Finn McKain (Male, 16, any ethnicity) - Looks 13 years old and is very insecure, suffering from social anxiety. He comes from a farm outside a small town in the UK. He is naturally inward-looking and generally reticent, preferring to keep his head down and skate. He has a sweet nature. (If an English accent is adopted, be aware that he working/middle class, not posh!)
Tess (Female, 7, any ethnicity) - Tess is 7 going on 37. She does not suffer fools lightly. She is tough as nails and knows her own mind; fearless and bossy rather than manipulative. Her one weakness is Toad (her "Totally Awesome Oral Device".) Toad is basically an old soother with a blankie tied to it. This refusal to give up her baby soother is one of the reasons she can remain so strong to the outside world. She has promised her mum she will give it up when she turns 8, or when all her front teeth come out, whichever happens first. Canadian.
Isobel (Female, early 40’s, any ethnicity) - Finn’s mum. Quiet strength. She used to be a champion skateboarder in her own right. She’s worried for her son, but would never dream of fussing over him.
UK Announcer (Male, any age, any ethnicity) - Expert skateboarder with all the lingo. He knows he's cool.
Alana (Female, 18, any ethnicity) - Finn's big sister. Sarcastic and unhelpful. She thinks Finn is a loser.
Will (Male, 16, any ethnicity) - Skateboarder who thinks he is hot shit - and it's true, he's a pretty good skateboarder. He's Finn's frenemy - an extrovert who likes to make fun of Finn behind his back.
Charlie ( Female, 16, any ethnicity) - Charlie also thinks a lot of herself. She's smart, sly, sweet on the surface and manipulative underneath.
Canada Airport Announcer (Male or female, adult, any ethnicity) - Bland.
Natasha (Female, late 30s, any ethnicity) - Tess's mum. She is stressed from working too many hours and having to look after Tess while her husband is away battling forest fires. Always juggling mental tasks.
Immigration Officer (Male or female, adult, any ethnicity) - Bored.
BY: Izzy Laird
TV Series, Pilot Episode
Teddy Moretti (Female, 25, any ethnicity) - Recently fired from her communications job and then dumped by 7-year boyfriend, Teddy is back home and floundering. She wants friends and a purpose, but doesn’t realize that she needs to know herself better, first. She's become overly dependent on others – mostly Moosa. She wants to do her best and is willing to try anything, which leads others such as Miriam, to takes advantage. Despite being fired, Teddy is excellent at communications, advertising, and marketing.
David Moretti (Male, 65, any ethnicity) - Big, funny and warm. David was born to be a dad. He believes that if his children can be successful in the world by themselves, then he’s done his job well. David wants all three of his children to find their own version of success. Diagnosed a few years ago with myeloma, a form of blood cancer, he is unable to be fully there for his children, which hurts him more deeply than they know. David was married to Teddy’s mother, Gale, for 10 years, until their divorced because of David’s stubbornness and unwillingness to travel. David then married Heidi when Teddy was 10, and had Hugo and Frederica in quick succession after the wedding. David divorced Heidi after she cheated on him 4 years into their marriage. He hasn’t been with anyone since.
Hugo Moretti (Male, 16, any ethnicity) - Hugo is a broody teen. When he was younger, he and Teddy got along really well, but now he resents the fact that she never came home to see him while working as ad exec – their relationship is going to be difficult for Teddy to salvage. He’s spontaneous and loyal, but once that loyalty breaks, he’s out for revenge. Hugo feels stuck in the building – he’s a teenager with too little privacy, and nowhere to release his wild energy.
Frederica Moretti (Female, 15, any ethnicity) - Frederica looks up to her older brother Hugo a lot, and to a lesser degree, to her older sister Teddy. Frederica is fun, curious, kind, and naive. As the youngest sibling, she enthusiastically fills the classic “instigator of play” role.
Moosa Najjar (Male, 32, Scottish/Lebanese-Canadian) - Moosa wants to be the most innovative architect in Canada. There has been one standard style of multi-functional building across Canada in recent years, but he wants to design a new and improved version. He also wants to raise his son Naim as best he can. Moosa embraces both his Scottish and Lebanese-Canadian cultures. He is idealistic, caring, and thoughtful, but can also get too caught up in his own ideas to listen to anybody else. This tendency led to a divorce with his wife Salma, and it still occasionally hinders his relationship with Naim.
Naim Najjar (Male, 10, Scottish/Lebanese-Canadian) - Naim is Moosa and Salma’s only son. Following parents’ divorce, Naim has grown increasingly eager to avoid conflict, and doesn’t want to disappoint anyone. Naim is just as resourceful and creative as his dad, and wants to prove it, even if Moosa doesn’t always pay enough attention. He doesn’t have a lot of friends his own age, because he’s often caught up in his own world of video games and 3D designs. Naim is caught between acting like an adult and a kid, and while he often likes to appear grown-up, he’s too scared of change to really spread his wings.
Jonathan (Male, 55, any ethnicity) - Moosa’s boss. Jonathan is your best friend in an unfair system, but he won’t change the system for you. He’s on Moosa’s side, but he won’t step out of line from the mainstream norms of the building. Jonathan is charming, frank, handsome, and aggravatingly hard to dislike.
Marvin (Male, any age, any ethnicity) - The artificial intelligence units called Marvins are installed on every floor and serve the people of the building, while upholding federal and provincial laws (using only gentle reprimands, since they are incapable of using physical force against humans). Marvin wants nothing more than to make your day better, any way he can, and is often perplexed by Miriam’s attempts to subvert his various systems. Marvins are not quite self-aware, yet, though many people speculate and spread rumours that they might be.
Miriam Blair (Female, 15, any ethnicity) - Miriam is a hacker and self-described “cyberpunk quasi-anarchist.” Home schooled and sequestered away in her apartment, she does everything she can to veer outside of her sheltered lifestyle. Her parents, while loving, don’t give her enough room to grow, indulging only her love of gardening – Miriam loves plants because they have evolved to survive any climate, something she hopes to achieve one day. She fears that her face and personal information is being stored in Marvin’s surveillance systems without her consent, without her ability to control how she is perceived. She’s about to become an adult, but has no experience in the real world, and struggles between self-reliance and a need for belonging.
Frances Blair (Female, 86, any ethnicity) - Frances Blair decided to have children at 70 years old, because she’s a late bloomer, and was only ready to do so once she had retired. Medical technology has advanced far enough that Frances was able to actually give birth to Miriam, rather than adopting or using a surrogate. After Miriam’s birth, Frances begins to feel the fast pace of the world once again, and fears that she’s falling behind. She doesn’t want Miriam to be caught up in adulthood too soon, before she’s ready, because when Frances first entered the work force, she was somewhat broken by the harshness of the world. George has been her best friend and life partner for 36 years.
George Blair (Male, 89, any ethnicity) - For much of his life, George created video games and was CEO of a huge gaming corporation called HUP. He made one of the most popular games in recent history, Big Society, an MMORPG in which players compete by building virtual cities. He was married once before his marriage to Frances, to a man who didn’t want children. For much of his life, George didn’t want children either, but in his 40s, he realized he wanted to help raise a new generation to make the world a better place. He divorced his husband, and met Frances soon after. Ever since, George can’t believe his luck; he gets to share his life with such a wonderful pair of people.
January 30, 2017 - UBC Screenwriter's Episode
Like A Thief In The Night by Kyle D'Odorico (Vancouver)
Narrator - Janet Glassford
Holly - Aleita Northey
Michael - Riaan Smit
Davinder/Doctor - Dominic Fugere
Adam/Teenage Nobody - Elijah Silva
Father Kilpatrick/Rory - Fred Keating
Mary/Joan - Lori Triolo
Yanna/Emma/Pub Girl - Mona Hassanien
Siobhan/Laura - Katherine Wortley
Peace And The Good by Merrell-Ann S. Phase (Winnipeg)
Narrator - Julie Boersema
Therese/Old Therese - Allyson Grant
Father Superior/Male Tourist/Ken/Johnny - Scott McGrath
Sebastian - Jonathan Reiswig
Baby Paulette/Paulette/Hester/Girl - Corina Bizim
Senior Priest/Principal/Chief - Garth Barriere
Michael/Random Kid 2 - Brendan Taylor
Samaritan/William Commanda/Friend #1 - Dave Campbell
Mary/Female Reporter/Random Kid 1 - Amanda Prasow
Bees Are Dying by Michael Glassbourg (Toronto)
Narrator - Lisa Michelle
Jordan - Daniel Diemer
Monica - Maria J. Cruz
Rudy - Todd Dulmage
Sarah/Mary Jo/Kiki/Inge - Jayde Randle
Interested Woman/Crystal - Jessica Fernandes
Evelyn - Nikki Bryce
Ziggy/Kirby - Kyal Scott
Ernie/Jon/Pete/Man Who Has Been Listening/George - Angelo Renai
Orville/Rubicoff - David C. Jones
Scott/Dr. Kirsch - Bill McNaughton
Edu.Kate by Peter Lockyer (New York)
Narrator - Colin Spears
Kate - Patti Kim
Mark/Bartender - Victor Ayala
John Fisher - Brendan Taylor
Carter/Luis - Evan Sudds
Angie - Jen Laporte
Esi/Barbara - Kimberley Ndlovu
Preston/Marcus/Keith - Blaine Anderson
Sam Salinger - Shaun Fry