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Welcome to my second ever blog, the first one went rather well so I'm hoping this one does as well!
Firstly thank you all for the enthusiastic response and it certainly was enthusiastic! Seeing all those comments reminded me why I so want to make this movie and it's great to know you all do too.
So onto ideas. There have been one or two knocking about but I really do want a lot more! So I thought I would give you mine. Something I didn't think of at the time but has now obviously become important is whether this movie is fiction or a documentary. I strongly think it should be fiction, that is always what I had in mind and I think it's a more engaging medium to get our message across. That said the supports of a documentary are really quite persuasive so I have a suggestion:
Fictional movie as planned but rather than doing a traditional "behind the scenes" we do a "behind the scenes/the history of nerdfighting" a documentary explaining that although the story and characters in this film are fiction nerdfighting is real and the ideas behind the film are here in the real world... if the internet counts as the real world :P
I hope that pleases everyone.
Now for the plot/character ideas. Having read the comments and also talked to people there seams to be an idea that people come up with almost universally: two nerds going though their lives and falling in nerdfighterlike, a love story but not in the Hollywood way. A love story our way, a real story that has happened to many of us. It will also give us a chance to show two perspectives on nerdfighteria. I think everyone agrees that it should be a hopeful story, something that captures the essence of what it means to be nerdfightastic and therefore truly awesome. This brings me onto an idea I specifically want to mention, the idea of flipping the world around so that the nerds are in charge and the jocks and cheerleading types get bullied. I think this is a fascinating idea which has real potential but, and there is a but, I think it undermines the message of nerdfighting. We want to show that everyone is awesome, there is nothing inherently wrong with liking sport or being bad at maths. There is something wrong with bullying and putting people down, nerdfighteria may be a hope for geeks and nerds but at its heart it is a home for anyone who wants to live in a nicer world than the one we live in now.
I think that is a very strong basis for our film and I hope everyone likes it! At this point I would urge you all to send in your personal experiences of what being a geek, nerd and/or nerdfighter has been like for you. Not all can or will be included but it would be really nice to have a strong set of stories to base our characters on and maybe even put in the film. Please bear in mind that anything you do send in may be actually told in the film as you tell it and we might not be able to let you know first! Most films say "the characters and events in the film are entirely fictional" etc. I don't want to say that, I want them to be real but I also don't want people complaining about seeing themselves onscreen! You can send your stories in via comments on this blog, putting them in the discussion thread: http://nerdfighters.ning.com/forum/topics/nerdfighter-movie or at the new email address I've created: email@example.com
So those are the general ideas that I hope people agree on, now for my personal ideas for plot and character.
I think that one of the characters should be a proper geek and fall into nerdfighting and end up video blogging etc. The other should be nerdy but gets caught up in celebrity somehow, I was thinking an actor/actress who has to deal with paparazzi etc. while at heart being a shy, geeky person.
The celebrity at some point, not sure whether it would be before or after they were famous ends up commenting on a video by the other character. They become friends and both become nfs. In short I like the idea of showing nerdfighting is some obscure thing for the weird people it's something that can affect anyone anywhere. More than that I'd like to show it helps them. I am a little worried about sounding preachy with this film but I think if we are careful and light-hearted about it, not taking ourselves too seriously I think it could come off really well.
Anyway, the two characters fall in nerdfighterlike and it's all good etc. etc. The other idea I really like is showing bits from across their secondary school lives. A lot more from later on obviously and most set now so that we are working with the same actors fro most of the film. I was thinking we could open the film with a montage from the millennium, new beginnings and all that. We could even get the whole community involved sending in clips of "home videos" from that millennium, give everyone a chance to act!
One final point I would like to make on a practical level but also something I think could help the filming along. I think one of the main characters should be British, the other American. We would have one unit filming in the US and one over here lead by me. It would split the filming in half to ease the burden, it would allow people from both sides of the Atlantic to be involved and would create a more interesting character dynamic that shows the international nature of nerdfighting. Sorry to people living everywhere else but there are only so many different units we can have! Plus most nerdfighters are in the US and I live in the UK so they were the logical choices.
Please let me know what you think about any or all of that!
P.S. Reading this back I realise that I totally forgot to mention I would like to include videos from famous youtubers in the film and have contacted John about using vlogbrothers videos.