Shipwreck'd

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HORROR

1980s & '90s

Brian Csati

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Logline

Brad Pattison is a retired widower with a story to tell. After losing his wife, Brad writes in his memoir about the reoccurring dreams of his father after they began resurfacing. From these dreams he finds inspiration to pick up an old hobby, and writes about the strangeness that surrounded him.

Genre

Horror

Short Summary

Brad Pattison begins his memoir which preludes the story in the Preface. He describes his feelings of delirium while in solitude, and begins to express the grief and despair that plagued him after his wife passed away. He recounts past events that took place. The story begins after the Preface.


Brad Pattison is hospitalized, and had written his memoir while in hospital which the reader finds out at the end of the story. Brad expresses appreciation and gratitude for being left in solitude after having been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Setting

British Columbia, Canada

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity, Language/Profanity,Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Brad Pattison

Age: Sixty-seven

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Complex,Confident,Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Leader,Honorable,Underdog,Lone Wolf,Strong Moral Code,Sophisticated,Skillful,Outspoken,Selfless,Modest,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Irwin

Age: Seventy-five

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Religious,Educated,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Sophisticated,Funny,Outspoken,Blunt,Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Phil

Age: Forty

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Confident,Villainous,Greedy,Secretive,Outspoken,Power Hungry,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Paul

Age: Seventy

Gender: Lgbt

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Charming,Clumsy,Complex,Modest,Religious,Selfless,Empathetic,Decisive,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Educated,Naive,Strong Moral Code,Sophisticated

Development Pitch

Shipwreck'd includes valuable life lessons from the perspective of a character who has the strength and determination to fight the external forces of greed, and personal inner struggle. It also includes life lessons from the same character who has modest life experience, as well as the honesty to openly express his personal views and to persuade viewers/readers to empathize with him on a highly compassionate level. This book includes many metaphors about mammon, greed, loss and substance abuse. The main theme of Shipwreck'd is greed and the love for materialism where lessons learned throughout the story are harmonious with today's society. The humility of the main character's humble nature ultimately leads viewers/readers to the main character's tragic fate.

About The Author

Brian Csati is a Canadian artist and author of several books, including "Sacred Poems for the Heart: The Complete Two Volumes," "The Solo Mind: A Faltering Dystopia of Poetic Verse," and novel debut "Shipwreck'd."

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

THRILLER, MATURE AUDIENCE, RELIGION, FANTASY

Brief

A widower elder in pain faces a constant impression that there is an evil presence around him, while experiencing strange dreams with his deceased father. After going through a devilish ritual, he ends up in the hospital and finds out he has a brain tumor.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, it does, but the genre is more horror than memoir, especially because it is a fictional character's account of his memories, not the author's.

Draw of Story

The main character's inner struggles and the mystery surrounding some latest strange occurrences.

Possible Drawbacks

Maybe the fact that some events take too much time to happen. There could be some more action earlier in the story to keep the audience's attention.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

A horror story that develops intertwined with an elder's descent into loneliness and his fight against an unknown health condition.

Fanbase Potential

Not really. It might appeal to some horror fans and to people concerned about the challenges of getting old, but it will hardly get to a wider, mainstream audience.

Awards Potential

Potentially some specific horror and fantasy Awards.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

RELIC - A HORROR MOVIE ABOUT AN OLD WOMAN WHO LIVES ALONE AND SLOWLY DESCENDS INTO UNCONSCIOUSNESS AND MADNESS. THE VISIT - TWO YOUNG SIBLINGS HAVE TO DEAL WITH THEIR GRANDPARENTS' STRANGE, HORRIFYING BEHAVIOR.

What’s New About the Story

Using horror tropes to deal with the challenges posed by old age, grief and illness. To become more unique, it could have an even less open ending.

Lead Characters

The protagonist is a courageous, reflexive and overall a very relatable and respectable person, having to deal with a situation completely out of his control.

Uniqueness of Story

Not really. An extra polishing to the narrative and the inclusion of some action to the story as a whole would be much-needed additions.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

Because the story has an interesting concept and is led by an intriguing character, that goes beyond the clichés of the horror genre. The protagonist is relatable and his struggles (with himself, his own past and the people around him) should be painful to watch and at the same time recognizable to the audience. However, to be adapted, the narrative would require the inclusion of more action. That is, action that happens outside the protagonist's head. Since a lot of the story is told through his eyes and mind, some major adjustments would have to be made for it to work as a film, preferably avoiding the use of an intrusive voice-over narration. The conclusion is also a bit of a let-down, with the macabre closing events (that is, the devilish ritual with a shaman from hell) ending too quickly and leading too fast to the revelation of the protagonist's worrying health condition. There should be more horror, drama and further development of the whole situation for the ending to be actually satisfying.