The villagers of Givney are surviving in the new reality of living in a post-apocalyptic Canada, until a mysterious iceberg threatens everything.
Coastal village Giveny reckons with the force of a mysterious iceberg.
The Berg is the story of people surviving together in post-apocalyptic Canada. Under the supernatural influence of the iceberg, long buried secrets are uncovered that, once brought to life, threaten to tear the small town apart. Townsfolk are different under the iceberg's trance. They do things they don’t understand. They fall into sorrow, into love, into feelings they cannot describe. They blame each other for summoning it. Each episode in the first season focuses on one townsperson in the days following the iceberg’s arrival as their lives splinter in unforeseen ways. Season two and three focus on a choice they make together and its consequences. In season four they try to figure out the mystery of the iceberg and work to rid themselves of it.
Early 30's. Dark features, a quiet but strong presence. Seer in the town of Givney who can work with plants, has some supernatural gifts, respected by most of the people in town for being a caring and compassionate person. The townsfolk know they rely on Maggie but they also depend on her, and when she can't figure out the mystery of The Berg she becomes desperate not to lose her status amongst the townspeople. But more importantly, she wonders who could be more powerful than she is, for surely there must be a person of great power to have summoned something like The Berg.
Early 30s, blonde with light features. Energetic person who is always striving to push the town further than living in a state of pure survival. Married to Tom, the mayor of the town, who is ten years older, and who married her after his first wife and son were killed in a boat accident. The council matched them together, and they are both content in their marriage if not truly in love. The Berg's presence brings up long forgotten desires in each of them, disrupting the quiet calm of their household and explosing dangerous secrets of their union.
Early 30's, dark hair light eyes, the rough years of survival show in her face. She is a new mother and wife to Dirk. Genevieve is living a life of dull shadow, having never felt truly alive, and not particularly warm to either her husband or baby. But all that changes with the arrival of The Berg. As her life gets thrown into chaos, Genevieve for the first time feels truly alive, and it's exhilarating.
Early 30's. Strong and athletic. He works as a fisherman like most men in town. Dirk is content in his life. He married the woman he loved, has a new child, and loves his work. That is until The Berg appears and everything in his life shatters. When faced with hardship and truth, Dirk must find a way to come out alive and whole while trying to hold on to the goodness that made him who was was, someone he fears he will never be again.
The Iceberg is a pinnacle non-tabular. It is an ancient iceberg which we know because of its deeper shades of blue which in Iceberg world delineates age. Only 80-90% of an iceberg is visible above water, its history is hidden under the waves and in layers of ice. As an iceberg melts it starts to make visible its own history, to pull into the light its secrets, and as it does it disintegrates. The lives of the people of Givney mirror this phenomena.
The village of Givney sits on the tip of an island beside a harbour. Like most villages that make up the Island of Killangent, they rely heavily on its fishing industry for sustenance. Since the forgotten event that brought the world to this new era, they have relied on aging technology and solar power to survive. They can't make anything new so the townsfolk work with what they have and survive. They are a superstitious people, but a brave and hard people.
A derelict boat that travels around the island in an endless loop acting as a trading post for all the villages. The main source of economy and news on the island. The Carnival has developed its own personality as its travels from harbour to harbour, acting as a point of relief and celebration, as most days are spent in survival. And while necessary to the survival of the people on the island, it too holds secrets waiting to be brought into the light.
The council governs the whole of the island, with local mayors being their representatives all year long. The council members are secret but at least one elder from each village on the island is on the council. No contact with those outside of the island. As far as anyone knows there is nothing beyond the sea. They rest of the world is gone and dead. They are the survivors and thus everything is regulated by the council: marriage, punishment, good and services, jobs. But they aren’t an evil organization. Everything they do is to keep the island alive.
We are both avid binge TV watchers, we know what it takes to keep an audience hooked and wanting more. We plan to play on that by not making our audience wait too long between seasons. By releasing four seasons of our show, in line with the four seasons of nature, our viewers will experience a year in this town along with our characters at the same pace. This will keep their attention for the entirety of our show while at the same creating a sense of anticipation.
The Berg is a mix between magic realism, mystery, and thriller. Stylistically it follows in the paths of Broadchurch, The O.A, and the Handmaid’s tale —TV that leaves you marvelling at the beauty, stillness, and attention to detail; while at the same time keeping you guessing. What drives this story forward is both the plot and the choices these characters are making. We know that there is a huge audience for these types of shows and we plan on taking this type of story and bringing it to a Canadian landscape.
This is story is going to be set in a post-apocalyptic Canada, aren't you curious to see what that would look like? Too often stories filmed in Canada, using our incredibly beautiful land, are presented as being somewhere else. We're going to showcase the beauty of the Canadian landscape in a show that is actually set in Canada.
We will create an accompanying four episode podcast for our series that will look more deeply at Canadian storytelling with some emerging storytellers in Canada. These will be released to coincide with each of the four seasons of our show to hype up the new season and remind people of what happened during the last season.
We will be using social media, primarily Instagram and Facebook, to reach our audience in a fun way by providing on set diaries, behind the scenes looks at what to takes to create a web series, interviews with the cast crew, and more. We really want to show people that you don't need much to create something awesome, you just gotta start.