The Ringmasters’ Institute of Obstacles (TRIO)

Amy Chu 3002742341677



Amy Chu-Fong

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Set in 2016, three best friends go through magical obstacles in a summer retreat to obtain their elemental powers, in forms of rings, in the thrilling realm of Mantra. Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, Electricity, or Psychic: they all must master their skills to qualify for their final exam.


Adventure,Young Adult,Fantasy

Short Summary

Three young pals: Lamar (Artie), Antonio (Milo), and Carmen (Palma), have been transferred to Regency Academy School (RAS) by their own parents due to a school shooting. Having to accept their decision, they first attend RAS 2016 summer retreat.

Before departing to their new school for the fall, Lamar, Antonio, and Carmen said their goodbyes to their families. Out of the blue, a familiar character greeted them to escort them to the institution together.


Jersey City, NJ; Vernon, NJ; Mantra (magical realm)

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Quest,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Lamar (Artie)

Age: 16

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Badass,Masculine,Sexy,Engaging,Blunt,Sarcastic,Leader,Honorable,Educated,Heroic,Gracious,Faithful,Skillful,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Antonio (Milo)

Age: 16

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Modest,Obedient,Visionary,Faithful,Empathetic,Educated,Honorable,Insecure,Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Carmen (Paloma)

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: logical

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Educated,Honorable,Obedient,Outspoken,Romantic,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Joey Corrado (Ephraim Crowe)

Age: Late 40s

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Manipulative,Unapologetic,Secretive,Naive,Crazy,Confident,Complex,Charming,Narcisstic,Villainous,Masculine,Desperate,Decisive,Criminal,Visionary,Power Hungry

Development Pitch

Three best friends, who unbeknownst to them, have been transferred to Regency Academy School (RAS), a private high school in Vernon, New Jersey, by their own parents. Having more or less come to accept their decision, they soon discover the mysteries and wonder of their new school — with the assistance of a special chaperone and other unique characters along the way. RAS is certainly not your average institution, and they will learn how their friendship will be tested... in unimaginable ways.

About The Author

Amy Chu-Fong is working as a Title Insurance Assistant in New Jersey, USA. She is an alum from New Jersey City University, awarded with Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology as Magna Cum Laude. A year later, she received her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 2016, she entered a songwriting competition for the “Elke Hirsh Music Award” from Murphy Writing of Stockton University and won her first writing award. She has always loved writing ever since she was young. Her creative mind is a tornado of ideas that some will land on paper for others to read and be entertained.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: No

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Lamar, Antonio and Carmen survive a school shooting, leading their parents to put them in a private school. The summer retreat reveals that they are from a magical lineage of the founders of Mantra. The spend the summer learning and wielding elemental powers to prepare for their final test. They must pass and fight a evil former student who discovered how to bring people back from the dead.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The story begins with a school shooting that changes the lives of the main characters. It grounds the story in the current reality.

Possible Drawbacks

The story isn't sure what it wants to be in terms of age range. It definitely reads like a teen story in the beginning, but includes unnecessary sex and profanity. There could also be more in depth world building. Mantra is a magical place but the differences should be explored more.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that three friends are sent to a new school where they discover their magical lineage. I would watch this movie for the magical elements and seeing a diverse cast in the fantasy genre.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase as it is very similar to many other successful films. The main characters are diverse which is an added boon. The ideology behind the magic is not unique however.

Awards Potential

This story does not have awards potential. It does not go into depth on any specific topic or character. The focus is on making it visually appealing and cool for the demographic.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story has very little that is original. The main characters go to a school where they learn magic and must test them out. A foe arises that they must help to defeat. The main unique element is that the 3 main characters are black and brown skinned people.

Lead Characters

The lead characters stand out because they have bonded over a very traumatic event. They survived a terrifying school shooting where some of their classmates and teachers were killed. Those around them recognize that there is trauma and get them help accordingly. The main characters relationship between themselves also acknowledges the trauma and how each person is handling it and they treat each other well.

Uniqueness of Story

This is not a gem but an entertaining story that showcases a diverse cast. It also deals with serious topics such as gun violence, mass shootings and PTSD. To be more unique, the characters might find out about their magical history somewhere other than a school.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, TV Series - Streaming, TV Series - Cable

Analyst Recommendation



While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

The story needs to break out of the magical school troupe. There are other ways for the three friends to find out about magic. The dialogue is very on the nose and predictable contributing to the adolescent tone of the story. There needs to be more clear cut idea of the age group as well. It creeps into adult territory with the sexual relationships on display.