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4.Characters 3. Synopsis 5. The Lance/ D0nn1 8. Sandy Parson 11. Samuel Carrigan 14. Maddie Parson 17. Pat Parson 20. Environment and Props 21. Future Boston 22. Vehicles 26. Kitchen 28. Parson House 30 Samuel’s Lab 32. Cinematic Moments 50. Biography

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A couple hundred years in the City of Boston on a sunny Friday morning, a little girl genius, Sandy Parson, is tinkering on one of her latest small flying contraptions while her old robot friend, D0nn1 serves breakfast for her parents. Sandy’s new contraption fails to respond to her commands and out of sheer frustration she strikes it. This act of anger overloads the contraption as flies about the house erratically, breaking everything it its way and causing chaos all over the dining room. As Sandy and her parents' struggle to catch the device, D0nn1 calculates its trajectory and snatches it out of the air. Unfortunately, the device is electrically unstable and overloads the circuits of D0nn1, deactivating him. The family contacts neighborhood robot repairman, the reclusive and brilliant Samuel Carrigan. Consumed by his current freelance project, Samuel offhandedly creates a shoddy repair file for D0nn1 and uploads it to the malfunctioning robot. When D0nn1 is reactivated the following morning, he is convinced he is not a service robot for the Parson Family, but, instead, a protector of the meek and arbiter of justice, known as The Lance. While assembling a superhero suit comprised of a bucket and dirty blanket he finds in the basement, he causes a racket and awakens Sandy who takes on the task of trying to fix D0nn1’s malfunction. Inspired by her declaration to help him, but responding to the faulty program, The Lance throws a dirty towel over her shoulders (thinking it’s a cape) and declares Sandy his sidekick . He then rushes out the door to begin his noble patrol. As the sun rises and The Lance emerges from the house, he sees two garbage men who he perceives to be up to no good, as he believes they are assaulting a poor defenseless woman on the street. He scares them off with his erratic behavior to find he had in fact saved the most beautiful woman/ trash can he had ever seen in his life. Sandy catches up and points out in fact that woman is just a trash can those poor men were trying to empty. Naturally, The Lance thinks his sidekick is crazy and dedicates himself to the lovely waste deposit unit named Darla. He then rushes off to the city as Sandy Struggles to keep up. Samuel receives an automated status report that the robot is malfunctioning and causing quite a bit of noise around the city. Frustrated with being unable to solve the problem from his computer project and anxious that this mistake could ruin his sterling engineering reputation, Samuel sends out a fleet of his own robots to catch D0nn1 so he can deactivate and reprogram the robot so his mistake is untraceable. After a few incidents and misunderstandings in the city and Sandy saving him from certain doom in some instances throughout the day, Samuel captures D0nn1 and the robots help retrieve him back to the laboratory. Sandy follows suit but struggles to keep up. The Lance is uncooperative with the robots and Samuel becomes increasingly irritated, forcing them to be more aggressive in containing The Lance. As tensions escalate, Sandy enters the lab terrified and crying at the site of Samuel’s robots ripping D0nn1 apart. She cries out and out of embarrassment and shame Samuel orders the robots to stop. Sandy cries as she sees D0nn1’s damaged remains scattered across the floor. Samuel apologizes and expresses that he only really wanted to help. Samuel takes Sandy and the remains of D0nn1 home as they work together to fix D0nn1. Both of them are now wiser and more open to the world after being consumed solely by their own ambitions.

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D0nn1 is an old service robot that belongs to the Parson Family. His typical duties are house maintenance and food/drink preparation. The Parson family are very fond of D0nn1 and treat him as a best friend, especially Sandy who can’t relate to most children her age on an intellectual level. He’s a robot and lacks straight- forward emotional responses but his programming encourages him to make inquiries that allow him to understand and serve his purpose better. This makes him a lot like a quirky family dog only he’s cooler because he’s a robot. He malfunctions after he becomes updated with a corrupted repair file. D0nn1 becomes convinced that he is a superhero and arbiter of justice and spends the plot convinced he’s on a normal patrol of protecting the city from crime and tyranny, when in reality he’s interpreting situations and objects as crimes and monsters. This of course leads him to getting into many misadventures as both Sandy and Samuel try to solve his large programming issue before somebody gets seriously hurt.

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Sandy Parson is a 9-year-old child engineer prodigy. With her father’s fondness for assembling and creating contraptions and her mother’s tech savvy and cleverness, Sandy spends her time making small robots for her own amusement and to solve menial tasks. She’s strongly motivated to improve on ideas and inventions. Unfortunately, she can be distant around other people and gets rather impatient when she feels somebody is slowing her down. She prefers to be alone. Sandy is really the main character of the story. The Lance certainly is the catalyst for most of the conflict but the character that grows, changes and solves most of the problems is Sandy. Whenever The lance gets into trouble or gets burned by some crazy act of misguided heroics Sandy is there to either pick up the pieces or save him from turning into pieces. She spends the plot trying to develop sub processes and programs to solve D0nn1’s core malfunction while trying to keep up with him as his “sidekick” and preventing him from getting into further trouble.

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Samuel (Don’t call me ‘Sam’) Carrigan is an arrogant inventor and engineer who creates elaborate, complex robots and programs that demonstrate great promise for a successful career in cyber technology. Despite his potential he still has a side job of being a got-to robot and computer repair technician that he does from home to keep himself afloat while he peruses his dream of being the most influential engineer of his time. He’s completely closed off from the world around him and the only real communication he has is with his home computer in his dark, secluded lab. When D0nn1 malfunctions he is contacted to repair his programming. Unwilling to give his full attention to what he considers to be a trivial repair task, Samuel throws together a shoddy program with some corrupt files without noticing. After a diagnostic report informs him of Donn1’s further deterioration and erratic behavior he becomes consumed with aggressively tracking down The Lance, incapacitating him and restructuring all his programming to cover what he considers to be the only mistake he’s made from tainting his carefully crafted reputation. When put into a corner or overly anxious Samuel has a tendency to take things way too far, which will prove to be incredibly dangerous for The Lance. Samuel is the antagonist of the story. However as opposed to being a straightforward villain who’s just obviously a bad guy with sinister motives he’s really just a misguided and angry man who genuinely wants to help. The only issue is that his method of helping is destructive and motivated by selfishness and ego.. His character growth is a mirror of Sandy’s and their arch’s coincide with the same goal of repairing D0nn1.

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Maddie is Sandy’s mother. She’s a highly motivated and hardworking scientist who works for the government. She can be very competitive and headstrong and tries to encourage Sandy to be the best at whatever she chooses to do. She also challenges her to puzzle-solving contests and other quirky competitive feats during free time to keep her active. Between Maddie and Pat, Maddie is the more disciplined parent but like anyone else can come off as a bit harsh at times but she never takes it too far. Maddie and Pat are important to flesh out Sandy’s personality and establish her home and family life. This makes her more relatable to the audience despite her being an abnormal child prodigy. Maddie and Pat also compliment each other both physically and personally. Pat is light-hearted and warm while Maddie is motivated and serious. This establishes both a quirky relationship between each other and represents a one half of the duality of Sandy’s personality. ©Alan Dock Howard 2017

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Pat Parson is Sandy’s dad. Pat’s generally cool, calm and collected and your typical Boston townie. He’s a general contractor and has a landscaping business, in his own words he “likes to fix stuff.” Where Sandy’s mother encourages her to always improve and constantly work harder, Pat appeals to Sandy’s child-like side and gets her to laugh and tries to bring a bit more joy to her focused demeanor. He’s not quite as clever and can be a bit of a dope to those around him but he’s a warm person to be around in general. Although he’s not too prominent in the plot of the story, he gives levity to the parts he’s involved in. Sandy’s parents are important to establish her major personality traits Pat represents the kind of aloof and hands on side of her. He helps flesh out Sandy’s character when sandy is not in the scene. When Sandy is with her family, she’s home and safe. So Pat and Maddie Parson are key proponents to being in the beginning and ending of the film

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The story takes place in the city of Boston. Boston is a very old and proud city. This leaves a whole world of possibilities to the imagination when you contrast the premise of a futuristic time period with the old architecture and feel of Boston, Massachusetts.

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Like most fictional stories set in the future, a lot of the vehicles in The lance are designed to float and fly. These vehicles can operate at many altitudes at slower speeds. As a way to lessen traffic on the city ground, lawmakers designated city airways to make commuting much easier.

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D0nn1 is inspired by Don Quixote, and Don Quixote has a noble steed named, Rocinante. As tribute to the story and the valiant horse of iconic literature, this is scooter for The Lance to ride as his own noble steed.

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An Example of seeing the world through The Lance's gaze. This is how an energy storing windmill is precieved by our hero, a giant cyclopean monster!

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The Kitchen is a very important location. It's where the story begins with the Family together, eating breakfast and ends with Samuel and Sandy repairing D0nn1, together.

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This is outside the family home. In this overly dramatic lighting and setting The lance professes his love to a garbage can that he sees as the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. Her name is Darla.

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Samuel's bots are his extra hands for tasks he can't tend to himself. They are also the only friends he has because he doesn't have the patience for less intelligent people.

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Samuel's Lab is very much a large and cold place. Theres plenty of space for other people but Samuel chooses to alienate himself from the world. In essence: his world is an extension of his state of mind.

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The Story can be broken down into three acts both in the worded script and the visual script. The Narrative starts out dark and rich with cooler violet being a dominate color. The middle is were the excitement and adventure takes place, When D0nn1 becomes The Lance the frame expands from a ratio of 16:9 to 21: 9 and the colors become more a slick, cool green.

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The third act and climax becomes quite foreboding with Samuel closing in and capturing The Lance. In these frames the compositions are a very dark blue-violet with accents of red. As the story finishes and returns home, the frame reverts back to a 16:9 ratio and the ending reaches a warm and peaceful conclusion.

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Dock Howard was born and raised on the east coast of the United States. Many of those years were spent in the great state of Massachusetts in Boston and Cape Cod. Throughout his early education his hand would not leave the pages of his sketchbook. He would fill these pages with new characters and stories emulated from his favorite films and comic books. This habit would continue through higher education, attending and receiving a BFA degree in Illustration from Montserrat College of Art in 2012. After 2 years of freelance illustration and graphic design in New England, Dock felt artistically stagnate. Following his passion for design, film and desire to become a better artist he sold his car and valuable possessions to move to San Francisco, California. As of 2017 Dock is a freelance illustrator and aspiring Visual Development artist perusing a MFA degree at the Academy of Art University.

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The Lance  

My MFA Thesis project

The Lance  

My MFA Thesis project

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