With “Things People Do” making its rounds in three Screenplay Competitions, I’ve been focusing most of my creative energies on my second Feature Spec. “Sylvia”. It’s a Sci-Fi/Psychological Thriller where “A Serial-Killing Pedophile abducts a little girl, with dark powers, who becomes his worst nightmare.”
It’s a dark tale of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Things aren’t always what they seem. People aren’t always who they seem, so take a closer look at your next door neighbor, or even your best friend, lol.
In Sylvia’s beginning, it’s very much a versus battle of sorts, “Predator vs. Predator”, but soon enough, the pedophile realizes that he’s bit off more than he can chew, and it quickly turns to “predator becomes prey”.
I’m having a lot of fun developing the World of Sylvia, the great characters and their clashing agenda’s, Sylvia’s bizarre powers and the mechanics behind those bizarre powers.
It’s all coming together nicely.
Logline & Synopsis: DONE
Main Characters: DONE
Act Breakdown: DONE
Plot Characters: DONE
Sequence Breakdown: DONE
Supporting Characters: IN PROGRESS
After the supports are done, Scene Breakdowns are next, which I’ve amassed great pool of scenes to pull from to get things going. Then, it’ll be a matter of filling in the gaps to tell a solid and compelling story.
With it’s natural potential for some great suspense and action sequences/scenes, I’ve taken my time fleshing out the psychological aspects of Sylvia’s story. There’s a broad mix of characters all with their own goals to achieve and reasons/motivations that drive them.
As with “Things People Do”, you’ll see the dark side in some characters and you’ll also see the “why” behind their darkness, but you’ll also see how their darkness brings out the darkness in those around them, as well as the light in some others.
When the smoke clears, the story will have been like one big therapy session for most of the characters laced with cold case detectives, a secret government agency, and a dark cabin in the woods.
So far, I’m on schedule to have a first draft done by April and out to Beta’Readers in May.
Progress is good.
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