Fourth-year thesis film at UNC School of the Arts titled “Boys I Kissed Too Hard” Winston Salem, NC
BOYS I KISSED TOO HARD
Producers: Dillon Dipietro, Devin Peluso
Senior Narrative Thesis Film
Writer: Charlie Herndon
UNC School of the Arts Director: Noland Vannoy
Casting Director: Devin Peluso
Work Dates: Oct 3, 2020 – Oct 5 2020
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
DERRICK: Late teens boy. He looks 17 to 18 years old. He’s a deeply troubled middle class kid, lost in the world, and struggling to fit into his community’s Christian mold. He’s been having sex with older men. He’s alluring, beautiful, and uses his youthful looks to get what he wants, but he’s visibly disturbed. A combination of arrogant and self-loathing, addicted to the thrill of unhealthy behavior, he draws attention from the best and worst types of people. Hideously lonely, yet there’s a magnetic draw to everything he does, it’s the way he looks, talks, and acts. Internally and externally, he’s on the verge of losing himself to the dark side.
GRANT: Late 20s, early 30s man. Extremely charismatic youth pastor. Charming, masculine, and handsome. Wears Urban Outfitters. A hip young dude. The kind of attractive that would appeal to both church girls and their mothers. His very presence is humble and comforting. He’s a natural leader. Underneath all this, his dark side prevails, he’s lost his faith in humanity and adjacent to Derrick, he gives into self-hatred and violence. He’s equally as lost as Derrick, he wants to fix and change him. Or, if he finds him to be a truly lost cause, destroy him.
CALEB: Late teens, 17 year old boy. Dreamy jock with a boyish and innocent personality. Wholesome, sheltered, and not aware of the world outside his bubble. He’s a good Christian boy who dotes on and is protective of his younger brother, who has Down syndrome. He’s always felt at home in his Christian church and household. He’s selfless, gives himself to others, wakes up in the morning with dreams of saving the world in mind.
REBECCA: Girl in late teens, 17 years old. Unsocialized naif, perhaps homeschooled. One might call her a “horse girl”. An extremely sheltered girl afraid of entering the world. Presents herself conservatively. Diligent bible scholar and churchgoer. Always has to answer the question when no one else wants to talk. Would let her senior year of high school go on forever, if she could. An intense, bookish, yet sweet soul.
SHONDA VEE: Black female in her 40s. She is a tough-as-nails veteran social worker. Utterly professional, she has learned to detach herself emotionally from the grueling day-to-day of her job. She has been through, and has seen, everything. Her purpose in life is to help people in spite of the difficulties of the job. She’s got a strong moral compass and she exudes knowledge of self. However she has her moments where the job gets to her, she’s human after all.