What's the Big Idea? by Steve Cleary | Script Revolution

What's the Big Idea?

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A pair of slacker junior studio execs struggle to keep up with demand after finding a shoebox full of old but excellent screenplays and passing them off as their own.
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Dickie and Quincy are junior executives at a movie studio in Hollywood. Their life there is pretty cushy until their boss informs them that their last film bombed and the studio is facing bankruptcy.

Forced to find a "tentpole 4Q" by the holidays, the boys scour the tracking boards and contests to no avail, but one day Quincy discovers an old box in the studio basement containing screenplays the studio bought but never produced.

Since they were written in the 40s and 50s, Quincy convinces Dickie to punch up the language and settings to modern times -- and to put a pseudonym in the 'written by' line so the credit goes back to them. The plan works and the scripts get the greenlight, but the studio heads demand more from the fictional writer while a rival producer catches onto their scheme.

Caught in a pickle, Dickie and Quincy must then draw on their own talents to save their jobs and the studio.

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The premise offers an interesting exploration of the Hollywood development world, and illustrates many absurd features and accurate insights about the business (ex. "'You guys were gonna take over this town. Whatever happened to the scribe I fell in love with?' … 'He learned that honest stories rooted in reality won’t put asses in theater seats.'"). Dickie and Quincy are both engaging and funny characters who are relatable and intriguing to follow on their journeys. Their funny rapport and endearing friendship anchors the scenes with humorous exchanges and unique antics that give the script a strong comedic tone.

The most marketable aspect of the script is its unique characters, whose bold voices anchor the scenes with humor and personality, and give the script a strong comedic tone.

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The Writer: Steve Cleary

Hi, thanks for stopping by. My body of work consists of original features, shorts, and comedy sketches. My comedy background comes from my time in the NYC stand-up comic scene, where I helped up-and-coming talent develop their acts. I also wrote and performed in various short films and sketches.

While developing my own material, I help other writers market their own screenplays, provide script coverage for independent production companies and serve as a judge/evaluator for an international film festival’s screenwriting competition.

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