A Study in Haphazard Magic (with pilot) Jan 21, 2017 3:48:23 GMT -6 Chris Davis, Jack Malone, and 3 more like this
Post by A. Blackwood on Jan 21, 2017 3:48:23 GMT -6
The world is a wonderful place full of all kinds of magic - a sunset over water, finding five dollars you didn’t know you had when you really need a coffee, a single flower growing through a crack in the concrete, and the ability to create fire with a snap of your fingers. It’s this last kind of magic, the mystical unexplained-by-science type of magic, that can be harnessed and used by those with a certain aptitude.
Like any powerful force, magic draws many types of people to it. It attracts people who wish to study it, experiment with it, and use it for good, but also those who would abuse it for less than honourable purposes. Time and time again people with dark souls have tried to use magic to advance their own nefarious plans, but time and time again there have been magic users willing to stand up to them and protect those who can’t protect themselves.
The Guild of Sorcery is one such group of people, focused on the study of magic and preventing its use for evil. Only the Guild has grown complacent over time, allowing their numbers and power to dwindle. Those with nefarious plans and dark hearts began to rally in the shadows, biding their time and combining their strength. The Guild found itself in dire need of magic users to carry on their cause but those who can harness magic are few and far between.
Miles Kurr is a well established magic user and member of the Guild of Sorcery. He was never one with a patience for learning and study but he has always been a righteous man with an innate skill for magic. So when desperate times came upon them the Guild sent him and a number of others forth to find and train a new generation of magic users and Guild members.
In the end, Miles found three proteges; Asher, a college student with incredible magic potential, Evie, a tattoo artist who takes to magic like she was born with it, and Link, a personal trainer and part time photographer who is still just in awe that magic exists. They’re young and untrained but the Guild of Sorcery is relying on Miles, and he thinks with enough training Asher, Evie, and Link may just be the saving grace the Guild is looking for.
Asher was on his way to the ideal life. He was working part time in IT support to help pay for the small apartment he shared with his amazing girlfriend, Meredith, while also working his way through a maths and computing degree and maintaining a decent GPA. Well, he still has all of that, now he just also has to add magic training on the side without letting his girlfriend know. Miles insists that Asher has the potential for amazing feats of magic, but growing up a science and technology geek is making it hard for Asher to embrace the unknown and unexplained.
EVELYN “EVIE” MARUYAMA
In a family of high achievers Evie, well, isn’t. Not by conventional standards anyway. Her interests lie in the artistic and while that doesn’t really help one if they’re looking to become a doctor or a lawyer, it certainly helped her take to magic like a duck to water. She was discovered by Miles while working at her tattoo parlour Ink Webs and he regularly laments that she is both the favourite and least favourite protege he has ever mentored. Evie is outspoken, fun-loving, and bound to be the bane of all evil sorcerers she encounters—if she is able focus on her training.
LINCOLN “LINK” JARRELL
Link never would have guessed that his life would involve actual magic. He was just living his life one day at a time, focused on his part time personal training job and photography course that would hopefully kickstart his career outside of health and fitness. A life long fan of superheroes and epic fantasy, Miles introducing Link to a world of magic was like having all his dreams come true at once. He may not be as strong as Asher or as intuitive as Evie when it comes to magic, but he’s eager to learn everything he possibly can about it.
Miles joined the Guild when he was a young and impressionable sorcerer but while the years have made him wiser and stronger, they have also made him bitter and cynical. Disappointed with the Guild’s lax attitude over the past century, he agreed to help find new members on the condition that he got to do things his way. The Guild wasn’t in much of a position to argue so they let him go. Miles has never thought of himself as much of a teacher, but desperate times call for desperate measures and at least he likes his students, even if he doesn’t like teaching them.
1.01 | Team Magic (click here for episode -updated Jan 25th-)
Asher, Evie, and Link have been training to use magic with Miles for a number of weeks but each thinks they’re his only student. There’s no time like the present to find out you’re actually part of a team.
1.02 | Run It Again
Magical training is taxing but Asher, Evie and Link are finding that, despite the odds, they work well together. Asher’s life becomes more complicated however when his girlfriend wants to know why he’s constantly avoiding her questions about his sudden decrease in free time.
1.03 | Everyone’s On Strings
Miles decides it’s time to break the fantasy and explain exactly why he’s training three people how to use magic. It’s not all fun and games - it’s also duty and danger.
1.04 | The Little Bad
Asher, Evie and Link’s first encounter with a dark sorcerer does not go well and just shows they have a lot left to learn.
1.05 | The Neighbourhood Sorcerer
1.06 | The First Test
1.07 | The Guild of Sorcery
1.08 | Sorcerer Social
1.09 | Doctorate of Glowy Hands
1.10 | Breathe
1.11 | Dark Dreams
1.12 | Darker Waking
So this is my first go at a virtual series pitch, hopefully all my observing and reading other pitches mean I've done everything correctly. Onto the notes about the series:
- Firstly this will be a webisode series consisting of 12 episodes a sequence (with the possibility of extra seasonal specials like I've seen some shows on the VPN do) and each episode being between 10-15 pages long.
- All episodes for sequence one have been planned out. Descriptions for episode 5 onwards were left out of the pitch to avoid giving away too much information about the sequence.
- Episodes 2 and 3 have been written should the admin team need to see them.
- I have not included a cast because at this point I don't have one. I'm not the kind of person with a lot of knowledge about actors and actresses so it was easier for me to just write characters and worry about casting (if I have to) later on. Hopefully it's not to the detriment of the pitch.
- Finally, I hope you enjoy! I doubt it's perfect (when has any written piece been perfect?) but I'm really proud of this pitch and idea