1. Want to clarify this is the first rough idea i had, but i would rather put something out there than nothing.
    Also i am still playing catch up so i haven't done the 'like-for-like' storyboard just yet -_-

  2. OGR 22/01/2015

    Hi Becky,

    You're definitely onto something here, and I know it's early days, so I'm just going to bring some what ifs to the table for your consideration and inspiration.

    For me, the idea that this is the daughter of Dr Frankenstein should come as a surprise to the audience; so, we have a boring, Victorian style house - classically not a place for children - and bored little girl; an only child. The audience comes to know that the father is scientist or doctor, but so far so ordinary. She's forbidden to go into the cellar, but when she does she/and we discover th e true identity of her father and her father's work. The idea of these two lonely people making friends suddenly begins to shine with poignancy and has a lovely kinked vibe (after all, arguably the monster would be the girl's brother). The idea of the monster being unfinished (no legs) has a lovely Edward Scissorhands feel too; in terms of the 'stilts' you could substitute these for any object that functions in the same way, so crutches or broom handles - anything that, as a composite, has the function of the object you were allocated. In terms of the ending, however, it does seem like a bit of a damp squib. I wonder if there's opportunities for the father to be punished, or some sense of the 'neglect' to be acknowledged and resolved?

    Another thought - in terms of Frankenstein's monster - I was thinking that if a child were to dress up as the monster, they would indeed need the stilts to create the lumbering, shuffling, towering height of the thing - so I'm wondering if there might a version of your 3 components when we think we're in a horror film, with someone going down into the cellar, to be set upon by the monster, only for us to find out that it's just a trick, with kids in costume, or not even kids; short version, a fake monster and some third act twist style affair!

    I was also thinking of some unlikely rom-com set-up, in which the disparate heights between two characters (one of them being the monster) is played for laughs, or indeed for poignancy, when stilts are used to facilitate a first kiss between them, or similar.

    Anyway - the point about Frankenstein's monster is that it gives you lots of character stuff right away; father issues, loneliness, the yearning for a mate or bride - certainly one of the key themes here is companionship, which is why the lonely girl and the half-finished monster is making story-sparks and is worth exploring further.