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Learning with Struggling Characters

Lots of people like to learn
as they watch films.
But they don't like being lectured.

They want to learn with film characters
struggling to do something difficult.

But with all the films available now,
finding films that engage us
in learning with characters
can be time consuming.

Viewers need recommended films
they know will engage them in
learning with characters.

PLOTSA provides those film recommendations.

PLOTSA's patent-pending system is not a black-box recommendation system. It lets viewers know why a film will engage them in learning with characters.

It's not a community rating system, based on recommending films liked by others who like films a viewer likes. It's not a heart-rate system, recommending films that raise our heart rates for one reason or another. Nor is it a popularity system, recommending films that happen to be popular now, including for fashionable political virtue signaling.

It's not a system for merely keeping children from learning bad values, but for helping them learn good values too. It's not a system just for children, but for children to learn best because adults are learning with them too.

It's a content system, based on elements of plot known to engage viewers in learning with struggling characters since Aristotle studied hundreds of award-winning plays over 2,000 years ago.

Its claim about how much viewers like its engaging recommended films is not based on guesswork but on data-driven testing, using thousands of film reviews and user ratings, compiled by a Minnesota computer science lab called MovieLens.

Here is how the recommending works.

Each recommended film comes with a plot review. Based on our computer assessment of hundreds of online reviews, the plot review indicates what viewers are likely to learn with characters struggling to do something difficult. A platform can provide a link to this plot review at the end of its description of a film. And viewers can revise and add comments to the review.

PLOTSA can recommend strong-plotted films a platform already streams and those they could license to stream, including new releases reviewed in newspapers like the NY Times.

And here is the test result for viewers: viewers rate our recommended films 85% on average, including new releases and hidden gems they may well not have heard about before watching them.

PLOTSA is all about plot-based films and filmmaking. So it also helps indie filmmakers produce strong-plotted films in the most computer-assisted indie studio system online. It can sort through thousands of ten-page treatments to find the strong-plotted ones that engage viewers in learning with struggling characters.

With each plot review, filmmakers are invited to review and help edit (for $35/hour) films in progress and to start a story for a film (and get paid $10K for development once it is funded for production, and maintain all rights to distribution revenue). Viewers are also invited to share story ideas that filmmakers could turn into shorts or could use in feature films or series. This invitation to filmmakers and viewers is spread online in users sharing of film stories in progress on social media, in affiliate contests for scriptwriting and shorts, in calls on major sites for actors and crew to audition for films in progress, and in a campaign of trailer pull ads with plot reviews and push ads like this one.

A film becomes an original of a platform or company when the company or platform viewers fund its initial development and like the finished film. And so where does funding for development, production, and distribution of these new films come from?

Development is paid for when production funding is obtained. This includes the development funding for the $1k needed along the way to pay for writing and filming consultants. Viewers make small donations for perks, like getting to see a film free when it is finished, or companies and foundations may donate the development funds. These development funds are set aside and are used only when a film in progress is passing its stages, otherwise the funds are reimbursed so donors can use them for the development of other films in progress.

Production and distribution funding come in the standard industry way from entertainment banks and investment firms relying on PLOTSA's patent-pending AI that finds films in progress with an 85% chance of making money and then a 75% chance of getting at least 100% ROI, based on the ROI of comparables with similar plots and budgets. The highest expected ROI comes from strong-plotted films made with low budgets.

A platform or company can become known for fostering well-plotted films that engage viewers in learning as they watch characters struggle to do hard things.

But what is the back story of PLOTSA?

Yesterday & Today

PLOTSA began 12 years ago as Campus Studios. It was a more advanced version of Amazon Studios. Within two and a half years, Amazon Studios received 13k script submissions and had 50 films in active production. It discontinued accepting open submissions in 2018 and moved to funding the production of expensive films by select filmmakers to compete for film accolades.

What Amazon Studios lacked, Campus Studios sought to provide--a full submission process, including consulting and reviewing, for stages of engaging plot-based films, from pitch → treatment → script → novella → shooting script → storyboards → business plan.

At a time when original quality content is in extremely high demand by a multi-billion dollar distribution industry, it sought to enable any disciplined filmmaker to find the collaboration and funding needed to efficiently create a quality film from start to finish and get it widely distributed.

PLOTSA itself began seven years ago and with advanced technology and crowdsourcing streamlined the submission process of Campus Studios and turned it into a general film recommendation system--films to watch, to license to stream, and to green light for production, with applications from accomplished cast and crew and comparables for high expected ROI.

It also incentivized filmmakers to learn more about plot-based filmmaking and improve their rank as filmmakers and reviewers to make money reviewing and consulting, thus allowing its workforce to scale.

The progress of Campus Studios and now PLOTSA has been guided by narrative experts with domain knowledge in the nuts and bolts of film writing and film making that engages viewers in learning with characters struggling to accomplish difficult tasks. In its initial user testing, film writers and film makers have found that PLOTSA's software and resources for collaboration with peers and staff greatly focuses and improves and speeds up the creative process.

JD Payne, screenwriter and executive producer for Amazon’s upcoming series Lord of the Rings and screenwriter and producer for Twentieth Century Fox’s coming Flash Gordon, said: "PLOTSA provides independents with the same type of standards and processes used by Hollywood studios."

A New Generation of Film Viewers

PLOTSA is now reaching out to cast and crew sites and major platforms and companies to collaborate in recommending and fostering strong-plotted films that engage viewers in learning with struggling characters.

To find out more, create an account in the upper right and look around. PLOTSA is ready to provide platforms with a row of plot recommended films with plot reviews. And PLOTSA is ready to invite platform viewers and companies to audience review films in progress which they may want to fund the initial development of. The result will be films that start with: This film is an original of this platform or this company, fostering films that engage viewers in learning with characters.

This collaboration will foster a new generation of engaged film viewers, learning from film stories, learning with characters struggling to accomplish difficult tasks.