Ed Vassie

Hi! I'm Ed Vassie. I'm a screenwriter and a recovering zombie. Check out some of my scripts and my screenwriting blog here.

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When Brave High Concept Scripts Get Made

I was so happy to see the trailer for The Lobster a week ago. The high concept premise was smack bang at the start of the 90 second trailer: "if you fail to fall in love with someone, you'll turn into an animal". 

Watching this sent me down a rabbit hole in search for some of the writer/director's earlier works. I came across Dogtooth and Alps and discovered that Yorgos Lanthimos is the lord of high concept.  

Dogtooth: Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.

Alps: A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process.

It's a relief to see some adventurous scripts getting made. I hop The Lobster is a huge success and I can't wait to watch Dogtooth and Alps.