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Bender3000

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« on: 06-13-2002 11:45 »

Okay, assuming that if a Futurama movie was made, what would be a movie sized plot to fit Futurama sized movie?
static

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« Reply #1 on: 06-13-2002 14:58 »

take any futurama fanfic with more than 22 000 words in total and you got a movie script. done and done.
~FazeShift~

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« Reply #2 on: 06-13-2002 16:07 »

I doubt the creators would look up a fanfic for the plot.

Here's a crazy idea, they'd come up with one of their own!
Robotany 500

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« Reply #3 on: 06-13-2002 16:15 »

why not? sometimes in fanfics you can find plenty good ideas!
haleys_comet

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« Reply #4 on: 06-13-2002 16:45 »
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I don't think they would look at fanfics for idea's they have thier there own professional writers and directors.
Teral

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« Reply #5 on: 06-13-2002 16:48 »

The writers/creators don't read fanfics. Not because they don't like them, or think they're are bad. In fact, I think I heard Matt somewhere say that he's glad people care so much about the show.

The problem is: there are so many fanfics out there, that noone can possible read or find them all. If the staff read fanfics there is a real danger that some day someone could claim they stole the idea for an episode from his/her fanfic. By avoiding fanfics all together, the staff can always be in good faith.

Wether the fanfic-writer really would/could cause problems is another issue. Better safe than sorry, and all that.

Besides I think the writers have proven again and again, that they're more than capable to do their own stories.
static

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« Reply #6 on: 06-13-2002 16:52 »

i say you are wrong teral, fanfics are already violating copyright laws by "stealing" the characters of the show. The staff could grab as much as they want from the fics and nobody could do a damn thing about it, nor would they want to i think.
Robotany 500

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« Reply #7 on: 06-13-2002 16:52 »
« Last Edit on: 06-13-2002 16:52 »

 
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Originally posted by haleys_comet:
I don't think they would look at fanfics for idea's they have thier there own professional writers and directors.

of course they don't look at fanfics (I'm aware also of the copyright problems) but I just wanted to mean that sometimes in good fanfics there are cool ideas that, in the right hands, could make an even more funny plot... Too bad this won't never happen.
Teral

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« Reply #8 on: 06-13-2002 17:07 »

 
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Originally posted by static:
i say you are wrong teral, fanfics are already violating copyright laws by "stealing" the characters of the show. The staff could grab as much as they want from the fics and nobody could do a damn thing about it, nor would they want to i think.

I don't think a fanfic-writer would cause ANY trouble at all. Why would they cause trouble for a show they love so much they'd invest time and energy on a fanfic? I don't think they can cause any legal trouble, but they can be an annoyance.

But for the whole "Can't read them"-thing. Matt said so himself in an interview :
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Originally said by Matt:
Interviewer: But it must be a great feeling to have this kind of response.

Matt: Absolutely! There are weekly fan-written Simpsons scripts posted on the Internet. I can't read them - I will be accused later on down the line of having stolen somebody's idea. But I love the idea of it.

The entire interview can be seen here.
static

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« Reply #9 on: 06-13-2002 18:48 »

oh.. i see.

well... that just stinks.
we should all make a "the creators of futurama may grab any content they want from this fic" comment next to the disclaimer in our fics  :) that might help
David A

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« Reply #10 on: 06-14-2002 00:14 »
« Last Edit on: 06-14-2002 00:14 »

Even with a disclamer, they still wouldn't.  It's the principle of the thing.
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #11 on: 06-14-2002 00:20 »

They could offer the fanboy or fangirl a credit, or better yet a job, why not? (On the other hand, that might lead to a flood of Melvarr-grade grot being mailed to them...)
bartman

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« Reply #12 on: 06-14-2002 01:03 »

erm...how about they did a star wars parody.
FilthyCrab

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« Reply #13 on: 06-14-2002 10:23 »

There is always a slippery slope when writers read fan-fics and or fan submitted plot ideas.  I do rememeber (very vaguely, unfortunately) that some fan actually sued a production company becaus esome episode of a show looked like a plot outline the fan had submitted to the production company.  This all happened about 15-20 years ago, so the details have all faded in my alleged mind.

As a result of this sort of problem (or potential problem), most production companies have strict "do not read" and "return unopened" policies for any fan submitted ideas / scripts.

As for a Futurama movie plot:  The PE crew set out to make a delivery and hyjinx ensue (now I can sue when this ends up looking like the plot of the movie - I'll be rich).
Teral

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« Reply #14 on: 06-14-2002 14:25 »

I don't ask much from a movie plot. As long as it got humor, hillarious scenes, cool animation, stunning 3d-shots, character development, continuity, heart, a few shipper moments, drama, background gags galory, funny throw-away lines, action and a fast pace with slower moments I'm there. So I'm easy in that respect.
~FazeShift~

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« Reply #15 on: 06-15-2002 08:41 »

Star Wars parody? Good idea, they could take down Mom's Empire, she could have Stormtrooperbots.

COuldn't really have a Star Trek parody, there wasn't one defining film, [yoda] more of a series thing, it is. MmmMM! [/yoda]
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