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Carly Jean is a teenage girl growing up in rural middle America just trying to survive the summer before her last year of high school. 

 

During the day she works off her community sentence by visiting elderly women and making them lunch in their homes. In the evening she enjoys stealing cars and going for a joy rides. It’s become an obsession, something vital to understanding her purpose in the world. She lives and breathes for the feeling of a near death experience. 

 

Unfortunately for her, the local sheriff doesn’t appreciate her penchant for destruction and issues her a final warning. When she ends up in a wreck, she’s discovered by Wayne- a curmudgeonly, foul-mouthed, whiskey-drinking, ex demolition derby driver. 

 

Wayne sees something in her… Something he maybe once saw in himself a long long time ago. Something that could maybe make her the next demolition derby champ… and maybe also save both of them from themselves. 

 

 

 Crashing and Burning is a coming-of-age story about resurrection, redemption, destruction and the pains of growing up a teenage girl.

 

 

 

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Carly Jean is a teenage girl growing up in rural middle America just trying to survive the summer before her last year of high school. 

 

During the day she works off her community sentence by visiting elderly women and making them lunch in their homes. In the evening she enjoys stealing cars and going for a joy rides. It’s become an obsession, something vital to understanding her purpose in the world. She lives and breathes for the feeling of a near death experience. 

 

Unfortunately for her, the local sheriff doesn’t appreciate her penchant for destruction and issues her a final warning. When she ends up in a wreck, she’s discovered by Wayne- a curmudgeonly, foul-mouthed, whiskey-drinking, ex demolition derby driver. 

 

Wayne sees something in her… Something he maybe once saw in himself a long long time ago. Something that could maybe make her the next demolition derby champ… and maybe also save both of them from themselves. 

 

 

 Crashing and Burning is a coming-of-age story about resurrection, redemption, destruction and the pains of growing up a teenage girl.

 

 

 

CARLY JEAN- A GIRL WITH A PENCHANT FOR CRASHING CARS

WAYNE- A RECLUSIVE EX-DERBY DRIVER WHO WOULD RATHER BE WATCHING JUDGE JUDY

THE WORLD, THE DERBY, THE CARS

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Demolition derbies are a post-industrial age ritual of resurrection and redemption. A quirky American pastime and subculture. A grown-up version of bumper cars, where contestants hit each other repeatedly and the last car still running is the winner. For so many racers it’s an artistic expression, an addiction, a catharsis, a form of psychological warfare. For others it’s a way to connect with families and communities. Both participants and spectators revel in the destruction- there’s something so American, maybe it’s our relationship with the automotive industry, about spending time and money building something only to destroy it and then build it again. 

 

The setting of the derby is naturally cinematic. Beautiful plumes of smoke set against the colourful backdrop of a country fair. Rusty cars, rusty fairground rides and a rusty sense of nostalgia. Festive lights twinkling in the hazy hot summer evening. Families eating buckets of fast food, young couples kissing on top of a ferris wheel, fans screaming as one car smashes into another. 

 

The world outside the derby is your typical rural middle American town. Long dusty roads (great for going on long fast rides) with nothing for miles except cornfields- every now and then you’ll see a dairy farm or a church. Local shops, local people- a place where everyone knows everything about everyone else. 

 

It’s not the easiest world to exist in when you’re Carly Jean…

 

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Demolition derbies are a post-industrial age ritual of resurrection and redemption. A quirky American pastime and subculture. A grown-up version of bumper cars, where contestants hit each other repeatedly and the last car still running is the winner. For so many racers it’s an artistic expression, an addiction, a catharsis, a form of psychological warfare. For others it’s a way to connect with families and communities. Both participants and spectators revel in the destruction- there’s something so American, maybe it’s our relationship with the automotive industry, about spending time and money building something only to destroy it and then build it again. 

 

The setting of the derby is naturally cinematic. Beautiful plumes of smoke set against the colourful backdrop of a country fair. Rusty cars, rusty fairground rides and a rusty sense of nostalgia. Festive lights twinkling in the hazy hot summer evening. Families eating buckets of fast food, young couples kissing on top of a ferris wheel, fans screaming as one car smashes into another. 

 

The world outside the derby is your typical rural middle American town. Long dusty roads (great for going on long fast rides) with nothing for miles except cornfields- every now and then you’ll see a dairy farm or a church. Local shops, local people- a place where everyone knows everything about everyone else. 

 

It’s not the easiest world to exist in when you’re Carly Jean…

 

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Episode 1


PILOT EPISODE

Episode 1


PILOT EPISODE

EPISODE 1 - 'ten'

 

A series of  dystopian streets with propaganda posters about energy usage and people in varying states of hopelessness.

An electronic device is alive with the blood of energy. It fades to a dead version of itself.

TITLE: OFF

Gen, 20s, an ethereal punk, finishes painting a sandwich board that reads “Free Soul Saving- Get Yours Today” before rushing out the door.

Avery, 30s, a steely exterior shielding a vulnerable intelligence, inhales a bong full of glittery smoke. She falls back into the dirty velvet pillows of a 2020’s opium style parlour, and closes her eyes as we transcend into her vivid dream…

We catch an intimate glimpse of Avery’s life before the CME hit. Avery is torn from her dream by a giant man with a tattooed head who tells her not show her face there again unless she has 200 batteries to trade.

Gen makes several ill-fated attempts at offering her services to people she encounters on the streets. Her final attempt is a homeless man who can’t form a coherent sentence. It becomes clear to her he must have been one of the neglected AI’s when he shuts down.

Avery and Gen collide into one another. Just as Avery stumbles back a cat falls from the sky and hits her on the head.

Gen searches for her first aid kit when she comes across an old flier for a music gig- ’The Spirit Animals’. She’s transported back in time as she reaches to pick it up.

We get a quick peak into Gen’s life growing up in the bunker.

Avery wakes up in Gen’s tiny apartment which looks like a sci-fi church on an acid trip. She’s convinced Gen must have been another drugged out hook up and as she’s about to leave there’s a loud banging on the door and sounds of chaos breaking out on the streets.

We hear a Government report (via a hand cranked radio) that the last generator has failed and The Government will no longer be able to supply Food Blocks. They announce that over the next 10 days they will be winding down all power and advise everyone to say their goodbyes and pick up a free Escape Pill.

Avery, skeptical, tries to leave Gen’s apartment but notices some batteries she could steal underneath Gen’s bed. Gen explains her plan to open the portal to a better dimension. Avery is only half listening until something Gen says connects her to a personal past memory.

Knowing there are only 10 days left, Gen needs to finish her mission before it’s too late. As she heads for the door she asks Avery if she’s coming with her.

We hear a door open and close. A countdown starts from 10D 24H 00M 00S.

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The rest of the series follows Gen and Avery as they try to save the last 10 people. Through each episode we learn more about their back stories along with how the world came to be whilst also watching it slowly deteriorate. In every subsequent episode our heroines need to cope with less and less power and more and more anxiety whilst their personalities at times clash and other times propel one another.

 
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Episodes 2-4


FUTURE EPISODES

Episodes 2-4


FUTURE EPISODES

Episode 2 - 'nine'

Gen knocks on a door and whispers a password through a slot. They meet a group of activist programmers who are trying to hack and stop The Government via their make-shift generated computer lab. They are convinced an alternative energy source is out there but is being hidden and saved for an elite few who will go on living in luxury after the masses have been weeded out. We learn that Avery is a genius programmer and garner snippets from her past as a Mindstyle Designer. Gen finds the individual she needs to save as he is about to take the Escape Pill. She instills hope in him and convinces him to continue with his mission. Gen catches Avery pocketing a bunch of the activist's batteries, though before she can stop her Avery runs off. Gen searches the streets and instinctively approaches another door.


Episode 3 - 'eight'

The door opens to a run-down art deco opium-style den.  Gen finds Avery trading the batteries for a bag of Twinkle Dust but is too late to stop her from getting high. Waiting for Avery to awake from her stupor, Gen explores the den to find her next mission. The tattooed brute from Episode 1 is bullying a bunch of addicts, taking advantage of them in their impaired state. Gen puts him in a headlock and coerces him to do some soul-searching - he cries for the first time in decades as he is forced to face the reasons for his bullish behaviour in his own past. As Avery awakes she sees Gen wiping the guy's tears and finds it in her heart to agree to accompany Gen on her next mission. They are hungry and hankering for some 'real' food... Avery takes Gen to an iron door.


Episode 4 - 'seven'

Gen and Avery arrive at a black market where hydroponically grown vegetables are for sale in exchange for power sources. We get a sense of the imminent power cut as even the black market is running out of food.  Avery has a handful of batteries left which they trade for some lettuce leaves and cucumbers. For them this is a feast of the senses after living off the Food Blocks for months on end. A power cut and complete darkness causes a panic attack in Gen who is thrown back into her childhood experience in the bunker. A riot breaks out. This time it's Avery's street smarts that gets them out of trouble and they hide in an abandoned staircase. 

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Episodes 5-7


Episodes 5-7


Episode 5 - 'six'

Gen knocks on a door. No answer. Her knocks get desperate, she is convinced the person inside needs her. Avery picks the lock. Gen finds an octogenarian cat lady inside shouting “darling, come in, I didn’t expect you this early.” She clearly has a level of dementia. Gen plays along whilst Avery observes from the sidelines. The old lady reveals she has a cat with whom she shares her last food block and tells them she wishes she could remember her children… So Gen takes some old photos and makes up stories convincing the old lady that these events actually happened, giving her a sense of peace. 

We learn about the preferential treatment of certain age groups by The Government.


Episode 6 - 'five'

The girls explore an underground press. We learn about the extent of the information control by The Government and more alernative theories on the actual plan of the surviving elite.


Episode 7 - 'four'

The girls end up in a cult session. The cult has turned from altruism to a completely self-centred philosophy. The members are starving themselves to feed the leader in the promise of salvation. Gen manages to free two members from their brainwashed state and convinces them to join them on the rest of their mission.

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Episodes 8-10


Episodes 8-10


Episode 8 - 'three'

They end up in a secret asylum for the AI enhanced people who lost their capability to think for themselves. Avery finds the man whose nanochip she hacked and realises it's too late to undo her mistakes. She has a nervous breakdown and escapes.


Episode 9 - 'two'

Gen finds Avery on her canal boat. They explore Avery's history and a way for her to forgive herself. 


Episode 10 - 'one'

The sense of imminent doom is palpable and Gen and Avery are running out of time...