Adventure on a DARE

Fritz T Sprandel 1016659345467


1960s & '70s

Fritz T Sprandel

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Adventure on a DARE...There is something for everyone: adventure, drama, suspense, reminiscences, intrigue, romance and inspiration. You will be drawn into the stories of humor mixed with dread, excitement coupled with horror, and just enough faith to overcome any doubts you may have whether there a God in heaven watching over us.



Short Summary

True- life adventure

Moving on to other true life adventures


East coast USA

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Fritz

Age: 27

Gender: Male


Key Traits: Adventurous

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Development Pitch

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Year Published: 2009

Hard Copy Available



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Fritz accepts a dare from his friend to sail on a canoe from the Northeast to California through the Panama Canal. He makes it through rough terrain and has to go back to his hometown Allentown multiples times in order to regroup. After landing in communist Cuba through the grace of God, Fritz makes it back home and becomes somewhat of a local legend. Rather than wandering through life, the trip helps him find purpose through God.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: GOOD

Structure: FAIR

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

The book profile does mirror the narrative in some regard but certain adjustments would help it better reflect the section purposes and for storyline. For example, the logline talking about what is marketable about the story would be better suited as the development pitch. The logline should be a summary about the boat ride and dare leading to the discovery of God aka a general overview of the story. The character details could also describe other side characters in the book.

Draw of Story

The premise that the dare is sponsored for Fritz to sail halfway around the northern hemisphere is both adventure calling but low stakes. There is a lot of investment in Frtitz's success.

Possible Drawbacks

It is unclear how the plot is progressing when the breaks are being taken either in retaining tension or in character development. This slows down the pacing so by making the breaks show the continued development of the inner conflict, the story will feel more like it is moving forward even when on a physical break from the ocean journey.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Fritz is sponsored with a boat, beer and ten cents to make a phone call on a dare to sail from the East coast to the West coast through the Panama Canal. It is enticing because it is not a lot to survive on and yet the ten cents is admitting defeat which is also not going to happen easily.

Fanbase Potential

This may have a medium and small fanbase of people who appreciate Christian films road movies. It is a unique cross genre appeal but the Christian audience itself comes with the caveat of being limited to begin with, it would depend behind the message of the end product as well.

Awards Potential

This is unlikely to have awards potential because of the lack of unique socials issues and unclear inner conflicts of pilot.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The originality stems from teh unique sea journey Fritz embarks on and how he uses his wits and charms alone to sustain himself with just a boat and a dime and some beer to sail to uncharted territories such as communist Cuba.

Lead Characters

Fritz is personable, adaptable, good-natured and brave. His sponsor of the trip Andy is gregarious and fun. Jennie is patient and loyal.

Uniqueness of Story

The journey is interesting as an external conflict, but the internal conflict leading Fritz to God is inconsistent throughout the first two acts. It is not apparent what the main inner conflict is meant to be in conjunction with the trip until the third act.

Possible Formats

Film: Studio, 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

Clarifying the inner conlict earlier and developing the transformation while the external conflict is taking a break for repairs or weather would help sustain tension and keep the pacing focused. Developing the themes of God throughout the physical journey would help create further cohesion throughout the three acts and create greater emotional investment in the leap into faith at the end.