An insecure wheelchair-bound girl must learn to rely on her physical abilities and wits as she becomes her friends’ only hope to save them from a pack of zombies.

    Penpusher Posted on December 31, 2019 in Horror.
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      Possible title: Dead Weight

      What is actually this girl’s disability? I think in order to understand the situation this is important. It is the one thing that determines how much she is physically able to do. Without this “rely on her physical abilities” means nothing as we don’t know what she’s capable of. FWIW, I think if she has full use of her upper body but can’t use her legs it would work really well. Everyone makes jokes about how easy it is to outrun zombies (Romero zombies – lurchers) and she’s at a sort of advantage having wheels but only on the flat or downhill and only while she has her wheelchair. The “all is lost” bit is dead easy – she loses her wheelchair… or even her legs completely…?

      I’m guessing this is about a girl learning to not be defined by her disability? Is she acting on her own the whole film? I feel like she needs someone to talk to?

      What’s the inciting incident that kicks off the plot? What happens that means she MUST go and save them? Are there more zombies than the ones pinning her friends down? Is it a zombie apocalypse?

      I have the same questions as TrixieG in addition to these ones. I love a good zombie movie and I think this has potential. I think you may have to be careful in the portrayal of the protagonist though. I don’t think it’s a good idea for her to save them inspite of her disability. She needs to be the only one who can save them because of her disability.

      Hope this helps.

      Singularity Answered on January 7, 2020.

      “I think if she has full use of her upper body but can?t use her legs it would work really well” – Agreed!

      “The ?all is lost? bit is dead easy ? she loses her wheelchair? or even her legs completely??” – Even worse – she loses her chair AND she’s locked in a room with no exit.

      “I?m guessing this is about a girl learning to not be defined by her disability?” – About her own sense of selfworth. SHE has to learn to not be defined by disability.

      Is she acting on her own the whole film? – Only from midpoint on.

      I feel like she needs someone to talk to? – Her friends (stakes characters) are there for her to communicate with for the first half.

      What?s the inciting incident that kicks off the plot? – A creepy voodoo groundskeeper who has a beef with her friends unleashes the zombies to take revenge on them. The wheelchair girl happened to be there and was caught up in the mess.

      What happens that means she MUST go and save them? – If she doesn’t the zombies will kill her and her friends. She could leave them to die, but her character to help others in danger compels her. This is because when she was hit by a car that made her disabled, she was saved by them.

      Are there more zombies than the ones pinning her friends down? – No.

      Is it a zombie apocalypse? – HELL no.

      I don?t think it?s a good idea for her to save them?inspite?of her disability. She needs to be the only one who can save them?because of her disability. – Great idea. I would love to make that work…. any ideas?

      on January 8, 2020.

      I forgot to tell you…. I LOVE THE TITLE!

      on January 8, 2020.

      How did she get into the room with no exit? How does she get out?

      Only issue with the groundskeeper guy is that simply saving her friends doesn’t resolve the problem of the guy who brought the dead to life. I think the logline inciting incident needs to state something to do with him and why he’s pissed off, then the goal is to get rid of the groundskeeper so he can’t do it again. Whatever her friends have done though… it’s a tricky one. If they’re being a bunch of shits, then the audience could be thinking that they deserve everything that’s coming to them. They could be totally innocent but there needs to be something that triggers the whole thing.

      “This is because when she was hit by a car that made her disabled, she was saved by them.” This is great! don’t make it physically saved though, they didn’t drag her out. Make it that they saved her emotionally. They supported her at her lowest point and she possibly wouldn’t have stuck around if it wasn’t for them. Can I suggest making it even more traumatic for her…? She wasn’t hit by a car, she was learning to drive with her parents in the car. Somebody crashed into them, her parents both died and she feels responsible. Then saving her friends (who became her family) holds that much more weight.

      The things that she sees as a negative, they become a positive. The fact she’s on wheels, it becomes a benefit. The fact that she can’t feel her legs becomes a good thing. Her upper body strength is increased, use that. My suggestion would be to think about all the scenes you could have of her in act I that involve her having issues with her disability. Specific visually interesting issues. Then turn those issues into something that helps them all survive in the final act.

      Glad you like the title hahaha. Good luck with this!

      on January 8, 2020.
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        I feel like I need more specifics to determine whether it’s a film I’d watch or not…

        • “Learn to rely” – are we watching her learning new skills, or does she already have really useful zombie fighting skills that she’s not aware of/insecure with using?
        • Why is she their only hope?
        • How does she save them?
        • Why does she need physical abilities to save them? – Can’t she do it with her contacts, hacking skills, coordination skills, etc?
        Mentor Answered on January 7, 2020.
        1. No learning new skills, just using the abilities she has in innovative ways. Kind of like prehistoric man defeating wooly mammoth – the strength is unequal, but due to man’s brains, they were able to use skill to an advantage.
        2. They are in an isolated cabin, left their phones behind in an inaccessible room.
        3. Don’t let me spoil the ending… she uses skills, wits and a hell of a lot of homemade simple machines to gain the upperhand
        4. If she doesn’t act, her friends will die. No time or way to contact others. They lost their phones, no computers, etc. Hacking skills don’t work in real life, everything she does is believable, realistic
        on January 8, 2020.
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