Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Shifting Movie Titles

Wednesday: Point of View

Shifting Movie Titles

I have a time crunch this week, so I'm re-posting something from 2013. I call it "Shifting Movie Titles." It's a fun way to come up with screenplay ideas.

First I chose ten movie titles consisting of only two words. I wrote each title on a separate piece of paper, mixed them up, then randomly selected each one so I wouldn't be tempted to orchestrate the list. Here it is:
  1. Rear Window
  2. Finding Nemo
  3. Die Hard
  4. Roman Holiday
  5. Groundhog Day
  6. High Noon
  7. Citizen Kane
  8. Toy Story
  9. Funny Farm
  10. Star Wars
Then I shifted the first words of each title one notch, and tried to think of ideas for a comedy film.
  1. Star Window
  2. Rear Nemo (He finally found his son, now he's gotta raise him through the teen years.)
  3. Finding Hard (Everything comes easy for Helga, so she sets out on a variety of bizarre and silly ventures searching for something to challenge her abilities.)
  4. Die Holiday (A man is determined to kill his least favorite holiday…Halloween.)
  5. Roman Day 
  6. Groundhog Noon (Groundhog Chattanooga Charlie challenges Punxsutawney Phil to a shadow duel at high noon. Whoever resists running from his shadow is the winner.)
  7. High Kane
  8. Citizen Story
  9. Toy Farm  
  10. Funny Wars (Class clown, Andrew, goes to Clown College only to discover being a goofball is serious business.)
I would love to hear your ideas for these titles! Can you come up with humorous concepts for the ones I skipped?


  1. Roman Day (A college student is doing a research paper on the Roman Empire. He inadvertently logs onto a website that is a portal back into time - more specifically, the days of Julius Caesar)

  2. Hello there.
    I think I've seen most of these movies on the original list. Groundhog Day was the most annoying! "Citizen Nemo" has a comedic ring to it.
    Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess

    1. You're right. "Citizen Nemo" could be a fun comedy! :-)