Well, it could be.
A few days ago my fiance and I were enjoying a relaxing Sunday. You know the kind that you wake up early, unintentionally, and are so proud of yourself? So proud that you reward yourself with remaining in your flannel pajamas until your return to your slumber. Yeah, that kind of Sunday. While enjoying our reward, we were scrolling through movies to watch, and Blade Runner 2049 popped up.
I did not watch the original Blade Runner until 2018, yeah this year… However, I’m not a huge super sci-fi movie fan. I’ll see them all; however, movies like Blade Runner, The Running Man, and 2001: A Space Odyssey all fall into the same bracket of movie, which is good, but was probably better if I had been around when they were released in theaters. Those movies have to fight against graphically-enhanced goliaths such as Interstellar, Inception, and Arrival. Regardless, I had watched the original later in its existence and my fiance had watched it with me. Thus comes the million dollar idea…
She didn’t remember it.
Not even a bit of it. She knew Harrison Ford was in it, but that’s about it. I could of played the old one again, and invested another 1 hour and 57 minutes, to assist her memory. However, I really didn’t want to. I wanted to watch a movie that I hadn’t seen, and I have no doubt that if I were to start the the original Blade Runner again, one of two things would have happened:
- She would have gotten about 3/4 of the way done, and said “I think I have seen this, this is how it ends right?” Yup.
- She would have fallen asleep, so I would have been the one re-watching it again, and we’d be stuck in a loop.
So to get to the idea.
To assist with her memory, I pulled up random trailers, clips, etc. with the support of YouTube of the original Blade Runner. Though there were some okay clips, nothing really jogged her memory. Which is why I thought of the idea of Re-Capped.
What is Re-Capped?
Re-Capped is a website that had five-minute cliff-notes/recaps of movies. It would be direct film clips, and would essentially show the entire movie in five minutes. However, it would have a few cool features, this one being the primary:
- Though the full clip would be five-minutes, it’d have two parts. One that was 4:30 and the second, 30 seconds. The 4:30 would contain the intro, climax, and partial resolution of the film. The 30 second clip would have the conclusion. After the 4:30 piece would air, there would be a decision for the user.
- Continue Watching (Spoiler): This will show the final 30 seconds. Useful for people wanting a recap, maybe want the spoilers, or they just need a refresher.
- Purchase/Rent The Movie: This is how your site makes money, you work with Vudu, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc. and provide a way for users to watch that movie. If it’s on Netflix, offer a membership, on Amazon, let them buy it. Charge those services for each membership/movie you sell. Advertising at it’s finest. Plus, if they sat through 4:30 of a movie and didn’t want to ruin the ending, there’s a strong probability they are going to buy it.
Why do it?
A friend had asked, why would he want to do this, and I thought of the easiest example why. Star Wars Episode IX is coming out soon. Most fans like to do a play through of the movies to prepare for the upcoming one. You could spend 2+ hours per movie, or watch 40 minutes of recaps, and be plenty prepared for the new movie.
To put that into perspective, in the amount of time you did recaps, you would only be 40 minutes into Episode I, why is that important? That’s about the time of first speaking line of Episode I’s only redeeming character, Darth Maul.
Why share this genius idea?
Everyone hides their ideas, they are so fearful they are going to get stolen, and to be fair most ideas don’t come to fruition or they get stolen anyways. There are billions of people on this earth, your ideas are not unique. So, if you are reading this, and you have the know-how to create it, let me know. I already own the domain re-capped, so I’d be happy to work with you on the marketing aspect.