I have a file on my computer where I keep the various drafts of my screenplay, a few other screenplays I’ve started or at least outlined, and then some half-started notions for screenplay ideas that I saved and then forgot about.
Here’s one from 2007 that seems timely:
“A guy is encouraged by his friends to start a blog. He starts one called sandwichblog.com, in which he talks about sandwiches he likes. Before he knows it, he is being wooed by some of the biggest corporations in America – fast food restaurants, markets, various exotic ethnic food purveyors, all wanting him to write favorably about their sandwiches.”
There’s a lot missing from this idea, such as:
What’s the problem?
Where’s the conflict?
— Man vs. Corporate America?
— Man vs. close friend/girlfriend who doesn’t want him to sell out?
— Man vs. close friend/girlfriend who DOES want him to sell out?
— What sandwiches?
I suppose it could be the male equivalent of that excellent little movie from a few years ago, “Waitress.” Guys, well some guys, pride themselves on their ability to make sandwiches, not pies.
I have to admit, this idea might be a little dated. Maybe I should save it for 20 years, when it might seem like an amusing nostalgic reflection of the ’00s.
I have better ideas, but I thought I’d start with this one and work my way up.