Welcome, Studio Executive!
If you’re reading this, it probably means you’ve talked to me (Bryan) or Houston about being a guest on The SilverScreen Redemption. Whether you’ve been a guest on other podcasts or not, this page should help you get the most out of your experience on the show.
About the Show
If you don’t know much about the show, let me explain. The whole premise of our show is that we’re writers/brainstormers/owners/etc. at a fictional movie studio called SilverScreen Studios 2, the premiere movie studio for taking other people’s ideas and existing movies and “creating subjectively necessary sequels” to them.
Every episode, we start off with some kind of basic idea…or nothing at all. The goal by the end of the episode is to have created the general plot, characters, cast, and title of a brand new movie. This may be a sequel/prequel/reboot/rebootquel of an existing movie, some kind of crossover, or an accidentally original idea.
As a Studio Executive/guest on the show, you’re “playing the role” of our boss. You can lean into that concept as much as you want. We’ve had a few guests fire Houston and then we had to figure out how to get him back on the show. Or you can just help us make a movie.
At some point of the episode we turn to our “Studio Executives” to weigh in on what we’ve created so far and then provide some kind of (usually ridiculous) feedback or idea that we then need to work into our movie concept.
On most episodes, we don’t have a guest in the studio to represent the Studio Executive, so we randomly select an idea that has been sent into us by a listener or one of our friends.
But since we have you in the studio (or on the phone) with us, you get to be our boss and tell us what to do. In addition to joining us in the discussion and helping us create this movie, your job is to come to us with a Studio Demand that we have to implement in the movie we’re making.
If you live near us in Utah County, unless we’ve told you otherwise, we’ll be recording at The Stone Shiba recording studio near downtown Provo (355 N University Ave, Provo, UT 84601, or just search for Stone Shiba on Google Maps). No need to bring anything other than your Studio Demand (more on that below). We have the microphones and recording equipment ready to go
If you’re not in town, we’ll still be there, but we’ll work out the details to get you on the phone. We can probably figure out how to use Skype, Google Hangouts, Discord, or any other program like that. Some of our guests are podcasters themselves. If you’re a podcaster or have any ability to record your end of the conversation, that would make the episode sound a lot better. We’ll figure out those details with you directly though.
How do I come up with a Studio Demand?
(If we approached you to be on the show with a specific premise in mind, don’t worry about reading the rest of this, but it might explain a little more about how the show works.)
These ideas are intentionally vague or flexible, because we never know what movie we’re going to be talking about when the “Studio Demand” is randomly selected. The best way to think about a Studio Demand is that it’s a “modifier” rather than a standalone idea.
For example, “A sequel to Sixth Sense where the kid is dead and has the ability to see living people” is a good(?) idea. It’s actually the kind of movie we might end up making on the show. But it’s not a Studio Demand.
Imagine we’re in the middle of making an episode about an “I, Robot” prequel about the origins of the Wii U (Ep. 44 - Wii Robot U) and we said “Let’s go to the studio and see what we have to change” and we pulled up that idea about The Sixth Sense. It’s not really something we could do at that point because it’s a standalone idea.
So what we’re looking for is a simpler idea that can just be tacked on to a movie we’re already making. So if you’re just itching for some Shyamalan-style fun, maybe your idea could be “The movie has to be part of the M. Night Shyamalan cinematic universe”. That’s something we can work with.
Also, keep in mind that we’ve been doing this every other week since the Summer of 2017, so we’ve done quite a few of these. There’s a good chance your first idea has already been done. Instead of publishing and maintaining a full list of Studio Demands we’ve used, we just recommend that you come with a few ideas just in case your first idea is something we’ve already done.
Some Studio Demands we’ve had a lot of fun with:
Triple the Horses! (Ep. 20 - Star Trek 14: Reservoir Horses)
- When we spun the wheel and got this, we hadn’t even thought of having horses in the movie, but to make the studio happy, we knew we had to put a lot of horses in it, and it became a pretty central part of the plot.
Our sponsor needs a solid 4-minute scene that is a plug for their product or service (Ep. 38 - The Epic Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Forever and a Day)
- We were making an all-actors-named-Chris (except for Ewan McGregor) sequel to Christopher Robin when we got this idea. We randomly selected a product on Amazon to be our sponsor, and some reflective silver paper ended up being a pretty important point in the plot as well.
Every character must break the fourth wall at least once during the film (Ep. 35 - The Redemption of Adam Sandler - Pixels: The Polygon Method)
- This movie was already on its way to being a Happy Madison version of Titanic in space when we randomly were called upon to come up with how we would implement this fourth wall concept. It made for some fun discussion.
In general, if you feel like it’s an idea that can lead to a good discussion or steer any movie in an interesting direction, it’s probably a good Studio Demand.