During a ski holiday in France, a husband’s extramarital encounter in a ski lift with a friends daughter is unknowingly captured and posted on a social media site. When the video goes viral the consequences of his actions bring about a necessary change to his family’s circumstances.
In a desperate attempt to escape the aftermath the Jones family leave behind their suburban London 9 to 5 for a new life in a French ski resort. However, escaping the past is not as easy as they hoped and a string of coincidences threatens their anonymity.
A 6 x 30 min, HE TV DRAMA miniseries
This drama which flits from one family disaster to another combines the stunning alpine scenery of Chalet Girl with the destructive powers of social media as touched on in American Vandal
A fictionalised adaptation of my experience as a chalet host in France, the series introduces the family at their best during a family ski holiday.
However, once home, husband and wife – Ben and Serena Jones – are embroiled in an escalating situation as they struggle to cope with the consequences of unwanted social media fame which threatens to change their lives.
Following the circulation of the social media posting in the workplace, Serena faces a barrage of banter from her colleagues, which soon becomes more intrusive. When she is trapped in a lift with an over-amorous colleague. As a dominant personality who has fought hard to mould her career, she feels compelled to file a sexual harassment complaint
Adversely in his office, Ben, a passive, happy-go-lucky guy, is seen as ‘the man’ and welcomed into the inner sanctum of the ‘dudes’. After being passed over for advancement in the past, he is suddenly offered a promotion by his boss off the back of his new found fame.
Ben and Serena think they are riding the storm that the social media scandal and are nearly on top of the situation when the third party in the video, the daughter of a close friend, threatens to identify herself. Unapologetic of her actions, she wants her five minutes of fame.
This new revelation threatens to blow apart their social life and alienate their already appalled teenage daughter, whose school life has been turned upside down by the video. So when a friend offers the family the chance to escape to the French Alps (at 1600m) to work for the coming season, experienced skiers Ben and Serena jump at the chance to rebuild their marriage and family life.
However, their problems are not so easily solved and the hermetic community of the hospitality industry brings challenging entertaining characters, the possibility of discovery, and another big scandal for Serena.
Mile High highlights the lack of privacy and freedom in the new era of social media and throws light on the disparity between the sexes in the workplace that has been dominating the media headlines.
If you would like to discover the research behind the story planning, please take a look my journal…..
New to the game I have only dabbled briefly with scriptwriting in the past when adapted the first few chapters of my unpublished novel Will Travel for a university project. My second project in this genre of writing was far more adventurous and time-consuming. I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do. […]Mile HIgh journal – introduction Added 20/04/2017
I never need an excuse to sit down and binge watch TV, but researching with a critical eye to evaluate the craft behind the characters, structure, and plots meant I really needed to pay attention. The obvious place to start was with some of the most relevant more famous sitcoms such as Fawlty Towers, 2.4 […]MIle High journal – visual research Added 20/04/2017
All the investigation into TV series prompted me to throw myself into the library and Scriptmag, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting (by Syd Field) and Writing Long-running Television Series: v. 1 (by Julian Friedmann) to identify the real differences between TV series and sitcoms. The boundaries are definitely greying, but the overall differences are that sitcoms […]Mile High journal – identifying the essence Added 20/04/2017
Some of the situations our family faced in the Alps were almost too ridiculous, despite being real and this is often a problem with adapting material from true life. As highlighted in Writing Scripts for Television, Radio, and Film (by Edgar E Willis and Camille D’Arienzo), there is a fine line between the boring, routine, […]Mile High journal – the creative process Added 20/04/2017
It’s not all about the plot though. Characters can make or break a TV series. They need to be complex and how they react to situations will not only determine their values but reveal who they really are. The audience can love them or hate them, but they need to feel a connection. Character idiosyncrasies […]Mile High journal – captivating the audience Added 20/04/2017