Creator Thomas Gofton, had the chance to write a little bit about the show Mind's Eye, for Sci-Final's Creator's Corner. Below is an excerpt from the site. Please visit the full site at http://www.scifinal.com/
You can read the full article by Gofton HERE
Here are a few excerpts from the article;
Tell us about your sci-fi web series.
Mind's Eye is a series about Illia, a 12-year old boy. He likes to draw and build forts. He likes to fantasize about far off lands filled with knights and wizards and pirates. He fights with his grandfather sometimes, dozes off during math class, and is pretty good at baseball. He has a crush on a girl but is terrified of telling her. He wishes he had a dog. He doesn't know it but he's being hunted.
For centuries a war has been fought between the terrifying Daemon and the Righteous Seraphim. They are searching for a human with the power to tip the balance of power in their favour and finally put the war to rest. Closing in on Illia, the war is spilling into the streets and one small suburban town is becoming a land filled with mystery and danger. Illia is not alone in his fight. His neighbourhood friends are Humanity's greatest heroes and they've sworn to protect Illia from the harsh reality of the war until he is old enough to understand his place in the world. Known as Dreamweavers, these heroes possess the ability to alter reality with their imaginations. Powerful warriors from different cultures and time periods the Dreamweavers disguise themselves as children and work behind the scenes to give Illia a chance to find his own way in a world filled with expectations.
It is a web-series with twenty-four (24) episodes averaging running time eight (8) minutes in length. The show is aimed for several demographics, first is both male and female children and teenagers age 8-18. The second demographic are adults age 30+. Our research with our test pilot, at conventions, and online showed that the children of parents interested in this genre would like the show because of it's color and effects whereas the parents would enjoy the story.
Where did the idea/concept for your web series come from?
When I was 12-16 years old, my friends and I used to build swords out of broken hockey sticks that we broke during road hockey or ice hockey. (Canadian eh I know.) We used to take these swords and stick fight in the local woods near a park at the edge of town. Sometimes 10-15 of us would gather but only a few of us were regulars. Maybe six or so (guess which six). We used to pretend to be our own versions of heroes in our minds and honestly, when you're a kid and you pretend to be a hero of some sort - you ARE that hero. As life goes on and we get older we tend to not pretend as much and so the hero image tends to turn into school and career and jobs etc. (Unless you're an avid D&D player.)
When I realized film making was my career of choice. My first attempt at a short was to pay homage to the love of my childhood. This stick fighting club. I chose the most distinct of my friends' personalities from the past and created historically accurate and less fantasy versions of there influence and decided to create a short story about a group of kids playing in the woods when their imaginations turn to a vivid reality. The short worked out well, obviously a crappy short technically - but we were all learning and it was no regret. When the short was done, I wanted more from it. So I started developing scripts for something larger. I wanted the story to go further than kids turning into heroes in their minds and then back to kids when reality hits. What I developed was - kids finding magic items, kids altering reality, scripture, religions, myths - all that influence. I wrote two feature scripts and three more shorts. All in the vault forever as I wasn't happy. Then one night - just when I was about to move on two years later - came the notion in my mind..."What if the kids aren't actually kids...but adults that turn into kids?" If any writer or creator out there reads this, you'll know that flooding feeling of, "I CAN'T SLEEP and cancel all my appointments!!"
It was about this time that I met up with an old university improv friend of mine, Tom Brown, and he heard of the idea with me. He's a super-talented writer and excellent mind. Immediately we partnered up and over months of latte's at the local cafe near our film studio, Tom and I developed the rich history, story arcs, and plots for five seasons of Mind's Eye. Tom went off to write it and I went off to attempt to find funding and support. After three months, a drive to LA from Toronto, sweat, scams, and hair-losing fear - we we're ready and we just did it.
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