Auditions for leading roles have been going on for the past three weeks. As is often the case, I’ve really enjoyed watching these characters suddenly become real when the right actor finally shows up to bring them to life. Of course we all know that without real, compelling, and detailed characters, a film is doomed to fail. But that’s especially true in an ensemble drama like ours, where the characters literally are the story.
So, as we continue to ask for your name submissions in this weeks contest, I want to throw you the T-bone steak of inspiration. In a snapshot, here’s a list and description of the lead characters, and the plot-driving dramatic question that each one represents:
After losing her husband two years ago in an accident, Sarah now loses Becca, her daughter. Will she be consumed by hatred for Garrett and/or give in to her thoughts of suicide?
A self-made businessman who is his own god, until he comes home drunk from a party and crashes into Becca and Sarah. Will he give into despair or discover God?
A doctor, broken by witnessing countless tragedies, David
is abandoning every aspect of his life. Will David return to his family
and his God?
One of Sarah’s best friends, desperate to have children, abandoned abruptly by her husband David. Can her faith survive the death of her dreams and ultimately save her marriage?
Sarah’s other best friend, a vibrant, funny wife and mother, suffering from stage 4 cancer. Facing her own death, can Tracy find strength to support her suffering friends?
A small-town Sheriff suffering from severe PTSD, Steve lost his best friend (a chaplain) in Afghanistan, and returns to discover his wife’s newfound faith. Will he harm his daughter and destroy his family, or discover a true and healing faith?
Steve’s wife, who came to faith while he was in Afghanistan, who struggles to remain faithful to God and her husband. Can Rita’s new faith sustain her when life seems to get worse and worse?
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So there you go – a quick overview of the characters and their plotlines. Any questions? Better yet, any name suggestions for this rapidly-approaching project? Let me know in the comments below!