I have isolated myself from my blog and grown immensely since. I realize these prior idle ramblings in the sense of self was nothing much more than a diary of an aspiring writer. Not that I should forget any of the posts or feelings but to realize in retrospect the amount of growing I have done. Peace out All! May everyone achieve their dreams of impacting the media world.
Well all, I did it! I got Act III of my unedited first draft movie accomplished. Act IV is the ending and what I have been formulating since the beginning. While it some respects it will be the easiest part to write in some respects it is the hardest bringing the movie to a climactic end. Even so I set out a two month goal for completion from the first draft and concept’s to now. I have until February 15th to accomplish this and about twenty pages left to do so. I left myself 1 to @ months for finalization and submission. Come April 15th I will release the title and all that. Tax day too by the way. I hope next year I have to pay more in taxes than I have made the last couple of years. Well peace out all.
Well I have done almost absolutely nothing as far as writing today. I don’t know if it is a good sign or not when your story is calling you. Sometimes I get so involved with my story I forget to step back and look at it from an outer perspective. I have formulated it a bit in mind and I guess that is working on the story as well. I don’t think I can take more than a one day break until it is finished though at least the first draft anyway. Peace out all.
Well I have written commercial’s. I have written sitcoms. I have written books of lyric’s. This movie is the most challenging of all. I finally got to page 90 which feels good but yet I know I have to weave back in from time to time. Sometimes when handling such difficult timing, threading, dialogue and visualization’s I forget dumb little things. Fortunately I am noticing them quicker and it gets easier fixing the thread of it. The thing is, instead of striving for perfection the first time it is much better to just realize the first attempt won’t be perfection. Satisfaction comes from just knowing it takes work and every effort is worth something.
Sometimes I just want to say Arrrgh! Still in a decent frame of mind but I do get highly frustrated from time to time. Details, Details, Details. Oh well, if things weren’t this difficult from time to time. It probably wouldn’t be worth in the end. Peace out all.
Amazingly the better the frames, scenes and pages of a screenplay flow out of me and appear. The better state of mind I myself get in. I feel I’m growing exponentially in skills, format, technique, etc. Sometimes I have not let my potential show on purpose. I hope I’m over that dumbness that sometimes can come over me. I knew I had beautiful concepts, idea’s, etc. I also knew what I was getting myself into. Perhaps there is a reason really good screenplays are rare is the effort it truly takes to get them to the level they need to be. Anyone can tell a story, most can write a story but it takes so much more to view a story. No disrespect to author’s out there. In honesty I myself do not read a lot of books. Perhaps the vision is there in books, but it is still not the same as the view. I do on the other hand enjoy reading almost any screenplay. Almost like the end of what they call a serenity prayer.
Well got my upgrades. Know I have the skills now it is coming down to a matter of money. I’m humble enough to know I need help but yet I still struggle to do it all on my own. You would think someone would help me. I’m getting bitter at the disregard that my family has for me. This adversity is almost sickening. Yet when I make it somehow I’m supposed to have regard for them. Really wondering if I should alienate myself from this family completely. Perhaps that will be the healthiest thing for all.
Well, it is getting closer to an actual edited final pitch draft. I have a prepared treatment just to throw out here then the first episode. I like it but of course I’m partial. This is my envisioned Sitcom. About a year in the works from conceptualization to this point.
The Social Wallflowers
I believe I have a story that is representative of and on the “Pulse of America”. The setting is the “Big City Midwest”, specifically St. Louis, Mo. Although the setting is “Big City Midwest” I do believe this story to be entertaining enough to be representative of people in general causing a nationwide likeability. The story is that of a lighthearted sitcom. Many sitcoms and stories are set in a generalized area. One thing right off the “get go” that this screenplay and story does is give a multitude of areas using the external as well as the internal aspect of telling the story of characters. The characters are dynamic, unique and quirky which holds true to what the title of the screenplay is; and that is, the characters are indeed social wallflowers. A “Highlight” and “catchy” aspect so to speak is; although the characters are quirky, unique wallflowers there are many undertones of normality to them. The normality of characters combined with the quirkiness and uniqueness I believe is envisioned so well. The vision, characters and story unfolds something like this.
Imagine a helicopter with an overview of St. Louis, Missouri focusing on 5 main external areas for scenery. The camera then goes from an aerial view to the sidewalk in front of an apartment complex.
The five main opening external areas are the St. Louis Arch, St. Louis Public Library, Grand Union Station specifically a candy shop inside it, the St. Louis Botanical Gardens and a costume shop on Laclede’s Landing. We then go internal into the main I/E area of the story. It is an apartment complex where all main characters live. Next we see an internal view of an elevator with characters. There is also an aspect in the opening and scenery visualization where we enter the individual apartments also introducing characters. The final opening shot is from the front door of an apartment complex where we can see a full view of the St. Louis Arch in the background. Now to explain the “Highlight’ I had earlier spoke of and why I think the concept, storyline and visualization hits “The Pulse of America” so to speak; is that there is a trend causing people to be socially inept in today’s society. This social ineptness is not necessarily with social media or technology devices but simple human interaction. There is ease of use and instant gratification in social media and technology causing many people of today’s society to be those quirky wallflowers so to speak. I believe this social ineptness with most in society reaches the degree of normality. The story is light-hearted and situations that occur could happen to any normal American citizen.
There are five main characters; two of them are married and there are opportunities for many supporting characters throughout the story and screenplay.
One of the main characters of the married main characters starts the sitcom off being pregnant by episode two. It is important to note that her news of pregnancy is not in the pilot episode. I’m giving this information about the story for a good example of continued storytelling and dynamic’s of just a couple of the characters. She also works as a librarian. The husband is a screenwriter and working from home. One mentionable “Highlight” is that although pregnancy is not an uncommon theme in sitcoms; very rarely in sitcoms do we have a main character pregnant by episode two.
This example of the story allows for a wide variety of light-hearted pregnant jokes and is extremely relevant to any young couple expecting a child. Thinking ahead and perhaps a “Highlight” to be developed is that we can also see a somewhat unique scenario where the husband writer becomes the “Househusband”, so to speak. Another one of the character is an “egghead” so to speak and has a quirk of trying not to eat vegetables. Another character is a pretty mid-twenties woman and although beautiful she has a disturbed body image. She works in a local candy shop. The last of the main characters is a socially inept owner of a costume shop on Laclede’s Landing which he works and owns himself. This character thinks he is a mystique. A “Highlight” and really cool common thread is that periodically the costume shop character brings an item or totem of interest home (which is in every episode). On the elevator to their apartments he tries to impress the candy shop character.
I believe the diversity of these characters causes a beautiful blend of character interest and storytelling.
There is also the aspect and “Highlight” of pets. The single candy shop girl has a cat that is her alter ego at times. The Laclede’s Landing costume shop owner has a dog that is more his parallel ego than alter ego. The married couple has a cat named Casper. These pets can be incorporated into many humorous anecdotes along with the already existing humorous and dynamic human characters.
Another “Highlight” to mention is that as the general story and script dialogue is read it is quite easy to see the thread of how the story jumps areas and evolves. Again the characters are dynamic and what I really think is good about the storyline is that the characters general quirkiness allows for and endless array of humorous anecdotes. There is a lot of opportunity to explore how characters evolve and devolve into social wallflowers back and forth vice-versa. Ease of writing interesting scenarios for these characters I think is not only a very strong point of interest, but perhaps the strongest “Highlight” of the entire story. One notable mention perhaps leading to another “Highlight” is that the lyric and jingle are also original and well thought out.
THE SOCIAL WALLFLOWERS
EPISODE 1- MEET THE WALLFLOWERS
COPYRIGHT OCTOBER 26, 2013©
This screenplay is set in St. Louis. The characters are somewhat socially inept trying to fit in to societal norms.
ALL SETTINGS HAVE I/E VIEWS
AN APARTMENT COMPLEX THAT HAS A VIVID VIEW OF THE ST. LOUIS ARCH.
THE ST. LOUIS BOTANICAL GARDENS
ST. LOUIS LIBRARY
THERE ARE FIVE MAIN CHARACTERS. TWO OF THE FIVE CHARACTERS ARE A MARRIED COUPLE LIVING IN SAME APARTMENT COMPLEX. THE CHARACTERS ARE AS FOLLOWS.
MARNEY- A QUIRKY BLONDE HIGHLY CREATIVE AND HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE BUT HAS A DISTURBED SELF-IMAGE. SHE WORKS AT A CANDY INSIDE GRAND UNION STATION BECAUSE SHE PERCEIVES HERSELF AS NOT HEALTHY OR ATTRACTIVE. SHE THINKS WORKING IN A CANDY SHOP SHE MAY FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE AROUND OVERWEIGHT UNATTRACTIVE PEOPLE. IRONICALLY, IN ACTUALITY NONE OF THE PEOPLE SHE WORKS WITH HAS THOSE ATTRIBUTES OTHER THAN THE CANDY SHOP BOSS.
NAT- HE WORKS AT THE ST. LOUIS BOTANICAL GARDENS. HE DISLIKES PEOPLE AND PREFERS TO TALK TO HIS PLANTS OR HISELF.
TRISH- SHE WORKS AS A LIBRARIAN AND IS CONDESCENDING AND FEELS INTELLIGENT OVER EVERYONE. SHE IS MARRIED TO RODNEY WHO’S DESCRIPTION FOLLOWS.
RODNEY- HE WORKS AS A FREELANCE WRITER FROM HOME FEELS NO ONE CAN UNDERSTAND HIS CREATIVE TALENTS. HE IS MARRIED TO TRISH WHO IS SOMETIMES ANNOYED BY THE FACT HE GETS TO WORK FROM HOME.
CLINT-HE WORKS AT HIS OWN COSTUME AND NOVELTY SHOP. HE WANTS NO ONE TO EVER TRULY KNOW WHAT HE THINKS IS HIS MYSTIQUE, ALTHOUGH HE COMES OFF QUITE SHALLOW AND TRANSPARENT.
IN ADDITION TO THE MAIN CHARACTERS THERE ARE ALSO MANY SUPPORTING CHARACTERS.
MR. NURSIN- MARNEY’S BOSS FROM THE CANDY SHOP
BETH- A MARRIED FRIEND AND CO-WORKER OF MARNEY’S FROM THE CANDY SHOP.
SUZIE- CANDY SHOP WORKER.
SAM- CUSTOMER FROM THE CANDY SHOP WHO IS INTERESTED IN MARNEY (OPTION FOR LATER CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT DURING A SEASON)
AMY- NAT’S BOSS AT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS
DIANE- TRISH’S MOTHER AND RODNEY’S MOTHER-IN-LAW.
PHIL- TRISH’S FATHER AND RODNEY’S FATHER-IN-LAW
SALLY- NAT’S NEIGHBOR
IN ADDITION TO MAIN AND SUPPORTING CHARACTERS THERE ARE ALSO PET CHARACTERS.
MS. PRISSY- MARNEY’S CAT
CASPER- RODNEY AND TRISH’S CAT
SPIKE- CLINT’S DOG
EXT- P.O.V. IS THAT OF A HELICOPTER PASSENGER SEAT- DAY
A helicopter travelling East to West opening with a beautiful view of arch. Eventually panning to all said locations then view goes to sidewalk of apartment complex.
Theme song in background continuing until view reaches sidewalk
What is it that every time that I socialize. All I come away with is a bunch of why, why, whys.
Why do people have to be the way they are?
Why are people blind and cannot see or is it just me?
No one really understands and no one really cares.
I would rather hideaway than be with anyone.
But if I did runaway nothing would ever get done.
INT- INSIDE RODNEY AND TRISH’S APARTMENT- 5 O’CLOCK IN THE EVENING
A married man named Rodney is frantically typing and talking to self.
(Whiny and frustrated with back to audience and talking to self)
Oh God it is almost five the wife will be home soon there goes my solace, my peace. I cannot get a dang thing done with her squirrely nutty butt. Why do I have to even pay attention to her? I love her but God she drives me crazy. Dang almost here better switch gears and act like I care. I mean I love my wife.
INT- RODNEY AND TRISH’S DOORWAY- JUST AFTER 5 O’CLOCK IN THE EVENING
Rodney’s lovely wife Trish walks in always prim, beautiful and dressed in a skirt walks in.
(In a somewhat irritated state)
I hate people nobody can ever help themselves. What kind of people cannot look up and find their own stuff at the library? Can no one use an index? Is everyone computer illiterate?
(In a somewhat sarcastic tone)
You are so right dear. I was eagerly awaiting your arrival home from the dumb people. I am such a lucky guy to have a wife as smart and sexy as you are?
I think I denote a hint of sarcasm
INT. RODNEY AND TRISHS APARTMENT CONT’D- EARLY EVENING
(Now sincere almost fearful look in the eye)
Not with you dear I know better than to ever try and do that to you. You are way too smart for me to do that.
INT- RODNEY AND TRISH’S APARTMENT- EARLY EVENING
Trish kicks of shoes and heads to bathroom
(Happy and elated doing an arm pump)
Cha-Ching pulled that off quite well.
BREAKAWAY TO APARTMENT COMPLEX ELEVATOR
INT- APARTMENT COMPLEX ELEVATOR- EARLY EVENING
Marney (One of the main characters) enters the apartment complex elevator after coming home from work at a candy shop inside Union Station. Nat (Another main character) who works at the St. Louis botanical gardens and Clint (The last of the five main characters) are already in the apartment complex elevator.
(Just looking up as though he is a space cadet and is whistling)
Trying to be coolishly mystique but comes off foolishly mystique wearing an astrology totem displaying An Aries man searching for his Gemini dream.
(Trying to talk coolishly mystique)
Can either of you guess what this symbol represents I am wearing around my neck?
(Answering Clint in a matter of fact tone)
Sure that is an astrology totem where the Aries man is looking for his Gemini dream.
INT- ELEVATOR SCENE CONT’D- EARLY EVENING
(Eye rolling and shoulder shrugging)
Looking at Clint just shrugs shoulder’s looks up roll eye’s and continues to whistle
Clint is shocked by Marneys knowledge but is also trying to be cool now turns to talk directly to Marney
(Trying to be cool now without mystique in his voice)
Well I am amazed that you are so knowledgeable. This is a quality I do not often see in women let alone people.
INT- INSIDE THE ELEVATOR- EVENING CONT’D
We hear a ding then we see the door opening.
(Talking and giving a gentle wave)
Well, this is my floor later boy’s
Marney exits the elevator
INT- HALLWAY APARTMENT COMPLEX NEAR ELEVATOR AT MARNEYS APARTMENT DOOR
Marney uses her key and enters her apartment. Marney calls her cat Ms. Prissy
(Calling for her white Himalayan cat named Ms. Prissy)
Miss Prissy, Ms. Prissy. Here kitty girl, kitty girl.
Ms. Prissy comes towards Marney zig-zagging back and forth at Marney’s feet. Marney bends down to let Ms. Prissy lick her fingers.
Purr, Purr, Purr.
(Talking seemingly happy)
Miss Prissy I forgot to wash my hands after making caramel apples just for you. Ms. Prissy I wish I was beautiful elegant and as pretty as you.
BREAKAWAY TO NAT’S APARTMENT
INT- NAT IS IN HIS APARTMENT- EARLY EVENING
We see a neat, orderly apartment and it is full of plants. Nat picks up a spray bottle near a plant. Nat is seemingly talking to himself, but actually talking to his favorite plant which he names Mathilda.
(Talking and misting his plant Mathilda)
Why do people crowd the elevator? Like I have something to say to those odd people. No one can understand me like you do.
BREAKAWAY TO CLINT’S APARTMENT
INT- CLINT’S APARTMENT-EVENING
We see Clint’s apartment that has lot’s of fantasy objects and similar totems like the one he carried on the elevator all around the apartment. We see a pug nose mutt looking dog lying on the couch.
(Talking to his dog Spike)
Spike I believe I have met my vision of beauty tonight and she is in the know to my mystique. Even if she is not a Gemini I am impressed. Spike should I ask her tomorrow if she is a Gemini?
Spike is lying on the couch head very low, chin just barely off couch, and is just looking disinterested.
BREAKAWAY TO CANDY SHOP AT UNION STATION
IT IS NOW MID-MORNING
INT- CANDY SHOP AT UNION STATION WOMAN- MID MORNING
We see a woman named Beth stirring caramel at the back of the candy shop. Marney is working dipping apples in caramel at a table next to her. We see a woman named Suzie working the candy shop register and the candy shop boss Mr. Nursin coming out of his office and speaking to Marney.
Marney, you need to work the counter while Suzie goes on break.
Can Beth do it instead? You know how I hate working the counter.
INT- CANDY SHOP- NEARING LUNCH TIME
Have you been getting into the pecans again Marney? You sure are acting squirrelly. Work the counter it is only an hour. No whining or arguing about it.
Marney seemingly not to happy goes and takes over the register work for suzie. Soon after a charismatic customer comes up and asks if for some Candy for his secretary.
(Very friendly acting)
Well Hello, I need a pound of your best assorted chocolates for my lovely secretary and can I have your phone number.
Marney is Wearing a hair net under a crooked candy shop hat and wearing An unattractive apron. She has flattered but puzzled look on her face. She is also shifting her eyes trying to avoid eye contact with the customer.
(Answering suspicious and puzzled)
My phone number? What would you want my phone number for? Sir, you must need glasses.
Your eyes are so pretty they sparkle sweeter than brightest colored suckers you have here.
(Perplexed smiling and questionable looking acting somewhat embarrassed, then sharply replying)
I am just letting you know just because I am not pretty does not mean that I would put out on any first date!
INT- INSIDE THE CANDY SHOP- LUNCH TIME
A conversation between Marney and a customer now known as Sam continues.
(Trying to be convincing and sincere)
Oh, but miss I do think there is a vision of beauty behind there somewhere. My name is Sam and here let me give you my business card and please call me when you are comfortable and I won’t ask you for phone number. I assure you I’m not a creep and sincere.
we see Marney take Sam’s business card all smiles then Sam exits the shop.
BREAKAWAY TO CLINT’S COSTUME SHOP AT LACLEDE’S LANDING
INT- LACLEDE’S LANDING COSTUME AND MAKE-UP SHOP- EARLY AFTERNOON
Clint is marveling over a new piece of Gothic jewelry he has just received. Clint is talking to himself.
(Talking to himself)
Surely no one has one of these or can even guess as to its origins. I cannot wait to see that woman from the elevator again I know she will never guess what this Peruvian charm represents.
We see Two customer’s walk into the costume shop, an older gentleman and a younger woman. They are just looking around. Clint comes up to them and starts acting like a know it all.
INT- CLINT’S COSTUME SHOP- EARLY AFTERNOON
Clint is coming off a bit arrogant and snooty towards the two customers that just entered his shop.
(Having an arrogant and snooty tone of voice)
If there is anything in the shop I can help you with just let me know. I am very knowledgeable, much more so than anyone else that works in such a shop. I can tell you everything about anything you may be interested in.
The customers seem rather put off by the way clint is approaching them
Thanks but I do believe we are just browsing and will let you know if anything captures our interest.
Please do ask question’s I will know any answer you have.
The customers are now really put off by Clint’s arrogance and make a hurried efforted dash for the door as soon as Clint walks away and is not looking. Clint hears the ding of his shop doors turns around then notices only seconds after the leave the shop that the customers had made their escape.
(Seemingly unaffected by customers leaving and Again talking to himself)
I just knew those customer’s could not handle the intelligence I had in my brain.
BREAKAWAY TO THE ST. LOUIS BOTANICAL GARDENS
INT- THE ST. LOIS BOTANICAL GARDEN’S- MID AFTERNOON.
Nat is in his beehive full gear hovering over a bunch of Hyacinths and starts talking to the Japanese Beetles that are invading his garden.
Hah, got you that gives new meaning to the term Jap Slap. Are my baby’s o.k.?
NAT’S BOSS, NAMED AMY STORMS IN A RAGE (PERCEIVED AS HUMOROUS)
Nat, now you know that beekeeper’s outfit is supposed to kept in the Honeysuckle hut. Why are you wearing it here in the Hyacinth hut?
Well of course I have a logical rational. In WW2, you know the “Big One” Japs did Kamikatse’s so naturally I was fearful of these Japanese Beatle’s.
It is pronounced Kamikaze and you are such an idiot strip out of that beekeeper’s suit and get to my office.
Amy leaves and Nat tries to get suit off to his dismay he cannot get the hood off and is in a blundering but comical panic.
(Bumbling around and talking to himself)
Ahh, Ding, Dang, Darn, Oh Jeez, Golly,[Repeat] Well Dam nit.
Nat bumbles through a door exiting the Hyacinth hut enters a corridor and finally makes his way to Amy’s office at the end of the corridor. He is twisted walking sideways, bumbling and all a mess when he enters Amy’s office.
INT-AMY’S OFFICE INSIDE THE ST. LOUIS BOTANICAL GARDENS- MID TO LATE AFTERNOON.
We see Nat standing in front of his boss’ desk. Nat is winded and still has the beekeepers suit still half on.
(Calmer almost concerned sounding)
Nat, What is wrong with you I think you have been working around plants so much your brain has turned into a vegetable. Do you know any people? Is your head just screwed on backwards or what is it Nat? Honestly Nat sometimes I wonder what is going on in that pea-picking pea-growing brain of yours. And What in the world does Kamikaze’s have to do insects!
(Acting justified in his actions)
Well boss you said we can do anything to protect ourselves from harm here at work. I really did not want to get bombarded by a Kamikaze.
Get out of my office and put that suit back at the Honeysuckle hut where it belongs not the hyacinth hut and not i hope them beetles hit you with the most heavy kamikaze in the history of kamikazes
BREAKAWAY TO THE APARTMENT COMPLEX
INT- APARTMENT COMPLEX LOBBY BY THE ELEVATOR- EVENING
Clint is waiting for Marney so he can enter the elevator to show off his new charm which he is sure will allure and mystify her. After a few seconds here comes Marney. Clint and Marney enter elevator alone.
INT- INSIDE APARTMENT COMPLEX ELEVATOR- EVENING
Marney starts a conversation with Clint while they are the two riding inside the apartment complex elevator alone. Clint is thinking he finally has the opportunity to impress Marney
Oh, hi there I remember you from the other day. My name is Marney, by the way what is yours?
Well, my name is….
Marney notices an item in Clint’s hand and abruptly cuts him off before he is able to tell Marney his name.
(Eager and intent)
Wow, a Peruvian love charm from the Hopi’s, mid-eighteenth century.
Clint is just standing there in shock, utter-amazement and dumb-founded elevator dings and Marney gets off elevator looking back at Clint.
BREAKAWAY TO RODNEY AND TRISH’S APARTMENT
INT- INSIDE RODNEY AND TRISH’S APARTMENT- IN THE A.M.
Rodney is up with Trish in order to see her off to work.
(Whiny and efforted)
Oh, these mornings are so hard and hectic on me. I got to shower, shave, and do so much in the morning.
You plop from one seat; the throne to another seat the computer chair. You got it real tuff don’t you?
Trish did you make the coffee?
Coffee is on the counter.
Trish gives Rodney a quick peck on the lips and off Trish goes out the door.
(Talking to self)
Ahh! my favorite time of day again. Wifey goes to work
Rodney does an arm cha-ching (Which is becoming his signature move)
BREAKAWAY TO THE ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY
INT- THE ST. LOUIS CENTRAL PUBLIC LIBRARY- MID-MORNING
Trish is working but just sitting behind the library desk with her nose in a book.
(Trying to get Trish’s attention)
Lady, hey lady, yoo hoo need some help here. Can you direct me to the women and sensuality section?
INT- ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY- MID-MORNING CONT’D
Trish points over to a library location containing information about women with a disgusted look on her face.
(In a disgusted tone)
Uh! Yeah it’s right over there.
(Innocent and matter-of-fact)
Miss can you help me find something about women and their g-spot?
We see Trish turning red-faced noticeably embarrassed.
(Trying to stay composed)
Well I really do not know anything about it. But there is the index right there.
INT- THE BOTANICAL GARDENS- MID- MORNING
Nat is in the Honeysuckle hut. Remembering yesterday with his boss Amy. He is talking to the Honeysuckles about his boss.
(Looking and talking to his plants as though for solace)
Why would Amy think that I do not know how to talk to people? Who would want to talk to people when people are like her? Well, at least I saved my babies from those Japanese invaders. I stopped the Kamakatse or Kamikaze whatever. How are my honey Honeysuckles o.k. Let’s see oh looks like a few of you need pruning. Don’t worry it is just like when people get a haircut.
BREAKAWAY TO RODNEY AND TRISH’S APARTMENT
INT- RODNEY AND TRISH’S APARTMENT- NEAR NOON
Rodney is at his apartment the sunrise is shining through the arch which he can see from his writer’s window. He is talking to his cat named Casper.
(Talking to his cat named Casper)
Casper I am feeling so uninspired today. Everything I do seems like it has all been done already. What is a writer to do?
(letting out a resounding meow)
Rodney talking to Casper in the apartment and the phone rings. Rodney has to get up and answer the phone. Diane who is Rodney’s mother-in-law is on the other end.
Me and your father-in -law will be in town tonight can’t wait to see you too.
(Rolling his eyes in sarcasm)
Diane it is so nice to hear from you.
I bet you and Trish really miss when we don’t come and see you don’t you?
Rodney is shaking his head no and acting as if he was going to choke himself.
(Trying to be sincere and not sarcastic)
Oh, that sounds wonderful I am sure Trish and I will so enjoy that.
BREAKAWAYTO CLINT’S APARTMENT
INT- CLINT’S APARTMENT- EVENING
Clint is talking to his dog Spike about the elevator incident from yesterday.
Spike I am utter amazement and this strange feeling people call love may be coming over me. I am the one who is supposed to give the mystique. Yet this woman, vision of beauty, has caught me in her mystique and acquired knowledge. Spike we must make an educated advance on this woman.
INT- MARNEY’S APARTMENT- EVENING
Beth from the candy shop is coming to visit her. We hear a knock on the door. Marney gets up from the couch to open her door.
(Opening the door for Beth)
Beth I am so glad you stopped by. I have no friends other than you that I work with. Beth I have a dilemma this customer gave me his phone number and even though he seems sincere, why would any guy want to date me?
Oh Marney, men see beauty in the oddest quirkiest things sometimes.
Gee Beth thanks for the vote of confidence there as if I did not know I was already odd or quirky.
Oh, I only said that because I thought you thought you were odd and quirky. If I was a lesbian I would date you.
INT-MARNEY’S APARTMENT- EVENING CONT’D.
Beth just shut the hell up! A friend is supposed to boost confidence not shatter it to where I will never be able to look a man in the eye.
BREAKAWAY TO RODNEY AND TRISH’S APARTMENT
INT- RODNEY AND TRISH’S APARTMENT- EVENING.
Trish is arriving home and Rodney is eagerly awaiting to break the news of her parents arriving at the apartment.
(Eager to tell Trish that her parents will be there tonight for dinner)
Hello dear, how was work I…
Rodney is suddenly interrupted as Trish goes on a rant about work.
How was work? Are you asking me how was work? Well I’ll tell ya I had to look up women and their G-spots for a client today. I was never so embarrassed. Then as if general information wasn’t enough I had to find details I tell you. Ugh! Areas, contractions, things I really did not even want to read and know about the female anatomy.
INT-RODNEY AND TRISH’S APARTMENT- EVENING CONT’D.
Sounds interesting, by the way your parents are coming to dinner.
Ugh! How can you even put those two thoughts of a sex story from work and my parents in the same context as sounds interesting? Just shut up I am going to get ready for dinner, by the way did you even think to thaw something for dinner With my parents tonight?
Well yes dear I did.
Rodney waits for Trish to leave the room runs to the freezer grabs a ham and puts it in the microwave.
BREAKAWAY TO NAT’S APARTMENT
INT-NAT’S APARTMENT LIVING ROOM- EVENING
We see Nat talking to his plants again.
(Talking to his plants)
Well hello there my babies at least I can take solace in your company. My mean ol’ boss says I do not know how to talk and interact with people that mean ol’ battleaxe maybe I will grow a huge Venus Flytrap and throw her in it.
Nat’s doorbell Doorbell rings. Nat opens the door and it is a girl named Sally from the neighboring apartment who is at the door.
Hi, I’m Sally from apartment 3B do you have any pepper I can borrow?
INT- NAT’S APARTMENT- EVENING
A conversation between Nat and Sally about plant based products ensues.
Oh my God no, I do not use anything that will harm a plant. I would eat peppercorn if the plant naturally died but people just kill peppercorn plants to get pepper out of them. It is so cruel. I try to only eat insects, amphibians and meat. Salt is fine but nothing from a beautiful plant. To harm a plant would just be an atrocity towards plant kind. I will make an exception if it is natural plant death.
(With a puzzled look)
Oh, gee and just think I don’t even feel anything or have a funeral when my plants die. I love to consume herbs if you know what I mean, see ya!
Sally then exits Nat’s apartment and Nat goes back to talking to his plants.
(Talking to his plants)
It is o.k. dearies that woman just embodies evil.
BREAKAWAY TO TRISH AND RODNEY’S APARTMENT
INT- RODNEY AND TRISH’S APARTMENT- EVENING
Trish’s parents are about to arrive. Trish is frantic getting supper ready. Rodney is typing away on his computer.
Rodney why are you writing on the computer my parents are about to come over, I need your help.
Just A second dear for some reason I have inspiration when I get anxious. Knowing your parents are coming over makes me more anxious than anything.
The doorbell rings inside Trish and Rodney’s apartment Trish goes to answer the door and it is Trish’s parents. Their names are Diane and Phil.
Mom, Dad it is great to see you guys we just never see you enough.
Rodney and Trish’s apartment where the greeting and hugs between Trish’s parents, Rodney and Trish Ensues.
Trish you are looking good but I sure wish your belly was a little bigger you need a bun in the oven dear.
Yeah I never thought I would say this to my daughter but I wish you would get “Knocked up”
Speaking of that wait until you hear what Trish had to do at work today.
Trish is Animatedly getting embarrassed and evil eyeing Rodney.
(Starting to fume)
Rodney don’t you dare.
INT- RODENY AND TRISH’S APARTMENT- EVENING CONT’D
Rodney is about to let fly out what Trish told him about work when she got home. Trish is animatedly implying that he don’t.
Yeah Trish had to find a g-spot with a guy today.
(Sincere and overly concerned)
Trish dear I thought you were working at the library. Are times getting that tough?
Yes dad I do work at the library and no times are not getting that tough. I was finding information in the index for a man doing research.
Well I used an index to find something like that for your mother once.
Unfortunately it was just that once though.
Trish is Looking shocked, horrid and in disbelief at her parents and quite peeved at Rodney
(Now direct with everyone)
That is quite enough from all of you I do not want a baby and Rodney and I are just fine. Now let’s eat dinner.
Everyone Leaves the living room for the kitchen (Where the dining area is) Phil pinches Betty on the rear on the way to the dining area.
INT- RODNEY AND TRISH’S APARTMENT- EVENING CONT’D
The final scene of episode 1 ensues. Phil pinches Diane on the rear and she lightly smacks him.
Hey Diane want some Goose
(Smiling and lightly smacking Phil)
Knock it off Phil. I may want a grandchild but do not want to be the one giving them the lessons.
It’s not Extra Sensory Perception it’s just Eloquence, Technically Being Flawless and Precision. Then the results are not that of psychic but predictable greatness.
As I am writing my screenplays I am mindful of three things. Eloquence, Precision and Technically Flawless. While there is no such thing as perfection being mindful of these three terms I believe can make any writer excel.