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CRIME DRAMA MEMOIR SUSPENSE / THRILLER YOUNG ADULT DRAMA CRIME ROMANCE ADVENTURE

1980s & '90s,20th Century (multiple decades),2000s

Christopher McVicker

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Logline

Inside my book you will find a love story. People tell me I’m crazy and they are not wrong. I have seen institutions from the inside, been in a coma, on life-support, know what a straitjacket looks like, and been the specimen inside a glass cage. Inside my book you will find a love story?

Genre

Crime, Drama, Memoir, Suspense / Thriller, Young Adult,Drama,Crime,Romance,Adventure

Short Summary

My saga unfolds aboard a runaway train riding upon trackless rails, absent of depots, no turnstiles, zero direction, and without a destination. Mayhem, deceit, sickness, and deception fuel the locomotive aimlessly along.


We 'end' the novel in the form of a question with a critical decision in the balance.

Setting

United States

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity, Sexual Abuse, Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity,Substance Abuse,Sexual Abuse,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Crisp

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Sarcastic, Adventurous, Badass, Crazy, Criminal, Faithful, Lone Wolf, Aggressive, Empathetic, Villainous,Crazy,Desperate,Villainous,Sarcastic,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: No-Hands

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Empathetic, Engaging, Secretive, Seductive, Lone Wolf, Naive, Beautiful, Crazy, Desperate, Power-hungry, Aggressive, Aspiring, Blunt, Clumsy, Perseverance, Unapologetic, Insecure, Outspoken, Underdog, Charming, Complex, Confident, Criminal, Decisive, Heartthrob, Manipulative, Romantic, Sarcastic, Badass, Faithful, Funny, Religious, Sexy, Uneducated, Villainous,Underdog,Religious,Clumsy,Modest,Obedient,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Bird

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass

Additional Character Details

Name: Rene

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Empathetic,Gracious,Naive,Romantic

Development Pitch

The pitch is the purpose--to save a life, or two. The further agenda of this novel is to spread awareness to the general population, serve as an omen for the troubled youth, as a study for the rebel, a lesson for the hellion, and as a warning for the nihilist. I hope my grueling saga is shelved in school libraries as a deterrent for youths who may be gravitating toward a path of self-destruction. Additionally, I hope it is an inspirational read for the reckless adult who has simply lost their way. Concisely, it’s a self-study book for the crazies of the world. Which, by the way, is pretty much everyone.

About The Author

My name is Christopher McVicker, and I have served as the Production Manager / Technical Director / Resident Designer at various theatres and Conservatories throughout the United States. I graduated from GMU, have spent my entire life in the arts, and am the recipient of several theatrical awards. I have taken part in Broadway, Lollapalooza 92, and motion pictures. Presently, and for the past nine years, I am sailing the ship for the FSU-ASOLO Conservatory in sunny Sarasota, Florida.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

MATURE AUDIENCE, DRAMA

Brief

A series of snapshots detailing the downward path of addiction and the fight back to the surface. It is switched around between different points in the timeline to mimic the mix up in chronology the addict is used to experiencing. Through luck the protagonist is sparred long lasting legal or physical complications unlike many others just like him.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: FAIR

Structure: FAIR

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

The profile helps explain the structure and character of the story. However the logline is more a dedication of the story rather than summarizing the premise of the narrative.

Draw of Story

The structure is interesting in that it splices unconnected moments together which creates a disorientation similar to drug use as to which is the thematic link of the piece about addiction.

Possible Drawbacks

It is difficult to follow the protagonist's inner conflict and transformation with the same structure. The external changes are able to be followed a bit better based on the point of addiction, but it is still hard to follow the themes of the moments chosen in how they are grouped.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that the story is told through moments that are like a crystal ball snapshots rather than a continuous story. The vignettes are split like a deck of playing cards into different unconnected sections. It is disorienting on purpose.

Fanbase Potential

The experimental nature of the drama is likely to draw a smaller audience or be limited those able to appreciate the aesthetic and themes over a linear plot.

Awards Potential

This deals with addiction so may help gain notice for awards, but the inner conflict would have to be more clear and the themes consistently building throughout the different non-linear timeline to make the story be more easily followable.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, MOMENTO, BEAUTIFUL BOY, BLACK SWAN, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST

What’s New About the Story

The originality stems from the non-linear shuffle of events that detail Crisp path to addiction and loss and his way back to himself. By linking the choices thematically the moments will make better sense being linked together even if the narrative is scattered.

Lead Characters

Crisp is philosophical but empty and desperate however he is also resilient by the end.

Uniqueness of Story

The structure is unique as a shuffled deck of cards but can be hard to follow in terms of character development.

Possible Formats

Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, Film - Studio

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

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

This structure seems better suited for theater as theater is the best at depicting isolation which is one of the main components of addiction. Making the characters inner conflicts more easily followed, even though the eternal conflict is out of order, would help join them thematically.