RE: A down-on-his-luck videographer breaks his estranged mother out of prison to steal the grand prize from a filthy rich YouTuber – a million-dollar Bitcoin.

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      Odie Samurai Posted on May 14, 2020 in Comedy.

      The million-dollar Bitcoin is nonexistent – a red herring. The real story here is that these bungling idiots must reconcile their differences during the short time they have together.

      This is a story I have been developing, feel free to take this in any direction that comes to you.

      on May 14, 2020.
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        There’s definitely something here but I think the motivation for the bitcoin needs to be apparent to the reader. Currently, I feel like the only reason he’s going after it is because he’s down on his luck. I also think you need to clarify why he MUST break his mum out of prison – she has to be a master criminal/hacker. It’s a comedy so some absurdity in the situation will be expected but we have to believe they are remotely capable of this.

        The issue I have with a bitcoin being the prize… it’s a digital currency. So are we simply going to watch a guy and his master hacker mum sitting at a computer for 90mins? How do you even steal a bitcoin?

        Why videographer? How does this play in? Doesn’t necessarily have to be apparent in the logline, but I think a logline works better when there’s a continuous and obvious connection between the words chosen.

        Why is nobody else trying to steal this bitcoin?

        If they’re bungling idiots, how have they got a chance of succeeding? We watch Home Alone and we know from the start, the 8 year old is gonna win. If these guys are the protagonists, we have to want them succeed – so we have to believe they can.

        Very interested to see where this goes though.

        Hope this helps.

        Singularity Answered on May 14, 2020.

        Good stuff Mike!

        • Agreed on the motivation for the Bitcoin, was playing around with him being a wannabe or a rival YouTuber, or just broke. I will come up with a better motivator.
        • Yes, on the MUST for mom. I did not want to overload the adjectives so I just ran with estranged but will think of something to fill that gap to make this more of a believable “get mom – get the gold” heist.
        • Bitcoin is a digital currency, but he is not breaking mom out to hack. The YouTuber opens a suitcase (like in Pulp Fiction) and shows off a giant gold coin with the Bitcoin “B” on it as the grand prize. Our bungling thieves believe that prop is worth a mil and that is what they intend to steal. BTW the 1 mil Bitcoin virtual prize $ is a real prize in the movie.
        • Our Videographer was hired by the YouTuber to record his videos – that is how he got this hair brain idea. Originally, he was an Editor, but that was too vague. If you can think of some better means to portray please help.
        • Why is no one else trying to steal? I thought of a scenario where only a select few of the YouTuber subscribers “donating an exorbitant amount” can have access to the grand prize and know the details. To the other subscribers, it is just a tease to get them donating to participate. Also, only the YouTuber’s close circle of friends know it’s a prop, our protag was allowed to record it for the vids but never touch, and how the YouTuber and his friends treat the prop – to him it appears real.
        • They are bungling idiots and destined to fail, but I will give glimmers of hope throughout to keep you going. I plan on making the YouTuber completely oblivious to their actions until the end like the universe has bestowed an insane amount of dumb luck on this guy – no matter how hard they try to hurt/steal.

        Mike, I know that Home Alone story by heart, but still love to watch that ****show 😉 in the end that kids arc was discovering what it means to be a family – my story will be the same.

        on May 15, 2020.
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