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Ok so I’m just kinda writing this post a bit off the top of my head.  Some of today’s content was actually worked out before but I’m sure some of it will just happen while I’m typing.  Lucky you?

The basic plot idea I have thus far (or that I’ve chosen to try and develop, that is) is the idea of a group of young adults (around my age, because that just makes life easier for me) going to Disneyland for the day in order to celebrate [insert birthday girl’s name here]’s birthday!  So far I have that group consisting of The Birthday Girl, The Boyfriend, The Brothers (2), Lovesick Boy and Lovesick Girl (yea I bet you can’t guess what they wish for), and The Sad Girl.  I’m a stickler for all things even tho…and it really bothers me that due to the current cast outline there are more guys than girls, and I am obsessed with an even cast.  So I’m thinking about adding like…I don’t even know.  Haha.  Because as of right now most of the characters have a general background and a wish.  Oh right, I went on a tangent.  Basically they all have a wish, some superficial, some rather deep, and the Spirits of Disneyland are gonna help them make their wishes come true.  Through Disneyland related means.  So as I was saying, I have everyone figured out (in a general sense) and I can’t think of another character.  So we’ll see.  I might just have to live with it being uneven.

The Characters:
The Birthday Girl: She has one of the more silly wishes, simply because I couldn’t have the show being too heavy, and I had to be sure the wishes were all something I could kinda have granted in a Disney way.  This girl is generally really happy with her life, her friends, her family, etc.  She goes to a school she likes, has a pretty good job (and got the day off for her bday, so that’s cool), has a great boyfriend, yadda yadda yadda.  All she wants is to be treated like a princess on her birthday.  [I know that this description makes her seem like she would be a brat or a snot or something, but I assure you she won’t be.  She worked hard to get good grades for scholarships to go this school she loves so much, is just as good a girlfriend to her boyfriend, and is a hard little worker.]

The Boyfriend: Sorry, guys…I know you’re prolly gonna hate this… but he just loves his gal and wants to make her happy.  He is wishing to find the perfect gift for her.  I’m still working on his back story as to why all he cares about is his girlfriend’s gift…but that is his wish. So there.

The Brothers: These two are only a couple years apart but they have been prone to serious fighting (more than the typical sibling-ness) due to divorced parents and misunderstandings, that sort of thing.  Both of them remember (and miss) the good old days when they were younger and got along better, and secretly wish for understanding and maybe even brotherly love and friendship.

Lovesick Boy: no background yet…but if you guessed that he has a thing for Lovesick Girl…you are so right.

Lovesick Girl: no background for her either, but she likes him back.  It’s true.

Sad Girl: This was my toughest to figure out a wish for (because there is so much for this poor girl to wish for) and how to have it grantable by Disneyland-esque things!  I spent a lot of time pulling my hair out over this one, and I think I might actually have her figured out.  Now pull out your tissues, it’s a sob story…  She has 3 younger siblings (none of working age yet), her mom has been sick for quite some time and is out of work, her dad works a lot to cover medical bills as well as the cost of providing for them all, and she had to forsake her post-highschool plans in order to work full time and help take care of her siblings.  And, understandably, she is overwhelmed by the pressure of caring for them and working, and the struggle with her mom’s illness, and she just wants her life back.  Can you blame her?  Her wish (tentatively) is to be able to go to school under these circumstances, while still being able to help out at home.

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Thats right, 1,000 views!  Actually, 1,004 (I guess I haven’t been checking obsessively enough to see that I was at a thousand).  That’s great!  Thanks to everyone who has been reading, and I hope that those of you who just happened upon this blog enjoyed and will come back for more.

Coming tonight/tomorrow morning:
The plot choice that I’ve decided to work with for now and maybe some character snippets.

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moving along

K so I’ve been working on some more specific story ideas.  On one of them I got a little off-track, but I’m not telling you which one.

There is one element that remains the same throughout these ideas: the character I discussed in my previous post “biting the bullet“.  I’ve decided to call him/her/them the Disney Spirit, until I can think of something less cheesy.  Or maybe cheesy is good in this case.  It is a rather cheesy character.  Anyway, there are variations on this character in the different ideas, but he/she/them is/are always there.  The reason I keep saying “he/she/them” is because I haven’t decided if this character is going to be male or female or a team of two.  I’ve jotted down some more notes on the Disney Spirit (these were written before my idea of having two, when I was still thinking of an older man):
-Mentor-type, Dumbledore-esque
-Child at heart
-Somewhat mischievous (Figment)
-Name?  Or nameless?
-Maybe 2 (1 male, 1 female) as a team (but then they’d prolly need names)

In my first idea, I had a group of people either signing up for a tour (they have DL tours) or winning a special tour.  They were strangers (or if they signed up for the tour they could know each other) and hadn’t entered any contests to win the tour, they just were kinda invited under somewhat mysterious circumstances.  In this scenario, the Disney Spirit is their tour guide.  All these guests have something to learn or a wish to be granted.  The tour guide either helps them learn whatever they need t learn or helps them make their wish a reality (but doesn’t grant it outright, because then there’d be no story!).  I don’t know what I was thinking when I wrote this out, but this was the first thing I thought of and at the time I really liked it.  Haha.  I think it’s a little too Willy Wonka-esque, especially if the won the tour and had some lesson waiting for them. 

After I thought about that for a bit I got away from the lesson idea, and stuck mostly with wishes (since that was the point of the Disney Spirit in the first place) but I still wanted to play variations on how the group knows each other (or doesn’t).  Either they all arrived separately (in pairs or small groups of  three or four) and stayed separate (because I can’t see strangers ending up spending the whole day at DL together, I’ve made friends with strangers at DL for a line or something, but not the whole day), or they came as one group of friends.  If they came as friends though, I’d probably have them split up from time to time (they want to go to different restaurants or rides or something like that) to make things more interesting.  How can they have a private moment with the Disney Spirit if their annoying friends are always around?  In both these ideas, the Disney Spirit would more than likely be two people, and they would turn up throughout the day in different roles throughout the park.  In the morning they might be taking tickets and later they might be serving churros, and in the evening they might be the Storybook Land Canal guide. 

Anyway, those are the ideas I’m working on right now.  I’m not throwing anything away (mentally, that is) until I’ve really worked on each of them more thoroughly.  I have other notes coming soon, too!

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Well I know it’s been quite some time.  Holidays, personal life, etc.  I’m not gonna go into the gory details here (although feel free to find out if you’re curious over at my personal blog) but I just want you all to know (all two of you) that I have been working on the show, and I have some structured goals for the show for this year.

This month I plan to:

  • Finish up a story outline
  • Get a general cast of characters sorted out

Within the next 6 months:

  • Finish a rough draft
  • Share it with a few people for editing and input

By the end of 2009:

  • Have a few drafts under my belt, altho not necessarily a final (the addition of music may cause the need for tweaking)
  • Get some more people involved and committed
  • Start writing the music! (Like I said, story first.)

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Well, I can’t put it off much longer.  It’s time for me to start with this whole story thing. 

I was thinking about characters today, and I decided to start with the host/wish-granter/narrator type person.  At first I thought of him as someone like an older Danny Kaye, like in this video [which is from the Disneyland 25th anniversary, as it were]:

(He’s the one in the beginning, and reappears numerous times among the other celebrities, dressed up in various costumes)

Unfortunately, I don’t know any really cool old guys who would be willing to do this.  Although I could just write it and worry about casting later.  Or buy some wigs and fake beards.  That might work too.  Anyway, again I’m getting ahead of myself. 

So that’s the visual I have in my head when I think of this character.  Or I could go with a different option, someone younger [it’s easier for me to recruit young people, since they tend to be more into Disneyland, more willing to put time into amateur projects, and more willing to listen to someone who is also young], which could be male or female.  Probably female though.  Isn’t it funny how the brain works?  Whenever I think of this type of character I either think of a sprightly old man or a young lady. 

I was also thinking of having maybe a Scrooge-type character who humbugs the Disney spirit, but thats a little cliche.  So I’ll try it out for a bit, but I’ll probably end up cutting that idea.  The main reason I considered that idea was because I need the narrator person to have a purpose.  Like, they’re a narrator, but they’re also a character.  Kinda like Into the Woods.  Except my narrator isn’t going to die.  At least I don’t think so…

So this week I’m going to try to start getting some serious character development going with him/her.  It’s gonna be difficult to get too much done because of Thanksgiving, but I’m going to be home alone up until Sunday so there won’t be any distractions at the dorm, at least.  Check back in soon!  And if I don’t post anything up before Thursday, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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