Death of a Boy

Aja Blount ajalagrandpresents@gmail.com 4462598652058

CRIME SUSPENSE/THRILLER DRAMA

2000s

Aja LaGrand Blount

Logline

Death of a Boy depicts the struggles of a thirteen-year-old African-American youth forced to grow up fast and live each day as it could be his last.

Genre

Crime,Suspense/Thriller,Drama

Short Summary

David has become fed up with his living conditions. His unfit mother hates him and she voices that displeasure regularly. On his thirteenth birthday, he metaphorically kills the remaining childhood innocence he sought to hold onto in order to step into the role of a man.


David has navigated the dangers of the streets as best as he can, only to find himself in a hospital bed fighting for his life. Where he metaphorically murdered his innocence to become a man, the streets takes him to the brink of death literally.

Setting

urban setting

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Tragedy,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Rags to Riches,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Twist,Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse,Extreme Violence,Nudity, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: David Thrine

Age: Thirteen

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Leader,Skillful,Desperate,Complex,Adventurous,Masculine,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Clarice Thrine

Age: Forty

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Uneducated,Criminal,Outspoken,Sarcastic,Manipulative,Insecure,Greedy,Aggressive,Narcisstic,Seductive,Crazy

Additional Character Details

Name: Crystal Hardy

Age: Fifteen

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Faithful,Engaging,Sexy,Strong Moral Code,Sophisticated,Selfless,Educated,Crazy,Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Kenyada Kennedy

Age: Thirteen

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Clumsy,Flexible,Naive,Modest,Strong Moral Code,Desperate,Aspiring

Development Pitch

Aja LaGrand Blount's Death of a Boy is an upending depiction of an urban city kid yearning for a better life. Based on a novel by Aja LaGrand Blount, it is a story revealing an up-close and personal experience of a teenager named David living in an unfit situation. His mother, a whore and heavy cocaine user named Clarice, hates his guts and voices that displeasure whenever she can. She simply provides him with a roof over his head, nothing more, nothing less. He sleeps on the floor. There's no food in the refrigerator and his clothes are hand-me-downs. At the tender age of thirteen, he has a decision to make. He can stay a teenager living in an unfit situation or man up and go get it himself. The decision to sever the cord between his childhood innocence and manhood sends him to the streets. While the streets are welcoming, they're not forthcoming with the danger that lurks within the shadows in which he finds out the hard way. It was one thing to turn to the streets to eat. It's another to depend on the streets for survival. This is a heartbreaking tale filled with suspense, shocking moments, and unreal revelations. While at times you can root for David's progression, a number of tears may overwhelm the rim of the eyes as you hope and pray that he can overcome the madness he has been born into.

About The Author

Aja LaGrand Blount is a self-published author of ten urban crime suspense thriller books. In each of his stories, he takes you on a ride around sharp turns to closely push you to the edge only to yank you back to safety. Nothing is what it seems with Aja LaGrand Blount. He disconnects the reader from their daily routine and submerges them into a world of another demographic. It ultimately becomes a much-needed distraction.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Hard Copy Available

No

WGA Number

422758

Genre

DRAMA

Brief

David takes to the streets out of hunger and desperation to escape his drug addicted mother. At 13 he is kicked out of middle school and shortly after gets his first love pregnant. Forced to support more than just his self David and his best friend get involved in further illegal activities with deadly results. In trying to keep the bare minimum and do what is right, David has to sacrifice by doing so much wrong to close the gap.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

SCRIPT

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: EXCELLENT

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: EXCELLENT

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

For the most part the profile very accurately reflects the script. The only change would be that this is described in the genre section as a mystery and there is no mystery only crime and drama. It is technically a family drama, but not for families given its rating so this also might be removed for a more accurate expectation in drama.

Draw of Story

The dynamic between David and his mother is quite heartbreaking. While Clarice doesn't all the way veer into sympathy territory, there is a ton of emotional investment in David succeeding after the first time he eats out of the dumpster.

Possible Drawbacks

The back to back trauma can sometimes lean too close to trauma porn. The happy moments are too few and far between to prevent desensitization of all the tragic events.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that David becoming a man at 13 involves living on teh streets but that is less hardship than living with his mother.

Fanbase Potential

If more hope is sprinkled throughout outside of the end that David didn't die, this could have a medium to large size audience. There needs to be a fine line drawn though so the story doesn't cross over into melodramatic territory.

Awards Potential

This could potentially have awards potential given the range of emotions and situations, but the focus of the message behind the coming-of-age of David needs to be more apparent.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

THE WIRE, PRECIOUS, BROTHERLY LOVE, THE HATE U GIVE, THIRTEEN

What’s New About the Story

David situation and his chance to better himself makes him an exceptional youth, but allowing him to continue his dual lives longer would make his death scare all the more hear-wrenching. With too much back to back trauma the beats can fall more flat as they are less impactful and more expected outcomes.

Lead Characters

David is resourceful and prideful. Crystal is caring but naive. Kenyada is loyal and risk-taking.

Uniqueness of Story

This has a lot of potential to be a creative piece about the tragedies of poverty, violence and how many black youth in America are treated, however the messages and the events are quite crowded and need room to breath with slower pacing to create more emotional investment.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

While the dialogue works between the tripping mother and David, other conversations with other characters need greater subtext and nuance to feel more realistic. The pacing could use more uplifting moments within its structure as things can get too depressing.

Tips for Improvement

Adding more subtext to the dialogue and allowing certain characters who try to make good decisions succeed rather than everyone ending up with bad luck could help create a more balanced look at the trauma. Focusing on one issue and a central message might also be more impactful. The characters' internal conflicts are all so strong so giving them room to reflect can help show their transformations and slow down the pace to a more digestible level and less melodramatic tone. At least one character needs redemption rather than just survival for the hopeful message to feel earned.

Logline

Death of a Boy depicts the struggles of a thirteen-year-old African-American youth forced to grow up fast and live each day as it could be his last.

Short Summary

David has become fed up with his living conditions. His unfit mother hates him and she voices that displeasure regularly. On his thirteenth birthday, he metaphorically kills the remaining childhood innocence he sought to hold onto in order to step into the role of a man.


David has navigated the dangers of the streets as best as he can, only to find himself in a hospital bed fighting for his life. Where he metaphorically murdered his innocence to become a man, the streets takes him to the brink of death literally.

FEEDBACK

Aja LaGrand Blount's Death of a Boy is an upending depiction of an urban city kid yearning for a better life. Based on a novel by Aja LaGrand Blount, it is a story revealing an up-close and personal experience of a teenager named David living in an unfit situation. His mother, a whore and heavy cocaine user named Clarice, hates his guts and voices that displeasure whenever she can. She simply provides him with a roof over his head, nothing more, nothing less. He sleeps on the floor. There's no food in the refrigerator and his clothes are hand-me-downs. At the tender age of thirteen, he has a decision to make. He can stay a teenager living in an unfit situation or man up and go get it himself. The decision to sever the cord between his childhood innocence and manhood sends him to the streets. While the streets are welcoming, they're not forthcoming with the danger that lurks within the shadows in which he finds out the hard way. It was one thing to turn to the streets to eat. It's another to depend on the streets for survival. This is a heartbreaking tale filled with suspense, shocking moments, and unreal revelations. While at times you can root for David's progression, a number of tears may overwhelm the rim of the eyes as you hope and pray that he can overcome the madness he has been born into.

About The Author

Aja LaGrand Blount is a self-published author of ten urban crime suspense thriller books. In each of his stories, he takes you on a ride around sharp turns to closely push you to the edge only to yank you back to safety. Nothing is what it seems with Aja LaGrand Blount. He disconnects the reader from their daily routine and submerges them into a world of another demographic. It ultimately becomes a much-needed distraction.

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse,Extreme Violence,Nudity, Language/Profanity

Characters

Main Character

Name: David Thrine

Age: Thirteen

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Leader,Skillful,Desperate,Complex,Adventurous,Masculine,Strong Moral Code

Character 1

Name: Clarice Thrine

Age: Forty

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Uneducated,Criminal,Outspoken,Sarcastic,Manipulative,Insecure,Greedy,Aggressive,Narcisstic,Seductive,Crazy

Character 2

Name: Crystal Hardy

Age: Fifteen

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Faithful,Engaging,Sexy,Strong Moral Code,Sophisticated,Selfless,Educated,Crazy,Aspiring

Character 3

Name: Kenyada Kennedy

Age: Thirteen

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Clumsy,Flexible,Naive,Modest,Strong Moral Code,Desperate,Aspiring