Port Sebastian: The Story

collage2Post Sebastian, the story, is a photo-story soap opera featuring 1/6 scale fashion dolls and action figures. The story focuses on the lives and loves of the characters and their connections within their community.

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A few important things to know:

  • It truly is a small world. The residents of Port Sebastian are all 1:6 scale dolls and action figures, but they don’t know it. In their world, they’re living their lives and are not really aware that we’re watching, although some of them do know we exist. They call us the Giants.
  • Time passes differently in Port Sebastian. There is a term used in discussions of soap operas, “SORAS“, which means “Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome”. It’s just a humorous way of acknowledging the practice that many soap operas have used over the years, of aging the children in a way that doesn’t match the passage of time. The viewer may remember that one child was, let’s say, five years old when another child was born, yet ten years later, the older child, instead of being 15, may be 25, and the baby, who should now be ten, may be 16, or 18, or even older than the 25-year-old. You get the idea.
    In Port Sebastian, because I may not have enough available babies or kid-sized dolls that resemble one another closely enough to represent the same child aging as time goes, I will make use of “IAPIDS” (my own made-up term), which stands for “Inconsistent Aging Phenomenon In Doll Stories”. We may find that some of the children in Port Sebastian will age and others won’t, or they will take a long time to do so. If you notice that one character gives birth to a baby around the same time another character discovers that she is pregnant, yet the first baby is still the same age and size by the time the second baby is born, that’s ok. It’s just the way things go in Port Sebastian, and we don’t question it because it makes sense to the residents who live there.
    Also, please keep this in mind: Even if you think it’s been . . . oh, let’s just say . . .  seven years between the time when you first saw photos of Leah and James discussing moving in together and the first episode of Season One, when Janice mentions to Leah that it’s been almost two  years that Leah and James have been living together, it’s ok. In Port Sebastian, it really has been whatever length of time the characters believe. Please suspend disbelief and go along with what they say. The story will make more sense that way. 🙂
  • In Port Sebastian, good fashion remains good fashion even if it isn’t recent. You may notice that some of the fashions span a few decades. That’s perfectly fine in Port Sebastian. If a character who would be expected to dress in a very current, fashion-forward way, based on his or her job or personality, should show up in a scene wearing an outfit that originated on a 1990’s Barbie doll before making its way into Port Sebastian’s wardrobe department, it’s okay. Of course, that being said, one will find lots of dated fashions that are clearly from the 1950’s through 1980’s at Monica’s vintage shop, So Yesterday.
  • There are only so many face molds. In real life, members of the same family may or may not resemble one another physically. On TV and in movies, they’re even less likely to resemble one another, since they are played by actors who are not actually related. In Port Sebastian, however, family members are much more likely to share a resemblance. Sometimes, they even look strikingly like other people in town who they aren’t even related to! That’s because there are only so many face molds out there for dolls. They may be painted differently, which can alter their appearance considerably (some of the artists who repaint doll faces are absolutely amazing and I’m completely in awe of them), but the number of molds, while always increasing, is still more limited than the various combinations of human facial features in real life. I try to create families based on similar face molds and features, and on combinations that seem likely (to me) based on parents, grandparents, etc. From time to time, though, I may just throw in a sibling who doesn’t particularly resemble the rest of the family, just to keep things interesting.
  • There are only so many body styles – and a character’s body style may suddenly change without warning. I strive for variety in the body types, sizes, and skin tone variances of my characters. Just like in any human-sized town, we’re not all the same. As I obtain more types of doll bodies, I like to update my dolls with better articulation and different styles. For this reason, you may notice that a particular character is unexpectedly taller, shorter, curvier, or thinner. That, too, is ok. The characters don’t mind the sudden changes.

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