Movies - The Way They Should Be Made

I know how to fill all movie theaters with paying customers who will want to watch your movie, over and over! I have been disappointed that no one else has realized this!

I have combined features of two very different approaches to create a totally new way of making movies that really excite the viewers. Sadly, the people who MAKE movies have had no interest whatever in even talking to me about incorporating my innovation. They could have each made billions of dollars in extra profits if they had!

MOST movies seem compatible with incorporating my concept. In some cases, even some existing movies may be able to be slightly edited to make them far more popular.

During the 1970s, a very bizarre movie was made, the Rocky Horror Picture Show. One of its many unique aspects was where the movie contained a number of brief pauses such that members of the audience had a chance to yell out their own responses to activities within the movie. It represented what I call an 'audience participation movie'. I have modified this concept to enhance the movie-going experience for each person attending one of my movies IN A MOVIE THEATER.

Here is a brief example of what my concept is like:

Imagine an Indiana Jones movie, where Harrison Ford is doing his usual bumbling along. Indy and the standard beautiful girl are out in some remote location, walking down a path and arguing, as usual. We see the scene from behind, where we see a beautiful panorama ahead of where they intend to go. We see that Indy has a crumpled piece of paper in his back pocket. We figure out from the dialogue that Indy has a map of the region, with which he expects to find the valuable treasure of this Indy adventure.

As Indy and the girl are screaming at each other, they are proceeding down the path and so moving around. WE (the audience) see that the movements seem to be causing the map to be slipping upward in Indy's pocket, and we soon see that it rises enough to slip out of his pocket and fall to the dusty lane. Neither Indy nor the girl notice that this has happened.

But the movie then has a six-second dialogue pause. This pause is so that THE MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE IN THE THEATER have a chance to shout out "Indy!". And then the movie continues with Indy showing an awareness of some noise behind him and he turns around, with a rather confused look on his face. Then Indy says "Oh, its YOU again! What are you bothering me about THIS time?"

And there is another seven-second pause in the movie dialogue. The members of the theater audience are then supposed to say "Indy, the map fell out of your pocket!" So Indy then looks around at the ground and sees the map, picks it up and stuffs it back in his pocket. Indy then says "Thanks!" as he has turned directly toward the audience, and then he and the girl turn back away and continue walking ahead. The girl then says to Indy "Who are those people, and why are they out in this desolate area?" And Indy then responds to her, while walking away from us along the path "I don't know, but they seem to be helpful once in a while!"

I believe that nearly every movie-goer would love to have the feeling that they had just experienced an intimate moment with Indy Jones. And many or all of those in the theater will already be planning ahead, for the next time that Indy 'needed our help',

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The script of the movie would be such that there might be about thirty more situations where we, the audience, will become critically important in the proceeding of the story. For example, WE see that the girl is wandering away while Indy is distracted by some artifact he is trying to understand, and we see that she seems about to fall into a deep hole in the ground (which neither of them notices). So there is another pause for us to yell out "Indy!" And Indy turns to look toward us, saying "What now!" in an irritated way. And we shout out "She's going to fall into a hole!" and Indy then looks toward her and, of course, he saves her, but while expressing irritation at her for being so ignorant.

And later, when we see a man with a weapon, we shout out "Indy" (at the appropriate time during that pause in the dialogue). And again, maybe for thirty other moments when WE would become instrumental in the movie script!

Not everyone in the audience needs to shout the correct response, but at least one person DOES need to. But this would get everyone else in the audience to understand our role in the movie, and more than that, many of them will then want to pay for another ticket, to pay closer attention next time to EXACTLY what we are supposed to say and EXACTLY when we are supposed to say it. Many people may buy ten or more tickets, and the theater will forever be FILLED with paying customers! And as more people get to memorize OUR LINES, the audience will become louder and louder at 'playing our bit parts' in the movie!

The script could even contain a specific 'conversation' between Indy and the audience, where he might ask a rhetorical question of the audience "Don't you have anything better to do than to follow me around? But thanks for the times you have helped me." and then he goes off into a bus or whatever.

These would quickly become the most popular movies ever. Yes, many people went to see Titanic several times, but here they feel they have a specific reason to NEEDING to go many times, in order to LEARN THEIR PARTS and to present them with 'proper intonation' and at the exact correct time.

Adventure movies like Indy or Star Wars or Startrek are obviously ideal for my enhancement, but many other genres of movies are also well-suited. Detective stories could enable US to assist Poirot or Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes to notice small details. Imagine Nineteen-Eighty Four or 2001 A Space Odyssey or E.T. where we might be able to actually participate in the story! What about Superman or Batman? What about a spy novel where we are instrumental in unearthing some subtle evidence?

Above all, much of the excitement inspired by my enhancement is specific to a movie theater environment, in other words, repeat paying customers, because just shouting at a television screen or a smart phone is not the same as 'being a part of a crowd of bit players all actively participating in the movie with respected movie stars! There would be a hint of actually 'hanging out' with some major movie star like Harrison Ford!


This presentation was first placed on the Internet in June 2014.

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C Johnson, Theoretical Physicist, Physics Degree from Univ of Chicago