Post by Jason T. Davis on Jul 17, 2013 19:41:50 GMT -6
Created by Jason Tyler Davis
(Loosely based on true events)
Fresh out of a high school where he struggled every day to find a place to fit in, a young introvert named Tyler Danvers looks to reinvent himself at Columbia Institute of Art, a vibrant art school in the heart of Chicago. Following in his older brother's footsteps of pursuing a career in filmmaking, Tyler discovers that creating a new identity for himself may be a little more difficult than he had realized, as he falls back into his old, anti-social habits; struggling to step out of his shell. With the help of his brother, new and old friends, his journey to self discovery and growth has finally begun.
"College Daze" is a coming-of-age drama following the life of Tyler, as he battles with the boy he is and the young man he wants to become, making new friends, enemies, and slowly acquiring a better sense of self along the way.
Tyler Danvers (Callan McAuliffe) was diagnosed with social anxiety at a young age, and has always struggled with expressing himself to his peers. The fact that his family was constantly on the move made his condition even worse, as when he was just getting settled into a new environment, he was forced to pack up and head for another one. Recently graduating from high school, the eighteen year old makes a vow to get out of his antisocial tendencies and finally become his own person. Currently pursuing a degree in Film & Video at Columbia Institute of Art in Chicago, Tyler is swept up in a quest for self-discovery that will change him forever; but for better or for worse?
Alice Tate (Allison Scagliotti) is a quirky, first year theatre major with a tendency to say what's on her mind at all times. Her and Tyler were in the same graduating class, yet the two never really spoke in high school. Deciding that a familiar face might do both of them some good, she becomes Tyler's first true college friend.
Victor Cooke (Jacob Artist) has always been the kid who was popular, not because he tried to be, but because he's not afraid of being himself. Laid back, and quite the jokester, Victor enrolls into the Institute as a graphic design major. He is also Tyler's roommate. The two don't connect immediately, but Victor's confidence is something Tyler hopes will rub off on him.
Alexander Danvers (Julian Morris) is a senior Television Writing student, and Tyler's older brother. Him and Tyler's relationship has always been tight. They've always gotten along, and Tyler looks up to him a lot. Alexander is the kind of guy who wants to help everyone, which is why he's the first person Tyler comes to when he needs someone to talk to.
Kelly Peters (Lyndsy Fonseca) is a senior student, majoring in Film and minoring in Special FX & Makeup. She is also the on-again, off-again girlfriend of Alexander. Kelly signs up for the mentorship program and receives Tyler, which is a bit awkward for the both of them considering her and Alexander aren't on the best of terms at the moment. The two of them grow a strange bond, that might be the key to both of them finding happiness.
Spencer Adkins (Nick Roux) is a vocal music major in his second year at the institute. Free-spirited and always in a great mood. He lives across the hall from Tyler and Victor. After not being able to write lyrics all summer long, Spencer may have finally found his new muse in a new student at the institute.
Xavier Mason (Rafi Gavron) is a young man with a checkered past of gangs and violence. Trying to start a better life, he enrolls into the institute, making use of his talents as an dancer. He keeps to himself for the most part, but finds himself growing attached to Spencer.
1x02: Bad Chemistry
1x03: The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants
1x04: Blame It On the Alcohol
1x05: Misfit Living
1x06: Strip Poker
1x07: The Third Wheel
1x08: Old Habits Die Hard
*Episode descriptions to come
I've been trying to stick with one project for what seems like forever now but I've never been able to keep inspiration for long. I think I figured out why. All of my previous ideas and projects did not come straight from my heart. I never felt truly invested in the characters, which is why it was a struggle writing them. Someone told me to try something different, and this show being "lighter" than most of my previous projects (Rebirth, Archangel, The Agency, etc...)
This story is a bit more personal because it's inspired by true events. I use to have a bit of social anxiety, even though I grew out of it a long time ago. I asked myself what would my life be like if I was still extremely shy, and I decided to really think about it and came up with this. I think this could be the project I finally come out and write because of that personal connection. At least, that is what I'm hoping for. We shall see.
Even though the show has many different characters and storylines, the main plot is focused on Tyler and his search for an identity. Based on the vague plot I presented, the show will be very character driven, as I've been drawing stylistic inspiration from shows like One Tree Hill, Awkward, Greek, and even the novel/film The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
I'm only going into my second year of college, so new material will be coming after season one. LOL I'm kidding. The only thing that's really exactly taken from my life are the characters in the show and their relationships with one another.