The Theory Of Invisibility

Aimee Pitta

Book Cover

GENRE

DRAMA

    Core Theme

    ABANDONMENT OF FAITH, LOVE, PERSEVERANCE, IDENTITY

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    STRANGER THAN FICTION, LOST IN TRANSLATION, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

    CHARACTER LIST

    • EMME TAYLOR: 30s.
    UNAPOLOGETIC, BLUNT,
    COMPLEX, EMPATHETIC.
    • PHIL STANTON: 30s.
    CHARMING, FUNNY,
    CLUMSY.
    • MORGAN SPADARO: 40.
    LOGICAL, CONFIDENT,
    FAITHFUL.

    Logline

    Like Stranger Than Fiction or Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, The Theory Of Invisibility is a modern day fable with a touch of magical realism that explores life, love and the overwhelming power of grief. Emme, a young widow, wishes not to exist so strongly that one day she becomes invisible. And while she makes new discoveries with Phil, a co-worker who can suddenly see her, she must decide if she is going to remain invisible or rejoin the land of the living.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 35-54

    Target Gender: Female leaning

    Setting

    Venice California

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Year Published: 2014

    Starting Description

    When we first meet Emme she has lost her husband and baby in a horrible car accident and is having a hard time moving forward. Emme can't help but wish that she didn't exist - that she was invisible. And one day she does just that: she becomes invisible. She can, however, be seen by Phil, an executive from her office who has become so overwhelmed by a life he doesn’t want that he sees this new supernatural relationship as a salvation of sorts.

    Ending Description

    It's in this plane of existence in which her family thinks she's been kidnapped or killed, that she must decide if she is going to remain invisible or rejoin the land of the living. Phil’s life, as her own, may depend on it.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions, Quirky side-characters, Magic, Physical Comedy, Courtroom events

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Emme Taylor

    Age: 30

    Gender: Female

    Role: Skeptic

    Key Traits: Underdog, Unapologetic, Blunt, Complex, Empathetic, Sarcastic, Aggressive, Charming

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Phil Stanton

    Age: 30

    Gender: Male

    Role: Skeptic

    Key Traits: Charming, Empathetic, Funny, Clumsy, Heroic, Honorable, Sarcastic, Underdog

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Morgan Spadaro

    Age: 40

    Gender: Female

    Role: Logical

    Key Traits: Badass, Beautiful, Confident, Faithful, Leader, Outspoken, Unapologetic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Rose Spadaro

    Age: 10

    Gender: Female

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Engaging, Funny, Heroic, Adventurous, Confident, Innocent

    Brief

    Emme, a young widow, can’t stand living and just wants to disappear after the death of her husband
    and son – so much that one day, she actually becomes invisible. While making new discoveries and
    finding love again with Phil, a co-worker who can see her, she must decide if she is going to remain
    invisible or rejoin the living.

    What We Liked

    The driving metaphorical force of the story – how invisibility can be self-imposed – is inherently
    relatable, resulting in a large potential demographic. The cast of supporting characters is
    well-rounded, which would maintain viewership. The dramatic aspects of the story are balanced with
    the little quirks and comedic notes about invisibility. These humorous features, as well as the
    romance between Phil and Emme, balance the serious philosophical tones of Emme’s grieving and
    will to live. These aspects culminate in a distinct, resolute narrative.
    Film: The essence of the story is endearing and interesting. With the single-minded focus, it would fit
    within a feature arc easily. The characters are interesting enough to make this close to a modern
    fable. Even when aiming at pure comedy, the story would retain its emotional points, making the
    audience believe that real life is still worth living.
    TV: The story would easily work as a limited episodic series. Different episodes could focus on
    different aspects of the plot, such as the lives of the invisible people throughout the canals; Morgan,
    Oliver and Rose, and how Emme's disappearance has affected them; a flashback to Emme and Phil’s
    previous "perfect" lives, and so on. Specific episodes for Phil and Emme would make it easier to focus
    on the key points of their relationship while keeping their narrative arcs concise.

    Synopsis

    Emme and Phil stumble through life carrying their own personal burdens. She's overwhelmed by grief
    after losing her husband and son in a car accident; though she is supported by her sister, niece and
    brother-in-law, she’s disengaged. Phil is also unsatisfied. His seemingly perfect life falls apart when
    he breaks off his engagement and turns to his coworker crush, Emme, even though they've never
    exchanged words. Then, one day, Emme becomes invisible.
    Emme and Phil get closer as they realize he can actually see her. While they try to make sense of it, a
    myriad of problems unfold: Emme's sister Morgan is unable to find her and assumes the worst. Rose,
    Emme's ten-year-old niece, is thought to have mental problems for describing an aunt no one can see.
    Phil alienates Mike and Grace, his best friend and sister, who think he's losing his mind. Meanwhile,
    Emme discovers a group of invisible people living around the canals of Venice; they become her
    family of sorts and tell her that her invisibility isn’t permanent if she chooses so. Phil, fully in love with
    Emme, starts to see the invisible people and is convinced his mission is to protect her. Stricken with
    guilt over betraying her dead husband when she hooks up with Phil, Emme stops talking to him.
    Heartbroken, he refuses to talk to her and his situation gets worse when he realizes he was invisible
    during work and gets fired. Emme watches this and runs away, prompting Phil to run after her into
    traffic and get hit.
    Phil gets sent to the hospital and is diagnosed as mentally ill when he justifies running into traffic for
    an invisible woman. As more of the characters see Emme while she struggles with her decision over
    visibility, they give Phil the benefit of the doubt. Fighting the diagnosis becomes a court case; the only
    solution is for Emme to appear at the courthouse. By doing that for Phil, she gives up her invisibility --
    she’s chosen to live life again. As a judge asks who she is, she says her name is Emme Taylor and
    she was there all along. She just couldn't see herself.

    About The Author

    Aimee Pitta, a native New Yorker, is an award-winning Writer/Producer and Marketing Executive with over 20 years experience creating theatrical marketing campaigns for almost every major studio. Her skills as a writer and marketer have also allowed her to create a niche as a top "retitler" in the business; she has titled People Like Us, No Strings Attached, It's Complicated, Our Family Wedding, The Guilt Trip and more.