OR the huge smears of blood going down the hallway. OR what he sees when he finally takes the shattered bathroom mirror out into the overcast daylight to get a good look at himself - and sees an ankylosaur-like creature staring back at him. As the story progresses, he makes his way across the abandoned, snow-drifted town with a rifle and a My Little Pony radio, on his way to the one place of business left in town that HASN'T been burned and smashed to the ground and therefore might have at least SOME supplies, like food of some kind, left.

Along the way, he makes such interesting discoveries as the remains of the nice old neighbor lady being masticated on by cockroaches the size of Rottweilers; discordant organ music - and inhuman snarls - coming from his church; some gruesome multi-limbed thing sporting jewelry and a tattoo that apparently belong to a friend or relative, judging by the abject horror with which he ends up having to dispatch it with the rifle; and a battered bus full of armed, masked figures who'd just as soon shoot at him than the increasing number of non-bipedal beasts that keep making their way toward the town square from the general direction of said church. And even after the newcomers - apparent plant-beings who've taken over human bodies as an act of desperation rather than as a premeditated plan - recognize our hero is not exactly a threat to them and go so far as to fill in the blanks in what he knows so far of what has happened and how things got like this, they're still not exactly on any sort of heroic terms in their purpose...which, it seems, is to track down the source of the biochemical weapon which was spread across the Midwest back on that New Year's Eve night a month ago, when our autistic hero slipped into the coma that signaled his own physical regression from the virus, and eradicate any trace of it, including however many towns they have to to wipe out the infection. Only his autism spared him from the accompanying mental regression the virus also causes, and only he has enough decency left to realize there may be other survivors - he wasn't the only autistic in the Midwest, he knows. But convincing the newcomers of that is going to be challenging enough without the knowledge that autism isn't the only disorder that renders one mentally immune to the virus - turns out being a psychotic offers roughly the same level of immunity, and SOMEBODY's been keeping those beast-things mostly reined in up at the church for a reason...

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Hmmm....I made a thread like this a couple months ago hehe

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You guys have great ideas, but now I think it's time we go for an idea we would probably all hate--a real tough sell.

This film revolves around the Trayvon Martin case. It's an attempt at an objective telling of the case and of the events that came out of the entire incident. However, the film isn't about him, and the film doesn't chronicle his last day or his last few hours. The story opens with the various 911 calls; beginning right after Trayvon is shot by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is sitting in a police car with his face beaten and bruised. But he is the main character.

From then on, there are no flashbacks or time jumps; the crime is never committed on-screen. There are no appearances of Trayvon Martin beyond photographs, so as to establish his presence throughout. The characters are Zimmerman and the people involved in his case. The story chiefly portrays the case as objectively as possible, with a conflict between freedom and guilt as a dramatic driving point.

Zimmerman is free riding into the sunset. He sits in solitude, knowing that he is free but also that without the legal system watching his back, then perhaps not many people would truly let him have his freedom. The ending is set on September 9, 2013, with George Zimmerman sitting pathetically, in the back of a police car once again, unsure of what's to be of himself.

So what do you guys think? Feel free to pick it apart, because it is a hard idea to sell.
10/10 idea man.

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An epic trilogy to challenge the Lord of the Rings; this trilogy is an adaption of the Hawkmoon novels:


All of Europe is falling under the rule of the Empire of Granbretan. The German province, Koln, is taken and the legendary hero of Germany, Duke Dorian Hawkmoon von Koln, is captured. Hawkmoon agrees to serve the Empire of Granbretan in exchange for his life. The leader of King-Emperor Huon's forces, Baron Meliadus, uses Hawkmoon as a mouthpiece to bring the rest of Europe into the fold as subjects to Granbretan. Hawkmoon sees the horrid things done by the various soldiers and warriors of Granbretan. It drives Hawkmoon to throw off his servitude to Granbretan; he is promptly taken to the dark city of Londra, to the sorcerer-scientists of Huon.


Baron Meliadus is sent to reestablish peace in Europe--a peace that allows the warriors of Granbretan to do as they would with the people--by securing an alliance with the renouned kingmaker and kingbreaker, the mercenary Count Brass, who is lord protector of the Kamarg in France. Meliadus's affection for Brass's daughter compromises his mission. Meanwhile, Hawkmoon is brainwashed and implanted with a black jewel.


Hawkmoon is sent to Castle Brass to secure Brass's allegience to Granbretan. The jewel allows the sorcerer-scientists to see everything Hawkmoon sees. If Hawkmoon tries to act against orders, the jewel will consume his mind. Count Brass uses a sorcery to dampen the jewel's power, and Hawkmoon becomes a hero to the Kamarg by leading a resistance against Granbretan.


The dragon mounts, and anti-aircraft turrets that surround the marshes of the Kamarg are barely able to resist Granbretan's ornithopters, flame-lances, and battle barges. The Kamarg can't withstand another attack, and the threat of the black jewel reawakening is imminent. Thus Hawkmoon embarks on a quest into Asia to find a monk whose knowledge of sorcerery is sufficient to deaden the black jewel.


Within Asia, Hawkmoon learns that Granbretan is expanding its empire to engulf Asia and Amarekh across the sea. Hawkmoon saves the monastery-city where the monk lives from Granbretan's soldiers; the monk will not remove the black jewel. It is a counterbalance to the Runestaff, which Hawkmoon must seek out. Only a paragon of the Cosmic Balance can withstand the kind of rotten, degenerate Law that emerges from the Chaotic nature of Granbretan. Thus, Hawkmoon is told to see the Runestaff.


Hawkmoon returns to Castle Brass to find a smoking ruin. He grieves for the people of the Kamarg, raped and killed while others were crucified as punishment for their rebellion. Within the ruins, a knight in jet and gold armor emerges. The knight encourages Hawkmoon to pursue the Runestaff and points him to the desert city of Soryandum.


In the fantastic laboratory of the chief sorcerer-scientist, Baron Meliadus learns of strange occurrences throughout Europe: cities exploding in flames, ashes raining from the sky, the dead rising from their graves. It seems that some fundamental force governing the order of the Multiverse has been disrupted. Meliadus brings his concerns to King-Emperor Huon, who sees wisdom in Meliadus's words. He confides in Meliadus that the black jewel was gained through a compact with an unknown force that would be considered "elemental" or "demonic" by less educated minds.


After meeting with Huon, Meliadus visits his paramour, Countess Flanna. Flanna had been having an affair with the chief sorcerer-scientist before coupling with Meliadus, and had heard as much about supernatural dealings. Flanna and Meliadus feel Huon is dangerously close to overreaching. Just recently, a couple of Granbretan's warriors were murdered by the Londra peasantry. Flanna and Meliadus decide that, by finding the Runestaff and putting an end to the strange disasters--the dead rising, spontaneous combustions, rains of ash etc--they could head an uprising to depose Huon and usher the Empire of Granbretan into a new era of a kinder, gentler rule.


Hawkmoon reaches the ruined city of Soryandum and is attacked by an insectoid mechanical behemoth. He defeats the mechanized guardian; the wraithfolk of Soryandum reveal themselves to Hawkmoon. The black jewel drew them. It is revealed that the wraithfolk had given Count Brass a machine that shifted Castle Brass to another reality within the Multiverse. The machine's twin is in their possession, and is given to Hawkmoon. Hawkmoon learns that the Runestaff is kept in Dnark. At that moment, a team of Granbretan's warriors--led by the Frenchman Hulliam D'Averc--reach Soryandum. Hawkmoon panics and activates the machine, leaving Soryandum.


Hawkmoon finds himself in a version of Europe where King-Emperor Huon has acquired the Runestaff. The continent is warped, mutated, her people bizzare human/animal hybrid beasts. Demons and elementals stalk the land as the world slowly decays. Hawkmoon reunites with Count Brass and the nobles of Castle Brass. They use the machines to return to their version of the Kamarg.


Baron Meliadus, moving among the people who have since resettled the Kamarg, stirs up resentment against Count Brass and Hawkmoon. He calls them butchers of the people and arms the civilians. Thus Castle Brass is assaulted by the peasantry, forcing Hawkmoon, Yisselda (Brass's daughter), Brass, and the monk-poet Bowgentle to flee the Kamarg on dragonback. Hulliam D'Averc tails them in a stealthy ornithopter while Baron Meliadus marshals a force to sail for Dnark. Flanna begins building a following among the nobles of Huon's court. The chief sorcerer-scientist Kalan gets wind of Flanna's plans and begins to move against her.


At Dnark, Hawkmoon and co reach a phantasmagoric city where the Runestaff is guarded by Jehmiah Colinadous. Hulliam D'Averc has beaten Hawkmoon and co to Dnark. In the City of Glowing Shadows, a place of neutrality, Hawkmoon, Brass, Yisselda, and Bowgentle reach an accord with D'Averc and bring him into their fold. Then Meliadus and his armies arrive, flame-lances and airship cannons blazing. The reptilian defenders of the City of Glowing Shadows are cut down by Meliadus's forces while Hawkmoon and co escape to D'Averc's castle in France.


In the castle, they devise a plan for entering the throne room of King Emperor Huon to kill him and seize control of Londra. Meliadus, at the City of Glowing Shadows, recovers a sword from the chamber of the Runestaff. It's pomel is made of black jewel, with a piece missing. Realization dawns on Meliadus. He turns back for Londra.


King Emperor Huon, appraised of the state of his court, has Flanna brought before him and executed for her treason. Her blood is used as an offering to the demonic elemental that gave Huon the black jewel; this being who gave Huon his immortality, provides sorcerer-scientist Kalan with a means of reactivating the Jewel in Hawkmoon's head.


Meliadus arrives to find Londra under martial law under Huon's orders. Meliadus uses the supernatural qualities of his black sword to bring the civilians and willing warriors of Granbretan under his sway. Meliadus descends on Huon's palace, manages to infiltrate it, and shatters the throne-globe that has housed King-Emperor Huon for hundreds of years. The old, fetal-looking thing is easily slaughtered by Meliadus's blade. Meliadus is quick to bind Kalan to him in service, and orders him to go through with reactivating the black jewel.


At the gates of Londra, Hawkmoon and co are surprised to see the people's uprising against Granbretan and use it to their advantage. During the battle, Hawkmoon sees Count Brass and Bowgentle killed. Their deaths are unheroic; Hawkmoon and Yisselda fight through to the palace of King-Emperor Huon. Right then the black jewel is reactivated, and Meliadus orders Hawkmoon to stand down, or see Yisselda and his unborn children dead on his own blade. Hawkmoon begins to do so; Yisselda snatches a flame lance, sprints for Meliadus, and just as she switches the device on, the black jewel is given the order. Hawkmoon is thrown across the throne room, his blade impaling Yisselda. She drops the flame lance just as Meliadus is scorched by the fires. He flees, screaming. Hawkmoon is left in the throne room, sorrowful. Outside the war rages, with dragons being impaled on Londra's spires by the ornithopters and airships of Granbretan while soldiers and civilians are ground to bloody pulp under the tread of tanks.


Hawkmoon uses the black sword that Meliadus dropped to cut the black jewel from his head. Something jumps from the blade's red runes into the jewel, whispering sweet comforts to Hawkmoon. Within his mind's eye, Hawkmoon confronts a manifestation of the jewel and shatters it. Upon coming to, Hawkmoon finds that the black jewel has gone gray.


Hawkmoon leaves Londra, confused and angry, heading for his German province of Koln. There he is met by the knight in jet and gold who admonishes Hawkmoon for fighting to preserve a dead past in the face of a golden future. That is why his closest friends and allies suffered ignominous deaths at the battle of Londra. Angrily, Hawkmoon kills the knight in jet and gold. All of Europe is stuck in the seething turmoil of the war that he had started. Thus, Hawkmoon decides to dedicate his life and afterlife to the defense of Koln.


At the movie's close, Hawkmoon and other nobles are gathered at Wolf's Palace, in Londra. There, King Meliadus discusses the terms of a new Europe, a different Europe than one that existed under King-Emperor Huon. Meliadus intends to honor Flanna and those who died for Huon's madness by turning Granbretan into a bastion of knowledge and academia. He hopes to make Europe a beacon of reason and learning in the world.


The End.


I should add that Granbretan's troops wear beast masks, giving their armies and society a rigid caste system. It is considered an abomination to appear without one's beast mask in public.

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"Black Sabbath."

Birmingham 1968, the birth of Black Sabbath and Heavy Metal.
Making use of the musical tritone also known as "The Devil's Interval", the band pushed Rock in a darker and heavier direction, a stark contrast to the popular music of the late 1960s, which was dominated by folk music and hippie culture. (Also lots of sex and drugs )

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Frozone, the Movie.

The origin of Frozone and his early years as a crime fighter in the 70's.

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