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1980s & '90s

Casey Lake

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Sunlighting is a completely true story with warm, human, poignant, and humorous moments throughout and an eerie event near the end. It's a human-interest story about a retired gentleman and a younger man hired to be his chauffeur, caregiver, and companion.



Short Summary

The story is told of how the main character came to live in Sarasota and became friends with a young man whose father later employed him. Years after that he becomes the elderly gentleman's chauffeur, companion, and caregiver to get him out and about for mental stimulation.

The main mission is accomplished, and more. The two develop a bond of friendship and learn a lot from one another, enhancing both of their lives in unexpected ways, sometimes humorous and sometimes heartwarming. On the last day of the retiree's life there's an unusual, somewhat eerie occurrence.


Sarasota, Florida

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Casey Lake

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Modest,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Funny,Educated,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Carl Martin

Age: 80

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Engaging,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Frank Martin

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Modest,Charming,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Funny,Gracious,Educated,Honorable

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

Sunlighting is a completely true story with warm, human, poignant, and humorous moments throughout and an unusual, somewhat eerie event near the end. This human-interest tale is about an elderly gentleman whose cognitive decline accelerated when he retired and sat around doing nothing, so his wife hired a younger man well-known to her family to be his chauffeur, caregiver, and companion. His main mission was to get the retiree out and about to stimulate his mind and give him a life, but their relationship developed into something more than that and brought benefits beyond those originally hoped for. They learned a great deal from one another, and the bond of friendship they developed enhanced both of their lives. As mentioned Sunlighting is absolutely true, as well as heartwarming, funny, and inspirational.

About The Author

Casey Lake has published two books under different pen names, and lives in Sarasota, Florida.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available



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Casey grew up in Florida after his father dies from Leukemia. He goes to college with his best friend, but leaves before getting a degree. He starts having unusual experiences. He sees ghosts in photos he takes of his girlfriend, has a UFO sighting and meets people with abilities.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

The book profile does accurately reflect the book. It could touch more on specific events of the story as it gives a very broad view.

Draw of Story

The story begins with a lot of heart. Casey is speaking about his father and his final years with him. It is heartwarming and a nice tribute to his father's memory.

Possible Drawbacks

The story is a autobiography of a man's life. Most of it is normal, mundane details of Casey's life. The most interesting parts are of his unusual encounters with ghosts, UFO's and people with different abilities. That should take precedence over the meandering through the normal events of his life. It needs more to hold the attention of the audience.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Casey has some encounters with unexplainable phenomenon's like floating balls of light. I would watch the movie for the unusual events of Casey's life but not much else is very interesting.

Fanbase Potential

This would not have a large fanbase as is. Casey lives a relatively normal existence with a few moments of interest. There isn't much substance that is engrossing for an audience. The story touches on his unique experiences but spends so little time on it compared to other events in Casey's life.

Awards Potential

This does not have awards potential. The storytelling is solid but the content is mundane. Casey goes to college, he gets a girlfriend, he leaves school and gets a job, he loses the job, he gets in engage, his fiancé leaves him, etc. Normal life does not translate to compelling drama, in this case.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story is not original. Casey is living a normal life and has a few unusual encounters with otherworldly entities.

Lead Characters

The lead character does not stand out. He is a young, white man in America living his life. He has a very typical story with a few interesting and unusual moments.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an average story that has been written well. If more focus was placed on the times in Casey's life where he encounters unexplainable phenomenon's and shows him exploring it further, it would add excitement to the story.

Possible Formats

Film: Indie, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

More focus on the science fiction elements of the story. That is where the story lies, not in the ordinary moments in Casey's life. The beginning and end feel like two different stories.