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Paul Is Dead

Updated on April 30, 2010

Given Hollywood's latest penchant to throw $200 million dollars at a motion picture production but only spend 20 bucks on the script, many screenwriters and critics have concluded that there very well may be no more stories left to tell in the motion picture genre.

At a time when it seems that all the genres are stale, and that the only way to pull people through a box office is to throw endless dizzying 3D CGI effects at them until they suffer from motion sickness, motion pictures have become primarily thrill rides, the same sort of Disneyland wow zoom presentation which the Magic Kingdom started presenting way back in the Seventies and Eighties with Mission To Mars and Captain Eo.

With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, Hollywood studios have become so reliant on the wow factor that they have forgotten that an interesting story told well is still going to sell tickets. No, it may not outgross Avatar, but then again smaller motion pictures can be produced on what James Cameron's productions use up in crew refreshments. You don't have to gross billions to make a hefty profit if you can contain your production expenses down to a relative minimum.

Here is an example of such a story that could be produced on a relative pittance by Hollywood terms. Even $10 to $15 million (which would pay for about 5 minutes worth of production of a Star Trek, Iron Man, or Avatar) would end up with a powerful box office draw. Why?

First of all there is the controversy aspect. The vast majority of Baby Boomers are well aware of the Beatles' Paul Is Dead hype and even though they are not the ultimate demographic for motion picture studios, the awareness of the musical history of the Beatles and Paul McCartney's career is universal among music fans of every age and stripe. \

Then there is the tabloid aspect of the promotion. It is fairly evident that the production of this motion picture would create significant controversy, and Mr. McCartney himself might even step in to either amend the script or place a cease and desist action on the release. Any action taken by him would set up a media feeding frenzy and be equivalent to countless millions of dollars of Free Publicity, which any producer will tell you is always the very best kind!

So without further ado, let's pass to the script. There is some CGI at the very beginning but it is only set up to vividly demonstrate the dichotomy and synchronicity of the events occurring in London and in Toronto at exactly the same time: As one Paul McCartney spins off this Earthly plane, another is concocted to take his place. The rest of the motion picture is limited to set and costume design only to portray that "Mad Men" era which has so enamoured American television viewing audiences. Note that this is meant for a PG13 or higher rating, thus is definitely for mature readers only.

Now fasten your seat belts as the beginning is a bit of a high speed ride... and as good screenwriting practice would have it: It starts with a BANG!

Continued In Paul Is Dead Part 2


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