I run into quite a few people in the industry that claim to be screenwriters or indie filmmakers. They usually have an idea to make a vfx or animated film that’s on par or better than what top companies like DreamWorks and Pixar produce.
At some point I beg to ask how they will produce such a film with such little finances. The answer always seems to be the same:
I’ll get a bunch of cheap students to work for free!
Well, I was forwarded the video above of a reality TV show in Canada where entrepreneurs pitch a business idea to some top business brass people. The screenwriter in the clip pitches an animated Christmas movie for about $2 million and gets his ass thoroughly handed to him.
I got an idea for a movie. I call it Deception.
It’s a film about a desperate screenwriter who implants his idea in the minds of animators through a ripoff of a ripoff of a ripoff of a ripoff to get them to work for peanuts. It’ll be directed by Chris Nolan. No not that Chris Nolan, just some guy in school with the same name. He’ll probably work for free right?