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The definition of “high-concept” is nebulous. But it can often be described as a logline with which you get the idea at the pitch. For example, you have a sci-fi comedy about a guy who goes back through time and meets his mother; she’s way more into him than his actual dad, so our protagonist has to find a way for his parents to fall in love so he can exist. This is a huge high-concept, and the pitch is right there in the title: BACK TO THE FUTURE. High-concept is indestructible. Various writers can take various takes, and the...

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