Hollywood Buzz Words – Part 1
In an effort to demystify the screenwriting (and selling) industry, it’s important to know the buzz words thrown around in Hollywood offices. This is the first post of several, regarding Buzz Words.
Some buzz words come and go, but the ones that linger are worth learning. They are a form of insider shorthand that can help writers during a pitch or a query letter.
Today we’ll cover three of the biggies. These buzz words have been around for awhile, but they have hung on as industry favorites.
1. Four-Quadrant: a script that appeals to four different audiences — young, old, male, female. Examples: “The Proposal”, “Up”.
2. Elevated: a script that takes a familiar plot or storyline, but makes it better. The term is mostly used for action films. You will often hear producers wanting an elevated action movie like “Taken” or “Bourne” or “Die Hard”.
3. Contained: a script that can be shot in 1-3 locations. It immediately sounds good to a producer, because less locations means a lower script budget. While this is vital for the low-budget market, it’s also a great buzz word for A-listers, as less money spent on production can go to talent or CGI. Best examples: “Phonebooth” & “Buried”, although the examples are many and across the board of script genres.
Used wisely, buzz words help a writer to market their script. Try one out today. And feel free to share others that you have heard.
And now we’re on the same page!