Theme: Show us what you’ve got!

So, let’s see if we can suss out the themes of our working one-liners and concepts.

1. Our human-rights-attorney story:  When the money runs out before the case against his transgender partner is over, a human rights lawyer joins a prestigious and wealthy law firm not knowing that the managing partner is the devil behind the lawsuit.

One theme possibility could be power, with the story exploring power struggles, David and Goliath type relationships, self-empowerment, power corrupts, etc.  Stated emotionally, the theme could be the feeling of empowerment.

2. Our diamond bullets story:  When his brother’s gang develops a diamond bullet that can penetrate bulletproof vests, a scholarship student must decide whether to help his brother avenge the death of their gang-leader father or protect the father of his girlfriend, the Police Commissioner of New York City.

Possible themes here could include: family, revenge.  Emotionally, theme could be loyalty or duty.

3. For the concept of the boat disappearing during a government experiment, the theme could be secrets or truth, with the emotions explored being entitlement, maybe, or maybe indignation.

4. Our concept of the guy with a fear of dogs who discovers hope has four legs and a terrible snore could have (obvious) emotional themes of fear or hope.

5. Our concept of the high school dance troupe who becomes a karate team to take state could have themes of perseverance and friendship with emotional themes of loyalty and determination.

6. The concept about the inventor of post-its could have themes of invention or creativity with emotional themes of self-confidence or determination.

That’s it for me.  What about you?  What sort of themes are you exploring?


We’ll expand our themes into usable statements.  The thematic premise is next!

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