Treatment: 30/60/30
Family Camping
Or
Endangered Holiday
Or
Turtle Point-less
By Gabriel Russo

Logline:
Turtle Point-less is a family comedy about an irritable office worker and his podcasting, teacher, wife taking the family camping at the beach for a week, to unwind and learn about conservation, only to discover that their slovenly campsite neighbors are actually black market turtle poachers.

Act 1: The Russo’s, Gabe, Mandy, Hailey and Virginia prepare to go camping at the beach, at Turtle Point, Florida. Camping misadventures abound. Introduce the podcast, intro Gabe’s work. We see the girls’ room; they are nature fanatics, and Adventure Girls fanatics…posters, etc. We see one of Gabe’s visions.
We meet the neighbors, a slovenly, disgusting, trio of losers with lots of camping stuff…and cages.
Act 2: More camping misadventures, then the girls discover that the neighbors are suspicious. Gabe doesn’t believe the girls. Mandy and the girls go to a teardrop camper gathering in town. Mandy meets the Adventure Girls Owner? She snaps off an antennae and is seen by the Owner. They have lunch.
The neighbors do something, (lock the girls somewhere?)
Climax is when the girls are rescued and then the family race to the beach, they must turn off the lights and lead the turtles back toward the sea.
Act 3: The Rangers show up and arrest the poachers. The Adventure Girls’ Founder offers the girls the chance to be the Adventure Girls Poster Patrol People…? They will be the main focus of the upcoming ad campaign. Plus, Mandy is offered the official podcast of the Adventure Girls. Gabe receives a certificate of Appreciation from the Forestry Service which he proudly hangs in his classroom.
The family catch the poachers, Mandy gets a podcasting sponsor. Mandy gets a certificate of appreciation from the forestry service. Voiceover wraps up as Mandy hangs it on the wall of her new classroom and we cut to Gabe at his new job as a Park Ranger.

Treatment:
Family Camping
Or
Endangered Holiday
Or
Turtle Point-less
By Gabriel Russo

Logline:
Turtle Point-less is a family comedy about an irritable teacher and his podcaster wife taking the family camping at the beach for a week, to unwind and learn about conservation, only to discover that their slovenly campsite neighbors have a dark secret.

Act 1: Beginning through Day 1 PAGE 1-30
PAGE 1: SET MOOD, TONE, AND PLACE
The Russo’s, Gabe, Mandy, Hailey and Virginia prepare to go camping at the beach, at Turtle Point, Florida.
Introduce the podcast,
PAGE 3: THE CENTRAL QUESTION IS ESTABLISHED--
intro Gabe’s work. Gabe doesn’t like his dead end job. It is soulless.
Interact with crazy security guard- something about camping or Park Rangers.
We see one of Gabe’s daydreams of being a Park Ranger--
gets picnic basket back from bear.
Gabe and Mandy on the phone, Gabe tells her he’s just going to stop for a minute.
Gabe at the Camping Store
We see the girls’ room; they are nature fanatics, and Adventure Girls fanatics…posters, etc.
Dinner around the table
It’s their anniversary, they exchange gifts.
PAGE 10: BY NOW WE KNOW WHAT THE STORY IS ABOUT—Getting back to nature.
Gabe gives Mandy the recording equipment Gabe gets what ? (makes him question his job.)
Gabe and Mandy talk about the trip, get in bed.
Gabe has another weird daydream about being a Ranger.
Helps some animal in an over the top situation.
Crazy morning as they leave the AdventuGirls Books behind on the table.
From the car, we see a road sign indicating it is several hundred miles to go.
Mandy tells camping story from her childhood--not flattering.
They talk in the car about living at the beach, but moving is such a hassle. Both are up for it though.
They arrive at the State Park
While waiting, Gabe has another daydream
Gabe rescues trapped raccoon from fallen rock. He pries it off and tears up as it scurries off
Interact with Park Ranger-Ranger thinks Gabe is an idiot.
We meet the neighbors, a slovenly, disgusting, pair of losers with lots of super fancy camping stuff…and cages.
PAGE 30: EVENT THAT THE HERO REACTS TO

Act 2: Day 2 through 5 PAGE 31-90 (Obstacles to the hero’s)
family goes to the beach
the neighbor snatches baby turtle just as the girls are rescuing it.
Gabe doesn’t believe the girls.
PAGE 45: INITIAL GROWTH OF CHARACTER
They all go to a teardrop camper gathering in town.
Mandy meets the Adventure Girls Owner?
She snaps off an antennae and is seen by the Owner.
PAGE 60: BIG TROUBLE AND A COMMITMENT

They have early dinner
Girls record the neighbors talking to the owner of the restaurant about black market supplies
Next day the girls have a plan to trap the neighbors
The neighbors catch the girls eavesdropping and do something,
PAGE 75: ABOUT TO GIVE UP BUT SOMETHING CHANGES EVERYTHING
(lock the girls somewhere?)
The girls are rescued but the plan is revealed and the family race to the beach, it is raining
They hide and watch as the neighbors are turning on all the bright spotlights.
They must turn off the lights and lead the turtles back toward the sea.
The neighbors are scooping up baby turtles and stuffing them in sacks. The turtles are confused by the bright lights, not sure which direction is the sea.


Act 3: Day 6, 7 and go home. PAGE 91-120 RESOLUTION
The Rangers show up and arrest the poachers.
the recording equipment has a backup where even if you think its deleted, it can be recovered.
The Adventure Girls’ Founder offers the girls the chance to be the Adventure Girls Poster Patrol People…?
They will be the main focus of the upcoming ad campaign.
Plus, Mandy is offered the official podcast of the Adventure Girls.
Mandy hangs a certificate of Appreciation from the Forestry Service in her new classroom.
“Hello, I’m Mrs. Russo. I’m your new teacher.” Cut to
Gabe as a Park Ranger, making his rounds. Voiceover wraps up.



Intro

Woman’s V.O. of podcast over opening credits,
Podcast is the closing of the latest Adventugirls Podcast hosted by Mandy Russo, she is wrapping up about the badges, camping essentials, etc.

We learn that she is a teacher, off for the summer, and Gabe works in IT.
We see Mandy with the headphones on, in front of her laptop, recording. Laundry is piled, etc. not messy, just lived in. A busy house in general.

Mandy's smartphone lights up as Gabe is calling.
She wraps up by saying something about Gabe, or leaving or something, and we cut to Gabe’s office.

Inside Gabe’s office as he’s gathering up his things
Coworker and he talk on the walk to the elevator
Security guard overhears their conversation he’s super weird and has extreme views of the Park Rangers
Gabe daydreams about being a Park Ranger,
Boot splashes in a puddle, Gabe sniffs his fingers after touching the ground, runs through the brush, we hear a roar, some scuffle. A bear slinks out of the brush. Gabe, standing tall, hands on hips says, “That will teach you, Bear. Pic a nic baskets are not for your kind.” Growling, “tell your friends.”

Coworker snapping fingers...
The elevator doors close on the security guard going on and on.

Scene at the Camping super store, he’s just getting a few things, ends up with cart full of stuff, it’s like $900

At home Gabe gives Mandy a new portable podcast recording set-up so she doesn’t have to get off schedule, and can record on the road.
Whenever Mandy holds up the mic to Gabe he does an old school wrestling promo.
In the morning it’s chaotic as they go to leave, as the front door closes, we see the bag of Adventure Girls workbooks and badge exercises.
It is drizzling as they drive off. the kids ask if it’s going to be raining. Oh, no says Gabe It’s hours away.

Scene in the car
Mandy remembers a camping story from her childhood, it's not a flattering story...

We pull up to the Park Ranger station, still pouring rain.
Gabe daydreams that he heroically saves a raccoon.
He’s still staring off into space as the Ranger is waiting. dripping wet.


They try to set up camp in the pouring rain to no avail, fall asleep in the car and wake up sore several hours later.
Gabe on his soapbox about tent camping vs. RV camping...
The neighbors show up, they are like the Gorgs from Fraggle Rock. They have an insane camper. It is humongous. When they get there, it’s a whole production to set up an enclosure all around, a crazy fancy outdoor kitchen, carpets, sofa, etc.
The Russo’s watch the set-up, amazed looks on their faces, from the car.

End of Act One

Act Two
Day 2

It has stopped raining

First thing in morning Gabe goes to the bathrooms, which were supposed to be nice, are closed for renovations,
There is a minor freak-out as the port-a-potty’s and hand washing station are all there is.

The rain stops early morning and the family go for a hike
Everything is still wet.
We see a sign about the turtles and how dangerous it is to mess with their habitat.
Gabe tells some B.S. story about turtles, he likes to lie to the children, like Calvin’s Dad.


Gabe falls and slides down
tumbles over and over
lands on feet at bottom miraculously
face to face with a giant sea turtle

dinner at campsite, dog barking
the neighbor is having a better meal as gabe struggles to light fire.
they watch out the tent flap as the neighbor sets up a bunch of propane pipe.


They fall asleep as obnoxious country music plays too loudly next door and their dog barks uncontrollably

Day 3
Gabe struggles to set up the beach umbrella, it keeps bending, falling over, etc. eventually he gets it set up and it suddenly blows down the beach.
They are swimming in the ocean, bodysurfing, etc.
Gabe is knocked over by a wave, comes up covered with seaweed.


Gabe excited to show the girls some outdoor skills
the girls end up baiting the hook as Gabe is grossed out
mom takes the fish off the hooks as Gabe is grossed out
Gabe doesn’t want the turtles to get messed up again so he goes to sabotage the lights
just as he’s messing with the wiring, it is dusk and the lights come on, electrocuting gabe


as Gabe doing that Mandy making dinner and has “Lucy” like scene where the corn starts to roll, she catches it, more and more roll, she frantically gets them all, just as she stops them all ( (one of the girls asks question or Gabe comes back into camp)

she is momentarily distracted and all the corn roll into the ashes
quick cut to family eating corn and smiling ashy smiles and picking their teeth, etc
dog barks as the day ends with Gabe smoking (literally) in his sleeping bag


swimming at the beach, Mandy tells Gabe that she’ll do the tent. It blows down the beach.
gabe is pinched by a crab
Mandy and the girls go catching interesting bugs, gabe gets stung or bitten by weird bug and swells up
neighbor comments on the bugs 1 Tenters 0

as they fall asleep we see how swollen they both are in various places

Day 4
The family wake up, Gabe and Mandy are cramped.
Gabe is excited about the convention. Maybe a little camper WOULD be ok...

Big scene at the teardrop trailer convention in town, just to get away they go to check it out, we see a bunch of cool campers.
Mandy interviews several campers for the podcast. Gabe and the girls act the fool.

dinner in town
The girls are messing with the recording equipment, recording wrestling promos and accidentally get a recording of the neighbors talking to the restaurant owner about snatching up all the turtles, turtle soup, etc.


There is a baby turtle in the campsite, as Hailey sees it, the neighbor scoops it up and drops it in the cooler. Hailey is shocked, she tells her sister.
They tell the parents about the neighbors keeping baby turtle.
At the end of the day, we see mosquitoes completely covering the tent as we fade out.


Day 5
swimming in the ocean
Mandy is amazed to see the manatees, she calls Gabe over and says how gentle and beautiful they are
Gabe swims over and the manatee freaks out and headbutts Gabe, maybe splashing him out of the water,

The family wake up, Gabe and Mandy are cramped.

The girls begin getting ready and heading toward the bathrooms, Hailey giving the stinkeye to the neighbor.


Day 6

a squirrel comes into camp and jumps on the table and steals the food Mandy is making
scene of Mandy and squirrel having it out,
it ends just as Gabe and the girls get back from the bathrooms,
“why are you so sweaty or flushed?”

doesn’t want to swim in the ocean anymore,
a bird shits on his shoulder, he goes in the sea to wash it off
comes up with two starfish stuck to his chest
family laughs, Gabe screams like a little girl

When Gabe gets to camp they wonder where the girls are...

End of Act Two

Start of Act Three

Day 7

boating in the wetlands and marshes
pointing out the trees and birds
one girl reading her eco-scout book about snakes who drop from trees

branch drops on Gabe’s shoulders, he screams like a little girl thinking it’s a snake
thrashing around he falls into the water
family laughing hysterically
a huge snake is in the water
family starts screaming about the snake
Gabe doesn’t believe them

chase back to the boat



They go into the RV to search for clues to the neighbors weirdness, and are discovered. They explain the plan
The neighbors, it turns out, are black market food suppliers. They are in the area for the turtle hatching.
Their plan is to turn on giant lights to draw the turtles away from the ocean and they will gather them all up.
Turtles this week, something else next week, they follow the migration/birth/spawn patterns of odd animals. Sell the animals to restaurants and private eaters.

They tie up and lock the family in the RV while they go to gather as many turtles as they can before the jig is up. They go outside and set up some lights, then come back in and turn more on. Intensely bright light floods the beach, we see some turtles beginning to hatch.

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