A good writing day

Character study: The evolution of Dottoressa Giulia Verne

Writing feels thankless until a moment like breathing life into a flat character that you've been ignoring: Dr. Jane

DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy. Director Tess Collins. Writer Sylvia Toy St. Louis. Co-Producer Michael Lewis. Composer Anne Coroller Germanique. Co-starring Savannah Locke.

LOGLINE: Aliens long after humans, who having discovered the ruins of the New York Public Library & becoming enamored of humans, establish the Ruins of the NYPL archaeological site & investigate why humans became extinct.
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Storyboarding: The Shakespearean ReEnactor and his Guardian at home

#Storyboard for DERMALIAN by Sylvia Toy (Aliens investigate human #extinction). While The Shakespearean ReEnactor sleepwalks back and forth, his Guardian emerges from sleeping in pocket Plasma and floats to his study to watch a press conference. — Sylvia Toy St. Louis, aka Sylviatoyindustries (@sylvia_toy) February 14, 2020


This playlist is composed of story development "research videos," including trailers of DERMALIAN's Proof of Concept, DR. VERNE'S LITTLE BIG BANG

My writing process begins with on-camera acting improvisations in which I create and play all the characters in a developing story. I have developed story by improvising directly on camera since 2010, benefiting greatly from my almost 20 years of experience as a solo theatre artist performing four or five characters in the same room at the same time having a conversation. Though in its raw, unpolished state improvised dialogue often is stiff, awkward and sometimes longwinded, I trust and believe in this character-acting story development process. Who better to tell a character’s story and backstory than the character their self?
While the characters make up their stories, I improvise environments, costumes, makeup; and even the special effects are developed through improvisation as well. Working scene to scene, once there i…

Introducing Savannah Locke, DERMALIAN cast member