Movie Tycoon: The Sixening
By popular demand, Movie Tycoon has once again returned to the GDS Theatre in time for the end of the ‘Summer Blockbuster’ month. For the last six years, Movie Tycoon has been the go to forum game for people to create stories to their heart’s content.
Can you maneuver your way and make a name for yourself in the forever evolving world of Hollywood? Or will you be found in the darkest realms of Tinsel Town?
Basics:All studios get $10,000,000 to get themselves started out. No studio can go higher than that.
Every day, players will get to make their own movies with whoever they want.
There is a catch, if there at any time gets to a point where three movies are in need of review; I will request a temporary halt in production until the reviews are finished.
To sign up, write your studio’s name and the name of the studio.
When done, proceed to make your movie!
Step One: Casting and Pre-Production
Before anything else, you must tell us what this movie is about and the title, genre, rating, the summary of your plot and the roles in the movie.
NEW: Genres now have detailed ‘peachy oranges’ or benefits you can reap and ‘rotten tomatoes’ or obstacles you may have. Here now is a list of them.
Extremely profitable if good.
You don’t have to worry too much of story, people will eat it up regardless.
CGI and other special effects all feel like at home here.
Tends to need a big budget.
A bad director can also mess up these films.
Free to use your creativity.
Pairs up well with all genres (except Horror)
Don’t necessary have to be big to be successful.
CGI and Special Effects are a must here.
Probably the easiest genre to write for.
If you opt for a bigger production, prepare to have a big budget.
A flop can really damage your prospects, especially if the lead actors fail.
Super versatile in their usage. (Black, Slapstick, Gross, Raunchy, you name it!)
Goes well with other genres.
Usually successful at the box office.
Don’t need as big a budget most of the time.
Can be for pretty much any audience.
If it fails, it fails hard.
Should the lead actors fail, the movie is more likely to tank.
Not exactly for everyone.
Like with action, drama attracts a ton of people when done right.
Failures don’t hurt as much that being said.
Pairs up really other with other genres.
Can kick start a career if the actor in question performs well.
Need really good lead performances to truly survive.
Tend to be passed on if they have a lackluster story.
Has to be handled maturely for audiences.
You can create worlds to your heart’s content.
Massive appeal to imaginative people.
Can make for potential franchises if successful.
Special effects is a must here.
Need a crazy high budget in order to succeed.
Coming up with a world may not be so easy.
Has a die hard audience of fans.
You can go crazy with fight scene if you wish.
You don’t have to worry about a huge budget. (Though it helps)
Can take the form of a Thriller if you really want to.
Not as profitable as it once was.
Has a very select group of people who will watch.
Can look incredibly cheesy if your budget is too low.
Pair ups with Drama, Comedy and Musicals are a must.
No worry on budgets here unless you want it to be epic.
Big time popular and among the oldest genres in cinema.
Can be very relatable.
Chemistry is everything, if the lead acts don’t connect; the movie falls apart.
Very boring if done poorly.
One of the most popular film genres of all time. Expect souls in seats unless it really bombs.
CGI gets a mandatory usage here.
Creativity is key to make the film a success here.
Can take place in almost anywhere.
The budget has to be huge to truly make airwaves.
If these movies fail, they tend to fall on their face.
Not that versatile genre wise.
Among the oldest genre of theatre.
Don’t really need that many special effects to be fun.
Can do just about any genre there is.
Let’s be honest, it is nowhere near popular as it once was.
Still needs a relatively hefty budget.
NEW for Movie Tycoon 6: In order to keep the game relevant for future editions, I have decided to introduce five new genres in this edition of Movie Tycoon. Some that have been unofficially been a part of the game and others that are making their debut here.
Decency is thrown out of the window.
Can be done with little to no budget at all.
Sex appeal matters a lot.
Only for the most mature of audiences.
Usually looked at as the sleazy end of movies.
Severe hiring restrictions. (Anyone with SP higher than 2.5 will not take part, minors also cannot take part for obvious reasons)
Can be paired up with any genre.
Is also versatile and be used for almost anything.
The one genre that anyone can enjoy.
A decent budget is usually enough to help a movie.
A good director will bring the movie up ten-fold and bring up even lackluster performances sometimes.
Can be 2D, CGI, Anime, Stop motion or Clay animated.
A botch in the direction will damage the movie’s credibility.
R rated animated films are a rarity and may not perform as well.
Have a huge fanbase that can give you a lot of money.
Goes insanely well with animation, comedy, drama and romance.
Can have a ton of songs placed to fill time or continue the plot.
Can take place anywhere in anytime and have any type of music.
Acting and singing is crucial here. Bad performances will kill the movie.
A bad director will also rattle your box office.
A big budget is usually necessary.
Usually very relatable to people and can give an inside look at what politics is like.
Has a decent sized audience.
If you play your cards right, very topical subjects can be made into great films.
Goes extremely well with Drama and Comedy.
Also inevitably going to be irrelevant at some point.
Not that versatile a genre.
Perfect if you can’t think of a long movie and have time to spare.
Can literally be about anything. Has no genre restrictions.
Can have as many as five stories.
Multiple directors can take part.
If one story is especially successful, it could lead to a larger movie down the line.
Anything that applies to other genres you can apply there if you decide to do said route.
Summarizing the plot is crucial, if you do a really good job at it; you will get your potential cast more interested in the product.
The rating of the movie (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17) will also have an effect in the box office and physical copy revenue and in a few cases may not even be applicable. (No lower than R for Adult films, no higher than R for political films)
Established talent is a good safety boat if you wish to avoid an unexpected surprise, a 1.0 doing bad is worse than a 3.0 doing bad.
On the other hand, if the unknown talent is good at their role, this can help kickstart a career and even take a lower wage. (As opposed to the established who cost a lot of money)
If you find that you are overspending, don’t be afraid to haggle around and try to negotiate special deals with your potential cast.
A bad production budget makes everything a little amateurish, so try not to aim too low a budget. That being said, don’t aim too high either, if it flops; you could wind up losing big.
A big marketing campaign always helps make a film more successful in the box office.
CASTING & PRE-PRODUCTION FORM (Stolen from Flame Snoopy)
› Brief Summary Of The Plot:
› Production Cost:
› Marketing Cost:
› Lead Role: [please describe role]
› Major: [please describe role]
› Minor Role: [please describe role]
— You must then wait for contract negotiations to finish before you may start filming.
— TALENT DATABASE: https://www.obvibase.com/p/AEcaBYWFyyjTUP4x
STEP TWO: POST-PRODUCTION
› Lead: [please describe role]
› Major Role: [please describe role]
› Minor Role: [please describe role]
› Talent Cost:
› Production Cost:
› Marketing Cost:
› Total Revenue:
› Movie Budget:
› Net Profit:
ADDITIONAL INFO» Star Power [SP] is used within Movie Tycoon as a gauge of popularity rather than raw talent. The bigger the [SP], the bigger the check. Box office hits occur far more likely with a cast abundant with [SP], especially important to remember when considering the lead roles for your movies. As talent take part in movies, their [SP] and Directing [DIR] can change for better or worse, depending on their performance and the movie's box office potency. The more screen time talent have in a movie that does well critically or commercially, the more their [SP] and [DIR] will rise. Thus it is absolutely possible to build up a nobody to star status, if given the right movie and enough screen time.
0.1 - 0.5 Barely Recognizable
0.6 - 1.0 Recognizable
1.1 - 1.5 Known
1.6 - 2.0 Well Known
2.1 - 2.5 Minor Draw
2.6 - 3.0 Major Draw
3.1 - 3.5 Minor Star
3.6 - 4.0 Star
4.1 - 4.5 Major Star
4.6 - 5.0 Mega Star
» Talent Chemistry can dramatically affect the flow of the movie. Completely randomly generated.
» If you want to use a book, comic or something else considered copyrighted you can make a request and I will reply to your request with the copyright owner’s demands. As with any negotiation, you may attempt to haggle, however there is no guarantee the company will bend to your will.
NEW: Starting in this edition, studios now have the ability to buy more than one franchise at a time; so if there is a crossover you’ve always wanted to see, this is your chance to make it happen. Just be careful, as it will come at a certain price.
ROUGH TALENT COST ESTIMATES
» Director: 1.25 * Directing
» Lead Role: 1.5 * Star Power
» Major Role: 0.75 * Star Power
» Minor Role: 0.25 * Star Power
+ 0.25 for nudity
HOW I REVIEW:
For this edition, the reviewing system for the game will be getting a significant upgrade. Instead of rambling on a certain part of a film or simply going through it, I will be using four categories to help review a film. All of which on a scale of 1 to 5. This will help me fairly judge a movie on it’s own values and give you a much more detailed look at what the movie did right and what could have been done better.
Story Quality: Was the writing any good or the actions of the characters believable?
Production Quality: Was the standard of production up to standard?
Acting Quality: Did the actors in question do a good job in what they do?
Ending Quality: Does the movie wrap up nicely or does it leave you slightly cheated?
Overall: Basically, the final score of the movie summing everything up graded from 1 to 5; 5 being an absolute masterpiece and 1 being an epic disaster.
LADY LUCK (Half stolen from Flame Snoopy)
» Every talent will get a Performance Rating [PERF] once they work on a movie. High [SP] stars have a better base [PERF]. After talent chemistry and base value is taken into account, Lady Luck comes into play and gives the final touch to the [PERF]. If talent's [PERF] is heavily below their [SP] or [DIR], the stat in question will decrease, depending on the overall success of the movie. A weak performance in a hit movie is far more forgiving to [SP] losses.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Upon further testing and evaluation, it has been noted that the old system used was quite a lot more focused on the negative towards actor performances, to rectify this situation and to prevent disenfranchisement; we will be reverting back to the 1-50 system used in Movie Tycoon: Reborn (Ayden). Despite this, we will keeping the way SP is decided for 0.9-1.0 moments and give it much a bigger emphasis.
1-10: Disastrous performance, loses 0.5 to 2.0 SP depending on the randomizer and the actor's SP and gets a negative story written about him or her for Misc. Inf.
11-20: Bad performance, loses 0.5 to 1.5 depending on the randomizer and the actor's SP.
21-25: Below average performance, loses 0.1 to 0.5 SP depending on the randomizer and the actor's SP.
26-30: Average performance, no change.
31-35: Above average performance, gains 0.1 to 0.5 SP depending on the randomizer.
36-40: Good performance, gains 0.5 to 1.5 SP depending on the randomizer
40-45: Great performance, gains 1.0 to 3.0 SP depending on the randomizer.
46-50: Masterful performance, gains 1.0-4.0 SP depending on the randomizer and gets a positive story written about him or her for Misc. Inf.
EXTRAS: (By HTRVAndrew)
Every studio has the option of filling one (AND ONLY ONE) minor role per film with an extra, at the cost of $100k. Said extra will not have a name and will not be added to the database. They will be complete unknowns, with star power of 0.0. What this means is that they will not contribute anything positive to the movie with their acting performances, and could, in fact, contribute negatively towards the film's final rating depending on the dice roll/Lady Luck factor. Having said that, this is an option in play for studios on smaller budgets, or those who don't have an idea on an actor to play a certain small part in a film.
To clarify once again, here are the limitations of the Extra Rule: Extras cannot fill lead or major roles, and you may only use one per film. Do not expect a cheap extra to come out of nowhere and become a star, as this rule is my version of the old axiom, "you get what you pay for." At best, the acting quality will be 0, and negative results are still very possible. With that in mind, it is still preferable to search the database and find actors that are more well-known. However, there are certain instances (especially early in the game) where using the Extra Rule could be a good idea.
Every-time we get a total of twenty new movies made, I will conduct an awards ceremony to honor the best and worst movies made out of the bunch. Please note, this will be all in good fun and not an indictment of your writing ability.
The categories are as followed:
Most Disappointing: (The worst performance from an actor in a big budget movie, any actor or actress that scored less than 20 out of 50 in a big budget movie is eligible.)
Worst Performance: (Any performance that drops someone over 1.0 SP is on this list or otherwise)
Worst Film: (Any film that received lower than 2.0 out of of 5)
Most Potential: (An award for first time studios who have the potential to do good things in future games. Must have at least one movie that’s around 2.5 out of 5 or higher)
Best Story: (Any movie that received a 4 or higher in story quality is eligible in this category)
Best Production Budget: (Any movie that received a 4 or higher in production quality is eligible in this category)
Best Supporting Actor: (Any supporting actor that got a 40 or higher is eligible for this award)
Best Supporting Actress: (Any supporting actress that got a 40 or higher is eligible for this award)
Best Actor: (Any actor that received a 40 out of 5 or higher is eligible for this award)
Best Actress: (Any actor that received a 40 out of 5 or higher is eligible for this award)
Best Movie: (All movies that receive a 4 out of 5 qualify for the category. And it helps that it’s the biggest category of them all)
ADDITIONAL NEW FEATURES: In the never-ending effort to keep Movie Tycoon up to date, I have added several new features to this version and a couple I've decided to bring back. Outside from the ones mentioned previously, here are some of the new things to expect in this edition of Movie Tycoon.
(Cue Price is Right theme)
* How an actor feels on a certain script will now play a larger role in this game, so if there is a certain plot that an actor finds has potential; he/she has a chance of doing better than expected to make sure the movie is as good as possible. The opposite effect can happen when they are not 'feeling' the script.
* Starting in this edition; movies have the potential to be 'cult classics', that is; they may flop in the box office, but thanks to the internet or a surprisingly good run in physical copy sells sees new life and is loved for it.
* Misc. Information will be making a triumphant return in this game, as it was missed last time around. Like with versions before, it will serve as not just to tell you what events occurred but also to give you tips and explain further as to how a movie was rated the way that it was.
* This rule is what i'd like to call the 'Noobyboy' rule in honor of perhaps the most infamous player in the first Movie Game; and perhaps of all time. (It can also be called the 'Ed Wood' rule if you would like) If you are making deliberately bad movies; you will get deliberately negative reviews. If someone makes three deliberately bad movies or outs themselves out as a troll, you will automatically go bankrupt and will not be allowed to re-enter the game. This is supposed to be a game for fun, not a game to see who can make the worst movie idea. (On a more personal note: If you haven't already; go see Black Wayz and Visions to see examples on how NOT to play this game)
* A new mini-game is being introduced for those who are waiting for a movie to be released called 'Estimation Evaluation', based on the Guess the Tomatometer threads on Rotten Tomatoes; you now have the opportunity to estimate a unreviewed movie's potential score. You will have a best case scenario, a worst case scenario and your most likely scenario, here now is it's format.
(Studio Name)'s Estimation Evaluation for (Movie)
What does this add to the game? Nothing really, I just wanted to give you guys something fun to do while you wait for the reviews to come out.
* And finally, perhaps the biggest game-changer in the game's history; for the first time ever, If at any time a studio is struggling to come up with an idea or simply struggling with their movie, they may call for an 'Act of God'. If this is activated, they are free to PM anyone currently in the game to help them out. (Yes, even I am available to be PM'ed if you wish) Maybe there's a certain storyline in a movie that needs fixing up or you aren't really feeling the characters or if there's an idea you've really wanted to try but you want to run it over with someone else before going for it; this is your chance.
There is only one rule; you can only call for an 'Act of God' once. And ONLY once. After that, you're on your own; so whatever you have to say, it had better be good.
Previous Movie Tycoons:
» http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum...d.php?t=458614 [Movie Game 1.0 by mad5266]
» http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum...d.php?t=511897 [Movie Game 1.5 (technically 2.0) by dakydaky]
» http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum...d.php?t=515356 [Movie Game 2.0 by mad5266]
» http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum...d.php?t=515678 [Movie Game 3.0 by Goliath764]
» http://greydogsoftware.com/forum/sho...t=movie+tycoon [Movie Tycoon 1.0 by Goliath764]
» http://greydogsoftware.com/forum/sho...t=movie+tycoon [Movie Tycoon 2.0 by Goliath764]
» http://greydogsoftware.com/forum/sho...t=movie+tycoon [Movie Tycoon: Reborn by mad5226]
» http://greydogsoftware.com/forum/sho...t=movie+tycoon [Movie Tycoon: Reborn 2 by Ayden]
» http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum...d.php?t=538083 [Movie Tycoon 5 by FlameSnoopy]
Last edited by Russelrules44 : 09-19-2017 at 10:32 PM.
It's pretty much a given that Amalgamated Artists is in. Just gotta find an opening film concept. My two incomplete ideas might call for a bigger budget than an a first movie of the game suggests.
In all honesty, I was very tempted to start this back up myself! I like the look of this and especially like the genres having more of an effect. I may PM you with some ideas I had if you are up to it!
Studio Name: DS Productions
Founder Name(i.e. your IGN): Dave Scott
Good to see this back. Tried once, didn't get around to writing but I've got a cool concept this time.
Question though, say I wanted to make a movie off of an existing universe, but change around some events that actually happened. Would that be ok?
Having spent pretty much the last four years on these forums daily, I don't know why I never ventured out of the TEW sub threads all that much because this looks super cool! I looked at some of the previous iterations of this game, and I'd love to jump in! Hopefully the learning curve isn't too steep...
Studio Name: The Black Lab
Founder Name: RingRider
YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!
Off of a smashing season in "Movie Tycoon 5," Tompkins Square Studios is proud to return in the game's sixth installment. Furthermore, we are pleased to announce that our first project will, in fact, be the movie planned before the fifth game ended, "Fake News." Given the fact that the bank balance is back down to $10 million, expect updated casting calls to be done as early as this evening.
I do have one question: Is it possible to mix genres? For instance, I can think of a TON of movies that would fit as "comedy/drama" or "action/adventure." If so, would we get a mishmosh of benefits/drawbacks as outlined in the original post?
Darn straight you had a great first season and we're very happy to have you back.
OK, this may be a challenge given the low starting budget, but I've wanted to write this movie for months, and I'm stoked to get the chance to do it here.
Title: "Fake News"
Genre: Raunchy comedy
Brief Summary Of The Plot: When a top news reporter is fired from her job for refusing to play into her new boss's degrading strategies for getting ratings, she starts her own online network as a parody of the modern media landscape. Initially, her vision earns rave reviews, but soon, her enterprise is dragged down into the muck by various forces, including some outside her control. Can she restore her integrity while also taking down the people who tried to destroy her?
Rating: R (language, nudity, sexual situations)
Production Cost: TBD
Marketing Cost: TBD
Director: We're paging longtime friend of the studio Penny Marshall, who was awesome for us last time around. However, on the off chance we can't afford her, we're also chatting with Mark Duplass (more on him later) and John Turturro (him, too).
Lead Role: Natalie Crosby
Natalie Crosby is a pioneering female journalist who quickly gained nationwide respect for her take-no-prisoners style of reporting. This isn't easy to do in a male-dominated field, but she's won plenty of awards for her work, and she's long been considered one of the top reporters at the National News Network (or Triple-N). However, she's quickly fired for refusing to partake in segments that portray her as eye candy, and it's that action that motivates her to start her own online media empire that she believes will take Triple-N down by satirizing the network's new approach.
For this role, we need a distinguished actress with comedy chops, which isn't easy to find. We're approaching Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rashida Jones, Eva Mendes, and Amy Poehler.
Major Role: Tim Hartman
Tim Hartman is a long-since-retired news anchor who has since crossed over into the PR world, and he doubles as Natalie's best friend. He helps her with the new online network she's starting, which he named Dirty Sexy News (a name Natalie loved). The relationship between he and Natalie has been platonic and non-romantic for many years, but sometimes, due to Tim's recent divorce, the line gets fuzzy.
We're chatting with Will Arnett, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Bateman, and John Krasinski.
Major Role: Will O'Meara
Will O'Meara is the new news director at National News Network, having replaced a man seen by many as a giant in the industry. He was given an order to shake things up, and that's what he does, implementing major changes from the top down that impact everyone at the office. Specifically, he orders female reporters to be used as eye candy to attract a stronger male audience, and tells reporters to avoid chasing stories of news interest in favor of catchier stories that will attract more people. Needless to say, he serves as the movie's main antagonist.
We're reaching out to John Turturro, and would like to know his rate for the individual roles of director and Will O'Meara, as well as what he'd accept to do both. Also, we'd like to hear from Danny Devito and Jason Alexander.
Minor Role: Kimberly Riley
Fresh out of journalism school and desperate for an opportunity, Riley is hired by Natalie to join DSN. Natalie uses her as a parody of what O'Meara wanted his female journalists to be, which is a source of great humor (and spectacular eye candy for our audience) until disaster strikes.
We're in talks with Kat Dennings, Hayden Panettiere, Leighton Meester, and Demi Lovato. Whoever takes this role must be open to partial nudity.
Minor Role: Joe Kirkland
Joe Kirkland is a struggling insult comic working bars and clubs in the New York City area. Natalie and Tim discover him about a third of the way through the movie and give him an outlet to be as unfiltered as he wants to be, and his rants are a comedic high point of the film.
Mark Duplass would be a very good fit for this role. Like John Turturro, we'd like to know his rates for the individual roles of director and this one, as well as a rate for doing both. We'd also like to speak with Charlie Day, and we're considering Danny Devito for this role as well (in addition to Will O'Meara).
Minor Role: Richard Fox
Richard Fox is an institution in cable news. He's overseen broadcast teams that have won numerous national awards and earned gigantic ratings, but for many reasons that gain clarity as the film goes on, he's been forced into retirement. He mentored Natalie through the early part of her career, and as such, she goes to him as a resource at several points through the film.
We're in talks with Joe Pesci, Christopher Lloyd, Jeremy Irons, and Mark Hamill.
Key Cameo: Major Celebrity X
There is a female celebrity who will make two appearances in the film and play a huge role in the climax of the movie. Said celebrity will play herself.
We're interested in one of the following: Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, or Madonna.
The Black Lab would like to reach out to author Paul O'Brien and his publishing company about a potentially turning his novel Blood Red Turns Dollar Green into a movie franchise.
We would like to secure the rights for all three books in the series with hopes of making the complete trilogy for the silver screen.
(Forgive a rookie a here if I'm out of turn or doing something out of context/far off from beginning of game budget)