Try This: Fantasy Football Meets Movies
There are two things – football and film – I feel passionate about but, unfortunately, they hardly cross paths. Unless there is a football movie coming out (which, yes, does happen once or twice a year), the closest the two come to each other is when I have to decide between watching the big college game Saturday night or going to the latest blockbuster.
Thanks to my friend, I found a way to mix the idea of fantasy football with the film industry. Stick with me here because this isn’t just a self-promotion, this is a way to help you guys create a fantasy film league of your own.
Basically, my friend and I adopted a category-based fantasy sports league model and applied it to upcoming movies. We even drafted ten films each to be part of our “team.”
For those that aren’t familiar, your goal in a category-based fantasy sports league is to win categories (for example: you want the most touchdowns during a week of NFL games). Before the year, you draft players, then they play, and their results factor into an overall winner.
When we constructed the fantasy film league, we decided to draft movies instead of players. Then we created nine film-related categories so that our movies would essentially compete against each other.
The nine categories we came up with were:
1) Rotten Tomatoemeter: How the movie did after the opening weekend on RottenTomatoes.com
2) Box Office: How much money the movie made domestically over its entire theatrical run
3) Gross Margin: How much a movie profited (compared to its budget)
4) Theaters: How many theaters the movie played in (a helpful site is boxofficemojo.com)
5) IMDb User Rating: How the movie scored with fans
6) League Score: Have all the players in the league rate the movies (try not to be biased!)
7) Top 10 Lists: Pick 5 reputable sites (IGN, IndieWire, etc.) and see how many times your movies make their Top 10 Lists at the end of the year.
8) Award Nominations: How many Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations your film receives
9) Award Wins: How many Golden Globe and Academy Awards your film wins
Obviously, we tried to balance the categories. Some movies, take last weekend’s release of Guardians of the Galaxy for example, will make more money but probably not factor into the awards race at the end of the year. Other movies, like last year’s The Purge, were huge financial successes built on tiny budgets, making them a good movie in the Gross Budget category. Note: these are examples of past films but a fantasy film league works best with movies that haven’t come out yet.
The cool part is anybody can (and should) do this. Pick a friend or two, sit down and draft your movies, then track how the movies do in the categories using a spreadsheet (we use Google Docs). Again, the point is to collectively win a category (so you add up all of your movies’ RottenTomatoes scores).
If you need an example, check out what we’ve done over at RadNotions. Luckily, I received the first pick and took Interstellar. However, I missed out on Foxcatcher and Gone Girl, both of which have fruitful potentials.
In conclusion, I wanted to share with you a mathematical game, much like fantasy football, that you could use with the other cinephile(s) in your life. There is some legwork to be done upfront but I think the work is worth it for anyone interested in tracking how movies do throughout the year.