THE COMMUNIST'S DAUGHTER
A comedic Web Series by Leah Cameron
*9 eps at 12-15 mins. Episodic with serialized elements.
In the thick of the Reagan ‘80s, the daughter of two happily married Communists struggles between fitting in at a new high school and upholding her family’s idealistic beliefs.
The year is 1989 and the times, they are a changin’. But not in the way DUNYASHA McDOUGALD, 14, would like. With the Berlin Wall about to fall and Reagan yelling about the “Evil Empire,” her parents, two dyed-in-the-wool Communists, are becoming even more entrenched in their Leftists beliefs.
This would all be okay with Dunyasha… if it weren’t for one thing: this dutiful daughter is entering a new high school and a desire to fit in as well as a yearning to understand this glittering foreign thing known as “American pop culture” is winning out. This puts Dunyasha at increasingly odds with her dad, IAN McDOUGALD, 50s, a modern-day Don Quixote with whom she’s always been close. An idealist with a capital “I,” Ian drives a rusty Russian army vehicle around their very conservative Toronto neighborhood, has subscriptions of Soviet Life magazine delivered to the door and has banned all forms of American media from the house.
So when he decides to throw his hat in the ring and run for election in a highly public (read: highly embarrassing) election campaign, it only serves to fuel Dunyasha’s anxiety. Will she fit in with the cool kids? Win the affections of MARC McGUILVARY, 16, son of MIKE TORY, her Dad’s political rival? Or will she die 1,000 little embarrassments instead?
The Communist's Daughter is a timely throwback to late '80s America, a time when Cold War tensions are at their height. Since the story is told from Dunyasha's point-of-view, it's really important to that the world of her family home feels very different from the world outside. Dunyasha feels her home is less exciting than the outside world. Behind "The Iron Curtain" of the McDougald home footage and production design will have a very Soviet feel. My DOP and I will be using desaturated color and colder light like in a Kieslowski film. Dunyasha feels that her home is not as exciting as the world outside, so the costumes and production design will be neutral and drab with the odd hints of salmon pink or red. The world outside the McDougald home will feel, bright, fun, flashy and new, like something out of a music video from the Cindy Lauper '80s. Light will be clean and bright and costumes, production design and make-up will have flashes of aqua, fuchsia and bright blue.
Comrades, Rejoice! Our glorious teaser can be found Below.