I'm back! (Yay?)
In the meantime - I have a theory. I believe that most high concept work can be summed up by the following process:
1. Take something that is awesome. For example: aliens. Or sharks. Or ninjas. Or ice cream. Or steampunk. Or insects. Or witches.
2. Take something else that is awesome. For example: cowboys. Or assassins. Or ballerinas. Or prisons. Or roadtrips. Or fashion. Or old people.
3. Combine these two elements.
Voila! You have a high concept concept. Maybe it's ninjas on a roadtrip. Maybe it's old people in a war against giant insects. Maybe it's witches trying to work their way into the fashion industry. Maybe it's ballerina assassins. (You can't have that one. It's mine.) Maybe it's cowboys fighting sharks... okay. You can see where I'm going with this.
Obviously Hollywood is onto this formula.
You guys have any good ideas?