The Source

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APOCALYPTIC DRAMA MYSTERY RELIGIOUS LGBT SCI-FI SUSPENSE/THRILLER

Contemporary

Jim Winslett

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Logline

Religious leaders around the world simultaneously deliver a trance-like message indicating that all religions have gotten things wrong and the divine is not pleased. Two reporters dive into the story to determine its meaning, one convinced that God has spoken, the other convinced it's a hoax.

Genre

Apocalyptic,Drama,Mystery,Religious,LGBT,Sci-fi,Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

Thelo Brown and Christine Marshall are two reporters attempting to discover the meaning and ramifications of an apparently divine message delivered by religious leaders around the world: "Your holy books are fiction. The rules you follow are not mine. I am not pleased."


All roads lead to a showdown between a mystery woman who predicts the apocalypse and Joel Wood, a popular televangelist. They confront each other on live television as the world literally falls apart around them.

Setting

Riverside, a fictional American city

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Quest,Other

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Christine Marshall

Age: early 30s

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Faithful,Educated,Underdog,Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Thelo Brown

Age: early 30s

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Complex,Confident,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Joel Wood

Age: 50s

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Criminal,Greedy,Leader,Manipulative,Secretive,Power Hungry,Narcisstic

Additional Character Details

Name: Lisa

Age: late 20s

Gender: Female

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Underdog,Blunt,Visionary

Development Pitch

The Source, a supernatural thriller set in present day. When religious leaders around the world simultaneously deliver a disturbing message, two reporters attempt to make sense of it. One believes it to be a divine message, the other smells a hoax. A mysterious woman who claims to have the answers appears, first in dreams and then in person. If her predictions are correct, it could mean the end of all humanity. A popular televangelist opposes her ideas which leads to a showdown of beliefs on live television that triggers events with worldwide repercussions.

About The Author

Jim Winslett spent most of his life in southern Texas, but now resides in western Canada. He has traveled the world in search of new experiences and this exposure to the diversity of cultures led him to question how so many people can believe that their version of faith is right and everyone else's is wrong. He wondered what would happen if everyone was shown to be wrong.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal,LGBT Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Friesen Press

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

1525514199

Genre

RELIGION, DRAMA

Brief

Thelo and Christine are two reporters with opposing religious views assigned together in order to make a fair unbiased assessment of a worldwide religious phenomenon. The two investigate the emergence of a sermon sweeping through all religions about a true universal God who is angry all of the world religions aren't correct. Along the way they discover secrets of different religious sects and their boss's personal life.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: FAIR

Premise: FAIR

Structure: FAIR

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

The story starts out focused on Thelo and moves more towards focusing on Christine. The novel is mainly about the investigation and Christine. Thelo is less prominent and has less agency therefore does not seem to be an equal protagonist as Christine. Adjusting the summary to be more Christine focused and less partner focused could help the profile reflect the book more accurately. The pitch also takes about the showdown, but the investigation of the event is more the storyline than the actual religious debate.

Draw of Story

The idea that modern technology and globalization would spawn a new world religion is untapped and a fascinating concept. Trying to figure out which side is a hoax and how to maintain journalistic integrity on something unprovable, such as religion, is also a great conflict.

Possible Drawbacks

There is a lot of focus on the personal lives of Christine and eventually Ivan, and a bit of Thelo's, however the investigation of reporting on religion is the most interesting part and their character backstories do not tie into this main idea. The subplots mostly do not tie into the central conflict and having them do so could help strengthen the emotional attachment and focus on a main theme.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that religions across the world are being hijacked by a mysterious sermon claiming to be the true religion and angry about its lack of followers.

Fanbase Potential

This as a dramatic thriller could have a large audience given that the debate about religion is non-partisan rather than making this a Christian film. It could appeal both to religious and secular audiences.

Awards Potential

Depending on the genre of the adaptation and greater focus on the investigation rather than the personal lives of the reporters, this could awards potential especially for writing due to its complex religious debates about belief.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

SPOTLIGHT, THE POST, DARK WATERS, THE INSIDER

What’s New About the Story

The stories concept of a religious apocalypse rather than a physical apocalypse is original to the genre of disasters. However the story has subplots about characters' personal dramas that do not progress the central storyline about the investigation of the religious phenomenon. Focusing more on the investigation and less on the journalists themselves will help center the purpose of this narrative.

Lead Characters

Christine is a great journalist in that she can make people trust her quite easily. Thelo is opposite in that he adapts to others to make them feel at home rather than Christine's approach to making others feel comfortable by being genuine.

Uniqueness of Story

This could be a rare conceptual gem about journalistic integrity in the face of unprovable ideas, but side plots about the characters need to be better integrated within this theme.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

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

Focusing more on the investigation and religious debates plus reducing the character subplots that do not progress the main conflict could help fully develop the theme and streamline the pacing.