Posted September 29, 2017
PLOT SUMMARY: When a young girl, Caroline, moves into a new house with her family, she encounters a poltergeist. This ghost is not malicious, however, but the playful soul of a 12-year-old girl, Elizabeth. As they grow older, their friendship runs into obstacles such as dealing with the pressures of growing up and maturing, as well as learning about Liz’s hidden and dark past, one Caroline must delve into if she’s to learn the truth about Elizabeth’s death.
TITLE: The Things That Unite Us
TYPE: Student Film
CATEGORY: Short Film
UNION STATUS: Non-Union
DISTRIBUTION: Film Festivals
COMPANY: University of Alabama
DIRECTOR: Allison Reynolds
WRITER: Allison Reynolds
PRODUCER: Alex Cherry
CASTING: Alex Cherry
PRODUCTION DATE & LOCATION
DATE: November 10-12, 2017
LOCATION: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
CAROLINE MOORE (YOUNG) [Gender: female] [Age: 10]
Petite, blonde (flexible). Caroline is very tough for her age, earning a sense of dependence as an only child. She loves to play soccer, but also enjoys playing with dolls. Her family is an upper middle to upper class family who has just moved to a new house. Both her parents work often, so Caroline has a very strong imagination and is able to keep herself entertained while her parents work. Because Caroline is so young and has a great imagination, she does not see it as odd that there is a ghost in her house, especially since this ghost is friendly. She also knows that this ghost is special, and decides to keep her special pal a secret.
CAROLINE MOORE (OLDER) [Gender: female] [Age: 16]
Blonde (flexible), athletic. Caroline, now older. This role spans the majority of the film. Caroline is strong-willed and spirited, with an enormous sense of compassion. She will stop at nothing to discover the truth about Elizabeth’s death.
ELIZABETH CARMICHAEL [Gender: female] [Age: 12]
Petite brunette (preferred). Elizabeth is a 12 year old who has been trapped in this age since the 1950’s. She wears a slightly torn, bloody, and dingy nightgown with her hair perfectly curled and tucked behind her ears. She is the image of innocence, but covered in an eerie fog. Her family was a prominent family in the community, but unbeknownst to the town, the family had a very dark secret. Elizabeth is a tortured soul, a poltergeist, who is unable to move on from purgatory where she is trapped in the house that she was murdered in. This poor, sweet girl was molested by her Stepfather and told never to tell a soul (no depictions occur within the story; only allusions).
MOM [Gender: female] [Age: 30s-40s]
Caroline’s mother is a lawyer who works from home, always confined to her office. Because she is always at home, she has become the child rearing parent who has tried to handle Caroline’s large sense of imagination. She tends to let Caroline run all over the house entertaining herself, because it allows her to focus on the huge pile of cases stacked on her desk. At first she finds it sweet that Caroline is able to enjoy such things as playing soccer with her imaginary friend, but as she grows older, she can hear Caroline talking to her friend through her bedroom door. This begins to concern her. Especially when she hears from Caroline’s teachers that she is not partaking in much activity with the other children. She begins to nudge her daughter into being more social by signing her up for local soccer leagues and inviting her to sleepovers, in the hopes that her daughter will not get carried away with her imagination and stay grounded. She means well and she loves her daughter.
DAD [Gender: male] [Age: 30’s-40’s]
Caroline’s father is a very hard working businessman who does not spend much time at home. Her father encourages Caroline to indulge in her childish whims and enjoy her childhood. Not being present as Caroline grows older causes him to miss the signs that Caroline has indulged too much in her imaginary friend. This causes him to bring down the hammer and confer with Caroline’s mother that it is time for her to grow out of this imaginary friend phase and begin to mature and make real friends at school and in soccer.
ANNE CARMICHAEL [Gender: female] [Age: 60s-80s]
Elizabeth’s mother. A 92-year-old woman who has retired from a mental institution and moved into a retirement community. She has been tormented by police officers, doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, news reporters, and locals all her life, begging for the details and inside scoop as to what really happened the night of July 21st, 1955. Grief and anger have consumed her. Her biggest concern and only question she asks to her doctors is about Elizabeth’s body, if anyone has found it. Every time, the answer is no, and it only fuels her rage and deep depression. All she longs for is for someone to find her daughter’s body, so that she can know that her daughter is not lost to her forever.
LIBRARIAN [Gender: female] [Age: 30’s-50’s]
Only appears in the library, but acts as a friendly face for Caroline when she discovers the truth about sweet Elizabeth’s death.
NOTES: Gas stipend for travel as well as lodging provided.
SUBMISSIONS DUE BY: October 13, 2017
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