FEARING THE VICTIM
CREATED BY: Gerald Chong
WGAw REGISTRY: 1853422
Story by: Gerald Chong
REVISED: MONDAY, 01/21/19 - 10:33 AM
REVISED: MONDAY, 01/21/19 - 10:33 AM - Up until this moment, the title "Fearing the Victim" had no storyline. Then minutes ago, I happened across a YouTube video titled "Fishermen Catch Great White Shark and Put It Back in the Water." This video inspired me with the following broad strokes:
- Great White Sharks are victims of shark hunters.
- Shark hunters have a deep respect and fear of Great White Sharks.
- The fear becomes all-too-real when supernatural Hawaiian "aumakua" spirits develop a deep respect and fear of shark hunters.
- The central issue of "trophy hunting" or "using shark fins" and "human limbs" for healing purposes now sets up the drama between the two worlds...
REVISED: MONDAY, 01/21/19 - 10:47 AM
This feature film series follows the suspenseful ups and downs of three shark hunters who pride themselves as being the best in the business. They will occasionally fin sharks, but for the most part are out to catch trophies, and the "holy grail" for them is the Great White Shark.
To create movie blockbuster like "Jaws."
To minimize the demand for shark fins and to make audiences realize that hunting sharks to extinction brings on a myriad of problems that will boomerang on humans and threaten our own existence.
How? By waking up millions of Americans to a very horrific "What if...?" scenario in which the widespread elimination of sharks causes organisms that are harmful to mankind to proliferate... organisms that are specifically targeting humans for disease or consumption, such as "brain-eating amoebas."
TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE
In addition, we want to educate our audiences in such areas as the histories of shark hunting, the science behind how they live and function in the natural scheme of things, the social impact on our children, the business principles behind shark fins and running how various agencies are attempting to stop it, the political deal-making involved regarding sharks and ocean preservation, etc.
MINIMIZING THE DEMAND MINIMIZES THE SUPPLY
We need to glorify the problem-solvers, not the problem-makers. We need to inspire our audiences by creating characters who risk their lives to enforce the laws, to report the news, to defend the ocean against criminal gangs, to invest in a business enterprise, etc.
STEP 1: Establish "shark-finning" as the central issue.
VIEWPOINT 1: On one side of the conflict are two men who are desperate and weakened by the economy. They will cross moral lines if they have to in order to "poach" what they see as a money-making solution to their pverty and need to feed their families.
VIEWPOINT 2: Directly opposing the desperate shark hunters are the zealous environmentalists and wardens whose job is to enforce the conservation laws in a remote stretch of ocean. Their efforsts are an attempt to make the ocean great again: clean and fertile for future generations...
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FEATURE FILM SERIES EPISODES
REVISED: TUESDAY, 07/04/2017 - 4:27 PM
Each episode is a stand-alone with its own beginning, middle, and end.
- FEARING THE CONSEQUENCES
- FEARING THE PREDATOR
- FEARING THE VICTIM
- Characters: Primary and supporting
- Possible actors
- Possible "Above-the-Line"
- Possible "Below-the-Line"
- Inspiration (Newspapers, TV, YouTube, etc.)
- Story location
- Shooting location
REVISED: WEDNESDAY, 02/19/19 - 4:28 PM - 41-031 WAILEA ST. - WAIMANALO, HAWAII
OBJECTIVES: As with all of our projects, our goal is to:
- Teach history and give our audiences some background into why things are the way they are.
- Debunk the myths, hoaxes, and "fake news."
- INSPIRE: We hope to create a sense of wonder to inspire a new generation of Americans to take action and do the right things. Because our show's supporting characters is a dreamer who aspires to greatness, our audiences can follow their respective paths.
- OUR ACTIONS DEFINE OUR CHARACTER: We need to show our audiences what road one has to travel in order to achieve our lifelong dreams. Nothing is promised or guaranteed. Nothing is free. One has to suffer some pain to elevate one's life to the next level.
- CALL TO ADVENTURE: When we are personally challenged by an evil person or called out by evil events (criminal activity, war, etc.) occurring within our community, we need to answer, or the evil will eventually reach us after it destroys our neighbors.
Architect Zaha Hadid was a world-famous architect who passed away on March 31, 2016. By showing audiences her extensive portfolio of designs via our feature films, we hope to inspire a new generation of architects who will push the boundaries of building design and construction.