Earlier this year Screen Australia invited Michael Hauge again, this time to explain to local screenwriters what High Concept means.
If you’re still struggling with that concept, this video might help.
If you don’t have the time to watch the whole video – despite the thorough editing there’s a lot of silence in between the words – here is Michael Hauge’s definition in one sentence:
“A high concept is a story concept that is strong enough
that it will draw an audience without any other components.
It is not dependent on casting, name director, execution, good worth of mouth, […] it is simply the story idea alone
that will promise an emotional experience.”
Obviously the key skill is not in knowing this definition; it is in being able to find an idea that fits the definition.