"In the Gym" is part of the G.S.C.U (Gym Shorts Cinematic Universe)
TAG LINE- A BIG TIME GYM WITH TOO MANY PERSONALITIES!
LOG LINE- Gym stereotypes come to life and bond together after a tragedy in a new bigger gym where
everyone is trying to fit in, make friends, find love and just survive their next workout routine.
(It's like "Friends" meets "Brookyn 99" and filmed documentary style, but in the gym... and sexier!)
61 MILLION people have gym memberships, the gym industry is a $27 billion a year industry in the United States, increasing at a rate of $1 billion ever year! With the potential to extended to a $78 billion worldwide market! There are currently no gym themed, major network sitcom styled shows and no show with a more relatable, universal world wide theme. The relatability of our content puts our demographic to all genders from 22-55 yrs old.
We've taken a successful documentary style sitcoms concept and given it a unique modern twist and fresh spin.
This is a show about 6 people in a gym, employees and members, enthusiasts and novice and their experiences with friends, family, and life in a big busy gym. Though out every season each main character will have an overall individual story arch of growth and change. Additionally, as in life, every episodes will have daily challenges and shenanigans with other gym members, family members and groups in the gym.
The sitcom pilot 25-35 pages/ Beat sheet- Teaser + 3 Acts/ SAG Top Line budget of 75-100K per episode/ Shot single camera with a smart and witty tone
Erick Szot is an American film and television actor. Born in Miami, Florida and raised to Puerto Rican and Polish parents. He worked in retail management and business management for almost twenty years before pursuing his acting passion at the age of 38. With in a few years of getting into acting Erick quickly moved up into stand in work, featured parts and lead roles in many independent projects.
He then created the comedy web series "Gym Shorts", which he is starring in, producing, directing and the show runner for.
In 2018 Erick Szot founded Captain Entertainment, along with his friends, to help promote and highlight the talented Florida film market. Captain Entertainment's first project was "Gym Shorts", the web series about the small failing gym URanUs Fitness, which serves as the proof of concept and prequel to "In The Gym".
Have you been teased enough? Well, what are you waiting for? Start reading about the main characters, the pilot episode summary, basic story lines, what's special "In The Gym" and development of the characters for the whole season. Watch the 90 (sec) pitch video, the 30 (sec) teaser trailer or get obsessed with the catchy theme song. Finally, watch the award winning "Gym Shorts" pilot, which is the "In The Gym" PROOF OF CONCEPT VIDEO. Bonus at the end, there are ideas for additional characters and story plot lines for further development.
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An average guy, divorced, going through a midlife crisis. Kevin needs a fresh start and a new direction in life. Kevin’s character is the most grounded in reality and relatable. All these other characters live in their own strange bubble of reality, while Kevin can see below the surface and sees them for who they really are and not just the shiny veneer they project in the gym. He honestly still doesn't understand this crazy gym world, and just wants to make some new friends.
The manager of his mom and dad's gym. He is sweet but not business savvy, and floats through life on his charm and good looks. He just wants to make his parents proud. Brad relates most to his dad, a short, shy, beta male. He desperately wants the approval of his mom, a hard-core, ex-military alpha female. Brad wants to make the gym inclusive and diverse. He is often overwhelmed and has taken on too much responsibility with this gym, having never had any before.
He is the head trainer, and the only reason the gym runs as well as it does. Hired by Brad‘s mom, his mission is to run the gym like a well-oiled machine, despite Brad. Oz executes Brad's mom's rules and the Front Desk team (the Sami's) reports only to him.
If he could have his way, the gym would only be filled with athletic hard-core gym enthusiasts and higher-income clients. Ultimately, Oz wants to find love, have a family of his own outside of the gym. Oz is the brother of Wesley from U*Ran*Us Fitness, but they have no idea they are related.
A popular gym member. A former fat kid turned bodybuilder, he is an only child and has never worked a day in his life...except on his body. He changed his name to LoBo after the fire because he wanted it to sound more masculine. He is very competitive, sexually diverse, and has an aggressive yet friendly personality. LoBo also has slightly OCD personality traits. He’s super masculine in appearance, yet has an extremely effeminate demeanor. "When he opens his mouth a purse falls out."
A member of the gym, who is used to getting what she wants. She is intelligent, successful, manipulative, extremely driven, and slightly materialistic. After the fire, the resident gym vixen decided to reinvent herself by going into marketing and changed her name to be more marketable. In her personal life she has a string of exes and is very guarded. Having been burned in the past, she comes across as perfectly satisfied with going through the gym's rolodex of men. However, she may be unwilling to admit to herself that she could want more.
Another survivor of the fire, this actress now goes by her stage name, Lola. Lola is slightly flaky and believes herself to already be famous. She saved a celebrity's dog’s life and became the dog's full time dog-nanny. Lola never actually works out, is very fashionable and is always doing her hair and makeup because she needs to be camera-ready. The only reason why she comes to the gym is because she is best friends with Brad and LoBo and needs to escape her family life.
Chad was the fun-loving trainer of the now burnt pile of rubble formally known as U Ran Us Fitness. He's buff, he's clueless, slightly full of himself and a crazy pyro! Yes, Chad started the fire. Was it an accident? Was he using too many hair products? Did he finally crack under the pressure of living up to Wesley's standards? We may never know.
When we first find our fun-loving fire starter, he's been spending time in a mental institution ... for the "Cute and Buff".
He’s stilled obsessed with himself and his looks and he thinks the white "straight" jacket look is very stylish and slimming. Plus he's been building his online presence by posting his shirtless asylum selfies and what he calls "patient couture". He has quite the prison following.
Chad's been working out even more and his hair is on point, but he's about to get out ... and he wants his old job back. The new gym will never be the same. I mean, they're not going to hire him ... right?
Regardless, it's going to be fun to see what Chad does next.
The point of view of the camera is in the eyes of the maintenance crew.
It’s not a “fly on the wall” point of view...it’s the maintenance crew from across the room. The interaction with the maintenance team initially appears to be an interview or testimonial. In reality, characters will be absentmindedly talking to him/her as if in a confessional, but the camera will turn to reveal a maintenance person standing there waiting to clean. They are constantly cleaning up the gym and the bathroom areas, picking up trash, vacuuming, dusting, wiping down the machines, etc. The maintenance character isn’t always seen and never has lines. They deliver little more than a judgmental look or aloof expression as they go about their work in the gym (kind of like when you're talking to your cat).
S.A.M.I. stands for Social And Media Influencer.
This role is a marketing tool to target local celebrities and influencers to increase viewers and are attached to product placement. SAMI's are the front desk employees, always greeting every member in a friendly yet sarcastic manner. You can also find them anywhere throughout the gym, in the locker room, juice bar or office, but they will offer no help and engage in only seemingly polite, meaningless conversation. They don’t pick up weights or clean up, but can always be recognized by their signature lollipop. The Sami Team will get developed as a whole entity but have no individual story arc or backstory and are lead by Oz (kind of like the worker bees ruled by their Queen...or the Borg). They are a revolving door of employees, played by any gender, and you'll find several in each episode as this is a big gym and can have multiple Front Desk Employees.
Sami is hot and may try and convert you to boot camp...resistance is futile
The random gym moments really bring the gym to life.
We've all seen them next to us in the gym, those crazy characters working out in crazy ways. These are the perfect moments for product placement. It's a busy gym and there is always something going on. Sometimes it's a cutaway scene, but also in the background of scenes with main characters you can observe some oddball behavior. You never know what someone will do next...or who they may be. The gym has a life of its own: busy, crazy and chaotic.
Don't let anyone tell you the gym isn't like high school. Every clique or "pack" thinks they're better than the others and has their own hierarchy and status in the gym. Do you want to run with the cool Boot Camp Jocks or are you a Zumba Nerd? Stick with your own kind, because it's definitely safer in numbers, and don't be caught without your boxing gloves or yoga mat for protection.
Gym Hierarchy: Highest tier
The "Campers" think that they are the best pack in the gym. Thinking they have free reign over anything in the gym, they take all the free weights and platforms they want and get the best class schedules.
Gym Hierarchy: Top tier
The "Barries" don't think they are the best... they KNOW it. It's like ballet, but on steroids. Hence why they are a bit snobby but have earned it. They can basically kick your ass but look as graceful as a swan doing it.
Gym Hierarchy: Middle tier
The "Doggies," as the other packs refer to them. These are the grunts of the gym. They don't care much about the politics of gym life, as long as you let them get out all their pent up aggression during class.
Gym Hierarchy: Middle Lower tier
The"Doctors" (only some of you will get that reference) are just speed and adrenaline junkies. Other groups look at them like addicts. They will tell you they can stop at any time.
Gym Hierarchy: Lower tier
You know, they may look all peaceful and innocent...but watch out, the "Posers" are sneaky and underhanded gossips. They love to start trouble and instigate wars between the packs.
If one of them is smiling at your face, it's probably because three of them are talking about you behind your back.
Gym Hierarchy: Lowest tier
The "Betos" as they refer to themselves (thats the creator of Zumba) have numbers on their side and a complete lack of caring what the other packs think of them.
"Dumb Dumbs," as they are referred to by the other packs, are thought of as undisciplined and out of control.
Betos just want to DANCE and HAVE FUN!
"THE JUICE BAR"
Every great series has it, from "Cheers" all the way to "Friends" Central Perk...the local watering hole.
Well, we are no exception. Stop by before, during or after your work out routine. Anyone is bound to be there talking behind someone's back, having an inappropriate conversation, recovering from a workout with Oz, or just trying to escape their everyday lives with a delicious protein shake.
Compared to the juice bar in U*Ran*Us Fitness, the juice bar in THE GYM, will be bigger, longer... and OMG hopefully not sweatier... eww
THE GYM's juice bar is also a great place to advertise your gym brand. Wanna promote your brand? You know everyone that comes in the gym will see it here!
IT'S YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR GOSSIP, ESCAPE AND COMMERCE... OH, AND JUICE I GUESS.
(hopefully there will be WiFi)
"IN THE GYM" - a new series
What happened to our characters after there was a fire at U*Ran*Us Fitness?
Chad went a little crazy (well, a little more crazy than usual) and burned the gym down (probably due to too many hair products).
Our heroes were forced to move on...just to a bigger, busier gym though...and reinvented themselves. There are more characters...more growth and development (muscle development mainly)…and more crazy shenanigans.
... a BIGGER, LONGER, SWEATIER gym series!
Gym Owner- Ex-military "alpha" type female.
Tough, aggressive, no-nonsense personality.
She hired Oz to run the gym while she's not there. Brad wants desperately to earn his mom's approval and respect but fears she may fire him.
Gym Owner- Although short in stature, he had a strong outgoing personality at one time; but years of marriage have turned him into a meek, shy, shadow of the man he once was. Still friendly and funny but doesn't want to cross his wife. Loves his family. Brad looks up to him.
Rose- Oz’s nemesis. She enjoys taunting Oz and has been besting him since their time in basic training. Also has a crush on Brad's mom.
He’s handsome, powerful and considered by CiCi to be the love of her life.
Tall and very muscular. Training for body building competition. Slightly mean (possibly roid rage)
Eccentric and slightly off mentally.
(Think the cheer coach from "Bring It On")
Gay sibling is cute, very friendly and liked by everyone.
Wealthy, thinks everyone is in love with her, has no shame, and flaunts her wealth and drinking. In love with Oz but also treats him like her butler. Imagine her walking on a treadmill while holding a martini glass.
(think Fat Amy from "Pitch Perfect" meets Karen from "Will and Grace")
Smart and nerdy with many fitness degrees, the new trainer is well-liked by members. Hiding something mysterious and possibly devious.
Douche bag- buff and slightly full of himself. Starts off in a mental institution. When he gets out
... who knows?
Slightly older gentleman, looks good shirtless. Gives sage advice to gym members in the sauna. Just make sure you keep eye contact so your eyes don't stray to things you may not want to see.
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