I’m living in the city of movies these days. I like movies and I’m often consumed with where ideas come from. So, I thought to myself – could you make small movies out of everyday life events? I think you can. In order to make my case, I’ve decided to use the “movie log-line” as a device. Log-lines are the simple descriptions you see for movies in your tv guide or on screen when you’re flipping through the channels. A good one sells the movie immediately. I’ve decided to put my theory to the test by making up some movie log-lines from events that have happened in or around my own life. What about you? Can you turn the everyday of your life into a movie? If so, what would it be? And which (if any) of my mini-movies would you like to see? Am I missing one? As always, I’d love to know what you think. Here we go…
Movies Ideas From In and Around My Life:
The Juicing Defense
A quiet veterinarian goes on an all juice diet to cure herself of the few extra pounds she put on during her budding romance. Her lover mutters one night, “Don’t lose that ass, you’re already too skinny.” The veterinarian bludgeons her lover to death with an under ripe pineapple and goes on trial for her crime in… “The Juicing Defense.”
A woman experiencing a re-birth as a lesbian, after her gay husband leaves her and the kids for their marriage counsellor, gets involved in an anti-gay scandal drummed up by her boss at the local Chick-A-Fry shop. (Chick-A-Feck is the nickname her lesbian lover calls her place of employ.) Eventually, the woman handcuffs herself to the Chick-A-Fry Stick Man (a full-sized mascot made completely out of chicken fingers) in order to make a stand for gay rights.
A dog, who sleeps all day, gets awoken by neighbors embarking on a construction project next door. The dog whimpers and charges the door. When no one enters, the dog settles back to sleep. This goes on until…a larger, key-rattling, noise is heard inside the lock. The dog goes bonkers as her owners enter! Dog celebrates by dragging her toy back and forth across the length of the apartment.
Shut Up, So I Can Pass
An elderly woman takes her charming husband into the local DMV office to renew her license. The elderly husband chats everyone up. Slowly the other patrons realize something is very wrong with the man. The wife confesses he has Alzheimer’s. She attempts to take the exam while the man natters on. She finally says, “Shhh, shut the hell up, I’m taking an exam!” DMV officials come over to attend to the ruckus. The man says, “Call 911, I’m out of here.” They do. The man is taken away to a shelter where he is eventually adopted out by a woman who is deaf. They live happily ever after.
Don’t Worry, I Have a Blog
A woman is obsessed with blogging while her husband struggles to pay the bills. Her husband says, “Honey, I need you to get a job.” The woman says, “But, I have a job. I blog.” There is a long pause. Papers randomly blow through the apartment. A whistling wind is heard through the window. The woman is taken away to a facility and institutionalized for a delusion disorder.
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