Get Into The Movie Business For A Pound!

Our old friend Geoff Thompson’s next film looks set to be a stunner – and you can get a slice of the action for less than a pound.

‘Volatile’ is based on the true story of an ordinary burglary with extraordinary consequences. What happens when a man decides to take matters into his own hands and get his possessions back? It was a decision that almost cost him everything.

The film is being financed through Kickstarter and there are benefits to be had at every level of investment – starting at just £1. For just a little bit more cash you can really get involved though, with days on set, background character roles, on screen credits and a whole host of other benefits up for grabs. You can get full details, including a video presentation by the writer, director and  star actors by clicking here.

The people behind this are totally genuine and the script looks a winner. This could be your opportunity to get in at the start of something big for little more than beer money.

Robotic Sex

Two New Zealand academics are predicting that brothels of the future will feature robot prostitutes. In a research paper on the sex industry, Ian Yeoman and Michelle Mars argue that by 2050, clients will pay for an evening that features everything from lap dances to intercourse with “a range of sexual gods and goddesses of different ethnicity, body shapes, ages, languages, and sexual features.”

Aside from being an entertaining diversion, the report  throws up a serious  point – if the ‘oldest profession’ in the world is set to succumb to the unstoppable march of technology, what jobs will be left for humans to do in the not too distant future? Surely there can be very few, and this will have huge implications for how people earn their living and spend their time.

The Strip Walker

Want to keep fit and make money at the same time? Here’s an opportunity for you, and contrary to the title, you won’t have to take your clothes off to do it.

StripWalker is the name of a business started by Dan Strong in Las Vegas. For three hours each day, Strong walks up and down the Las Vegas strip, wearing T shirts promoting the products and services of his advertisers, while tweeting and texting about his experiences.  Over 17,000 people per hour,  are out walking on the strip on average, with over 40,000 at peak times, so that’s a big audience. When fully booked, the business generates over $5,000 a month in advertising fees.

This is obviously an updated version of the sandwich board or A board with tweeting and texting bringing a modern twist. Google StripWalker and you’ll see that the idea has generated plenty of publicity. Could you copy the idea in London and other major cities with busy thoroughfares? Well it wouldn’t cost much to give it a try and find out!

CSI Summer Camp

Summer camp has a long and successful history in the United States, but now a  New Jersey company have added a twist. Stockton CSI is a summer camp for students with an interest in forensic science. It’s a fascination which crime shows like CSI have helped to fuel.  Attendees get to try their hand at solving crimes, with realistic tasks set by experts

Events like ‘Murder Mystery’ weekends have attracted an enthusiastic following in the UK for many years. Perhaps now is the time to introduce something a bit more gritty and up to date. There are already plenty of sports and activity based events which take place in school holidays. Maybe there’s a market for something similar, but for children with different interests.

A Small Market Niche

What do Martin Sheen, Al Pacino, Mark Wahlberg, Danny DeVito, Joe Pesci, and Seth Green have in common? Well aside from being actors, they’re all under 5’8” tall and they’re all customers of Jimmy Au.

Au runs a clothing company in Hollywood that specialises in suits for shorter men. You might think that a suit for a shorter man is simply a smaller suit, but apparently not, and this is the key to the niche Au has carved out. Most designers create their suits for men in the 5’10” to 6’2” range and then simply scale down for smaller customers without adjusting the fit. This results in knees and elbows falling in the wrong place.

In a world where most products and designs are created for people within the average or normal range,  there must be niche opportunities in myriad markets for products specifically aimed at the tall, short, fat or slim.  Might there be an opportunity to create a product for people outside of the normal size range in your market?