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November 2, 2012

Michael asks…

Please Finish This Plot?

Please Finish This Plot?
First off, I’m not a liar who’s making stuff up behind a computer. I’ll start by explaining my intentions. I’m 15 years old, and I plan on becoming a film director. Local film production studios have offered me productions jobs, and I’ve taken them, so I’m not kidding, or being narcissistic, when I say that I will most likely become a major film director.
My intention is to begin with low-budget films, with the intention to achieve high profit while sacrificing some artistic integrity. Then I’ll move into bigger budgets, and as I gain freedom as a director, I’ll make my films more meaningful, rather than just blockbuster cash cow $hit.
That’s where this film comes into play. I’ve developed a plot, and I’m aiming at an early Spielberg feel. The problem is that the plot contains such an enigma I can’t fill it in an be satisfied with my own idea. I need help to complete the plot, so here goes.

Martin Cobb, 44, lives in Chicago with his son Sam, 16. Martin is a journalist for the Chicago Sun Times. As layoffs loom, and debt grows, Martin is left with a problem. He’s first in line to be laid off, and unless he can find a front-page story, he can’t prevent the fate. Without enough money to give his son a better life than his, he sends Sam to live with a friend downtown. Martin is totally at a loss about what to write, and in his darkest hour, he receives a mysterious, anonymous fax. It is written in code, which he cracks. The fax says “CIA in Chicago. Digging. Searching. You must investigate.”
Martin investigates, because he has nothing else to write a story about. Upon searching, he pieces things together. He notices strange construction sites downtown, covered by tarps. There are strange sounds coming from inside the construction sites. He also notices a strange plane flying over town, day after day. He asks Air Traffic Control about the plane, and they say that there are no planes flying over town. He receives another fax from the anonymous source. It says “Airplane. Thermal Mapping. Searching.”
Meanwhile, Sam, staying at his friend’s house, misses his dad. The apartment he’s staying in, where his friend lives, is in a tall building downtown, overlooking one of the strange construction sites, which is roofed in by tarps, and walled in by tarps, so the public can’t see inside. One night, during a storm, Sam sees that a tarp was blown off of the roof, and he can see inside. There is a drill, and he can see that they’re making a big tunnel into the street. Sam tells Martin over the phone.
Over the course of the film, Martin and Sam go inside the construction site, discover the secrets of the CIA in town, etc. The CIA was making the tunnels underground to search for something. Also, the plane was taking thermal images of the city, also looking for the thing, because the thing they’re looking for is cold.
Martin gets his front page article, keeps his job, gets Sam back, and they all live happily ever after, after exposing a CIA coverup.

The question is, what was the CIA looking for that was:
1)Underground
2)Cold

You tell me, and be creative.

Administrator answers:

Someone had buried something there and it was probably illegal for them to spend so much time and money getting it–maybe money? Total corruption in the CIA :P Also, for something cold it could be a machine that someone didn’t want anyone to find and the planes were mapping its location underground. Some kind of machine that is for some reason cold…? I have no idea. Maybe it was putting people in danger so they needed to dig it out w/out anyone noticing.

In the future you might want to ask for permission to use the ideas as well, since you’re actually planning to make a movie (idk if that will happen but still).

Hope that helped!

Carol asks…

Is it possible to survive on loans for school and living expenses, while working during breaks?

I want to know if this plan is feasible and any advice that would work.

I plan on working on a second bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. My plan is to work full time for 1.5 or 2.5 years, then go back to college part time (9 credits) and work 15 hours a week for the first 3 semesters. Then I want to go to school full time for the last two years, without working, and only focus on my classes, so I plan to take out loans to pay for my degree and living expenses. I plan on working full time during winter and summer breaks.

Other details:
- I plan to go to college in downtown Chicago and also work there when I have the time.
- I plan on living in a studio apartment as close to my school as possible.
- The school I’m attending is an in-state public school, where I will pay $4850 for each of the 3 semesters that I’m attending part-time and $6757 for each of the 4 semesters that I’m attending full time, so this equals $41,578 total.
- I’ll also work on establishing a good credit rating before I start college.

Questions:
- Is taking out loans for college and living expenses feasible?
- How much money should I take out in loans?
- How hard is it to go from attending school full time for a semester to finding a job during breaks?
- Additional advice?

Administrator answers:

It’s doable, but you have to consider you’re going to have to pay all this back. And it’s going to be a lot. You have $41k right now projected, but as you remember from your first degree, tuition rises quite a bit every few years. I would take a SWAG and give you tuition expenses of close to $55k, and that’s not including all your living expenses, which could put it closer to $75k.

When I went to college, I was taking almost 15 hours a semester and working 35-40 hours a week. It wasn’t fun, and I had almost no social life, but it’s doable. Unless you want to be paying on this loan for the next 30 years, I would seriously consider looking for grants and scholarships and taking maybe a year or two more, working a little bit more each week, and paying cash for your education.

It’s a choice of graduating in 4 years with $75k in student loan debt (that’s a decent house!!!) or in 6 years debt free.

Daniel asks…

Is it possible to survive on loans for school and living expenses, while working during breaks?

I want to know if this plan is feasible and any advice that would work.

I plan on working on a second bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. My plan is to work full time for 1.5 or 2.5 years, then go back to college part time (9 credits) and work 15 hours a week for the first 3 semesters. Then I want to go to school full time for the last two years, without working, and only focus on my classes, so I plan to take out loans to pay for my degree and living expenses. I plan on working full time during winter and summer breaks.

Other details:
- I plan to go to college in downtown Chicago and also work there when I have the time.
- I plan on living in a studio apartment as close to my school as possible.
- The school I’m attending is an in-state public school, where I will pay $4850 for each of the 3 semesters that I’m attending part-time and $6757 for each of the 4 semesters that I’m attending full time, so this equals $41,578 total.
- I’ll also work on establishing a good credit rating before I start college.

Questions:
- Is taking out loans for college and living expenses feasible?
- How much money should I take out in loans?
- How hard is it to go from attending school full time for a semester to finding a job during breaks?
- Additional advice?

Administrator answers:

I go to college full time online and work . I have a student loan to. What you need to do is a budget plan. That’s mainly it. Anything is possible if you make that step.

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