An unsuccessful & frustrated young screenwriter search for ghosts to get inspired for writing horror screenplay as a final attempt

    Penpusher Posted on March 24, 2020 in Horror.
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      An interesting premise. However, you might want to get more specific.

      “When his latest novel is rejected, and aspiring horror writer attempts to spend the night in a notorious haunted house to inspire his next manuscript.”

      Singularity Answered on March 24, 2020.
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        I am just saying, desperate times call for desperate measures.

        You have the desperate measure, a screenwriter goes looking for ghosts to inspire his next screenplay

        But you haven’t given us the desperate situation that caused it… You should create a situation where the lead must succeed or else (This really bad thing will happen)

        Specific desperate situations: Examples…

        (1: If he doesn’t sell a screenplay he will lose his house)

        (2: If he doesn’t sell his screenplay he will be forced to move back to Iowa and live with his parents)

        (3: If he doesn’t sell his screenplay he will be forced to work for his father’s big evil corporation and become a faceless cog)

        Get your lead character up a tree and then start throwing rocks at him

        Anyway, I am just talking about the logline, the premise is solid. A great idea.

        Singularity Answered on March 25, 2020.

        Got it. Thank you.

        on March 25, 2020.
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          There is something interesting about your premise, but be warned – there are very few films about screenwriters that ever get made. Why? Probably because very few people can identify with the struggles of a screenwriter. Most people hardly even know what we do exactly.

          Having said that, if you do go through with this story, I would suggest introducing a strong inciting incident. Maybe something like Jumanji or Beatlejuice, e.g., your struggling horror writer could organize a seance in the old house. That would make them a more active hero. The ghost/s turn up, the writer gets his inspiration for a million-dollar story, but now the ghosts turn on him, and he can only reap his reward if he can escape the ghosts and get out of the house.

          Logliner Answered on March 25, 2020.

          Thank you very much for your suggestion.

          on March 25, 2020.
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            Thanks for your valuable feedback.

            Basically,  he is a screenwriter who writes high budget action screenplays and fed up with rejections of all his submissions from past 5 years. And his wife encourages him to give a one last final attempt with low budget screenplay like horror which she can afford $20k to produce the film.

            So, in the story he just not stick to a haunted house but everywhere like GraveYard, Beach, Forest etc.

            I tried to give specific details in logline but please let me know.

            Penpusher Answered on March 25, 2020.
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