pretty when she dies: The Tv series

“It’s the irony of being a Vampire - being immortal and being terrified of death…”

- Amaliya

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The story

“None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.” ― Anne Rice

After mysteriously waking up post mordem with severe memory loss, Amaliya, now an unsettled powerful vampire with a conscious, must discover who turned her, suppress this newfound blood thirst, fight off creatures of the night and ultimately survive her own inner demons.

She never could have prepared herself for this…

In one moment, Amaliya is a headstrong twenty-something trying to make ends meet, the next - she’s fighting for everyone’s eternal souls. Having to deal with her sister’s illness and the recent death of her mother, both diagnosed with cervical cancer, Amaliya will have to find the strength she lacked while living to save the human world from enslavement. Employing the help of a young bartender, Cian, a powerful local vampire, a feisty spiritual medium, Grandmama and sometimes her romantic rival Samantha, Amaliya must find a way to morally feed on the living, continue her human life as a normal college student and sustain her sister’s health by cleansing her own vampire blood.

Sorting through unclear memories as she fearlessly drives to solve the mystery of her new condition, Amaliya gathers fractured clues from her friends & family and starts piecing together the puzzle of her human life. Early in her journey Amaliya falls in love with Cian, which deteriorates her friendship with his girlfriend, Samantha, who, in her jealousy, retaliates by hiring a brutal Vampire Hunter called Summerfield to forever still Amaliya’s broken heart. As her burden grows, Amaliya impulsively confides in her Philosophy Professor, a handsome do-gooder - or so it seems - and starts receiving guidance on how to come to terms with being a vampire. Who did this to her and why? In a world of uncertainty, one thing is for sure…Amaliya will stop at nothing to exact revenge on the Necromancer who stole her life and made her undead.

 THE Characters

“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make…” - Bela Lugosi

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Amaliya

…is very special. Possessing the power to both create and destroy, she is strong but sensitive, loyal but demanding, determined but impulsive, and must fight back against those who would control her destiny.

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Cian

…is torn between worlds and lovers. After roaming for centuries, he is weary of his immortal life and longs to join the fleeting and precious nature of human impermanence.

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Samantha

…is a warm blooded human, who also happens to be seriously dating a vampire. After Amaliya shows up in her life, she finds herself competing to keep Cian while maintaining her humanity.

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Professor Sumner

…needs more time. Posing as a Philosophy Professor at the university, his plan to make Vampires the dominant race and farm humans for blood involves Amaliya in a way that binds their fate together tighter and tighter.

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Grandmama

…only wants what’s best for her grandchildren. Having to take care of Amaliya’s ill sister, she uses her spiritual powers as a Medium to guide Amaliya through her journey and reconcile her religion with the love she has for her beloved undead granddaughter.

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Summerfield

…is a tough and experienced Vampire Hunter who’s past and morals make him a practical man who truly believes in his work. Following his own code, his encounter with Amalyia will upset the balance by which he’s lived his whole life.

The Plot

*** Disclaimer- This is not a finished outline for PWSD, and most of the text below is used as filler. ***

The world of Pretty When She Dies is a complicated one. As the stories of our characters all weaved together, they ultimately climax in an epic showdown between Amaylia and her creator, revealing her true power - the ability to day walk.

• S1E01 - Amaliya awakes, digging herself out of a grave. Lost and shaken, she realizes her condition and confides in her Grandmama, who receives her with a cold welcome. Learning something about her new destiny at every turn, Amaliya’s Grandmama summons a vision that leads her to Cian, who’s experience as a Vampire among the living becomes a survival guide. Cian is slowly convinced to help Amaliya piece together her mysterious awakening, opening old wounds and creating new ones. Having to adjust her schedule to accommodate her new life, she struggles to establish a sense of normalcy.   

• S1E02 - Desperate for information and guidance, Amaliya approaches her new professor to discuss topics of morality and the nature of mysticism. Cian and his girlfriend Samantha deliberate their uncertainties of Amaliya as well as ponder a way for Cian to regain his humanity. Amaliya checks on her little sister Racheal who is deteriorating day by day. One such day a monster attacks, causing tensions to rise between Grandmama and Amaliya. Amaliya suffers a wound from the attack and notices something strange with the inner workings of her blood and reaches out to Cian for answers, he is strangely fascinated, and reluctantly agrees to help her.

• S1E03 - Frustrated with miss-matched flashbacks from her recollection of what happened when she was still alive, a grumpy Amaliya gets in a fight with Grandmama. They argue the logistics of sitting down to eat when she can’t actually consume anything at the table. In a fit of rage Amaliya storms off to her night class, only to find that her growing thirst for blood, combined with the sharpening of her senses, are overwhelming and she is forced to feed. Her hunger leads to a group of criminals commuting heinous crimes, and Amaliya lets herself go wild. Bewildered and horrified by what she has done, Amaliya rushes to Cian, who comforts her. He assures her that it is natural to feed, and that he recommends a technique he refers to as Target Feeding. Samantha arrives and sees Amaliya with Cian creates tensions. Amaliya heads home to begin experimenting with her blood.

• S1E04 - Unsure of herself, Amaliya visits her Grandmama’s church. She goes to confession but is vague about her sins and situation. The priest gives her advice and offers to let her drink the holy water from his cup. The result is unexpected and undesired. Learning something about her new destiny at every turn, Amaliya’s Grandmama summons a vision that leads her to Cian, who’s experience as a Vampire among the living becomes a survival guide. Cian is slowly convinced to help Amaliya piece together her mysterious awakening, opening old wounds and creating new ones. Having to adjust her schedule to accommodate her new life, she struggles to establish a sense of normalcy.

• S1E05 - Amaliya awakes, digging herself out of a grave. Lost and shaken, she realizes her condition and confides in her Grandmama, who receives her with a cold welcome. Cian is slowly convinced to help Amaliya piece together her mysterious awakening, opening old wounds and creating new ones. Having to adjust her schedule to accommodate her new life, she struggles to establish a sense of normalcy.

• S1E06 - Learning something about her new destiny at every turn, Amaliya’s Grandmama summons a vision that leads her to Cian, who’s experience as a Vampire among the living becomes a survival guide. Cian is slowly convinced to help Amaliya piece together her mysterious awakening, opening old wounds and creating new ones.

• S1E07 - Digging herself out of a grave. Lost and shaken, she realizes her condition and confides in her Grandmama, who receives her with a cold welcome. Cian is slowly convinced to help Amaliya piece together her mysterious awakening, opening old wounds and creating new ones. Having to adjust her schedule to accommodate her new life, she struggles to establish a sense of normalcy.

• S1E08 - Amaliya awakes, digging herself out of a grave. Lost and shaken, she realizes her condition and confides in her Grandmama, who receives her with a cold welcome. Learning something about her new destiny at every turn, Amaliya’s Grandmama summons a vision that leads her to Cian, who’s experience as a Vampire among the living becomes a survival guide.

• S1E09 - Amaliya awakes, digging herself out of a grave. Lost and shaken, she realizes her condition and confides in her Grandmama, who receives her with a cold welcome. Learning something about her new destiny at every turn. Having to adjust her schedule to accommodate her new life, she struggles to establish a sense of normalcy.

• S1E10 - Who’s experience as a Vampire among the living becomes a survival guide. Cian is slowly convinced to help Amaliya piece together her mysterious awakening, opening old wounds and creating new ones. Having to adjust her schedule to accommodate her new life, she struggles to establish a sense of normalcy.

THE LOCATION

By keeping the action of Pretty When She Dies in one location, we are able to keep the story perfectly interesting while keeping the cost of production low, all at the same time. Designed with the budget in mind, this show will use its limitations to breed creativity. Check out these reference photos to get an idea of all the possible sets that will be available to production…

THE Style

"God didn't do this. The Devil did. And I'm going to find him." - Jessica Jones

PWSD can briefly be described as Jessica Jones meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the proof of concept version of this project, there are roughly ten, 6 minute webisodes that equate to the first “season” of the web series, which, if watched in its entirety, would compare to the pilot episode of a normal 60 minute long-form show. Shooting this show as a web series first is an affordable way to test the subject matter amongst an online audience thirsty for short-form content. Consider the following reference links for short-form concept testing platforms:

Jessica Jones S1 Trailer

“I’m the thing that monsters have nightmares about.” - Buffy

In the proof of concept version of this project, there are roughly ten, 6 minute webisodes that equate to the first “season” of the web series, which, if watched in its entirety, would compare to the pilot episode of a normal 60 minute long-form show. Shooting this show as a web series first is an affordable way to test the subject matter amongst an online audience thirsty for short-form content. Consider the following reference links for short-form concept testing platforms:

Buffy The Vampire Slayer S7 Trailer