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'Limetown' Treatment, Bible, and Look Book

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'Limetown' is originally a podcast. In a group of five people, we turned Limetown into a Netflix Original mini series. This includes the show's treatment, bible, and look book.

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'Limetown' Treatment, Bible, and Look Book

  1. 1. LIMETOWN Taylor Canerday                   813-426-4049                taycan15@uga.edu Mackenzie Stephenson   770-658-4418    stephmac@uga.edu Melissa Wright                      404-704-7369                  wdright@uga.edu      Christina Kohler            706-461-1585             cmk17@uga.edu     Rachel Beavers                       404-444-0170                 rbeavers@uga.edu 1
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS Title Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 TOC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Project Summary . . . . . . . 3 Show Treatment . . . . . . . . 4 Creative Team . . . . . . . . . . 7 Casting Suggestions . . . . 8 Budget Summary . . . . . . . 9 Budget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Financial Overview . . . . 11 Market Research . . . . . . 12 Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Distribution . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Income Projections . . . . 16 Contact Information . . . 17 Script: Pilot . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 2
  3. 3. PROJECT SUMMARYPROJECT SUMMARY Limetown, based on a 6-series podcast, is an investigative story about the town, Limetown, in which 327 men, women, and children go missing and no one knows why. Lia Haddock is an investigative reporter for APR who begins to investigate the mystery of Limetown ten years after the disappearance of all its citizens. The series follows Lia Haddock as she searches for and interviews survivors of Limetown. Haddock faces many challenges during her investigation as she loses connections to Limetown survivors and receives threats to her own well being. Despite these challenges, she continues her investigation and discovers the most important and shocking connection of all. The story is suspenseful and eerie, making the series easy to binge watch and also a good fit for a streaming service such as Netflix. Limetown would succeed on Netflix, based on the kinds of shows Netflix has already produced/streamed and their similarities to Limetown. The production value of Limetown will be similar to that of Stranger Things and the tone is similar to that of The X-Files. Another similar show and a Netflix original like Stranger Things, is Making a Murder. Other streaming services such as Amazon and Hulu would also be good. The show will capture a wide audience of both males and females, all races and ethnicities and ages 18-49. The show will attract audiences who enjoy mysteries and crime dramas. Even though Limetown is fictional, the story is exciting and has realistic elements. The show treats the mystery of the Limetown disappearances as if it actually happened in real life. Crime dramas and mystery stories are at the height of popularity on today’s streaming services. They are realistic enough to appeal to older generations and suspenseful and spooky enough to appeal to younger audiences. This show will be the next Stranger Things or Orange is the New Black. These shows were extremely well received and became huge hits on Netflix. Limetown is next. Limetown tells the story of a young and ambitious investigative reporter who wants to uncover the truth behind an inexplicable mystery. It is a different and new kind of mystery drama that will win the hearts of every Netflix subscriber. 3
  4. 4. SHOW TREATMENTSHOW TREATMENT The show and part one of the six part series, opens with a 911 call from a frantic woman from inside of Limetown. Lia Haddock, the main investigative reporter for the case 10 years after the 911 call, is the narrator. After the urgent call, responders arrive at the gate of the town. There is a large gathering of police and firefighters but they are not allowed to enter Limetown. The next morning there is no visible activity in the community and the only thing visible from the helicopters is a burned out bonfire pit. Then the security at the front gate leaves and the gate is left open. This is when they discover the disappearance of every man, woman, and child of Limetown. Lia Haddock becomes a Limetown news junky. She also has a personal connection to Limetown through her Uncle Emil Haddock who is counted as one of the missing citizens. In the ten years since the disappearance no survivors have been found. Lia meets with Terry Hilkens, another reporter who has been covering the story of Limetown. She finds out about the town’s lead researcher, Dr. Oscar Totem and how every brilliant researcher from all over the world came to Limetown to live and work with Totem. Out of nowhere, soon after Lia’s visit to the abandoned town, Terry Hilkens tells Lia Haddock a survivor of Limetown is interested in talking to her. Lia learns from Winona that every Limetown citizen had a role they must play within the town. She starts her story by saying “two men in two different rooms on opposite ends of the floor.” Winona is working a shift in the research facility when she notices the men. One man draws something on a sheet of paper. The other man sits in a chair. She knows it’s the man everyone is “all here for.” Things stay the same except it’s a different person drawing each time. She comes back later to see the drawings. She notices that the drawings are identical, including the mistakes. Then one night the man sees her watching and he begins to talk to her without really talking to her. She does not and can not understand what she is seeing. After her story, she tells Lia that she has everything she needs to understand. Winona tells Lia she left the town before The Panic begun and everyone disappeared. Lia learns that so many have died. Winona used to care for a girl, named Sylvia, and she does not know whether she is still alive or not. Winona refuses to answer any more questions and tells her another survivor will contact her. Part two ends with Lia making a recording in her hotel room while a man outside slams his head on her door screaming her name. He gives her a warning. In between part two and part three a short update is given to the audience about what is happening in Lia Haddock’s investigation. She announces that she was attacked in her hotel room. She also announces she will move forward with her investigation and no one is going to scare her away. 4
  5. 5. SHOW TREATMENTSHOW TREATMENT Part three begins with Lia walking towards a tent from which she hears the voice of the second surviving citizen of Limetown. Inside the tent is a religious service. The second survivor is Reverend Warren Chambers who is on a religious revival tour across the country. Chambers explains everyone in the town had a role, like Winona said, and the Reverend’s role was to care for the pigs used for the researcher's experiments. They were testing the transfer of thoughts without verbal communication through the use of an implant. This explains what Winona saw when the man began to speak to her without actually speaking. After testing the implant process on the pigs and perfecting it, it was time to move on to a human, specifically the Reverend. The implant, known as The Tech, was successful and he was able to listen to the thoughts of the pigs. He explains the science behind the process. And then tells her about the pig, Napoleon, who the Reverend was linked to with the implant. When Napoleon was calm the Reverend heard it and then felt calm. There was an emotional transfer between the two of the subjects. After a gas leak, Napoleon was never the same afterwards and this affected the Reverend due to their shared emotions. The Reverend knew the only way to fix the situation was to kill Napoleon, which he did. After he is done with his story, he tells her the Tech eventually worked well and because of this, ultimately led to The Panic. He refuses to talk about the night of The Panic and Lia does not understand why he won’t help her. She drives off and cries with no explanation. Now she is left with no clear direction in her investigation. Part four begins with a description of the third survivor of Limetown. She flies across the country to meet him and makes plans to meet him on a beach. He is Max Finlayson, a lead researcher in Limetown and someone who worked closely with Dr. Oscar Totem. Max talks about the transfer of thoughts from one person to another and how he was someone who received an implant. The implant was a way to share information directly from one mind to another with no information lost. Only those with the implant can receive and send out thoughts and there is very little control of what you put out into the world for people to read. Lia and Max go to his house to continue their conversation. Max mentions how someone might come for him. Concerned, she asks him about this. He doesn’t seem to care and exclaims how he just wants to be heard and is ready to take on anything or anyone that comes at him. He is frustrated that he invented The Tech and no one knows it exists. After she leaves, Max calls her. We hear Max thank her for speaking with him and tells her that they have come for him. He says that he was wrong and tells her to not try to run. Then the phone cuts out and she does not know what happened to him. 5
  6. 6. SHOW TREATMENTSHOW TREATMENT A woman makes an announcement to Lia to stop talking to survivors of Limetown because of the effect her investigation has had on the last three survivors. Then, Lia receives a call from Max Finlayson’s ex-wife, Deirdre Wells, changing her mind about ending her investigation. During their meeting, she tells Lia that she was responsible for The Panic. She begins her story explaining the her relationship with Max Finlayson. At first those who did not get the implant thought they were the special ones. As more and more people got the implant and began to communicate non verbally, those without the implant became the outsiders. They started to call themselves the Old School. Eventually, Deirdre told Max she wanted The Tech and he told her no. But one night, Max frantically comes home and tells her she is getting The Tech first thing tomorrow. After finding out about Deirdre getting The Tech, The Old School form a mob and The Panic begins. Someone else reaches out to Lia and sends her a recording of a woman making a 911 call from inside of Limetown during the night of The Panic. The person reaching out requests that she broadcast their conversation live when they meet. At the meeting spot, a woman emerges and invites her inside a restaurant sidewalk cellar door. She introduces herself as Lenor Doogle. She was a city manager of Limetown. Lenore tells Lia about her uncle, Emil and how she made sure he stayed very comfortable. The ultimate purpose of Limetown was to create a prototype that allows for direct mind to mind communication between users. Lia becomes concerned and the woman begins to talk fast. She begins to say that she was a citizen of Limetown but also a very bad person. She worked with an outside organization to feed them information about what was happening in Limetown. The company she worked for is most likely the company trying to find Lia and the survivors. According to woman, the original plan of Limetown was to eventually kill everyone without The Tech. The night of The Panic, the group made it through the cave systems and into the town. Unfortunately, Oscar Totem was already dead when they arrived. Those with The Tech were then discretely extracted through the caves and dispersed to different locations all over the world. Those without The Tech were eliminated quickly. Only one person without The Tech, named Sylvia, was protected. She was 7 years old at the time. After mentioning this fact, Lenore says “Sylvia, if you are listening, they know. It’s time.” This was not directed at Lia and Lenore does not provide an explanation. Lia learns that her uncle spoke to Lenor Doogle recently and told her to speak this truth to Lia. She knows now that her uncle is still alive. Then Lenore Doogle takes a pill that will kill her in ninety seconds. She tells Lia she should take one too. In shock, Lia calls a colleague and tells him to call the police. The door to the outside is locked. She runs back to Lenore and people begin to knock down the door and come inside. Audio and video cuts. 6
  7. 7. CREATIVE TEAMCREATIVE TEAM Taylor is a senior Entertainment and Media Studies major at the University of Georgia. She made her directorial debut in 2015 with the student short film, Surprise! and has worked on several other student films during her time in college. Taylor spent the past summer at the Cannes Film Festival networking with industry professionals and reviewing films. After graduation, she is moving to Memphis, Tennessee to teach high school biology as a corps member for Teach for America. Rachel is a senior Entertainment and Media Studies major at the University of Georgia. Rachel has produced several short films during her time as a student, and looks forward to producing on a bigger scale once she graduates. She spent last summer reading scripts in Los Angeles as an intern for Weed Road Pictures. Rachel will be moving back to LA after graduation, where she hopes to pursue a career in development. Executive Producer: Taylor Canerday Line Producer: Rachel Beavers Supervising Producer: Mackenzie Stephenson Mackenzie is a senior Entertainment and Media Studies and Theater dual major at the University of Georgia. She has directed two short films, one as a student in Grady and one for the 100 Word Film Festival, and written two full length screenplays she hopes to submit to film festivals in the future. Mackenzie has worked as a reporter for Suwanee Magazine for two years and is currently involved in the production of a documentary in Athens. After graduation, she is moving to Atlanta to work on a new TV Series currently in pre-production. Associate Producer: Christina Kohler Christina is a senior Mass Media Arts major at the University of Georgia. She has produced two short films as a student in Grady and plans to eventually produce for television after graduation. She is going out to Los Angeles for the summer and hopes to stay out there to begin her career in the entertainment industry. In addition to film production, she also has experience in news production. If she does not get into television, she plans to become a news producer for a local news station and maybe one day CNN. Associate Producer: Melissa Wright Melissa is a senior Mass Media Arts and Theatre double major at the University of Georgia. She has worked on numerous short films, most recently script supervising on the 2017 project Skins. Melissa spent the last summer reviewing films at the Cannes International Film Festival. After graduation she plans to work in Atlanta in television development. 7
  8. 8. CASTING SUGGESTIONSCASTING SUGGESTIONS Ari Blinder Dr. Oscar Totem Brian Cohen Terry Hilkins Tessa Thompson Lia Haddock Seen on: Selma Westworld Dear White People Upcoming Projects: Thor: Ragnarok I try to pick interesting projects, the kind of projects that I would want to watch. 8
  9. 9. BUDGET SUMMARYBUDGET SUMMARY The proposed budget for the pilot episode of Limetown comes to around $200,000. We plan to use cast and crew members that are less well-known to keep costs down. Since we will be attracting viewers who also listened to the podcast, we feel that we can spend less money on big name actors. We are also hiring a director just out of film school who we feel will bring the talent needed without a high cost attached. We anticipate fairly low location costs as well, as there are few locations that aren’t particularly extravagant. For financial support, we plan on raising funds through private equity. Included on the following page, we have provided an overview of the budget breakdown for further information. 9
  10. 10. BUDGETBUDGET 10
  11. 11. FINANCIAL OVERVIEWFINANCIAL OVERVIEW The growth of US streaming services like Netflix is outpacing traditional cable, leading to more cord-cutters. The research done by The Convergence Consulting Group found that US revenue for video streaming services like Netflix grew by 29% to $5.1 billion in 2015, whereas the cable, satellite, and telco TV counterparts grew by just 3%, altogether. Streaming will only growing with Convergence predicting the revenue to reach $6.7 billion for 2016. 11
  12. 12. MARKET RESEARCHMARKET RESEARCH With the success of the popular shows in the supernatural genre (Stranger Things) and journalistic documentary (Making a Murderer), Netflix’s demographics and viewerships, and Netflix’s ever popular originals, it makes sense as the preferred platform for Limetown, a limited crime thriller series. Netflix is also the largest buyer of content rights when compared to other streaming services. Genre similarity - Netflix has found great success with this genre: Stranger Things - The first 8 episodes of Stranger Things make up the third most watched season of a Netflix original series to debut in the last year. Within its first thirty days on the streaming service, the supernatural drama averaged 14.07 million adults 18-49. Sense8 - This Netflix original is a science fiction drama. The show is more ambitious with its million dollar budget, but reports high ratings and high viewership. Format - Limetown season one is told in six episodes in a limited series format, making it ideal for the binge-watcher or the weekly viewer. The show can be watched fairly quickly or drawn out to the schedule of the viewer. The limited series format also allows for more freedoms with casting and furthering the series into a season two. Target Demographics and Intended Audiences - Limetown would appeal to two of Netflix’s major demographics. The 18-35 year old demographic, those most likely to purchase their own subscriptions, increased 9% in the last year as 81% of this demographic reported owning an account. These are the viewers looking for similar content to what Netflix is offering through their originals, such as Stranger Things. Limetown is a crime thriller that has the style of classic Hollywood detective tropes, which would appeal to the fastest growing demographic for Netflix, 45-54 year olds. Why Netflix? 12
  13. 13. MARKET RESEARCHMARKET RESEARCH Similarly-Themed Shows: Stranger Things: $220,000 Third most watched original series season on Netflix in the past year; 14.07 million views in 35 days (age 18-49); 95% rotten tomatoes Making a Murderer: 13.35 million views on Netflix X-Files: average of $1,944,000 Twelve million views of episode one in the 90s; one of the first instances of sci fi on television; one of the longest running sci fi series on television 13
  14. 14. MARKETINGMARKETING Through primary distribution with Netflix, Limetown has the opportunity to reach 93.8 million viewers globally. Before its debut on Netflix, we would partner with the show’s writers for the podcast and have the announcement made via their website, as well as on social media platforms created for the show. Following the example of Stranger Things, we believe this show would follow similar successes even with limited marketing efforts, bypassing expensive commercials and other paid advertising, and focusing instead on digital marketing with media where Limetown is already recognized. As a podcast, Limetown leaves a lot to the imagination of the listener. As we transition the podcast into a visual media, we will release a YouTube video with 360 degree video that shows Limetown when Lia sees it for the first time. The video will allow viewers to have a taste of the show and feel as if they are discovering the town along with our protagonist. The discussion website is already abuzz with discussion of the podcast and what the creators are doing with season two. We would anonymously post to this website as well and leak various aspects of the show to keep the fans guessing before its release, such as cast members and shooting locations. Even for new viewers to the show who have never heard the podcast, we believe that the show’s slow mystery and modern noir will have mass appeal. The classic styles paired with the science fiction genre creates a compelling story for even the most picky viewer. We recognize that Limetown has had great success in its original podcast format, so much success that fans have been patiently waiting for the next season for over a year. Once the announcement for the television series is made, these fans would network and promote the show simply by word of mouth. Popular Media Reddit Popular Style Consumer-to-consumer 14
  15. 15. DISTRIBUTIONDISTRIBUTION The initial plan for Limetown is to raise $200,000 in private equity to produce the pilot episode. Our goal is to have Netflix produce the show as a Netflix original series, giving Netflix exclusivity of the content. However, should Netflix decide against production but agree to distribution, we would look to other streaming services and network channels as well, focusing on Amazon, Sundance, Hulu, and Fox. 15
  16. 16. INCOME PROJECTIONS INCOME PROJECTIONS NETFLIX EARNED MORE THAN $2.5 BILLION IN REVENUE IN THE LAST QUARTER AND FORECASTS TO EARN EVEN MORE IN THE NEXT QUARTER. ADDING LIMETOWN TO THEIR SHOW LINEUP WOULD BE A SMALL INVESTMENT FOR THE PROMISED AUDIENCES. 16
  17. 17. CONTACT INFORMATION CONTACT INFORMATION Taylor Canerday                   813-426-4049                taycan15@uga.edu Rachel Beavers                       404-444-0170                 rbeavers@uga.edu Christina Kohler            706-461-1585             cmk17@uga.edu     Mackenzie Stephenson    770-658-4418    stephmac@uga.edu Melissa Wright                      404-704-7369                  wdright@uga.edu      17
  18. 18. LIMETOWN PILOT: "WHAT WE KNOW" WRITTEN BY ZACK AYKERS BASED ON THE PODCAST LIMETOWN
  19. 19. 1 INT. NEWS ROOM - DAY Two US REPORTERS sit behind a large desk. Both are dressed nicely and have fake looks of concern on their faces. MALE REPORTER Reports of violence erupted today in the research facility known as Limetown, located in White County, Tennessee and home to over 300 residents. FEMALE REPORTER Emergency services have gathered to the isolated location as smoke rises from somewhere on the property. LIA (V.O.) The first time most people heard about Limetown was on the night of February 8 2004. 2 INT. 911 OPERATOR FACILITY - DAY A young 911 OPERATOR sits behind a desk. His phone rings and he promptly answers it. 911 OPERATOR 911 what is your emergency? FEMALE CALLER (Unintelligble) ??I can’t hear if anybody?? 911 OPERATOR Hello? Are you there? FEMALE CALLER Hello? Can you hear me? 911 OPERATOR Yes ma’am. What is the nature of your emergency? FEMALE CALLER We need emergency services in Limetown. The ambulance as well as the fire and police. Just send the whole [bleeped on tape] army! (CONTINUED)
  20. 20. CONTINUED: 2. 911 OPERATOR Ma’am, ma’am I’m going to have to ask you to calm down. FC [??male voice beside female caller’s voice??] Turn it off! Turn it- 911 OPERATOR Ma’am? Are you still there? LIA (V.O.) Seventeen minutes later, the first responders arrive to the outside gate, followed shortly thereafter by local new station WVPK where they uncovered the troubling reality: no-one was allowed access into Limetown. 3 INT. NEWS ROOM - DAY MALE REPORTER Samantha, can you tell us what’s going on? 4 EXT. LIMETOWN - DAY SAMANTHA stands outside of the town gates. There are a large amount of other people, other reporters includes as well. The outside of the town is busy with overlapping voices barely heard. SAMANTHA Thanks, Ron. We’re standing at the outer security gates of Limetown and, as you can see, there is a large gathering of police officers and firefighters here but they are not being allowed into the facility. 5 INT. NEWS ROOM - DAY MALE REPORTER Not being allowed? What do you mean they’re not being allowed? Who’s not allowing them, Samantha?
  21. 21. 3. 6 EXT. LIMETOWN - DAY SAMANTHA Well, we can’t get anyone to speak to us right now but we can see that there is a sizeable security presence on the other side of the fence and there seems to be an ongoing conversation - A SECURITY GUARD approaches Samantha. GUARD Get back into your vehicle. SAMANTHA Can someone tell us what’s happening? GUARD Get back into your vehicle now. SAMANTHA Sorry, we’re being told to clear the area now. There seems to be a lot of confusion. LIA (V.O.) The reason or reasons for their denied access remains a point of contention. The next morning there was no visible activity within the community. 7 INT. NEWS HELICOPTER - DAY A REPORTER sits inside of a helicopter and looks down at Limetown beneath him. REPORTER There is no-one on the ground that I can see but there does appear to be a large smoldering bonfire I would guess. There’s one large stake in the ground. Hard to make out from here what I’m looking at. LIA (V.O.) For the next two days Limetown was dormant. All attempts at contact failed and on the morning of February 11th the security team left their post. Police officers on (MORE) (CONTINUED)
  22. 22. CONTINUED: 4. LIA (V.O.) (cont’d) the scene were prevented, presumably by their superiors, from stopping the security team for questioning. 8 EXT. LIMETOWN - EVENING Outside the front gates, there are significantly less people, only security guards at this point. A CNN REPORTER stands with her CAMERAMAN a good bit away from them. The security personnel get into their large black vans and drive away. CNN REPORTER The security at the front gate is now driving away from the facility. (engine noise) Sir! Can you tell me what is happening? LIA (V.O.) The gate to Limetown was left open. What the world discovered was the complete disappearance of every man, woman and child in Limetown. Three hundred and twenty seven people. 9 INT. PRESS ROOM - DAY It is pandemonium in the press room. People are shouting and moving around; it is nearly impossible to hear anything. a WSB-TV REPORTER approaches and OFFICER. He is stone faced. WSB-TV REPORTER Officer, what can you tell us about the investigation? OFFICER ##unintelligible## WSB-TV REPORTER Where is everyone? OFFICER Don’t make me ask you again. The officer walks away and a scrawny, disheveled man approaches her. (CONTINUED)
  23. 23. CONTINUED: 5. MAN Nobody’s here. WSB-TV REPORTER Nobody’s here? What do you mean by that? MAN Everybody’s just gone. LIA (V.O.) The story exploded, gaining international attention. 10 MONTAGE: NEWS REPORTS [headlines from global news reports in several languages 02.55 - 03.15 References to prayer and alien abduction] 11 EXT. LIMETOWN - DAY Officers and onlookers are swarmed within the town. There is tape cording off big sections of the town, but a MAN breaks through and shouts at an officer. MAN All I’m saying is they need to check those caves. Two POLICE OFFICERS grab him and push him back behind the line. POLICE OFFICER We have checked the caves, OK? Enough with the caves. LIA (V.O.) And then, just as suddenly as the story of Limetown landed, it evaporated back into the 24-hour news cycle... 12 EXT. LIA’S APARTMENT - MORNING LIA HADDOCK, wearing a nametag that has INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER APR under her name, turns her keys in her door and yanks the door open. It sticks a bit. LIA (V.O.) ...swallowed by the first legal same-sex marriage in San Francisco, the announcement of successful human cloning in South Korea, war (MORE) (CONTINUED)
  24. 24. CONTINUED: 6. LIA (V.O.) (cont’d) in Iraq, or Afghanistan, marriages, scandal, weather, drugs. 13 INT. LIA’S APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS 14 KITCHEN Lia drops her keys on her kitchen table. The kitchen is small but cozy; a bowl of fruit sits on the counter and she grabs an apple before walking to her room. LIA (V.O.) The story of Limetown became a tragedy among countless other tragedies. A ghost story you can barely remember. 15 LIA’S ROOM Lia’s room has a twin bed in the corner and a desk opposite the only window in the room. The wall behind the desk is covered in Limetown information; yarn connects photos, letters, news reports. Her desk looks about the same. Lia lifts a photo off of the desk. It’s a family photo. She looks up at the wall and pins the photo along with a piece of paper that has the name DR. EMIL HADDOCK. In the center of the wall is a photo of the devastated father collapsed to his knees outside the gates of Limetown, his hands pulling his hair in outrage and confusion. There are several question marks on her information wall. LIA (V.O.) What makes the Limetown tragedy unique, what makes it worth a continuing discussion, in spite of the collective moving on, is the complete lack of context. In the ten years since, no one group or individual has taken responsibility. No explanations have been uncovered or given with any credibility and, most tragically, no survivors have been found. Lia opens her planner and the name HUNTER GARRETT along with the date and a time are listed. Lia looks at the time on her phone; it is close to the time written on the planner. (CONTINUED)
  25. 25. CONTINUED: 7. Lia exits her room and grabs her keys before leaving the house. LIA (V.O.) Limetown was established in 2002 in an undeveloped region of White County, in the middle of Tennessee. The township was owned by Realore, which we now know was a private corporation owned entirely by: 16 INT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY Lia enters a coffee shop where HUNTER GARRETT is sitting in a booth. He rises and greets her; Lia says something and he responds, but the voice over is the only words that can be heard until: HUNTER Renard Brahms or R. B. Villard, as his father dubbed him for the sake of efficiency. LIA You said you were Mr Villard’s biographer? HUNTER That is correct. LIA Did Mr. Villard ever say why he funded this town? HUNTER He privately revealed to his friends that he felt - and this is a quote mind you - that this could change the destiny of the species. Which explains the confidence he had in his investment. LIA Right. HUNTER And the confidence he had in Oscar Totem, all of which ultimately makes him somewhat of a tragic figure. (CONTINUED)
  26. 26. CONTINUED: 8. LIA He’s Don Quixote. HUNTER Right, yes, yes! That’s quite right. LIA What was Mr. Villard’s relationship with Dr. Oscar Totem? HUNTER He never said. LIA But he did name Dr. Totem lead researcher of the facility before construction even began. HUNTER That is correct. The idea of an actual town, that is a community with restaurants, bars, a hardware store, even that ridiculous movie theatre, seems to have come from Dr Totem, who felt it needed the touches of home to get the brightest minds in his field to flock to the wilds of White County, Tennessee, I guess. LIA It is rather remote. HUNTER It’s not exactly South Beach. LIA What did his press release say? You have that, right? HUNTER Yeah. ’We want this town to be a place that researchers and their families want to live. A place where work, family and fun come together for the betterment of the world. LIA Wow. So he made it sound like Disneyland or something.
  27. 27. 9. 17 INT. LIA’S APARTMENT - EVENING Lia sits at her desk with her laptop open. She searched RB VILLARD. Articles and online news sources list him as: FORMER TELECOMMUNICATIONS TITAN FORBES MAGAZINE: ONE OF THE WEALTHIEST MEN ON THE PLANET Lia pulls up a clip from the congress hearing in May 2004 with RB Villard and minority leader Pitney. CONGRESSWOMAN PITNEY Mr. Villard, you have yet to provide a single piece of useful information about the purposes of this institution. Are you honestly going to sit here and act like you don’t know anything? VILLARD Congresswoman, I couldn’t expect you to understand the invective and hysteria I’ve endured over the previous three months. I suppose it’s not so different from the vitriol I have endured throughout my entire career. I still believe that one day the work of Realore will be assigned its rightful place in the annals of history. And you, congresswoman, you and the rest of the inept 108th will go down in the annals of nothing. CONGRESSWOMAN Mr. Villard, what do you mean ’still believe’? ATTOURNEY My client refrains from any further testimony. Lia closes out of the press hearing. She looks down at her notebook; it has MR. VILLARD - NO COMMENT written on the page. She sighs. There’s a knock on her door. Lia opens it to reveal TERRY HILKENS. He smiles and holds his hand out to her. She shakes it. (CONTINUED)
  28. 28. CONTINUED: 10. TERRY Terry Hilkins. I’m a reporter for the Spartan Sentinel in Spartan Tennessee. We spoke on the phone yesterday? LIA Yes, yes of course. Please, come in. Lia steps aside and Terry walks in. She leads him in to the kitchen and he waits for her to take a seat at the table before joining her. LIA (CON’T.) Can I get you something to drink? Terry shakes his head. TERRY No, I’m alright. Lia stands and grabs a bottled water out of her fridge. TERRY (CON’T.) I’ve been loosely covering the Limetown story on and off for the past, well, 10 years or so. You see, Limetown was originally built to house up to one thousand researchers and their families. LIA That would have to cost a fortune. She returns to her seat. TERRY It was estimated to have cost somewhere between 1.7 and 2 billion dollars for the construction alone. LIA Whoa. TERRY Yeah, whoa. Like I said, nothing about this construction was secret or hidden. These numbers are public record. There were the necessary permits and forms filled out as well as the token acknowledgements to the public. (CONTINUED)
  29. 29. CONTINUED: 11. LIA So, what was the publically stated purpose, then? TERRY Well, that was always a little vague, but I think their PR director, if they bothered to have one, would tell you their intent was to gain a full understanding of the human brain. LIA What? A full understanding of the - what does that mean? TERRY I have no idea and none of us did. This was, from the beginning, RB Villard’s passion play. LIA So, together with Dr. Totem’s vision and RB Villard’s investment, it was built and researchers and technicians at every level of the neuroscience field, including my uncle, came from each corner of the globe, most leaving their current jobs, with others even coming out of retirement. TERRY Wait, did you say your uncle? He worked at Limetown? Lia nodded, taking a sip from her water. LIA Dr. Emil Haddock. He was one of the researchers that went missing. TERRY I’m sorry. LIA Oh, it’s okay. We weren’t exactly close. I think I really only met him like three times. There is an awkward silence. (CONTINUED)
  30. 30. CONTINUED: 12. LIA Um, do you know why it required such a massive undertaking? Terry shakes his head. TERRY I’m sorry, I don’t. Everything I’ve heard has been speculations that range from basic curing of disease to the almost impossible task of brain mapping. No one really knows otherwise. LIA What can you tell me about the town itself? TERRY Well, the facility was opened on June 3rd, 2003. Three hundred and twenty seven people were housed there. Not only those in the neuroscience field and their families, but other personnel to actually run the town. Cooks, janitors, landscapers, plumbers, electricians. A lot of people pulled double duty. LIA So, brain researcher by day, barber or janitor by night? TERRY Well, they’d alternate days, but yeah, basically. It was Mayberry, only it was run by some of the smartest people on the planet. For a little over eight months things, as undefined as those things are for our purposes, appeared to have run smoothly. Initially there was some mild regional interest in Limetown but, outisde of some anonymous chatter in the smaller corners of the internet, things proceeded without any substantial public scrutiny. And then very suddenly: Terry pulls out his phone and presses play. The audio from the previous 911 call is heard: (CONTINUED)
  31. 31. CONTINUED: 13. 911 OPERATOR 911 what is your emergency? FEMALE CALLER (Unintelligble) ??I can’t hear if anybody?? 911 OPERATOR Hello? Are you there? FEMALE CALLER Hello? Can you hear me? 911 OPERATOR Yes ma’am. What is the nature of your emergency? FEMALE CALLER We need emergency services in Limetown. The ambulance as well as the fire and police. Just send the whole [bleeped on tape] army! 911 OPERATOR Ma’am, ma’am I’m going to have to ask you to calm down. FC [??male voice beside female caller’s voice??] Turn it off! Turn it- 911 OPERATOR Ma’am? Are you still there? LIA Wow. Three hundred and twenty seven men, women and children just vanished? Terry nods and puts his phone away. LIA It’s been ten years; not one survivor was found? TERRY Not one.
  32. 32. 14. 18 INT. LIA’S APARTMENT - EVENING Lia is looking up Limetown on her laptop. Her laptop chimes and she sees that Terry has sent her an email. The contents read: "2007 Nighttime Primetime interview with Kyle Wolinski, a contractor who stated he worked on security detail at Limetown." A link is after that. Lia clicks it and a small room with a FEMALE INTERVIEWER and KYLE WOLINSKI is seen. FEMALE INTERVIEWER So you’re saying you have no idea what happened in those three days? KYLE We were just told to keep everyone out and shoot anyone who didn’t listen. We rotated shifts at the perimeter, day shift, night shift, day shift, night shift, that morning we were just told to leave the gates. INTERVIEWER Was there no security detail in the town itself? KYLE No. Not from our group. INTERVIEWER Who told you to leave, then? KYLE I don’t know. INTERVIEWER You don’t know. KYLE We never knew. A voice on a phone. INTERVIEWER Then how were you paid? KYLE In cash. INTERVIEWER What else can you tell us tonight? (CONTINUED)
  33. 33. CONTINUED: 15. KYLE Me and the other contractors were also detained for 18 months at Guantanamo Bay. We don’t know anything. Lia dials Terry’s number. TERRY (on the phone) Hello? LIA Were they actually detained by the government? TERRY They were. I have a release statement from the State Department confirming it. LIA Do you think he’d be willing to speak with me? TERRY You’re welcome to try, but he’s actually currently missing. Well, more so no one knows where he is. He isn’t "confirmed" missing, he’s just... gone. Lia is silent for a moment. LIA None of this makes any sense. How does Dr. Totem fit in? TERRY Other than him being a researcher, no one really knows. You should look him up. There’s a lot there you should probably see. LIA Thank you, Terry. TERRY Of course. LIA Hey, wait a moment. Are you free later this week? (CONTINUED)
  34. 34. CONTINUED: 16. TERRY I mean, I can be. What’s up? LIA You’ve been to Limetown, right? TERRY I have. LIA Will you show me around? I think I need to see it for myself. TERRY Yeah, I can do that. Lia hangs the phone up. She returns to her laptop. She scrolls through newspapers and looks online. She searches for information about Dr. Oscar Totem. Flashes of her findings: YOUNG NEUROSCIENTIST INVESTED IN BY RB VILLARD WORKED IN PRIVATE LAB IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NAMED HEAD RESEARCHER AT LIMETOWN BRILLIANT (show several times) VOLATILE DIFFICULT TO WORK WITH CHILD-LIKE OPTIMISM Lia finds a clip from a speech he gave in 2002, at the International Neuroscience Conference in Sölden, Austria. OSCAR Because I am an optimist when it comes to my fellow man, I do not think we are as limited or as powerless as we sometimes feel. We shouldn’t look to the stars and feel small. We should look to the stars in defiance and be able to reveal the power, the magnitude, of the uniquely gifted human mind. The human mind. There is a mystery there we must live in, must thrive in. It is there, in the darkness, where we will find the light that unites us all. Thank you. [applause] (CONTINUED)
  35. 35. CONTINUED: 17. More findings about Dr. Totem: REMARKABLE MAN RESPECTED FEARED REVERED Lia can find no one officially going on record about him. She continues looking, searching his name and LIMETOWN. She stops at an online newspaper. HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN LIMETOWN: TEETH RECOVERED FROM BASE OF AN EXECUTION SITE. THEY BELONG TO DR. OSCAR TOTEM. IT IS PRESUMED HE WAS BURNED ALIVE. Lia sits back in her chair and sighs. LIA But, why...? She looks over at the family photo on her investigation wall. Her uncle is now circled. Hit with inspiration, Lia pulls out the list of missing people file she has stored in her desk. She runs down the list of family members and dials a number listed. LIA Hello? Hi, my name is Lia Haddock and I’m currently looking into the disappearances at Limetown. Would you be willing to speak with me briefly about the day you found out they were missing? 19 MONTAGE: LIMETOWN FAMILY MEMBERS This montage will cycle quickly through different people and settings, all either in homes or on the street. FEMALE I was standing in my kitchen. MALE I was in my office, just sitting down with my coffee. FEMALE My sister called me in my car. (CONTINUED)
  36. 36. CONTINUED: 18. MALE I was sitting right here where I’m talking to you. MALE I was at the grocery store. FEMALE I still see her face everywhere. I don’t want to, and then I worry if I don’t. MALE It’s like someone just, I don’t know. Took my arm from me. How do you live without an arm? You keep living but everything else is just that much worse. FEMALE I have had issues since his disappearance. I can’t feel. [crying] I’m sorry. FEMALE The car was hers. It’s sitting out in the backyard. We covered it with a tarp about a year after she was gone. I like to go inside and just sit. MALE He said dad, I’m scared. That’s all. That’s the last thing she ever said to me. I’m haunted by the ghost of ####. FEMALE He told me he was sorry. He didn’t say why. I think they knew something. No-one can convince me different. FEMALE I couldn’t understand her. Bad reception. My last conversation with my daughter had bad cell reception. MALE I dream about him. He talks to me. We talk about everything and nothing. He says he’s doing well. (MORE) (CONTINUED)
  37. 37. CONTINUED: 19. MALE (cont’d) Then I wake up. That’s the reason I’ll fight to do it all over again. I know one day I’ll see him. LIA (V.O.) When each family member was asked: Do you think your loved one is still alive? There was a surprisingly unanimous response MALE Yes, absolutely. FEMALE Yes, she is. FEMALE I know she’s alive still. I can feel her. MALE It’s the only thing that keeps me going. FEMALE He’s not gone. I know they’re coming back. 20 INT.RON’S OFFICE - DAY Lia and RON CALHOUN sit in an office. It is clean and professional. RON Ron Calhoun, and I worked with the federal bureau of investigation during the Limetown incident. LIA Lia Haddock. What can you tell me about the incident? Nearly everyone I spoke with has responding with overwhelming optimism their loved ones are still alive. RON Yes, well that tends to be pretty standard in an unresolved case like this. (CONTINUED)
  38. 38. CONTINUED: 20. LIA Wait, really? RON Yes ma’am. When people don’t see a body and have no reason to think their loved one has been harmed, it is pretty standard for the grieving party to hold out hope. At least in my experience. As they should, specific to this case. LIA As they should? You personally believe that they are still alive? RON Yes ma’am. LIA Why do you believe that? RON Well, I worked for the FBI for nearly 32 years and in 32 years time you can see some pretty troubling things to put it delicately. You grow a pretty thick skin to most stuff. And I have worked many crime scenes involving disappearances or kidnappings or other events of that nature but nothing, nothing sticks with me like Limetown. There was nothing left behind. We dusted for prints, combed every surface for hairs, fingernails, hell even some spit somewhere on a toothbrush. And look, look we have visual proof there was a large population on February 8th and on February 11th it was like no-one ever was. LIA What do you make of that? RON That this was purposeful. It was following a plan. And it was done masterfully. I have never seen anything like it. (CONTINUED)
  39. 39. CONTINUED: 21. LIA I’m sorry, I don’t understand how 327 people could be moved under complete surveillance without anyone noticing. RON Well, now you’ve hit my cut off of understanding. LIA No ideas, no theories? RON As far as I’m concerned those yahoos selling plastic alien ships and Rapture trinkets out next to Limetown have as good an idea as any. Not a day goes by I don’t think of it. Did we miss something? Did we all miss something? I don’t know. I don’t know. 21 EXT. LIMETOWN - DAY Lia and Terry hike up a grassy hill. It seems very unassuming. TERRY Well, it’s just over the ridge here. You can see the top of the central research facility. They reach the top and look down at the town. It’s puny and looks very normal. LIA Wow, yeah, I see it. It’s a lot smaller than I imagined it would be. TERRY Yeah, that’s pretty common for people. Camera adds 10 pounds I think. This electrified barbed wire fence is new. The original perimeter was about a mile back but otherwise take away a decade of unchecked wildlife and youthful vandalism and you’re seeing it. That is Limetown. (CONTINUED)
  40. 40. CONTINUED: 22. LIA The houses literally all have white picket fences. TERRY Yeah, the dream within the dream. LIA Can we get closer? TERRY Oh, absolutely. They walk through the abandoned streets towards the central research facility, past the beautiful homes with their fenced-in yards now turned against them, past the shops, the restaurants. Everything is empty. LIA So where did the name Limetown actually come from? TERRY Uh, from the caves. All these houses are connected to caves they are built over for temperature control. The facility itself was built deep into the earth, presumably using the caves as a way to cheaply keep their mass of electronic construct things from overheating. So limestone caves, town built sort of into the caves. ’Course the rumors go that the caves might have been used for other reasons but... LIA What other reasons? TERRY Any you can think of. There’s an entire conspiracy industry built on the main road a ways back here, looking for campfire spook stories. They have shirts, tree ornaments, all kinds of stuff. There was actually a problem with people getting lost in the surrounding cave systems because they fancied themselves spelunkers I guess. Actually had to seal several cave entrances to keep people out. (CONTINUED)
  41. 41. CONTINUED: 23. The domed research facility is at the far end of town, built directly into the hill with only its front end visible. It almost feels dynamic, as if the structure is actively crawling from the earth, or being dragged back down into it again. Everything about it says: keep out. TERRY Anyways, you can see this has been closed down to the public. Well, never really open to the public, but now... LIA I have to say this is a pretty eerie place. TERRY Well, as soon as this facility could have been boarded up and locked away it was. The only reason it hadn’t been destroyed outright is to give the illusion of hope, which is to say you are not alone in feeling spooked. LIA Hope is the last thing I feel standing here. TERRY It’s not much to look at, that’s for sure. He looks over at Lia and then grins suddenly. TERRY (CON’T.) You wanna check out one of the houses? 22 LIMETOWN - INT. HOME The inside of the house is very normal. There are photos on the walls, clothes in the closet, and even junk mail sitting on the kitchen table. Lia approaches the table and lifts some of the mail. Terry stands in the doorway of the kitchen. LIA They got mail? (CONTINUED)
  42. 42. CONTINUED: 24. TERRY Sure, yeah. LIA I guess I just assumed they didn’t get mail. He crosses his arms over his chest, looking bemused. TERRY Why do you say that? LIA I don’t know, it just seems very- TERRY (finishing her sentence) Against the idea of the entire venture as you know it? LIA Yes. Like, these people were supposed to be off the grid. TERRY Right. And nothing says ’grid’ quite like a Sears catalogue. The mail would come in one very large delivery to the guard shack we walked past by the fence and then they would distribute it within the town themselves. No-one was hiding. That gets lost in time a bit. This town was not hidden from the world. It was built in plain sight. It operated in plain sight. We knew something unique was happening but no-one really cared, not until after of course. Why would they? It’s hard to think about now but these were real people. Are real people. Sorry, I’m an optimist Lia walks around the house, admiring everything. However, she soon notices an awful stench and crinkles her nose up in disgust. Terry laughs. TERRY (CON’T.) The smell, right? (CONTINUED)
  43. 43. CONTINUED: 25. LIA What is that? TERRY It’s dry rot. All the living quarter houses have them. LIA Is that due to the abandonment or...? TERRY That’s part of it, yeah. But the full answer is actually pretty silly. The designer of this city was given a pretty healthy budget to work with. That mean constructing this town of beautiful well-built homes made of the best materials. However, in doing all this, for whatever reason, they forgot to put kick-out flashing on the gutters. It was a simple oversight but every time it rained, water would feed right into the walls. Dry rot is a misnomer, it comes from wet conditions and then if left untreated it spreads like cancer. While the people lived here I’m not sure any of them even noticed - not enough time to. But over the years since, all these houses have become just riddled with it. These beautiful shrines to the American Dream just rotting from the inside out. All these brilliant minds, all these geniuses of industry, the future this, the future that. And they didn’t plan for the rain. He presses his hand against the wall, staring at it sadly. 23 LIMETOWN - EXECUTION SITE Lia and Terry reach the site of the execution. The only thing there is the stake buried in the ground; not even plants surround the base. The stake is burned black. Terry is silent, almost reverent. They both stand there for a moment before Lia breaks the silence. (CONTINUED)
  44. 44. CONTINUED: 26. LIA What do you feel, standing here? TERRY I feel exactly how I feel about all of this. Lia looks over at him. His face is downcast. LIA Which is how? Terry crouches down to get a better view of the stake. He remains a good distance away however. TERRY Like I’ve stared at something too long and I don’t know a damn thing. 24 INT. LIA’S APARTMENT - EVENING Lia sits at her desk. She looks at the board covering the wall and pins up the photos she took that day. Before she’s finished, the phone rings. It’s Terry. Lia accepts the call and takes a seat at her desk. LIA Hello? TERRY (over the phone) God. Sorry, my heart’s pounding. LIA It’s OK, take your time. TERRY How do I start? OK. I have someone you need to talk to. Lia pressed record on her tape recorder. LIA What do you mean? TERRY She’s on the other line. (CONTINUED)
  45. 45. CONTINUED: 27. LIA Who? TERRY Lia, it’s a survivor. She wants to speak to you and only you. I’m going to put her on now. Lia stands up, her eyes wide with shock. She slowly paces her room. LIA Look, Terry, I don’t understand. Why does she want to talk to me? I feel we should tell someone. MYSTERIOUS VOICE [moans] No! Lia freezes. LIA Excuse me? MYSTERIOUS VOICE Ms. Haddock, you and I, we are the only ones to speak. No-one else. I’m sorry it has to be this way. LIA How could I believe you? MYSTERIOUS VOICE I’ll leave the details with Mr. Hilkins. LIA Terry? Is this real? TERRY Are you still recording? Lia glances at her desk. LIA OK. She presses stop. LIA (CON’T.) Stop recording. CUT TO: BLACK
  46. 46. LIMETOWN BIBLE
  47. 47. LIMETOWN LOG LINE HALF HOUR DRAMA TEN YEARS AGO, OVER THREE HUNDRED MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN DISAPPEARED FROM A SMALL TOWN IN TENNESSEE, NEVER TO BE HEARD FROM AGAIN. IN THIS SIX- PART TELEVISION SHOW, AMERICAN PUBLIC RADIO HOST LIA HADDOCK ASKS THE QUESTION ONCE MORE, "WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PEOPLE OF LIMETOWN?"
  48. 48. TONETONE LIMETOWNLIMETOWN Limetown is a dramatic mystery that pulls from some of the nostalgic tropes of detective films. It is dark and gritty, leading the audience on a chase to discover why a small town vanished off the face of the earth and what they were doing there that caused it in the first place. Limetown incorporates a level of fear within the story, bringing in creepy telephone calls and killing off several supporting characters. This adds to the element of mystery that surrounds the series; what was so important it requires silencing the ones willing to speak up about what occurred? is a half-hour 6 part mini series crime drama about a young investigative reporter who reopens the case of the Limetown disappearance after ten years. The show is similar in production value and tone to Stranger Things, Making a Murderer, and X-Files. The series follows Lia Haddock, an investigative reporter, as she gets closer discovering the truth behind the disappearance of every Limetown citizen. She faces challenges during her investigation as she tries to find and interview survivors of the town while also receiving threats people connected to the Limetown mystery.
  49. 49. THE SHOWTHE SHOW The show opens with a recording of a 911 call from a frantic woman from inside Limetown. Lia Haddock, an investigative reporter for APR for the Limetown case, is the narrator. Responders arrive at the gate of the town after the call. No one knows what is happening. The next morning there is no visible activity in the community. This is when they discover the disappearance of every man, woman, and child of Limetown. Lia Haddock becomes a Limetown news junky mainly because she has a personal connection to Limetown through her uncle, Emil Haddock, who was a citizen of Limetown. Lia becomes an investigative reporter for APR and is determined to tell the tragic story of Limetown. She is patient, friendly, and smart. Even though she faces many difficulties in her investigation, she does not give up and continues to discover shocking facts about the Limetown mystery. She uncovers the town’s purpose, which was to gain a full understanding of the human mind. She also discovers that Dr. Oscar Totem was the lead researcher of the facility, while other brilliant researchers from all over the world came to Limetown to live and work for Totem. At the beginning of the show, the town’s real purpose is still uncertain and the disappearance is still a huge mystery. As Lia interviews with citizens, she starts to understand the secret purpose of Limetown. The town was discovering a way for humans to communicate directly from one mind to another without actually using speech. They did this with an implant, known as The Tech. Lia is able to meet five citizens of Limetown, all with different stories about their experience while living in the town. The first citizen she meets calls herself Winona. She tells Lia that something strange was happening in the town, something she did not understand. Winona is a bit strange, forgetful, a negative side effect from a Limetown experiment, and easily agitated. Lia also interviews Reverend Warren Chambers. He was the first human to be experimented on after they were done testing their product on pigs. He received an implant and was connected to a pig who also had an implant.
  50. 50. THE SHOW Lia also interviews Max Finlayson, a researcher who worked closely with Dr. Oscar Totem and helped invent the implant. He is a positive and upbeat character who is passionate about the implant and his discovery of the human mind. After interviewing him, she leaves and receives a call from him telling her that they have come for him and she should not try to run. She does not know what happened to him. After this, Max’s ex-wife, Dierdra Wells, contacts Lia and talks to her about her time in Limetown. She was the cause of The Panic that happened right before everyone disappeared. The Panic was a reaction from those who did not have the implant against those who did. Her final interview, with the fifth surviving citizen of Limetown, goes horribly wrong. She meets a city manager of Limetown, Lenore Doogle. She finds out that Lenor knew Lia’s uncle, Emil Haddock, well and took care of him. Emil was the one they were all there for, the one they experimented on during their breakthrough discovery of the human mind. Lia also finds out that Lenore was not a good person and was working for an outsider company. She told this company all the secrets of Limetown and about The Tech product. Lenore was also the reason for the disappearance of every man, woman, and child in the town. The night of The Panic, she organized a group to come into the town and divide those with the implant and those without it. Those with The Tech were then discretely extracted through the caves and dispersed to different locations all over the world. Those without The Tech were eliminated quickly. Things don’t end as planned with Lenore and Lia must try to find a way to get out of the situation she is in. Lia faces many challenges in her investigation. Three of the five citizens either go missing or die, which causes Lia to rethink her investigation. Her life is also threatened and she announces to the public that she will not be scared away from continuing her investigation of Limetown’s tragic ending. Even though she sometimes has to break the rules, Lia makes sure to get the facts about Limetown and uncovers them to the public. Winona at one point in the story tells Lia her role is to tell the story of Limetown and Lia does not want to give that up. THE SHOW
  51. 51. EPISODESEPISODES Pilot: "What We Know" The show opens with a frantic 911 call from a woman pleading for help. That call is all that remains of Limetown. Three hundred people disappeared that day and no one knows why. Ten years later, news-junkie and reporter Lia Haddock revisits the case. She talks to old reporters about the billionaire RB Villard who financially backed controversial doctor Oscar Totum in the creation of Limetown. Lia interviews a man who previously worked as security for Limetown and he reveals he did not even know what was going on in the town, only that he could not let anyone in. Lia visits the remains of Limetown to find abandoned houses in what looks like an eerie suburbia. After her visit, she receives word that a Limetown survivor has reached out and wants to speak to Lia. Off the record. Episode 2: "Winona" Lia meets a survivor of Limetown who instructs Lia to call her Winona even though that's not her real name. Before beginning the interview she explains she can only tell Lia information in certain parameters. Winona cryptically explains that everyone in Limetown had a role. She cleaned the buildings where she watched two men in different rooms drawing the exact same picture. She also tells Lea she left Limetown before The Panic In this moment Lia realizes so many of the residents of Limetown have died. Winona left behind a daughter. Winona closes and says that Lia has everything she needs to know now. Later that evening a man comes to Lia's hotel banged his head against the door with the warning to stop investigating Limetown. Episode 3: "Napoleon" Lia meets the next survivor of Limetown, Reverend Warren Chambers who is leading a religious revival across the country. Chambers confirms everyone in Limetown had a role and his role was to take care of the pigs used in the research of Limetown. They were testing the transfer of thoughts without verbal communication using a brain implant. Chambers received the implant, known as The Tech and could successfully communicate with a pig named Napoleon. Chambers and the pigs begin to feel the same emotions so strongly it was completely overwhelming. The Tech led to the night of The Panic but Chambers will not speak of it. He sends Lia away, only to be killed by a drunk driver soon after the interview.
  52. 52. EPISODESEPISODES Episode 4: "DDos" Lia flies across the country to meet with Max Finlayson, a lead researcher from Limetown. He explains that The Tech allowed for total transfer of thought with little filter and only those with The Tech could communicate nonverbally. he explains the extreme way the residents of Limetown were divided. Max is frustrated he invented this technology and no one knows it exists. He tells Lia he knows one day people will come for him and when he does he will be prepared. At the end of the episode Lia receives a call from Max in which he tells her the people he has been waiting for have come for him. Episode 5: "Scarecrow" Lia receives a call from Max's ex-wife Deirdre Wells who changes her mind about ending the investigation. During their meeting. Deirdre tells Lia that everyone in Limetown was a part of the experiment whether they were a part of the control group or the group with The Tech. She asked Max several times for the implant until one day Max come home and says she will receive the implant first thing in the morning. The Old School rising up against The Tech is what caused the night of The Panic. Deirdre also tells Lia the man they were all there for was her uncle, Emil Haddock. Episode 6: "Cost-Benefit Analysis" (Season Finale) A woman reaches out to Lia and tells her she has physical evidence of The Panic. They meet and the woman introduces herself as Leonor Doogle, the town manager. She served as the town manager of Limetown and ensured Lia her uncle stayed very comfortable and protected in the community. She explains she is a bad person who was talking to a tech company outside of RB Villard who wanted The Tech. She says on the night of The Panic those without The Tech were killed and those with it were extracted and placed across the world. Leonor takes a pill that will kill her in ninety seconds and she recommends Lia take one too. Lia runs to the door, they're locked. People begin to break down the wall and the recording cuts off.
  53. 53. Dr. Oscar Totem - a young neuroscientist brought into Limetown by RB Villard as their head researcher. He was the head researcher and in charge of the experiments in Limetown up until his untimely murder by some of the residents. His remains are the only ones found in the town after the disappearance. He was known for being very optimistic and hard to work with and extremely passionate about his research of the human mind. Terry Hilkens - a reporter for the Spartan Sentinel in Spartan, Tennessee. He has been following the Limetown case for the past ten years and meets with Lia to discuss what he knows and show her around Limetown itself. Lia Haddock - an investigative reporter for APR who begins to investigate the mystery of Limetown ten years after the disappearance of all its citizens. She is kind, patient, and determined to unlock the mystery. Even though she receives threats to her well-being, she continues her apparently dangerous investigation. Lia does not get mad easily, but rather patiently interviews the survivors of Limetown despite how difficult it is. She is soft spoken, but firm and willing to go to whatever lengths necessary to discover what happened at Limetown. MAIN CHARACTERSMAIN CHARACTERS
  54. 54. SUPPORTING CHARACTERS SUPPORTING CHARACTERS RB Villard - an extremely wealthy businessman who privately funded the creation of Limetown. Emil Haddock - Lia’s estranged uncle who worked as a researcher at Limetown. He is ultimately what sparks Lia’s interest in the story and ends up playing a bigger part in the events than she had initially expected. Winona - the first survivor of Limetown Lia Haddock interviews. Winona has a bad memory and acts strange towards Lia. She is hesitant to answer questions but still provides Lia with important information about the experiments in Limetown. She is not very friendly and gets mad easily with Lia when she asks the “wrong questions.”
  55. 55. Warren Chambers - another survivor of Limetown who meets with Lia. He was the first human to receive the technology developed in Limetown and used it to feel the emotions of pigs. A reverend of “death”, Warren still managed to keep his optimism and upbeat personality. He is killed by a car crossing the road in an event Lia believes was completely accidental. CONT.CONT. Max Finlayson - a researcher at Limetown who worked with Oscar to discover how to create a piece of tech that would allow people to be connected with each other through their minds. He meets with Lia to further explain what this tech was and how it functioned in town.
  56. 56. Deirdra Wells - estranged wife of Max Finlayson. She meets with Lia in person to explain the events surrounding the Panic, taking responsibility for it. Deirdra initially did not receive the technology that Oscar and Max had developed, but once the “Old School”, the ones without the tech, discovered that she had it, it caused rioting and eventually the public execution of Oscar. CONT. Lenor Doogle - a survivor from Limetown and the last person Lia meets with during the course of Season 1. Lenor was a double agent for a second company who tried to convince Oscar to sell his tech to them. She was also responsible for the cleanup at Limetown after the Panic. She is blunt and direct, not looking for forgiveness for the crimes she committed to keep Limetown under wraps. CONT.
  57. 57. LIMETOWN LOOKBOOK
  58. 58. “THE FIRST TIME MOST PEOPLE HEARD ABOUT LIMETOWN WAS ON THE NIGHT OF FEBRUARY 8, 2004.” - LIA HADDOCK
  59. 59. SYNOPSIS Limetown, based on a 6-series podcast, is an investigative story about the town, Limetown, in which 327 men, women, and children go missing and no one knows why. Lia Haddock is an investigative reporter for APR who begins to investigate the mystery of Limetown ten years after the disappearance of all its citizens. The series follows Lia Haddock as she searches for and interviews survivors of Limetown. Haddock faces many challenges during her investigation as she loses connections to Limetown survivors and receives threats to her own well being. Despite these challenges, she continues her investigation and discovers the most important and shocking connection of all. The story is suspenseful and eerie, making the series easy to binge watch and also a good fit for a streaming service such as Netflix. Limetown would succeed on Netflix, based on the kinds of shows Netflix has already produced/streamed and their similarities to Limetown like Black Mirror. The production value of Limetown will be similar to that of Stranger Things and the tone is similar to that of The X-Files. Another similar show and a Netflix original like Stranger Things, is Making a Murder. Other streaming services such as Amazon and Hulu would also be good. The show will capture a wide audience of both males and females, all races and ethnicities and ages 18-49. The show will attract audiences who enjoy mysteries and crime dramas. Even though Limetown is fictional, the story is exciting and has realistic elements. The show treats the mystery of the Limetown disappearances as if it actually happened in real life. Crime dramas and mystery stories are at the height of popularity on today’s streaming services. They are realistic enough to appeal to older generations and suspenseful and spooky enough to appeal to younger audiences. This show will be the next Stranger Things or Orange is the New Black. These shows were extremely well received and became huge hits on Netflix. Limetown is next. Limetown tells the story of a young and ambitious investigative reporter who wants to uncover the truth behind an inexplicable mystery. It is a different and new kind of mystery drama that will win the hearts of every Netflix subscriber.
  60. 60. ‘COURSE, THE RUMORS GO THAT THE CAVES MIGHT HAVE BEEN USED FOR OTHER REASONS, BUT… -TERRY WILKENS "  " 
  61. 61. “I think we just need to have a demand for fresh and nuanced movies.” - Tessa Thompson
  62. 62. “HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN LIMETOWN: TEETH RECOVERED FROM BASE OF AN EXECUTION SITE. THEY BELONG TO DR. OSCAR TOTEM. IT IS PRESUMED HE WAS BURNED ALIVE.” 
  63. 63. LIMETOWN

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