The return of a lost cat leads to a disagreement over its identity that begins to tear a couple apart.
When a strange visitor returns a nearly identical cat to the one Rowan and Hannah lost a few days prior, the couple disagree on whether it is their beloved pet, Tubby. Rowan, unemployed and directionless, becomes obsessed with proving this new cat isn't Tubby, but a doppelganger. While Rowan's obsession begins to alienate Hannah, he seeks a sympathetic ear in his odd new friend, Michael, while Hannah finds the same in her work mate, Lee. As Rowan's need to prove the real Tubby is still missing increases, the stability of his and Hannah's life gradually crumbles. This obsession brings his sanity into question and jeopardizes the safety and future of the couple.
Say hello to the Not Tubby team. A combination of writers and film professionals, we each bring a unique set of skills to the series, and are excited to get our passion project off the ground.
Rowan is aimless, currently unemployed, and perhaps a bit stir-crazy. Always an aspiring something, he leaps from interest to interest with obsessive vigor before eventually deciding it isn’t right for him. He’s a guy who is so busy planning what he’ll do when he wins the lottery that he forgets to buy a ticket. When a cat identical to Tubby is returned, Rowan may be willing to sacrifice the most important people in his life to prove he’s right.
Hannah is a loving, driven person working as a copywriter at an advertising agency in downtown Vancouver. She’s willing to fight for the things she cares about—the environment, fair access to housing, and Rowan. She values a feeling of stability, and her dry sense of humour can sometimes mask brutal truths. While Hannah is an empathetic person, her social, environmental, and career concerns cause her to overlook the struggles of the people closest to her.
The mysterious visitor who returns the cat, Michael is impossible to pin down. A man uncomfortably comfortable with silence, he seems like a spectator in his own life. He is at times friendly, aloof, or vaguely threatening and his enigmatic nature makes him an unlikely friend and confidant to Rowan throughout the series.
Lee fancies himself an urban shaman, world traveller, and amateur life coach. Affluent and pretentious, he seems cool until you get to know him. He’s always eager to help and dispense advice, assured that people will take what he says to heart. Lee is an overly friendly co-worker of Hannah’s at an advertising agency downtown (at least until his lifestyle blog goes viral) and he is too quick to be an open ear when Hannah needs someone to listen.
We’d like our story to reflect the lives of people living in Vancouver and facing the unexpected (at times surreal) problems life presents to people trying make rent, live sustainably, and be a good partner.
Vancouver is Hollywood North, but most people new to the film and television industry find it difficult to break in with stories that present their own voice and vision. We actively support events in the film and writing communities and this project will allow writers and young industry professionals the chance to collaborate on a project where they will have the ability to have direct input into the final product.
"After a long day of hoeing, planting seeds, and preparing for the Autumn harvest, there's nothing better than sitting on the porch with my wife, Susan, and two daughters, Jane and Sarah, and watching a web series made by millennials."
"I know the target audience is men and women between the ages of 18 and 35, but this story's universal message about perception and relationships between loved ones really spoke to me. I believe it transcends its core target audience and as a wealthy businessman I see the value in that."
We will be setting up tables in the student nest and trying to gain student support. We will be encouraging them to take pictures with a large cardboard cut out of Tubby. Hopefully we will get the hashtag #NotTubby trending and some traction towards the Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook profiles we have set up.
We will organize multiple screenings for as many people as we can fit. Tubby will be present and the guest of honour. The events will be captured for social media and hopefully lead to an increased online reach.
Other than relentlessly promoting this project on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram we will be starting a guerrilla marketing campaign around Vancouver and the UBC campus by putting up mock “Lost” posters for our star cat, Tubby. The poster campaign will generate word of mouth and advertise our web series.