What is RFYL?
"Run for Your Life" is dating meets Run Lola Run. With the onslaught of dating and hook up sites comes, “Run for Your Life,” a comedy web series about online dates that make you literally RUN FOR YOUR LIFE.
Based in New York City, our two main characters CELINE and RICHARD encounter one ridiculous date after another: a “freelance CEO”, a new age freek, a green bean guy, a couple of assholes, etc. After imagining how the relationship could go even more terribly wrong, they come to their senses and RUN FOR THEIR LIVES….all over town. After running past each other repeatedly in a Post-Dating-Stress-Disorder, Celine and Richard eventually meet, in future episodes...but will they find the love they are looking for?
How is it different?
“Run for Your Life” captures the comedic, surreal YET very real “I can’t believe this is happening” feeling that so many of us have experienced in online dating. It’s an honest relief from the push/pull, love/hate feeling that technology has inspired in modern times, balanced with the timeless search for love That’s the subtext at the heart of this funny (not snarky) and bizarre web series.
Themes & Focus Point
- The fucking of strangers
- Loss of intimacy
- The loss of the physical
- The loneliest country in the world
- The effects of dating surplus
- The role of fantasy or fetish in online connection
- Finding love/finding self
- The colliding of worlds
- The need for physical connection
- Assumptions we make of each other
- Quick to judge
- Anything goes!
The Maker's Inspiration
“Run for Your Life” is a fiction show motivated by my personal quest to understand both the absurdity and complexity behind the/my search for love in modern technological times. With the onslaught of dating and hookup sites comes more accessibility, more options, more noise and even more dating stories… Like the time I went out with “Ray-Ban Man,” who refused to take his sunglasses off for the entire date. In fact, the third time I asked him, he said, “The more you ask, they more it won’t happen.”
I know I’m not alone in both the PAIN and COMEDY of online dating.
It’s hilarious but it’s also a power struggle wrapped up in gender burrito.
We don’t marry the guy or girl down the street anymore (although my dad just did that). Instead we date, fuck, ghost, kittenfish, catch and release, bread-crumb, bench, do the slow fade and the stash. All these things make for serious comedy, which is what keeps most of us alive.
But in addition to the comedy, as a maker, I’m also interested in the power behind the play, especially as it relates to given and identified gender. What are the fantasies, assumptions, expectations created before, during and after dating, and how are they fueled by skewed ideas of power? I believe it is these power-disconnects that can ignite dates into the realm of ridiculous absurdity.
MINI-SERIES FORMAT : INCLUSIVE
Shows are written from either Celine or Richard’s perspective to touch on differing gender perspectives in dating. Sexual orientation, age and geography will be explored in future episodes and over the course of the series. This is because...
Each season of “Run for Your Life” will maintain a mini-series format and be SELF CONTAINED.
Once we’re finished with Celine and Richard (hipster 30s), we’ll move on to different people, situations and towns....and these singles are always running for their life.. This will give us the opportunity to explore the wide range of people + places and how internet dates can go wrong.