Story Overview (fictional):
This is the story of Shamps McNeil. Born in the rough and tumble Belfast borough of Blotnicky, Shamps became somewhat of a local legend. Using brawn over brains, he fought his way out of the council projects and into the limelight. A scrapper from a young age, Shamps used his fists to hold his own and survive in a world that
placed more importance on strength rather than schooling. Discovered at the formative age of 12, Shamps chalked up a string of amateur fight wins and was destined for a junior featherweight title. His fame and impending fortune were not to last. In 1989, Shamps was diagnosed with an aggressive form of glaucoma--he was going blind.
Key Creative Challenges:
• Create a story and a conversation with the audience
• Create an emotional connection. Put that lump in our throat.
• Take the viewer on a journey: introduce Shamps, bring us to a high and then conclude with an ending that leaves us compelled to see the documentary
• Create it in a manner that if a blind person was listening to the title sequence, that they too would get it (e.g. using dialog or sound bites may help in this)
• Demonstrate visually the journey from fame to insignificance and the journey from vision and vivid detail to blindness and darkness
Sound and music by Brayden McCluskey