Love At Frostbite

Darrell Swanson daswanson@telus.net 4579129917594

ACTION ROMANCE

1960s & '70s

Darrell Swanson

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Logline

Taken from a true story of two very young lovers who elope and get married at a Justice of Peace in a very cold Idaho town. Their naivety, unpreparedness and no money reveal some very challenging personal characteristics during a major snowstorm.

Genre

Action,Romance

Short Summary

The young lovers want to get married and like many of their friends, turn to a Justice of the Peace in the neighbouring US state to get a marriage certificate. With little money they head out on a treacherous journey of snow and uncertainty.


After enduring unthinkable circumstances, they manage to get their marriage certificate and head back home where they announce their marriage to disappointed parents.

Setting

the border of British Columbia, Canada and Idaho

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Carol

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Naive,Romantic,Obedient,Modest,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Don

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Aggressive,Blunt,Crazy,Naive,Lone Wolf,Desperate

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

The tale of two young lovers, based on a true story who desperately want to get married during a time, (1960) when people didn't move in together. Both their parents are not on board partly because of religious considerations, one was Catholic and the other somewhat Protestant and partly because the parents felt they were both too immature. Despite this, the young lovers set out on their own, bound to get a marriage certificate across the border and run into a nasty snowstorm in a deserted town in the middle of the night with no money and no place to stay. Their whole experience reveals some disturbing personality characteristics and yet, some determination to get the certificate. The period setting also reveals how different institutional procedures were then from today. Despite nearly freezing and starving, the young couple return safely home to very worried parents and very grateful they saw their plan through.

About The Author

Einstein is quoted as saying: "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity." I wrote this book from imagination and curiosity - both go hand in hand in my opinion. Besides being a writer, I am also a seasoned musician, artist and photographer. Being born and raised on a farm and blessed with a very fertile imagination, it came to life in the solitude of farm life and prairie vastness and never left me. In later years, I travelled throughout many countries which fed the imagination mill with more fodder to create with. Creating is a gift that keeps on giving.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

DRAMA, ROMANCE

Brief

A young couple decides to get married, away from their parents, to finally live together. What begins as a romantic adventure ends up becoming a nightmare full of problems that leads them to notice the spouse's characteristics.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: FAIR

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

It does.

Draw of Story

This young couple, full of dreams, going against their parents' will to live a life together and courageously facing the trip's adversities for love.

Possible Drawbacks

The end of the book is disappointing. It would be interesting to see a change in the couple concerning their feelings, but the ending leaves this point aside and moves to a family acceptance matter, which is irrelevant to the reader.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The immature couple having to deal with adversities along the way and see how far they can go.

Fanbase Potential

It is possible. It all depends on the narrative and how this couple would be portrayed. The young Carol is very likable, and the whole narrative that takes place on a two-day trip is engaging.

Awards Potential

If the narrative chooses a more indie path, this 2-day trip movie full of obstacles capable of changing the protagonist's relationship - with an ending that enhances this variation in feelings - could have potential for awards.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

ALMOST FAMOUS: A FAN ACCOMPANIES A BAND ON TOUR, AND THE BAND ENDS UP BREAKING UP BECAUSE OF THE CONSTANT FIGHTS THEY HAD ON THE TRIP. AND YOUR MOM TOO: A GIRL AND HER TWO BOYFRIENDS TRAVEL TOGETHER AND END UP CRUSHING THE RELATIONSHIP THAT EXISTED BETWEEN THEM.

What’s New About the Story

The young couple trying to get married at a time when living with a boyfriend was unacceptable. It is interesting to see these historical nuances and their differences in current times.

Lead Characters

Carol is the typical 18-year-old girl in love. We might want to draw her as a stronger, tougher, more empowered girl here, but then she wouldn't be Carol. Her bravery appears when she goes against her parents for love, but at the same time, she is fragile and ends up becoming a little submissive to her boyfriend. A complex character of a teenager still discovering her strength and personality.

Uniqueness of Story

It is not a rare gem, but it has the potential for an interesting indie movie.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming

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

The story is pure, the characters are simple, and their relationship goes through common ups and downs, but this simplicity makes the narrative more poetic. Going for an indie movie seems like the most suitable choice for the narrative style. External conflicts enhance internal ones and bring out characteristics -mainly bad ones - that Carol did not yet know about Don. Love is wonderful, but love is enough when a couple looks incompatible? It's a thought-provoking plot but needs improvement. The story has the potential for a feature film, but it would require more conflicts, scenes, actions to hold the audience for one hour and a half. Carol is an under-construction woman, a young lady still discovering her potential and strength, which allows her to behave more permissively, more submissively. She is believable and likable because all she does is for love. Don sounds like the smart guy who thinks everything is always under control, also proper to his age. However, since they are supposedly a couple in love living an adventure to get married, passion would be expected. Scenes that prove how there is love between them, how they really want to stay together. They seem excited for a few minutes and quickly start to move away from each other. They are immature, and the external events are not favorable. Still, if the basis of what they are doing is love, it would be interesting to see this strong passion, in the beginning, to understand their change in feeling better. The ending needs improvement. We follow the couple's story from the beginning and what holds us is this gradual change of feelings in both of them due to the trip's adversities. Therefore, we expect that both can perceive their differences and decide whether or not to stay together. However, the ending is all based on the reaction of Carol's family. The parents enter the story only at the end of the third act, and it seems frustrating to give all the emphasis to them and forget about Carol and Don's feelings.