Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Question

It's rare that I get more than a couple of comments on posts even though I know that some days I get upwards of forty visitors... so for those of you who aren't commenting, here is a question (and for those of you that are... thank you very much):

I'm trying to decide between two titles for my new feature screenplay, so which do you like better and why:
"Ten Years In" or "The Human Zoo"?

12 Comments:

At October 11, 2005 7:57 PM, Blogger Me said...

I personally like the sound of "The Human Zoo" but then I've always been a bit of an odd duck.

Dal.

 
At October 12, 2005 2:51 AM, Blogger Chris Nolan.ca said...

Are you familar with the book "The Human Zoo" by Desmond Morris? That might cause some confusion.

 
At October 13, 2005 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my votes for Ten Yeras In

 
At October 13, 2005 2:40 PM, Anonymous captainalphabet said...

ten years in

 
At October 13, 2005 7:14 PM, Blogger Blake said...

"Ten Years In" makes me curious as to what it's about. "The Human Zoo" does not. Like at all.

But I also judge books by their covers.

 
At October 13, 2005 7:42 PM, Blogger Me said...

Yikes, it seems I'm outvoted...

 
At October 13, 2005 9:51 PM, Blogger Michele's Mumblings said...

The london Zoo had a display called The Human Zoo and it was stupid so you might not want to use that.

How bout The Ten Year Zoo ? or the Zen Year Too?

 
At October 13, 2005 11:32 PM, Blogger Doug Karr said...

Wow you guys are super helpful! Thanks so much for your feedback so far. My inclination was "Ten Years In," but I wasn't sure if that's because it's been in my head longer.

 
At October 14, 2005 9:28 AM, Anonymous heather said...

Doug,

I visit your site every now and then to see if you have an air date yet for "Anniversary Present". My young son was the bubble-blowing ringbearer in the scene where the lead players exit the church.

I have no film background, but instead was very reluctantly dragged into "showbiz" by my older son a few years ago, after first saying, "No!, No!, No!".

But if you still are interested in my opinion...............

I prefer "Ten Years In". "The Human Zoo" seems too Twilight Zone-esque; not unlike some cheesy sci-fi short stories from the 50's or 60's of what might happen in another universe if the animals ran the zoo. IMHO

And keep up the great blogging. It's an interesting read for someone not normally in this loop.

 
At October 14, 2005 10:56 AM, Anonymous Savannah said...

I like titles that don't involve the word "the". There are too few of them. Soooo, Ten Years In all the way!

 
At October 15, 2005 8:47 AM, Anonymous Richard Brunton said...

Ten Years In is an interesting one and doesn't really feel like you are tying the title to a specific subject matter. It suggests that there's lots of back story and history to what you're about to see\read. It also has the hint that there is some major event to occur as when you typically think of this title you might think of a relationship, and the phrase conjures a feeling of tiredness and boredom perhaps. Using it in a context like, for handy example, a War also suggests that you're looking towards some conclusion that's quite final.

Human Zoo is very much pointing towards either the exploration of the world we are in on quite a grand scale, or examining people and relationships. However it does suggest that it would be done on a larger scale than just one, two or even three people\relationships. It sounds like a much more complex analysis. It also conjures up the feeling of looking at a structure that has its own relationships and heirarchies built into it, for example a workplace.

I think with titles to movies or books it's important to understand what it says independently of the material it represents. Realistically this is the first thing the average viewer is going to see first, and their purchase may be based on those first few feelings inspired by that title.

Of course, I could be completely wrong and talking rubbish. In which case, ignore me!

Richard
www.themovieblog.com
weblog.brunton.org.uk

 
At November 19, 2005 8:55 PM, Blogger still kickin diabetic bipolar dystonic dudette said...

1o years in-the human zoo is too obvious, redundant

 

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