Monday, February 2, 2009

The One Where I Post the Script

Note: This file is a working copy and thus highly subject to change

Long shot on a typical animation classroom. Our lovely and talented singer walks up to a long microphone inexplicably placed between several rows of computers and light tables. A spotlight lights up the area around the mic
SFX: That reverberating clunk that happens when someone turns on a spotlight in a large theatre

She picks up the mic.
SFX: Little bit of mic static. Then the song starts and plays for the duration of the animation. You know, that song from the fourth or so post? Yes, that one.

SCENE 02: "...Files rendering for three days straight..."
Profile CU on the diva. Behind her, a static row of exhausted animators are working on computers. One of them, however, is not a background element.

...Blue screens flicker into sight..."
The animated computer screen flickers blue, insinuating a Blue Screen of Death. The student sitting at the computer yanks at his hair and collapses onto the desk, trembling as though he'd forgotten to save.

SCENE 03: "...Zombielike students with red, bloodshot eyes..."
Pan across rows of stationary,
monstrous-looking, sleep-deprived students, all slack-jawed and numb-looking as the screen rests on the star of our show in the background, still illuminated by the spotlight, as she makes her way stage right.

SCENE 04: "...Will find it hard to sleep tonight..."
The Animation Diva approaches a boy half-dozing at a light table and pokes him for a laugh. He spazzes out a bit and glares at her as she scuttles off before he can do anything evil in return.

SCENE 05: "...They know exams are on their way..."
A.D. slides back into the spotlight in a dazzling display of showmanship as she leans back into the musical phrase to belt the lyrics out for the rest of the animators.

"...And they'll all scramble, rush..."
Another boy scribbles furiously on another light table with a grin, clearly rushing.

SCENE 07: "...And try to get an A..."
OTS on the kid. His work is utter rubbish. He notices it's a monstrosity and sighs.

SCENE 08/09: "...And their professors sigh because they know that those assignments were assigned weeks ago..."
Not sure what to put here. Rain check?

CENE 10: "Everybody knows that finals week is really tough"
As the star of the show keeps on singing (Medium-Long shot), another student rushes by in a panic. Her gaze follows the speeding blur with a hint of a cringe.

SCENE 11: "Although it's obvious, it's true."
Medium CU on the singer shrugging and smirking as she keeps on singing.

SCENE 12: "And though you'll be pulling..."
Mid-shot on a girl at a computer. She downs a cup of coffee.

SCENE 13: "All nighters..."
ECU as she slips into unconsciousness

SCENE 14: "...for days..."
She collapses onto the desk

SCENE 15: " your homework. Try to finish."
Back to a CU on the AD, who nervously glances around.

SCENE 16: "...don't forget when it's due"
Returns to that initial setup with the singer between the rows of students, in the spotlight, belting out her grand finale.

Cut to a profile view of AD grinning as the house lights come up. Then, one of the kids in front of her turns around and asks, "Hey, don't YOU have homework?" AD deadpans, then curtains.

And by curtains, I mean blackout. Curtains is just one of those theatrical idioms I've been slinging lately. Might be nice if I did use a real curtain graphic...

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