Script Writing W1: Mini Bible

The “bible” contains most of the information needed to understand what the series is about: an overall description of the series, main characters defined, episodes outlined, the story arc of the first season. Here is my “mini bible”:

Тhe series showcase  the writer’s personal perspective into the experience of those coming to the United States and trying to make the most of their lives, while dealing with the difficulties of money and being so far away from home. The pilot shows the protagonist in his home country leading up to the move to America. The season finale ends with an episode of him arriving in America and it being completely foreign. It shows just a glimpse of the struggles and adjustments that the protagonist is going to have to make in his new life. As the story progresses, it demonstrates the complexities of the protagonist in his natural environment, his ties to his family and community, contrasted with him being a foreigner in a setting where he can’t blend in effortlessly.

The main character is Gogata, a 19-year-old boy from Klisura, a village located in Bulgaria’s Eastern Rila mountains. At the end of his junior year of high school, he applies for the Fulbright Commission’s United States Achievements Program and gets selected as one of the 20 high school students to join the program. This begins his journey of taking the U.S. standardized tests and navigating the U.S. college application process. He receives an acceptance letter telling him he’s been accepted to attend one of the best tech school in the country on a partial scholarship. He still needs to find ways to fundraise the remaining portion of the tuition expenses and room & board.

The other main characters in the series are his family members: Katerina, his mother; Nikola, his dad; Stefan, his brother; Georgi and Stoyanka, his grandparents. Scenes with the protagonist laying down in his grandfather’s bed thinking about the opportunities and challenges ahead of him are gracefully shown. Gogata is facing the dilemma of whether to stay in his home country for one more year, or take the plunge and deep dive into the unknown. There are one of the most touching scenes in the first season.

Other characters in this series are his three best friends: Genadi, Monkata, and Emil. They support him throughout the entire application process; Genadi generously gives the money collected from his family and relatives in honor of his high school graduation for Gogata’s ticket to Boston, Massachusetts. He does not even think twice: they’ve known each other since kindergarten and have stayed best friends since then.

As the protagonist is figuring out how to make his dream come true, his dad remembers that Gogata has a cousin, Kiril,  living on the East Coast. They haven’t seen each other for 15 years. Gogata and his parents visit his cousin’s parents and call his cousin via Skype. The two of them reconnect after not having seen each other in so many years.

Additional characters are his high school teachers, the staff from the Fulbright Commission, his high school friends, and relatives.

In parallel with the application process, Gogata actively promotes setting up the successful launch of a WorldTeach program in the region of his high school during the summer of 2009. He provides essential information tools and local knowledge to establish critical institutional partnerships allowing the program’s implementation. To illustrate, he initiates actions to establish a partnership between the municipality and the local Rotary Club. He helps chart letters to request support from these institutions and takes up the responsibility to arrange meetings and represent our common initiative before potential partners. Throughout the episodes, the viewer gets a feeling of Gogata’s degree of result-oriented self-initiative, determination, capacity to fulfill his commitments and leverage his experience and local connections, allowing the expansion of the projects into the schools and foster homes. As a result, Derek and William, two American volunteers come to teach English for two months. What initially starts as just an extracurricular activity ends up with Gogata gaining two lifelong friends who each play an important role later when he arrives in the United States.

Gogata asks them endless questions about the United States: famous quotes, history, cities, and everything else  under the sun. This shows his unabashed curiosity, and his strong desire to understand big ideas thoroughly and with  complexity. They tell him what they think is positive, as well as negative, about the American culture; he participates in that same debate about his culture. He seeks to expand his mind and better understand his fellowmen. His actively  engages in both Bulgarian and American cultures, even before he leaves for America.

Gogata even  helps the Americans form  a new program during their stay. He helps coordinate with a local orphanage to have their students join them in volunteering there. They go to the orphanage on Gogata’s birthday. Even thought it’s his birthday, he’s there ready to work. This highlights how  selfless Gogata is and how willing he is to share. Even on his birthday, he understands the importance of compassion and public service.

Script Writing W1: Episode One Pitch

I’ve published the pitch for episode one. I welcome comments and feedback. Here is the pitch:

The first episode takes us to the protagonist’s junior year of high school. The episode starts by showing Gogata in his surrounding environment through the eyes of his classmates: shy, stubborn, quiet. In one word: an outsider.  Yet, this boy distinguishes himself by winning competitions and scholarships on national levels. Coming from a middle-class family with no college graduates, he constantly looks for opportunities and considers applying for colleges abroad. His first thoughts are to stay close to his family and apply for schools in Europe (Denmark, The Netherlands, The UK); this changes when Gogata hears about the Fulbright Commission’s United States Achievements Program. The protagonist applies at the very last day and gets invited for an interview.

Script Writing W1: Episode One Pitch

I’ve published the pitch for episode one. I welcome comments and feedback. Here is the pitch:

The first episode takes us to the protagonist’s junior year of high school. The episode starts by showing Gogata in his surrounding environment through the eyes of his classmates: shy, stubborn, quiet. In one word: an outsider.  Yet, this boy distinguishes himself by winning competitions and scholarships on national levels. Coming from a middle-class family with no college graduates, he constantly looks for opportunities and considers applying for colleges abroad. His first thoughts are to stay close to his family and apply for schools in Europe (Denmark, The Netherlands, The UK); this changes when Gogata hears about the Fulbright Commission’s United States Achievements Program. The protagonist applies at the very last day and gets invited for an interview.

15-ти октомври 2014

Ти влезна тихо без да кажеш нищо.

Влезна и стаята огря.

Коси руси, очи зелени.

Стоях с гръб към теб,

когато усетих топлината на твоето присъствие.

Като лястовица, кацнала на жицата,

ти долетя в стаята и я озари.

Говореше тихо и спокойно.

Говореше с тънък и сладък акцент.

За миг се обърнах и останах без дъх.

Откъде си? Коя си ти? Как се казваш?

В този миг всякаш сърцето ми бе спряло за миг.

Гледах те аз втрещено, всякаш бях станал статуя.

Коси руси, очи зелени.

Усмивката ти ослепяваше.

Лицето ти бе бяло като снега.

Дали не сънувах?

Дали не бях някъде другаде в този момент?

Като блян, стоях и не вярвах, че

човек може да е толкова красив.

Коси руси, очи зелени.

Стъпваше меко и уверено.

Бавно дойде при мен и се усмихна.

Протегнах срамежливо аз ръка и се усмихнах.

Исках този момент да продължи.

Сърцето ми затуптя лудо.

С усмивка широка,

ти каза името си.

Здравей, Елън.

Здравей, довиждане.

Published prose in Bulgarian

Hello Everyone,

Over the last four years, I’ve been writing short stories in Bulgarian. I’ve finally decided to share my work with everyone. I write about anything that catches my attention; I’d often go to the harbor, one of my favorite places in Boston, to collect my thoughts, observe the surrounding and scribble notes about what I’m seeing around me. I’d then turn these notes into stories. I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go : I write on the bus; on the subway; on the train.

Most of the stories take place in NYC. I first started writing two weeks after being the best man at a friend’s wedding in New York. I was so mesmerized  by my bridesmaid that I had to express myself in some form; she was my initial inspiration and this is how I started to write. I’ve written 19 stories so far. I’ll be posting one story every Friday.

I’m happy to translate the stories to English, if anyone’s interested in reading them.

You can read the first story under Hobbies -> Prose, or by following the link.

Script Writing: Series Concept Posted

Today I’m releasing the concept for my series, part of the Week 1 assignments for Script Writing: Write a Pilot Episode for a TV or Web Series (Project-Centered Course). The goal of this course is to write a complete pilot episode for your own unique television or web series in five weeks.

The working title of the series is “Beating the Odds” (credit goes to K.M., Worcester Polytechnic Institute (#WPI) ’15). I’ll be sharing my weekly assignments every Sunday on my blog. Still developing the story in my head. You can read the concept here.

Looking to validate the idea (after all, that’s what #PM’s do). Feel free to share your feedback. Let me know if you found something that worked well and why. Or if something confused you. I’ll be posting my logline describing the essence of the series and Season One’s “mini bible” next.

Actively working on writing content for the blog and tweaking the site’s visual appearance. Would appreciate your feedback.

Hobbies

Hello everyone!

I’d like to share with you a bit about my hobbies. Let me start by saying that I’m an avid runner: I ran the Cambridge Half Marathon in November 2017.

I also enjoy writing short stories: I look around myself for inspiration and use my creativity  to create a fictional story.  I’ve posted a few of the stories that I’ve written. They’re all in Bulgarian. I’m happy to translate them to English, if anyone’s interested in reading them.

Recently, I’ve started learning how to write a script for a TV or Web series. You can read about this project under Script Writing: Write a Pilot Episode.  I’d appreciate your feedback.

Aside from running and writing, I enjoy spending time with my friends and watching soccer. I like exploring new cuisines, traveling and experiencing  other cultures.

About Me

Hello there! Здравей!

I’m Georgi (GEE-yor-gee), and I’m originally from Septemvri, a small town in Southern Bulgaria.

I’m currently based in Boston, Massachusetts and have been working at a Software as a Service (SaaS) start-up since June 2013. I’m a published author: my team’s Major Qualifying Project has been published in international Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) conferences.

I am an ardent entrepreneur, innovator, and a leader. My background puts me at an advantage in an international business setting because I am attuned to the nuances and differences that are involved in both U.S. and European business interactions. Coming from a completely different culture than America, my Bulgarian roots combined with my American higher education have helped me integrate contrasting ideas and thriving in all situations.

I am passionate about innovation and continue to be a lifelong learner who gives back to the community through my dedication to the Boston Rotaract Club and Rotary International.

I hold a Bachelor’s of Science degree in  Management Information Systems (MIS) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Cambridge College.

By the way, I’m actively looking for a new opportunity as a Customer Success Manager or Associate Product Manager. Feel free to check out my LinkedIn profile to learn more about me and see the awesome projects that I’ve worked on; if you prefer talking to someone, chat with Jorge, my AI chatbot.

Outside of work, I enjoy the outdoors: running, walking, biking. Some of my other hobbies include cooking, reading, and exploring new cultures. I also enjoy writing. I’m writing my first script for a TV / Web series. I also write prose.  It’s in Bulgarian, but I’m happy to translate it to English, if anyone’s interested.

I’d love to hear your feedback about the blog and my script. Feel free to shoot me an email at gkardzhaliysky@gmail.com to get in touch with me.

Script Writing W1: Series Concept