Dear Hollywood: Baby Boomers Want You To Make Movies For Us

the big chill was a screenwriters dream come true

You’ve probably asked yourself, what more can I do to make my dream come true?

As a screenwriter, I’ve:

  • Co-written a screenplay
  • Entered screenwriting contests
  • Pitched a screenplay
  • Sought representation
  • Attended three Screenwriting Expos (two in LA and one in Napa, CA)
  • Became a member of NCS http://www.norcalscreenwriters.com
  • Enrolled in an “Introduction to Screenwriting” class
  • Got an A-list star to read your script: How Goldie Hawn Helped Birth A Bitch And Inspire A Screenwriter and We Seem To Be In A Bit Of A Screenwriter Pickle Dick

The screenplay hasn’t sold and I have no agent.

Now what?

You have to get inventive and think of other ways to achieve your dreams. I decided to take a page from a child’s playbook.

Children are a great source of inspiration for those who are pursuing their dreams. They show us the beauty of believing in dreams. A child’s imagination knows no limits, it soars skywards and beyond. They are free to dream, not yet held back by the constraints from society.

“There are no 7 wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are 7 million.” Walt Streightiff

They wholeheartedly believe in their dreams; therefore, they must be real. Their little brain tells them that anything is possible.

They write letters to: Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy or their Grandpa expecting their wishes to be granted. What if you wrote a letter to someone who had the power to make your dreams come true? Let’s call it a Dream Letter.

This is mine:

Dear Mr. Movie Producer-

I’ve been an avid cinema goer my entire life. Growing up, I’ve seen so many moves that have filled me with wonderment and have captured my imagination.

As the years have gone by, I noticed the amount of movies geared towards my age bracket [55] quickly diminishing.

In 2009, I took an Introduction to Screenwriting class. Our instructor, Anne Jordan, taught us to be successful in the business, you will need to write a screenplay for 18-24 males. I’m thinking, you got to be kidding!

I thought back to some very successful movies: “Star Wars”, “Batman”, “Terminator”, “Conan the Barbarian”, “Spiderman”, “Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Scream”.

What do these movies have in common?

  • Beautiful young people
  • Hot bodies
  • Special effects
  • Blaring music
  • Violence
  • Gore
  • Horror
  • Films that can be SERIALIZED

The makers of these movies count on the fact that these young men will see the movie more than once. Their girlfriends/wives will often accompany them. On the flip side, a small number of men will join their counterparts in seeing a “chick flick”.

Have you considered making movies for Baby Boomers? Did you know that Baby Boomers make up 28% of the US population?

My dream is that Hollywood will start making movies for older people. Not everyone wants to see people getting blown up or gory movies that will leave you with nightmares.

We want to see not only visually appealing movies, but ones that touch the heart and soul in a meaningful way. The ones that stick with you for a long time after seeing it.

Hollywood is missing out on an untapped source of creativity.

Due to our life experiences we’ve:

  • Endured
  • Loved
  • Parented
  • Sacrificed
  • Mourned
  • Preserved
  • Achieved

We have so many stories from these life experiences that will make rich memorable movies.

Don’t be afraid! You will have a loyal audience of moviegoers who want to see movies they can relate to. Baby Boomers have the money and time to patronize them. As you know, word of mouth is the best form of advertising.

If they like the movie, they will be telling their friends and their friends will be telling their friends. Just think of the box office gross receipts!

I’ve co written a screenplay that I believe Baby Boomers will find to be to their liking. This screenplay is about a group of ancient goddesses who work with a mortal woman to fulfill an ancient prophecy. A trio of middle-aged women are also called to help Intuition on her quest. A vengeful demon and angel round out the cast.

If you’re interested, call me! We’ll do lunch.

Toni Schram

Do you want Hollywood to make a different type of movie?  What do you feel Hollywood is missing?

Toni

Toni left 8 Women Dream November of 2010 to work full-time on her screenplay and Club B.

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  • Rayne

    Baby Boomer-tailored movies? I think you’re on to something there!

  • You are so right….woo hoo for baby boomer movies.
    Love Laurie

  • Catherine Hughes, Editor & Chief

    Children are a great inspiration for dreams and how to look at the world.

    Of course, they only have to worry about what time they have to go to bed, what time they have to get up and if they really have to eat their vegetables. I think we all could be pretty creative in that cocoon.

    Love this post. – Cath

    Oh and movies for women over 40? Don’t get me started. They like to say that no one goes to see them but I’d be curious whet they do in DVD release. On Netflix Top 100 movie rentals there’sThe Bucket List, The Proposal, The Notebook, Little Miss Sunshine, The Devil Wears Prada, Up In The Air, Julie and Julia, The Queen, The Lake House, 27 Dresses, Rumor Has It, and It’s Complicated – so the audience its there.