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Scar Tissue Films
Posted: August 28th, 2019, 2:23pm Report to Moderator
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The way it's developed I think it's largely going to be a linear story.At least in terms of time frame. With one main Pov, but  multiple POVs from side characters.

Until we've started planning the first episode, I don't  think we'll really know the exact form it'll take.

Nobody is down to write anything yet. We'll worry about that later.
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Quoted from Scar Tissue Films
Good info, Frank.

Do you have any ideas for his character arc?

Seems like a character we want to 'win', in some way.


Wanted to have some notion of what the alternate uses were before trying to fit this person into the chronology. The easiest to explain to an audience would be Tetanus, which can easily be a part of just about any accident.

A Tetanus shot provides reliable protection for only five years or so. Quite a few adults, especially ones who aren't parents and aren't used to working around hand-tools, would be vulnerable.

Whoever contracts Tetanus should be someone the doctor (or vet or nurse or whatever the town actually has) doesn't feel deserves the treatment and therefore doesn't even suggest chlorpromazine. Could be either someone so injured they're unlikely to recover, or the minority that Kham suggested might get less-than-sympathetic treatment.

It could also be flipped... the schizophrenic could be the minority, and the medical professional effectively steals the pills to treat the Tetanus patient instead. This can be done by proxy simply by mentioning the option to someone in authority (or the public at large to create social pressure).

The first option allows for fairly straightforward selfless behavior that doesn't require multiple tie-ins with the main storyline. The second option requires some point further down the line where the medical person and/or the proxy gets helped out by the schizophrenic.


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Wanted to have some notion of what the alternate uses were before trying to fit this person into the chronology. The easiest to explain to an audience would be Tetanus, which can easily be a part of just about any accident.

A Tetanus shot provides reliable protection for only five years or so. Quite a few adults, especially ones who aren't parents and aren't used to working around hand-tools, would be vulnerable.

Whoever contracts Tetanus should be someone the doctor (or vet or nurse or whatever the town actually has) doesn't feel deserves the treatment and therefore doesn't even suggest chlorpromazine. Could be either someone so injured they're unlikely to recover, or the minority that Kham suggested might get less-than-sympathetic treatment.

It could also be flipped... the schizophrenic could be the minority, and the medical professional effectively steals the pills to treat the Tetanus patient instead. This can be done by proxy simply by mentioning the option to someone in authority (or the public at large to create social pressure).

The first option allows for fairly straightforward selfless behavior that doesn't require multiple tie-ins with the main storyline. The second option requires some point further down the line where the medical person and/or the proxy gets helped out by the schizophrenic.


Interesting stuff.

Definitely seems like worthwhile story thread.
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The main character should be a girl's lacrosse coach at the local secondary school.

She would be a person of authority, know how to lead, know how to deal with conflict, be able to get people to work together. She would be involved in the community.

If her daughter is in the Royal Armoured Corps then the main character would need to be about 41 years old, with a 19 year old daughter.

That will make her wise and still able to move without needing a walker.

A daughter who is in the Armoured Corps would also be a strong woman, who should naturally be raised by a strong woman.

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We've got a hell of a lot of suggestions for the main character!

Pub landlord. Known as the Mayor.
Town councillor
Police chief/officer
Life coach
Lacrosse coach etc

We really need to think this one through.

If she owns the pub, I was worried she'd be  stuck there until it gets overrun and they have to leave. Which is a bit limiting.

But, the good thing about the pub is we could do it so that we follow different characters as they leave the pub. So we've met them, know who they are and follow their little story as they leave and end up where they end up. Then cut back to the pub.

Another problem :If she's just in the pub does she go off home and if so how do we cut back to the pub and the characters we've just met? And if she's not anyone with official duties, then what can she do other than stay at home?

OK. I think I've made some wrong turns here. She does need official duties after all.

I think the pub is great. It's a great hub for a lot of activity but I don't want her trapped there.

My shout is that the husband runs the pub. She is a Police Officer like Rene said. A nice, strong woman like Jordan suggested we need.

That means she's having to move around, seeing what's going on in the community.

Meanwhile there's a centralised hub at the pub where we meet a gang of local people and receive world events and news through people's phone calls.

Best of both worlds.
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Alright, Rick.  

You're driving the bus.

Set it in stone.  
And by "stone" I mean something malleable and easy to change.  This is writing, after all.

Let's move on to our next issue... Which is...?


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Let's keep it simple for now :

Flesh out some of the characters that are in the pub.

The teacher can be your lacrosse teacher, if you like.
Or some annoying know it all, that thinks he knows better than everything that's on the news.

What's the deal with the hardcore drunk?

Etc
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This was the list, so far.

Teacher
Small business owner
psychologist
Hardcore drunk
Accountant

Freddie, 22: Local gang leader, piece of shit, drug addict, thief, hooligan, probably killed someone but he won't say for sure.
Freddie's friends.
Heroine addict...customer of Freddie?

These guys often sit outside the pub, and make themselves a nuisance, but not quite enough to have been banned.

Some out of towners staying in the rooms upstairs, as suggested by PK?
The American youtubers.
Family having a meal?
Young couple?

Later Arrivals from out of the Fog?

Walter, 42: Davyhulme West Police Sergeant, has a grudge against Main Characters Husband over something in their past from working on the police force together. He has feelings for Jane.
Priest????????
Accident Victim, covered in blood?
Someone unusually susceptible to the psychological effects of the fog? Eg someone who suffers from Homichlophobia...a fear of fog... and unnerves everyone???
Someone unusually susceptible to the physical effects of the fog : An asthmatic??



It also occurs to me our madman could be there, enjoying a meal on his own, so we can introduce him straight away... But I'll leave that open to suggestions. There is probably a more interesting way to introduce him.
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I think the teacher needs to be science oriented to explain some basics to the audience.

The annoying know-it-all can be the audience with all their questions about how our story world works.  This person could also be the hardcore drunk.

I don't like disposable characters, so they need to have another purpose other than world building.

Tonight I'll take a look at the chronology and see where they can fit in later in the story.


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Cool.

The list is by no means exhaustive, so if anyone occurs to you, throw them in.

A lot of them will get seriously hurt or killed when thousands of starving people invade from the cities. We'll see some of them trying to build barricades to defend the town.

Some can follow our main guys to the community later.

The gang are going to come back into it somewhere, for sure.

It could be a good place to introduce an old guy who needs meds.. Maybe a diabetes sufferer, who will die tragically later on. Or even a kid.

The chronology was just intended as a time frame of fog related events, rather than a list of scenes or story beats, so you can invent/add story beats for them as you see fit.
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Every pub has their blowhards. The person/group that has all the simple solutions to every complex problem. "If they'd just do [insert inane solution here] then [complex issue] wouldn't be a problem."

A character like that could be a clearinghouse for us to run all the obvious solutions through. "Gee, Frank. Don't you think someone's tried that?" or "Great idea, Frank. Let's just nuke the whole world. That way we can all die of radiation poisoning instead."

Not a main character, for sure. That'd get real old, real fast.

Maybe a group of old farts in the corner. Though, it's harder to handle too many characters with only audio. Could get too confusing for the listener.

Great thing about a pub, is we can run just about anybody through there. If we do the radio station thing at all, they can even send a reporter there for "man on the street" type interviews.

Heck, even the minister's gonna need a drink as this thing gets ugly.

What about somebody who just doesn't care? It's just fog. Sits in the corner reading a book all the time. "You live. You love. You die. The rest is just details. This fog -- it's a detail."

Maybe a local farmer. He'll be one of the first to panic. His livelyhood is immediately threatened.


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Do British pubs have pool tables?

(If I do any writing, someone is definitely going to have to put the "British" into it. I know absolutely nothing about British culture.)


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Yes, they do. And darts.
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Darts... of course.

In the U.S., it's kind of a cliche to have the rough and tumbles always at the pool table. I see you have them hanging outside.


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They do play pool as well. Usually very loudly.
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