Myself and some classmates of mine tried to get our own zombie pic off the ground...the one thing that kept us outta it was scheduals.
But, being in VA and in the middle of school sorry I can't help you with my own hands.
But, here is my piece of advice:
Take a subgenre you love and do something completly different.
I completely agree with Deathgate, tell it from a completely different viewpoint. For a serial killer, show the serial killer's side as they decide, stalk, plan, stalk and finally slay their horny teenger prey. Or for a zombie story...as strange as it sounds...tell it from the viewpoint of a zombie.
Combinations and switches like that are almost infinite. Even just the slightest tweak in the idea stage can bring forth and entirly new and unique story.
A tweak in story example: In Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, the possession doesn't destory and break down the body of the possessed, instead it makes it stronger and more prefect. That alone made me want to watch it, flipping the whole concept of what a poession is in the mindset of auidences after seeing The Exorcist and countless rip off.
So, thats my advice. Take something that people know and love and tweak it in the story and concept phase, not a whole bunch but just enough to give you your own unique product.
I also recommend FILMMAKING FOR DUMMIES. Got lots of good advice like if you can't pay your actors, at least promise them food like chips, crackers, sodas, some finger sandwiches etc.
Last edited by thegoldensimatar (2006-11-13 21:19:44)