So what’s the story?

No need for a “Spoiler Alert!” label here. I’ll give you a little background about the story, maybe share a few pics, but the punchline is a secret until the end! So, here we go…

In the beginning…
So, at least 10 years ago, while delivering pizzas and totally not paying attention to anything besides the thoughts in my head, I thought up an idea about an old man, a scooter and a race. It was always an unfinished idea and it went through a bunch of phases while I developed it on my own. I always knew the old guy was going to drive through town and the real story would start when he was confronted by something much younger than himself. What I didn’t know was why he was bothering to race, what he cared about and, most importantly, how it would end. (Funny enough, there was a version where the old man’s powers came from Viagra! Probably not a family show…).

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Drawing from Redshift storyboards.

…and then the mind meld…

One night after a party, the three of us started talking (I think we were soberish) and I told them the very basic idea. Within minutes, there was pacing, talking, excitement. I knew it was a great decision to finally let this story out and take on a life of its own. After a few hours, we decided to move forward with a few ideas and talk more when we were in a better state of mind. But it was official – the old man had a reason to “live”. He had life and, more importantly, he had an end.

The old man (often referred to as OM) had gelled in to a grump who thought his life was over. At his age, what did he have left? He was alone, wandering the city on his scooter, only carrying his memories. He’s a tinkerer, passionate (especially about hot rods) and hard working… and in stereotypical old person fashion, he has no tolerance for younger people (especially those who play loud music from their tuner cars!).

Memories...

Drawing from Redshift storyboards.

…and, finally, in the middle was the end.
Finally, OM had an end. The best part was it came from the development of the bulk of the story. A man who has nothing left and really has plenty to live for. It takes OM reliving his life, realizing what he’s gone through and what he’s had to finally realize what he wants from the rest of his life. It became a story about living in the moment and appreciating that time instead of dwelling on what isn’t any more. It was so much more than Viagra. :D

Major character of Redshift

Drawing from Redshift storyboards. A major character in Redshift.

So, that’s where we are. You know enough to realize this isn’t a shallow story, it’s also action packed and, hopefully, hilarious. See you next post!

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