Genre: Sci-fi melodrama/coming of age story wrapped in a blanket of allegory and metaphor.
3D animated, 20 minute episodes (planning no more than 26); for an example of visual style, see an episode of my other show, Safety First. The show will focus on dialogue and characters as opposed to action, so production will move pretty fast.
Plot: The classic dystopian story of resistance (humans) vs. occupiers (the alien Senlac)
Setting: “Paradise,” a distant planet colonized by humans
Performance Style: I’m envisioning this as a live action show that just happens to be animated, so all performances need to be natural (no over the top cartoon voices, in other words).
File Format: A single .wav or .mp3 file containing all lines; generally, I will only ask for 2-3 takes per line
Payment: Budget is low, but actors will be paid via PayPal. I will explore crowdfunding options either after the pilot or after season 1.
Our protagonist, joins the underground movement (the “Book Club”); he’s going make a lot of mistakes and learn things the hard way as he grows up really fast, gradually losing his idealism in the process. By the end of the series, he will be a broken man. Need a young, innocent voice.
Side: “Uncle Tony! I missed you. I’m glad you’re safe. Listen, I heard what you said to Harvey and…you’re wrong. Tell me, who are you fighting for, really? You of all people told me to cherish life. Was that just a load of crap?”
Side 2: (sobbing) “Oh God, Tony! He’s dead. Did you hear me? HE’S DEAD! God…dammit.”
The leader of the Book Club but also Charlie’s adoptive uncle (he’s very protective). Sensitive, with a big heart – he tries to do the moral thing and stick to his code of ethics. Need a warm, confident and charismatic voice.
Side: “Charlie, I’m glad you’re safe. I made some soup for you, but–no, I know you’re upset, but there’s nothing we can do. I told you this isn’t a game. This isn’t a simple good vs. evil conflict. We have to make sacrifices.”
Book Club’s brains. Need some weird technical thing done in five minutes? She’ll know exactly how to do it, and will get it done in four.
Side: “It’s been years since I was there, but I drew the map from memory as best as I could. Either way, I have a few tricks up my sleeve, so don’t worry, we’re going to be okay. I promise.”
Book Club’s second-in-command, but Tony’s polar opposite. Constantly grumpy and always looking at the big picture, and is more than willing to sacrifice the lives of innocents if it means taking down the Senlac.
Side: “I’m serious. We can wait for this to blow over, and start planning our next move. What you’re thinking is just plain wrong. We can’t waste resources on something like that when there’s more important stuff to do!”
Book Club’s muscle. Has devoted her life to fighting the Senlac after they killed her brother; sees Charlie as a surrogate brother.
Side: “I want you to take a good long look at it. Your memories, the life you had before. Who are you saying goodbye to? I’m saying goodbye to my brother, Neil. I will never forgive the Senlac for murdering him.”
Book Club’s heart. Tries to keep things light in the group with sarcastic, self-deprecating humor. Best friends with Harvey (and the only one who can stand him).
Side: “No way, Harvey, this will be easy. We’ll go in, go out, and be done in 30 minutes, tops. You’ve got to promise me you’ll be on your best behavior, though. Don’t do what you did last time, got it?”
A member of the Senlac Defense Force who’s keen to take down the Book Club and gain the favor of his superiors.
Side: “Ahh, welcome. Mr. Cayda, is it? Please, have a seat. Let’s have a friendly chat, shall we? I just have a few questions for you and we’ll be done here.”