Saturday, 24 January 2015

'Very Strange Things' - Expanded Character Profile: Risa Velton (24/1/2015)

And continuing from last time, we take a look at another expanded profile. This time, for the show´s second main character and Dan´s primary companion, Risa Velton.

Age: 22
Gender: Female.
Species: Fox, Yellow.
Description: Assistant to ´Very Strange Things´´ protagonist, Risa is herself a former member of Britain’s secret services for several years, the more regular ilk to be precise, and distinguished herself there. She´s no rookie or damsel, and is very spirited and feisty, willing to get to the bottom of the newest case even if she may not as first be on strong terms with Dan. Of course, this drive is partly brought on by a less than tender past with her own family that gradually comes to light as she must also aid Dan in his own internal struggle as the First Series progresses. What happens after the revelation truly tests their bond as she must adapt to what he truly is, and how she can cope with that.

Conception: Naturally, I wanted to make a duo to lead the show, otherwise it would be both awkward and cumbersome to have Dan constantly meet and interact with a new ´partner´ every episode. However, I was also weary and wary of a lot of the ´girl helper´tropes out there, and strove to have Risa not be a cardboard cutout, and to have some of her own legs and depth to stand on and make her a worthwhile presence. Plus, I didn´t want to cut female viewers out (daughters, sisters, mothers) and give them a strong female character to get behind, and the younger could look up to

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