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Hey all,
I was just about headed off to bed when I decided this was too important to wait till tomorrow.

Any ideas on how far a movie idea has to be developed before you start marketing it around? See the problem is not coming up with the creative ideas and storylines. The problem is fleshing out the characters and writting all that dialog and stuff.

Say you had this much of an idea. (Not one of my real ideas...)

Quiet character that lives in a suburb.
He likes to hike around some of the undeveloped areas around his suburb.

One day he notices a neighbor headed off on one of the trails. He takes off after him to catch up.

When he catches up the neighbor is talking to a bunch of foriegners back in the woods. They all see him and the neighbor heads over to him. They all quickly leave.

More and more things happen to where the guy becomes convinced that there is actually a 'cell' in his neighborhood.

No one believes him.

Cops start to get reports of stuff that he is supposedly doing, but he is innocent. They start to harass him. He notices that he is being followed and can't figure out if it is cops or neighbors.

Evenutally there is a climax where he manages to hook up with a rogue CIA agent who was kicked out for believing in these suburb cells but never had any proof. The climax happens during a .... democratic national convention where the explosives are actually detonated away from the target and just looks like part of the fireworks.


So there is a story line. (Granted it's a little contrived 'cause I did it on the spot.) But, how much to you have to have to get the movie shopped around? Would I have to have all the nitty gritty of the guy having an argument with the HOA when they don't believe him and all that little dialog and stuff about..."Shirley watched as John pulled into the nieghborhood, you could see that she was disappointed. After ten years of living alone he was bound to get a little crazy, but this was scary. Everytime he drove out of the neighborhood, she found herself wishing it was for good."

I tried searching for some information on the board but came up empty. I currently have four movie ideas and one book idea, but when I start getting into the fine details, I find I don't have the patience or skill.

Buffy (who wants Gwen to star in his movie...)
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