The Wrong News, Again

LD Janakos ldtzanakos@gmail.com 5387299520666

SATIRE COMEDY

Contemporary

L.D. Janakos

Logline

Her plans to compete for a spot in the dance company of her dreams get wildly overshadowed for socially conscious Thea when Helen, her mom, a top ad agent, stops at nothing to win her own life-changing award and needs to secretly rebrand Thea to win.

Genre

Satire,Comedy

Short Summary

The story opens with daughter and mother facing each other with a gun, only to end the scene with it being a therapy session. To win her competition, Thea attempts to distant Helen; To win her award, Helen must include Thea.


In the end, both Thea and Helen get their awards though not as planned. But more important, their last Operation Optics and Operation Transactional combine to bring Thea and her mother together, kind of.

Setting

Los Angeles

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Quest,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Twist,Meaningful Message,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Thea Serenadis

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Funny,Aspiring,Desperate,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Helen

Age: 50

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Narcisstic,Confident,Complex,Desperate,Sophisticated,Manipulative,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Zack

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Complex,Heartthrob,Romantic,Masculine,Desperate

Additional Character Details

Name: Fast Chance

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Outspoken,Lone Wolf,Complex,Aspiring

Development Pitch

This is a screenplay, so it is not a story for adaptation.

About The Author

Two novels published: 1. Plato's Screw 2. The oldest show (after the abandonment). Plato's Screw was also partially serialized by online Del Sol Review. Awards: Bumbershoot Literary Award for Fiction; University of Oregon Fiction Award; Plover Press Finalist Award; Quarter Finalist Chesterfield Film Fellowship Award. And others

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Female Leaning,Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Hard Copy Available

No

WGA Number

2126482

Genre

COMEDY, DRAMA

Brief

Thea is a young woman who has a troubled relationship with her mother, a woman addicted to competition and winning. While Thea wants to distance herself from her mother to win a dance contest, her mother needs Thea to win an award related to her work.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

SCRIPT

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

Helen doesn't fit in very well in the role of antagonist. Despite disturbing a bit her daughter's plans and being an overprotective mother, she somehow shares the film's leading role with Thea. In addition, the author could use the development pitch session to describe her story better.

Draw of Story

The script's tone is light and fun, and it makes us want to look deeper into the mother-daughter relationship. The opening scene is also quite interesting, where Helen and Thea, in a therapy session, point guns at each other.

Possible Drawbacks

The script has a lot of characters, and that ends up making the reading a little tiring.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook é the problematic relationship between mother and daughter, which generates conflicts and an almost natural detachment. It's a kind of story that easily finds identification in the audience.

Fanbase Potential

I wouldn't say a large fanbase, but it has the potential to attract people who like the genre.

Awards Potential

The author creates a comedic tone well and writes funny dialogue and situations. So, the film could have the potential for awards within the genre.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS: A PHOTOGRAPHER WANTS TO PRODUCE A PIECE ABOUT THE ROLE OF MOTHERS IN DIFFERENT FAMILIES AND ENDS UP UNDERSTANDING HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HER OWN FAMILY. LADY BIRD: THE DIFFICULT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A YOUNG GIRL AND HER MOTHER.

What’s New About the Story

The desires and goals of each character give a more authentic personality to the film. The artistic dance world and the competitive corporative world offer a good counterpoint to the protagonists.

Lead Characters

Helen is a self-centered woman who lives by comparing herself to others and wants to show that she is always the best. Thea, on the other hand, just wants to quietly live her youth and do what she loves most, which is dancing. The two work very well together and add to the fun and conflicts of the story. The other characters, being very numerous, end up not having very different voices or being much remarkable.

Uniqueness of Story

It's not a rare gem, but a fun and well-structured movie. The drama, arising from the conflicts between mother and daughter, could be further enhanced to make the story more intense.

Possible Formats

Film

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

The tone perfectly matches the chosen genre- comedy, and it's responsible for part of the script's attractiveness. The theme of troubled relationships between mothers and daughters is always current and relevant. It is approached here in a somewhat cliché but still effective way. The characters are compelling, and their personalities, exaggerated by the comedy, are still believable. They are totally opposite, and this counterpoint is what generates conflicts and laughter. The two work very well together. The competitions the two are gearing up for run in parallel and give us a reasonable basis on what matters to these characters. In addition, the dance universe brings fresh air to the subgenre and makes the narrative lighter in general. The dialogues are good. They don't bring too much exposure, nor do they leave us completely lost, and on top of that, they're somehow funny and original. In the end, the result of the competitions doesn't matter. What really matters is the development of a new relationship between mother and daughter throughout the story. Some adjustments are needed in structure, making the plot more intriguing, and in character development, making the secondary ones a little more striking.

Logline

Her plans to compete for a spot in the dance company of her dreams get wildly overshadowed for socially conscious Thea when Helen, her mom, a top ad agent, stops at nothing to win her own life-changing award and needs to secretly rebrand Thea to win.

Short Summary

The story opens with daughter and mother facing each other with a gun, only to end the scene with it being a therapy session. To win her competition, Thea attempts to distant Helen; To win her award, Helen must include Thea.


In the end, both Thea and Helen get their awards though not as planned. But more important, their last Operation Optics and Operation Transactional combine to bring Thea and her mother together, kind of.

FEEDBACK

This is a screenplay, so it is not a story for adaptation.

About The Author

Two novels published: 1. Plato's Screw 2. The oldest show (after the abandonment). Plato's Screw was also partially serialized by online Del Sol Review. Awards: Bumbershoot Literary Award for Fiction; University of Oregon Fiction Award; Plover Press Finalist Award; Quarter Finalist Chesterfield Film Fellowship Award. And others

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Characters

Main Character

Name: Thea Serenadis

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Funny,Aspiring,Desperate,Insecure

Character 1

Name: Helen

Age: 50

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Narcisstic,Confident,Complex,Desperate,Sophisticated,Manipulative,Skillful

Character 2

Name: Zack

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Complex,Heartthrob,Romantic,Masculine,Desperate

Character 3

Name: Fast Chance

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Outspoken,Lone Wolf,Complex,Aspiring