Monday, December 12, 2011

Elements of the Blockbuster

High stakes

Larger-than-life characters

A clearcut, highly-charged, dramatic question (the suspense factor): Will she or won’t she?

High concept (In Hollywood, "high concept" means being able to convey the concept in a single sentence. "A bus filled with passengers is rigged to explode if it slows below 50 miles per hour: 'SPEED'.")

Intense emotional involvement between several point-of-view characters

Unusual, interesting setting 

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