Monday, 5 October 2015

Smudge, the first Synopsis

Trapped in a dying town, mechanic Smudge (Silas Mudge) has dreamed of racing the Bathurst 1000, but time has dashed that dream until now. His chance comes in the form of an eleven year old girl, Charlie and the natural skills of a drunken doped up youth, Danny Mitchell. Smudge’s motto, opportunity comes with change is no more present than now and together they grab this chance to live their dreams.

Behind in his lease payments for his Grand Prix Simulation Room machines, Ronnie Makepeace also is late with his rent and data usage to Smudge. Ronnie doesn’t answer the phone and won’t respond to e-mails. Smudge wants his money now. So does his financier and is prepared to break into Smudge’s premises to recover the simulators.

Ruby (Smudge’s ex wife) beaten by the boyfriend she left him for ten years ago, lays in a coma. Secretly Smudge visits her every Wednesday, holds her hand and talks to her for over an hour without response. He kisses her lips, tells her he loves her and journeys home.

Terri Western, Charlies mother is the town tart who longs to escape the town and its bigots. Kevin Haslett comes from Booleroo Centre, has a towing business and races Speedway cars, He promises to take Terri with him on a National Tour, but Charlie can’t join them.
Terri is travelling to Peterborough to put Charlie on the bus to Brisbane when the car leaves the road, only Charlie survives and she has several injuries. Smudge decides to take care of her and the town’s gossips start vicious rumours. Smudge shrugs it off.

Lexi Simpson tasked with being Charlie’s case worker begins a friendship with Smudge when they work through his application to foster the girl. She agrees to sit with Charlie while Smudge visits Ruby. The towns people think Ruby is dead and to them she is, she never returned and the family farm her parents left her is managed by the executors of her estate. She never changed her will and because she is still married to Silas, he will inherit if she dies.

A chance meeting with a supercar team offers a challenge to race their drivers on the simulators. If Silas wins he gets a few laps in a V8 Supercar. If The driver wins, he gets to do the Black Rock Dirt Circuit Club Funday in Psycho and Silas will provide a couple of cars for the team to drive. Everyone agrees. Silas gets a run in DVS car and a few Supercar teams attend the fun day too.

A team owner suggests that with the money and talent on show Smudge should consider finding funding to run a Wild Card Entry at Bathurst. He will make intros to a couple of car owners who might have a spare car.

Smudge knows Bathurst well from the TV but takes Danny and Charlie on a holiday they meet teams and put a deal together for next year. Now the work stats, they need to practice and find a few roads with similar corners to learn the track. Smudge has an idea and convinces the council to close a few roads for Danny to learn on.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Meet Charlie, Smudge's sidekick.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on a scrip / novel I called BLACK ROCK TO BATHURST. I have decided to change the name to Smudge as it is a story about achieving his dream to race at Bathurst. I loved developing his character and posted his sheet a few days ago. This is a character driven story and Smudge needed a sidekick so let me introduce Charlie, Smudge's shiralee, a waif he rescues after her mother dies. 

I know you'll like the kid.

NAME:                                                          : Charlie
Position in story:                                            : Secondary lead

11 Years
Socioeconomic level as a child:
Socioeconomic level as an adult:
Current residence:
School kid
Knows how to graft. Had to grow up early / mechanical insight. Loves cars.

Birth order:
Siblings (describe relationship):

Spouse/partner (describe relationship):

Children (describe relationship):

Parents (describe relationship):
Terri (mother) dies early in the story – Bluey Nagel (Druggy} – has been out of Charlies life from the day of conception. Now has his eye on getting custody  of Charlie to take advantage of Terri’s estate.
Grandparents (describe relationship):
Never met them
Grandchildren (describe relationship):

Significant others (describe relationship):

Relationship skills:
Razor sharp instincts, wary to keep anyone close, but has an affinity with Smudge.
Physical Characteristics

Slight build
Eye Color:
Hair Color:
Glasses or contact lenses?
Skin color:
Fair with freckles
Shape of face:
Pretty, high cheekbones hair is unruly and Smudge has a hard job getting her to style it. Clothes are a bit ragged, but he gets on top of that in time too.
Distinguishing features:

How does he/she dress?

Talks fast and can’t stop moving
Habits: (smoking, drinking/drugs/addictions etc.)

Any physical illnesses?
Fast cars and sport but has never had an opportunity while her mother was alive
Favourite sayings:
Good-on-ya       Right-oh!
Speech patterns:

Style (Elegant, shabby etc.):
Greatest flaw:
Her upbringing has left her a bit of a loner
Best quality:
Honesty and Loyalty
Personality Attributes and Attitudes

Educational Background:
Schooling at OAS
Intelligence Level:
Any Mental Illnesses?
None detected yet
Learning Experiences:
At school she holds back, but knows she can do the work at a high level
Character's short-term goals in life:
Ride in Psycho
Character's long-term goals in life:
Just to live
How does Character see himself/herself?
Shy and reserved, but will force herself to get ‘out there’
How does Character believe he/she is perceived by others?
Poor little blighter who deserves more.
How self-confident is the character?
Confident about her abilities but unsure socially
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?
What would most embarrass this character
Nothing her mother has desensitised her
Spiritual Characteristics

Does the character believe in God?
Doesn’t know anything about religion
What are the character's spiritual beliefs?

Is religion or spirituality a part of this character's life?

If so, what role does it play?