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Deborah Whitaker & Craig Cloutier (c) 2017
Deborah Whitaker & Craig Cloutier (c) 2017
Splash City: The World
Splash City is a walled world. Enclosing the city, The Wall is the place to be in Splash City. People work on ladders of all types on The Wall ranging from flimsy tin to steel, gold, platinum and titanium. High heeled women are forced to balance on narrow rungs, keeping most of the women on the lower, wider rungs. Few Splashians know any other world than The Wall, and most do not question what might happen when one reaches the top of The Wall.
Since climbing ladders is everything in Splash City, shoes are a status symbol. Sizer Shoe Company is the largest corporation in Splash City. Even its building is in the shape of a large shoe. Every Splashian knows climbing ladders requires the very best shoes.
Surrounding the shoe are other companies, housed in rusty buildings. Sizer owns (or they are invested in) the media conglomerate Box Network, which includes Box News, Fall Street Journal, WANT radio, and until recently, HalluSination Today (Sizer lost the tabloid due to a recent scandal). At the outskirts of the city, people not working on The Wall work at ride jobs at the Abusement Park. On the Ferrris wheel, workers sit at boxed-in desks that go up and down and round and round on the wheel.
Splash City Characters
2D Characters: Longstanding greed, corruption and lack of vision have made the people of Splash City as flat, muted and two-dimensional as the world around them.
2D people live in a comic strip.
2D people like Ben T. Donethat, Noah Tall, Nate Sayer and Vicki Pedia are typically found at The Coffee Chop. Judge MyView, attorney Rob LaSuit, banker Wendall Paidoff, Self-help guru Howie Howtew, and Reverend Al Dente, Pastor of the Temple of Food, just to name a few, are other 2D characters.
3D Cartoon Mentors:
Hidden in broad daylight throughout Splash City are small, discrete groups of Splash City animated residents who emanate color. 3D people live in a cartoon. These three-dimensional (or 3D) folks are vibrant, energetic, playful, self-reliant, radiant, and imaginative, and they have a secret. They discovered their way off The Wall and out of the flat 2D, comic strip.
When the 3D Cartoon Mentors come on the scene, the comic strip becomes a cartoon.
These vibrant characters can often be seen near the Starbright Towers. Located on a newly built boardwalk near the water, Starbright Towers houses The Coffee Chop and the Mermaid Bar, where folks come to get splashed, not smashed. While 3D folks mingle with 2D folks all around the city, 2D residents typically cannot see the 3D residents color and dimension. Each Cartoon Mentor portrays a particular attribute for "playing in 3D."
MISS GUIDED LIGHT (Self-Reliance, Dreams, Humility) is a nurse at Humpty Hospital, and Splash City's tour guide. She is opening her own laughter yoga studio, Mimosa Yoga, for ever since she was a little girl she loved to make people smile. She writes a blog called "It Makes Me Wonder."
MZZZ PINK (Love, Courage, Empathy) & UNO (Imagination, Focus, Play) (Fuchsia to her friends) is Splash City’s most famous 3D resident. She and her dog UNO are the talk of the town. She is a dancer, considered a fashionista within Splash City and lives in a globe shaped penthouse at the top of Starbright Towers. She is often seen near The Coffee Chop stepping out of her neon pink helicopter with Uno.
Uno is the All Knowing one. He lives in the zone.
MS. BEE HAVEN (Creativity, Authenticity, Design) is a woman of color in every sense of the word. She sees music, hears color, and paints music. She dresses like a Queen Bee and lives at Starbright Towers with daughter Velocity and her husband NRG. Her latest musical painting is Fumble Bees, and her pet project is Peacock Park.
LISA HEARDITALL (Listening, Understanding) is a psychotherapist at UPOP, who recently uncovered a controversial study revealing the extensive presence among Splash City residents of a disorder called “dimentia” (dimensionally challenged, or 2D). Because of the suppression of this information, this disorder has gone untreated for years. Lisa is on a mission to do something about it. She can regularly be spotted at the Mermaid Bar, listening to people share their stories.
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Pilot episode: "Sign of the Times" (10 pages)
Sign of the Times
Although a nurse at Humpty Hospital, Miss Guided Light rarely gets the chance to do what she loves; make people smile. Surfer Justin Tide tries to open a surf shop, but there are no waves in Splash City. Attempting to rise above the cynicism and oppression all around them, twenty somethings Miss Guided Light and Justin Tide discover the larger reason for their dilemmas. They're 3D animated cartoons stuck in a 2D black and white comic strip.
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Future episodes: Episodes follow Miss Guided Light and Justin Tide where they left off at the end of the Pilot episode, while incorporating one or more of the other Cartoon Mentors adventures. Each episode will reveal some form of personal transformation taking place in the character(s), and mirrored in social changes within Splash City.
Anger Bank: Because of their frustration with paying their student loans, Justin Tide and Miss Guided Light help out Splash City Psychotherapist Lisa Hearditall with her idea to handle the frustration of Splash City residents. Place an anger bank (Automated Temper Machine) within a city courtyard where residents punch a picture of their favorite banker (NOT!), with proceeds going to local charities. Splash City residents readily take to the idea, but banker Wendall Paidoff is pissed off!
The Worn Brick Road Justin Tide needs help to get his Surf shop up and running. He joins Splash City's award winning Documentary filmmaker Chelsey Chatterley on her journey to film the dark parts of town for her latest documentary. She partners with NRG, owner of Power My Generation gym, to feed the homeless new ideas.
Comfort Zone Bar and Grill Justin Tide brings Miss Guided Light to his favorite hangout to introduce her to his friends. Looking for recruits to help with their homeless food drive, they discover Justin's friends need "drive" themselves.
Spacebook Miss Guided Light and Justin Tide launch their new businesses. Announcing the opening of Mimosa Yoga and Wave Runner Surf Shop on Spacebook, the reaction is less than exciting. With trolls taking over their posts, opening day seems like a bust, but Velocity has an idea.
HalluSination Today Miss Guided Light's blog makes it into HalluSination Today. With Mzzz Pink and her guard dog Uno's help, Splash City journalist Hillary Scandell takes over the Box News tabloid and turns it into a celebrity's friend, where instead of being hounded by paparazzi, celebrities tell their own stories.
Peacock Park Music painter Ms. Bee Haven and her daughter Velocity plan to create a park for Splash City residents to explore the Arts within nature, but she must first deal with Sizer Shoe company, and its own Queen Bee who has other plans for the park, Ms. Bee Haven's very own sister.
Club Uphoria Famous Splash City singer Danie Starbright leaves the Earth to find some peace and quiet at the International Space Station, and creates an exclusive club there for people who've had at least 100 documented failures. Lisa Hearditall is worried, and asks Justin for his help. She hasn't heard from her friend in weeks.
Identity Theft Opening Mermaid Bar, NRG faces a challenge. More and more young people are losing their identities in Splash City, stuck in the belief they are nothing more than their ladder rungs on The Wall. He enlists Miss Guided Light and Justin Tide's help to show them their dimensional selves.
Mirror Mirror on The Wall Mirrors are not allowed in Splash City. The Cartoon Mentors of Splash City join forces. They have a plan on how and where to install them, and help Splash City residents like what they see.
Craig’s passion in life is to uncover the art and science of the dream. This passion has taken him on many exciting journeys, starting with a bicycle ride across America at the age of 20, operating a successful tropical design business in New York City, participating in the Albert Schweitzer foundation, working on Tony Robbins' events staff for 8 years and building “airships” in the 80’s. Craig has directed over 500 television episodes, including children, comedy and cooking shows. He created, produced, directed and hosted the television series “Power of a Dream.” Craig is an idea guy. He is also a musician (bass guitar), a designer ("it's all about form and function!"), and meditates best while roller skating. He regularly chats with plants, animals and bugs. Some of the extraordinary stops on his dream journey include the time Tony Robbins stopped the Firewalk to add more shovels of hot coals just as he was about to take his first firewalk, his exclusive interview with the man who saved the Hubble telescope; and the time he first set eyes upon Mzzz. Pink on a hot July day at York Beach, Maine which set him on his ultimate dream journey; to create a playful approach to personal transformation. Craig is co-Producer with Emerald Drive Productions, and lives near the seacoast of New Hampshire.
Deborah has always been fascinated by the transformational power of story. As a young girl, words charmed her in their ability to weave ideas into shape and color. Unifying her early excursions into both poetry and psychological research, she wrote a thought-provoking parable on the art and science of self-love called Looking Glass Sky (Jalmar Press, 1995), which arose from her years in private practice as a psychotherapist, where she utilized a holistic treatment approach, and had extensive experience mentoring teens and young adults. Deborah’s love of story next led her deep into the fabric of screenwriting, from which she spun four feature length screenplays based on the mythic hero’s (heroine’s) journey format. Threaded throughout the lives of each of the leading ladies in these inspirational stories, you’ll find hers. They include an ageless astronaut, a 40’s jazz singer, a Clipper ship Captain, and a mother with a deep dedication to both her daughter and the earth. Deborah’s recent heroines, Ms. Bee Haven and Mzzz Pink, among others, originate from her cartoon world Splash City, a playful approach to personal transformation using 'Cartoon Mentors,' therapeutically woven fables, and a splash of wonder to transform lives. www.deborahwhitaker.weebly.com Deb is co-Producer with Emerald Drive Productions, and lives near the seacoast of New Hampshire.
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