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A question for Monday.

Many years ago I worked with someone who says she told a number of people at Hollywood parties about a story idea she had for a feature film. A few years later a film that bore a striking resemblance to her story was released and became famous,

I also know someone who says he used to talk about starting a Star Trek franchise that was remarkably similar to Voyager when he was on chat/fan sites in the early 90's.

I was once told by a local playwright that the lead in his new play was being written with me in mind. Unfortunately, it was discovered I am a better SM than I am an actress before the script was finished and I was not asked to audition.


what is your dubious brush with fame?


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Apr. 26th, 2005 12:41 am (UTC)
Remember Independance Day?

Well, one of the unique techincal aspects of the space-ships was being used in a short story I was writing. Oddly, I never shared this feature.
Apr. 26th, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
When I was little, there was a Care Bear book about a kid named Paul.

He had red hair, glasses, was tall and gangly, and wore clothes that were identical to some that I owned.

I swear that someone had seen me at Disney World and wrote me into the story...
Apr. 26th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)
Some of my father's friends owned and ran a blues club in the town where I grew up (The Shaboo Inn -- points to you if you've heard of it). Dad actually held a second job there for the first three years of my life, just so he could get in free on his nights off. But even after he quit he would often drop by to visit and hang out with the staff and the artists.

He did this on my fourth birthday; he was looking after me for the afternoon and we stopped by so people there could say happy birthday to me. And, Dad says, Arlo Guthrie was the act that night; we stopped by in the afternoon, Arlo heard everyone wishing me Happy Birthday, and wished me Happy Birthday himself and then serenaded me with the theme to "Sesame Street."

Or so Dad claims. I, however, remember absolutely none of this.
Apr. 26th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
Lots of people have those stories. A lot of people have very similar-seeming ideas too. Sometimes it seems like someone has taken the idea from another source. Most times I find this is not the case. But it is always a possibility. Talk it cheap, and reading is easy. ;)

I just know enough to keep my ideas to myself. That is one of the reasons I do not join writing communities on-line, nor post any of the subjects I am currently working on.

I have some on-line friends who aspire to be professional writers. They post their in-progress work in their journals and in writing communities. They even post ideas they have for books, stories, screenplays, etc.. This is not a good idea - Especially in a group of other aspiring writers.
Apr. 27th, 2005 08:59 am (UTC)
I was an Extra in "On Deadly Ground". I got to be a stand in for the big bodyguard of Michael Caine. I also got to have a nice, breif chat wtih Robter Watts (he produced Return of the Jedi) while he was on the set of Deadly...BTW Everyone BUT Segal was very plesant, polite and charming. Segal was nothing but the exact opposite.

If you're searching for a "stolen idea" brush with fame; my writing buddy Duncan's friend wrote a script for Enterprise just last year. This friend of a friend sent off the script to Rick Berman, actualy got a pitch phone confrence with him too! After they listened through the whole idea, he was given a pat on the head and told its not what they are looking for. suspciously, a new episode of Enterprise used very nearly the same story he pitched just a few months prior... hmmmm
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