"Getting Better" Scenes from Movies - I wish we could use them with clients

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

My wife and I developed a theory about movies back when we were dating, and it has held true over the years that we have been together.  Many, many movies have what we call a "getting better" scene.  If you are not familiar with a "getting better" scene in a movie, this is how it works:

  • A person, couple, or team of people is faced with a challenge (or a new relationship is forming)
  • An upbeat, lively song begins to play
  • A montage of rapid-fire happy (or hard-working) scenes are shown during the song
  • The scene resolves with the project completed or improvement done or relationship stronger

This is a device that has been around for a long time.  At one point, we thought that it started in the 80's with some of John Cusack's early work, but I know that the original "Rocky" movie included multiple getting better scenes.  We also have seen early evidence of this in older movies, but I honestly can't remember which ones and I guess I am too lazy to research it right now.  The point is still a valid one.

One of the funniest spoofs that I have seen for this type of scene appears in "Naked Gun": Montage Scene

These scenes are typically used to move the story along a bit faster, to get us from Point A to Point B without dragging things out unduly.  I remember another scene from "The Breakfast Club" where they used a getting better scene to bond the characters together a bit more, and it only took a minute and a half: Classic Scene 

80's movies are simply filled with these scenes - "Flashdance", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Dirty Dancing", "Top Gun", "Splash", "Wall Street", "Big", pretty much any movie that was mainstream.  They didn't stop using these in the 80's, but I can more readily access these in my memory banks.  At any rate, you get the picture (no pun intended).

So, back to my original title and idea for this post (which my wife assisted with).  Wouldn't it be great if we could use the "getting better" scene with our clients?  Imagine this:

You receive a phone call about a listing.  After speaking with the potential buyer for about 25 seconds, a song begins to play (this song would do nicely perhaps).  Cut away to a lender meeting with the client, then a brisk series of shots at various homes, with you laughing and having a great time with your clients, perhaps a quick lunch with them, then 10 seconds of writing the contract, and 10 seconds of light-hearted negotiations.  A few seconds of inspection footage, then it's you and the buyer enjoying each other's company at the closing table.  THAT's how real estate should be done, right?

If you work with sellers primarily, then it would be you getting the same initial phone call, but the montage scene would primarily involve getting the property ready to show.  Painting, cleaning, supervising, all in a minute or two, then happily closing, with the sellers receiving a briefcase of actual cash.  Why not?

As we all know, real estate is not easy most of the time, but it can be fun.  Inject some humor into your day and have fun with your clients.  They will thank you and they will send you more business.  I promise!

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GARY ROCKS! - Good to see you in the comments.  You're absolutely right - real estate is relational, not just transactional.  This is the key to long-term success in our industry.  Thanks as always for your remarks, and have a terrific Tuesday!
Oct 16, 2007 02:25 AM #56
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BOB - I just KNEW it would work.  Thanks so much for subscribing - I will do my best to include more photos to keep you reading!  But seriously, I am glad you liked the post, and I look forward to more of your comments on  my blog - I have seen you on Sardi's a number of times.  Have a good one!
Oct 16, 2007 02:28 AM #57
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Very cool concept for a post Crouch, your wife is smarter than you look.  I love Montage scenes and often get bored and think of songs playing to scenes in my own business and life.  Very unique post!
Oct 16, 2007 02:28 AM #58
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Jason- Thank you for the song! Katerina
Oct 16, 2007 02:48 AM #59
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SCOT - Since they are building a huge movie studio in Austin, and I have a friend who is a partner in the project, I may need to "pitch" this idea to some of the head honchos over there.  Thanks for stopping by to comment!  Have a great Tuesday!
Oct 16, 2007 02:53 AM #60
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ALAN - Early next week may be better for me actually.  That way, we can talk about the Cowboys victory over the Vikings rather than wallowing in their recent defeat.  Actually, I think it will just work better for my schedule.  Talk to you soon - enjoy your family time this week.
Oct 16, 2007 02:56 AM #61
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Funny post, you big old featured machine, you!  One of my favorite South Park moments is a montage about Stan learning how to ski for a big upcoming duel competition.  Hilarious parody.  The words to the "getting better" song go something like, "Show lots of things happening at once to remind people what's going on.  With every shot show a little improvement, to show it all would take too long.  That's called a montage!"  and "Always fade out in a montage.  If you fade out it seem like more time has passed in a montage."  Classic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J_QV_8U6fU

Oct 16, 2007 04:10 AM #62
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Jason,

From my distorted view, I immediately got the scene from The Postman, with Kevin Costner. You know the one? He's pretty much going through the areas, telling everyone "Stuff's getting better!", when in reality he has no idea that it is. In the end, he essentially propelled himself into being the catalyst for a better change.

OK, slightly off where you were coming from. I just had to chime in.

Oct 16, 2007 05:57 AM #63
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Jason: You did a great job on your research. Loved the video clips, hav'nt seen those in a long time. And I agree with you using ELO's Mr Blue Sky. Loved it!
Oct 16, 2007 08:52 AM #64
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SARDI - I knew you would be able to relate to this post.  Yes, my wife is actually one of the most intelligent people I know.  Hey, she married me - she must have some serious brain power!  Thanks for the compliments.

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KATERINA - Glad to be of help.  Have a terrific and blessed week!
Oct 16, 2007 09:14 AM #66
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PAUL - I think you and I really are sharing a brain sometimes.  That is EXACTLY the type of scene I was talking about - hilarious!  By the way, I left another acronym for you on the abbreviations post.
Oct 16, 2007 09:21 AM #67
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ANDREW - Actually, that is probably what we all should be doing to counteract all of the media stories about the "housing slowdown".  We could just wander the streets yelling this.  Thanks for your comments!
Oct 16, 2007 09:22 AM #68
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ROB - I was happy that I was able to find the clips I wanted.  I thought I had found a good version of the "Naked Gun" clip, then it was in French.  The subtitled version (in Spanish or Portuguese or whatever it was) was the best version I could find.  As for "Mr. Blue Sky", I have to again give credit where credit is due - it was my wife's suggestion.  She is awesome!
Oct 16, 2007 09:25 AM #69
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Jason, I thought the transaction already went like that... Doesn't yours? You really got my memory going on a bunch of those movies. It has been a while. It is nice to see someone finally writing about flashdance.
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Jason,  I have been missing some great fun I see!  JHR??? I love it...I can keep my pretty in pink theme!!!! :)  I'm not dying my hair red though!  Thanks for the happy post, Cheerful Jason! HUGS!
Oct 16, 2007 03:47 PM #71
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STEPHEN - Exactly!  If more people would write about "Flashdance", the blogosphere would be a much happier place!  Thanks for your comments -
Oct 16, 2007 05:35 PM #72
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SHANNON - Adam and I were talking about you today.  I know you have been busy moving, but I miss seeing you in my comments - you always make things fun.  You should just use "Pretty in Pink" as your theme song in the TV ads we discussed.  I think you should stick with blonde.  You are welcome!  HUGS right back atcha!
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When my son goes to the movie with me he repeats scenes over and over again.  He drives me crazy.  If he could remember his school work so well.
Oct 19, 2007 03:26 PM #74
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VICKY - I was the same way when I was a kid (can you tell?).  I still do it to some degree with funny skits.  My wife does, too, actually.  That's one of the reasons that I married her.  Thanks so much for your comments!
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