The Master's Plan

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ACTION DRAMA LGBT HISTORICAL FICTION ROMANCE

18th Century

Dwayne Vernon

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Logline

Sable a male slave who worked in the fields of the Williams's Plantation wanted his freedom more than anything. His life becomes entangled with Jacob and a bond develops between the two of them - far more than friendship.

Genre

Action,Drama,LGBT,Historical Fiction,Romance

Short Summary

Sable is a child and in the middle of the night his family is killed by a group of white men and he is the only survivor.


The two make it to freedom

Setting

Maryland

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Rebellion Against 'The One',Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity,Sexual Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Sable

Age: 28

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Uneducated,Sexy,Blunt,Desperate,Aggressive,Engaging,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Jacob

Age: 26

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Underdog,Sexy,Engaging,Faithful,Educated,Honorable,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Albigale

Age: 26

Gender: Female

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Uneducated,Unapologetic,Insecure

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

Abigale's children and husband were sold off and the attempted rape has persuaded her to run with Jacob and Sable. While on the run Jacob is confronted by his past, the two becomes more and more in love, their secret exposed in an intimate moment while on the run by Abigale. Love is love but I don't understand it. Reaching freedom they find that was lost or was it.

About The Author

I am Dwayne Vernon in the DC/MD area and the writer of 7 novels and 2 movie scripts

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: Dwayne Vernon

Year Published: 2014

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

DRAMA, LGBT, MATURE AUDIENCE, ROMANCE

Brief

Sabel's was born free and his parents are killed and he is forced into slavery as a child. Sabel is forced to have relations with his Master that he does not want and decides to run away. Things become complicated when he falls in love with another man, Jacob. The two eventually make it to Canada and freedom and start a community homestead with their two adopted sons.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: FAIR

Premise: FAIR

Structure: FAIR

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

The book profile somewhat reflects the story. The short summary needs to introduce Jacob in order for there to be clarity between the beginning and the end. The development pitch should focus more on the themes that make the story marketable rather than a more detailed summary. Sabel is misspelled as Sable in multiple instances in the profile.

Draw of Story

The humanity that Sabel is able to find among his friends despite their horrid circumstances as slaves allows for hope. The resilience and community of the characters is admirable.

Possible Drawbacks

There is a lot of trauma that although likely historical, is not relevant to the main conflict of two male slaves falling in love.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that two males in the 1800s fall in love despite their dire situations and they decide to escape slavery in order to start a family that doesn't get separated.

Fanbase Potential

This is more likely to have a smaller more dedicated audience that appreciates historical pieces. The focus in theme would also be a deciding factor to the audience.

Awards Potential

Given that movies about slavery's trauma tend to do well in awards circuits this could garner some notice, but the themes would have to be more unique and the focus on being a gay slave would have to be more pronounced as the obstacle over being a slave and trying to escape.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, ANTEBELLUM, AMISTAD, LITTLE HOUSE ON PRAIRIE, THE REVENANT

What’s New About the Story

The originality stems from the two men being slaves in love rather than being two slaves that are escaping. Showing more dynamics of how being gay in slavery and in freedom affects the men in a society where it is usually not accepted is a more unique angle than slaves wanting escape abuse.

Lead Characters

Sabel is cautious and caring. Jacob is warm and comforting. Abigale is brave and heartbroken.

Uniqueness of Story

The themes are a bit mixed and the characters could go through further transformations outside of physically changing their situation.

Possible Formats

Film: Streaming, Indie, 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

Making sure the side characters and protagonists have flaws, clear inner conflicts and a followable transformation that is paced along with the external development of the plot will strengthen emotional investment. Making sure the themes about being LGBTQ as a slave creates problems and setbacks just as much as being a slave will show how their love story is more original.