What I write here is not a transcription, it is my interpretation based on my hit-and-miss notes. So it may not accurately reflect what Connal said, or what he meant to imply. It's my interpretation of what he said.
Connal had a cool presentation based a flash thing which zoomed in and out - which it would be impossible to represent here. It was essential a compilation of those things that he observes work in Kid's TV. Not that he was saying that this was the be-all and end-all, just that it's what he's observed.
So essentially I can only reproduce in text form the sort of thing he had in a fancy graphic, plus notes as he went along.
- Children at the centre
- Active child protagonist
- Child's point of view
- Often the Kid's name in the title
- It's about: Standing out and Fitting in
- Needs likeability
- Should be aspirational
- Everyday: Home and school - children's worlds are shrinking, because of the supposed threats in the environment being pounded into parents by the media. It's identifiable and relatable.
- Fantasy - LoTR, Narnia but Connal thinks pure fantasy is limited: once you;ve beaten the bad guy, the bad guy is beaten. No legs. (I don't necessarily agree with him but I know what he's talking about.) It's escapism, an alternate reality, imaginary.
- High concept - The Queen's Nose, My Parents are Aliens etc. A mix of everyday and fantasy, a dramatic metaphor and the ability of the child antagonist to actually do something and make a difference, when in the real world they couldn't.
- Dynamic action
- High stakes
- Emotional intensity (clear differentiation between emotions)
- Values (clear moral centre - stuff that matters)
- Renewable - has it got legs?
- Powers - abilities - wishfulfilment - empowering
To be continued...
What's on the turntable? "1984/Dodo" by David Bowie from "Sound and Vision"