CHARACTER CONCEPT TRAILER - COMEDY
This is a story over seven episodes of a caravan site in Lancashire and set currently.
The Woan family own the site. They all reside in Spain, leaving the day to day running of the site to merry yet moody Joan Woan, ex-partner of Richard Woan, self-important Valentine (Richard’s step son) and his soon to be bride, Gabby.
Loyal and faithful Doris works energetically inside the caravan site’s social club whilst another member of staff, Little Joan appears to permanently carry an empty tray around with her and therefore looks to be busy!
Of the caravan owners, the main character family are the Thomsons. Stern and serious father “Tommo” (only a minority address him by his Christian name of Martin), the practical, easy going mother, Wanda plus their youngest son, Justin, a cocky, caring and
confident eighteen year old. And it’s his birthday celebration which features in the pilot episode.
During the early part of the series of episodes, we go back seven years in time as it is determined in several scenes as to why and how the Thomson family moved onto this particular caravan site.
Other than that, it is a present day comedy set mainly over a couple of months.
The Thomsons will be involved in a wedding, a barbecue plus events which include Annette, unofficial girlfriend of Justin.
We see Wanda as long suffering, caught in the middle of the love-hate relationship of her husband and youngest son. We observe Tommo as certainly not suffering fools and yet loyal to many plus Justin shows that whilst he has a good natured and positive streak, he won’t allow people to take advantage.
Many characters feature including husband and wife team, easy going Henry and snobby Constance, possessive caravan owner, Maurice, handsome (and he knows it!) Joshua, the resident disc jockey plus “The Blackburn Eight”, four sets of married couples who bask in each other’s company and dance in a zany kind of way.
Creator / writer, Alan Jacklott and director, Gene Dolders have known each other for the majority of their lives.
The pilot episode was written by Alan in 2015.
On Thursday 23 rd June 2016, two very different events occurred.
The first was that the United Kingdom voted on whether to remain in the E.U. or leave.
The second event was that Alan and Gene had a catch up initially because Gene had been living and working away from the U.K. for a number of years and so communication had been a bit limited.
This “How’s life?” reunion over a couple of beverages turned into Mr. Dolders offering to have a look at the script in order to do costings and give Mr. Jacklott a rough estimation of what a budget would look like for the episode and in time to come, seek
sponsorship / funding.
With one thing and another, progress was slow although communication was positive. During Easter 2017, Alan and Gene met up again and unbeknown to both parties, the guys had the same idea of getting the comedy project off the ground by way of making a
ninety second trailer.
Much happened in the personal and professional lives of both parties including Gene living in London. However, communication was always to hand and aims were being achieved plus set- backs always dealt with.
Gene relocated to his home city of Liverpool in early 2018 and from then on, things took off rapidly. He and Alan got in place a wonderful cast and crew albeit a small number and all concerned were connected with one or both of the guys.
After a couple of false starts, the trailer was eventually filmed at Gene’s flat in Ormskirk, Lancashire in April 2019.
Shortly after, Alan (with grateful assistance from Gene) redrafted the pilot episode and had enough material left over to begin typing up the second episode.
During last Summer, Alan completed the second episode and typed up an additional five.
The aim for creator / writer Alan Jacklott and director Gene Dolders is to keep everything “Merseyside”.
In other words, we will be filming in Merseyside only with cast members, supporting artists and production crew who all live in Merseyside which will include many born and bred “Scousers”.
We hope that any success with “Caravan” will gain work for all concerned. With regard to the actors and background / supporting artists, we will be working with actors who are jobbing actors, resting actors and those in the business who are undiscovered.
Alan Jacklott is a member and ambassador for actors union, Equity.
We will be working with both Equity members and non-Equity members on the production.
For those who wish to find out more about Equity, please visit www.equity.org.uk
The character concept trailer was shot with the intention to give viewers an idea of the interactions / relationships between characters in the TV show.
Cast: Vicki Avery, Robin Black, Billy Blue, Colin Burrows, Louis Dickson, Alex Farrell, Alan Jacklott, Jim Meehan, Louise Millington and Connor Rycraft.
Director: Gene Dolders
Writer / Creator: Alan Jacklott
Producers: Alan Jacklott & Gene Dolders
Executive Producer: Robin Black
DoP: Paul Avis
Assistant Camerman: Keith Hall
Boom Operator: Jon Dawe
Caterer: Sarah Dolders
Props: Paul Avis, Ian Hall and Keith Hall
Status: Aquiring funding for pilot episode. If you are interested in helping to fund the pilot episode then contact us.