Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Screenplay - Finding the Cure for Boredom [scene 3]

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Scene 3

The 3 arrive at a beautiful lake. It was a pure blue-green. You could see the fish from the surface and its framed with cat tails and spotted with lily pads. Rae went to the stump and Ana to the clover patch. Chan sat on the other side of Rae. The sun shone bright without a cloud in the sky making the lake glimmer and shine. There was a slight breeze.

Rae: (stands on top of stump and spins) its sooo pretty!

Chan: Yes you are…

Ana: Awww (she takes out her camera and walks up to the water)

Rae: (blushes) I…uh…(bites lower lip and stares out at the water)

Chan: ( looks up at Rae and sighs) You’re pretty like the water, Rae! So pretty.

Ana: I knew he like you, Rae! (giggles)

Rae: (sits down on the stump and her blush deepens) I don’t know what you’re going on about. Besides…I’ve told you before. My heart belongs to Kellan Lutz. And when I meet him, he will realize that.

Chan: (looks away) Well, I wish you luck.( he smiles and pulls out a bag of pickles. He takes one out and bites into it)

Ana: Gimme one! ( Chan gives her a pickle) Thanks I needed to restore my muse…

Rae: (looks sideways at Chan. She suddenly pounces and grabs the pickles) My precious…

Chan: Aw…(pulls a bag out of his other pocket) Ah-ha! Look what I found!

Rae: What?! You brought more? Grrr…(stomps back to stump and angrily munches on a pickle) This…is not over, Chan.

Chan: (makes a face causing Rae to laugh) Yay! She smiles. The goddess Aphrodite has unleashed her beauty.

Rae: Chan…stop…

Chan: You’re like a sweet smelling rose…the flower of love…

Ana: WOW…well (pulls out her laptop and plugs in her camera) I’m gonna edit pictures…while you guys “talk” haha.

Rae: Ana! (glares at Chan) You’re delusional. You just broke up with Holly. You’re going through a lot.

Chan: You know what I said when I broke up with her?

Rae&Ana: What?

Chan: I said that I loved her so much that it hurt. (smiles) The I said I was constantly on painkillers and the doctors said if I didn’t stop seeing her I’d be a vegetable by the time I’m 18.

Ana: DAAAANG! I heard she was a bad girlfriend, but JEEZE! That’s amazing haha.

Rae: Wow! (pats Chan’s shoulder) I didn’t know you had it in you, old dog.

Chan: (smiles shyly) I guess…that means I’m free. (he nervously twirls the ring on his finger) Hmmm…(he takes his guitar case off of his back and starts to tune it)

Rae: Chan…I’m warning you…

Chan: Oh come on, Rae. There’s no chance you’ll actually meet Kellan. Why pass up something that’s right in front of you? Seriously, that’s the only thing about your that really irritates me.

Rae: (frowns) Well I’m sorry I prefer to live in fiction. Sometimes reality isn’t all that great! (jumps off stump and walks around lake)

Ana: Chan, what did you say to her!

Chan: I guess we’re having relationship problems…

Ana: You and Rae have no relationship…you’re just friends.

Chan: Well I guess…I guess we’re just aggravated with each other. I really like her…a lot…I’m just stuck in the “friend zone.” I guess I just killed any chance of her liking me with the Kellan Lutz comment.

Ana: Don’t worry about it, that’s just life. If she likes you, she likes you. If she don’t, she don’t I remember when I thought I was in the “friend zone’ with Chris, or I only thought I was. It turned out one day we were fighting over a rag in his car then ended up hugging and realized it could work. We’ve been going out for 6 months! If I had hope then, so do you.

Chan: Well…

Ana: (puts her finger over his lips) SHH…! SHUT IT! You have hop. Now have a pickle. (she shoves a pickle in his mouth then turns around and starts writing in her notebook.)

Chan gets up and starts walking around the stump Rae was sitting on and looked at it for a few seconds. Ana turns around and smiles as she sees him watching Rae. Rae is sitting on the dock waving a stick in the water. Clouds roll in and shade the lake. Chan sits down next to Ana.

Chan: Ana, maybe I do have hope. I’ve read books where the underdog wins…I could be that underdog!

Ana: That’s the spirit! Go get her tiger!

Chan: I’m not a tiger…I’m the UNDERDOG!!

Ana starts to howl. Chan joins her. Rae hears the howling and looks back at them confused. Chan and Ana continue to howl. Rae stands up and smooths her skirt down. She chucks the stick into the lake then walks back over to Chan and Ana.

Rae: Chan, I’m sorry—

Chan: Rae, I’m sorry—

The both stop talking and stare at each other. Ana quietly giggles. Chan and Rae open their mouths to speak again. Instead of words, laughter comes out.

Rae: Chan, I’m sorry. I overreacted…a tad.

Chan: (gives Rae a hug) It’s okay. I was kinda mean…I shouldn’t have said that.

Rae: I don’t want to fight with you, Chan.

Ana: Will you two kiss already?!

Chan: Only if she wants to—

Ana pushes Chan and Rae’s heads together. Rae pulls back quickly out of the embrace blushing deeply.

Rae: Ana! I can’t believe… And you! (she turns on Chan) How could you…(she sits down on the stump) I’m sooo embarrassed…

Ana: You’re happy and ecstatic. Shut up.

Chan: (blushes) You’re pretty when you blush…

Ana: You guys are too cute!

Chan: I can’t believe you just did that…

Ana: You liked it.

Chan: That’s beside the point. Did you, Rae? You know…like it…

Rae: No comment (smiles slightly)

Chan: She smiled! That means yes!

Rae: …I…maybe…

Chan: (picks Rae up and spins her around) Chan and Rae forever.

Rae: That might be an understatement. Chan!! Put me down, I feel like I’m going to be sick!

Ana: Maybe not forever, but how about now till whenever?

Chan: (puts Rae down) Will you? Just to see how it goes?

Rae: ( shrugs) Since you won’t stop bugging me…I guess so.

Chan: YES! Five points for Chan!

Ana: HIGH FIVE!!!

Chan: (he and Ana high five) Booyah!

Rae: Why are you two my friends? (laughs)

Chan: Because you love us and would die without us.

Ana: You know it, Rae!

Ana and Chan kiss her on her cheeks.

Ana: Hey! I think I just found the cure for boredom.

Chan: Really?

Rae: What is it?

Ana: 3! We are the cure for boredom.

Rae: (nods then puts her arms around Ana and Chan.) True. When we’re together there’s no telling what we’ll do. We’re like…like…

Chan: The Three Musketeers!

Ana: Exactly!

They all high five and hug. Then they jump up. They pose while in the air. The screen goes black.
End of Act One.

Screenplay - Finding the Cure for Boredom [scene 2]

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Scene 2




On the screen we see Ana walking down a street and Rae walking down the street right-angled left of her. Ana is walking in the grass kicking a rock while Rae is on the sidewalk while texting. As they are both focused on things otherwise, they bump into each other. (literally speaking.)



Rae: AH! My phone! (after the bump her phone popped out of her hand and she dives to catch it) Safe! (looks up at Ana gazing at her curiously)



Ana: Hello my beautiful specimen of love and happiness! (she looks away quickly) That bird is pretty!



Rae: Short attention span, much. (gets off sidewalk) so, we’re going to candy mountain, right?



Ana: (still sitting on the ground from the bump) Yes! It has spoken! It has shown us the waaay…



Rae: I am the banana king! (looks down at Ana and Ana looks up at Rae. They collapse in a fit of giggles.)



Ana: Oh my gosh! Haha! (she checks her hoodie pocket) Oh yeah! I never finished my pop tart! (she takes it out as it crumbles) Want a piece?



Rae: Um…I think I’ll pass. (she smoothes down her red and black striped mini-skirt and pulls her red t-shirt over it) Let’s go Ana. The lake wont wait for you and your pop tart.



Ana: Ok! (shoves the pop tart in her mouth and brushes the crumbs of her white tank top, it was a little small and showed her belly) my belly’s cold! (she frowns then got up and began to walk with Rae)



Rae: then zip your hoodie, silly. (links her arm to Ana’s) We’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of oz!



Ana: Yay! We get to see the munchkins! They’re my size! (she randomly bursts into her own version of the song “walking on sunshine”) I’m walkin’ on concrete, woah-oh! I’m walkin’ on concrete, woah-oh! And there’s rocks stuck in it!



Rae: Wow! That was…interesting…



Ana: (mumbles) your face is interesting…



Rae: Your mom’s face is interesting…



Ana: (points out a stray cat) That cat’s face is interesting!



The cat meows



Rae: My dogs face is interesting…it really is. Tiny has the iciest blue eyes.



Ana: I know! If I wasn’t afraid of it, it would be my BFF!



Rae: Ana, how many times do I have to tell you? Tiny wouldn’t hurt a fly.



Ana: I know…but still, after that incident with Destiny’s dog when I was 8…anyways…



Rae: Tiny isn’t an attack dog, Ana, Anyway, what are we going to do when we get to the lake?



Ana: (trips on a fallen tree branch) well, not do that, haha. Well, I don’t know…we could write…or draw, I brought stuff with me.



Rae: (shrugs) okay. I always have my stuff with me. I might take some pictures of the killer geese.



Ana: I was thinking about getting a few snapshots of the water and maybe tree silhouettes, but who knows? I might just lay there.



Rae: Haha! And I’ll take pictures of you just laying there.



Ana: Yeah, haha, just laying there in the— something falls from the sky) rain? Was that rain?



Rae: what? The forecast didn’t call for rain…



Ana: wait… (looks up) GEESE! We’re being barricaded!



Rae: WE’RE UNDER SEIGE!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!



Ana: RUN FOR YOUR CLEANLINESS!



The duo runs the rest of the way until they’re across the street from the lake. They dive under a big oak tree for cover.



Rae: whew! (panting) We’re safe…for now.



Ana: yeah…it looks like they’re flying north…or south…or something…..left!



Rae: right!



Ana: I’m confused! Well, they’re gone and the lakes right over there.



Rae: sweet! I spy a stump with my name on it.



Ana: I spy a clover patch next to the stump that I’ll put my name on!



Rae: Yay! (looks around) I guess Chan is in his bathroom…I don’t see him anywhere.



Ana: yeah, I guess not. (frowns and whimpers) we could call him if you want, he lives kinda close, right?



Rae: (whips out her phone) Way ahead of you. (dials the number and waits. Ends up getting voicemail) CHAN! GET YOUR BUTT DOWN TO THE LAKE RIGHT NOW!! Thanks! (hangs up and smiles at Ana)



Ana: what a doo doo head. I can’t believe he didn’t pick up!



Rae: well, I left a message. We should like make plans of what we’re doing for the rest of the summer.



Ana: totally…we could have like plan A’s, B’s and C’s for rain and too-hotness and snow…or something…



Rae: yeah! And plan 2’s and 4’s and monkeys…



Ana: and geese rain!



Rae: (laughs) or ways to prevent geese rain.



Ana: our new collaborative book title: 10 Ways To Prevent Geese Rain.



Rae: 1, get an umbrella.



Ana: 2, hide under a tree…

Rae: 3, throw Chan at the geese! (giggles)



Ana: 5, learn how to charm geese with flutes like Arabians and ropes and snakes!



Rae: 6, realize there’s no number 4 and protect yourself with it.



Ana: 7, exactly.



Rae: your mom.



Ana: 9, your FACE!



Rae: 10, when all else fails, run for your lives!



Ana: and those were Ana and Rae’s 10 Ways to Prevent Geese Rain. Please, tune in next week for 11 ways to make Chan shut up about monster and kosher pickles. (looks back and forth) OVER AND OUT! (bolts off into the distance)



Rae: yeah…what she said. (bolts off in the opposite direction)



after about 5 minutes both girls come back. They were both out of breath then stared at each other and started laughing.



Rae: well…I’m definitely not bored anymore



Ana: me either…I’m just exhausted…and hungry and stuff… (she pulls out 2 cans of Starbucks Doubleshot Espresso) want one?



Rae: Sure! (pulls out some Chips Ahoy) Cookies!



Ana: yay! Cookies and coffee! I think I have some more pop tarts somewhere…I’m not sure… (reaches in her hoodie pocket) well…I don’t think you want this…



Rae: (looks in horror at the crumbled mess in Ana’s hands) um…I’ll pass. Look! A heron!



Ana: (whips out camera) snap! Got one! And its good! 3 points for Ana! WOOHOO! And the crowd is silent…



Rae: (makes cricket noises to emphasize the silence) hmmm…I wonder… (takes out camera and slowly picks up a rock) Yes! This will work! (throws the rock behind the heron. It flies off in fright across to the lake. Rae quickly snaps some pictures) YES! I did it! The heron in flight, It’s a beaut!



Ana: (looks at Rae’s camera from over her shoulder) it’s beautiful! You should make them into a collage or something and make a nice vignette…I can see it now!



Rae: Uh-oh…Ana's getting all artsy on me…



Ana: (looks down) sorry….it’s a forcive habit! Or whatever you call it…



Rae: POOP!



Ana: FECIES! URINE! FLATULANCE!!...CHAN! (looks down the street) hey it really is Chan—



Rae: Ana, Chan is not poop. I mean he may be annoying sometimes…but poop, urine…he’s not— (looks where Ana is looking) Oh hey Chan! Oh wait…IGNORE WHAT I JUST SAID!!



Chan: (walks up to them and gives Rae a hug) what is this about bodily functions? I just had one! (snickers)



Ana: oh, nothing (she laughs) want an espresso? I got double shots…! (waves the can in the air)



Chan: nah, I just had a Monster.



Ana: of course…(she takes a sip)



Rae: you always have Monsters. Besides, we don’t need to know what you do in the bathroom.



Chan: sorry, Rae. (chuckles) in a British accent: so what are you ladies doing on this fine day?



Ana: British accent: well, fine sir, we spoke on the telephone then walked. Then fell, then ran, then walked. Then escaped into hiding from a goose poo barricade from above!



Rae: Basically.



Chan: wow! Seems like I missed all the fun. (runs his finger down his face as a pretend tear and pouts his lower lip)



Rae: mumbles: as usual… (looks away like she never said a thing)



Chan: don’t worry, Rae.i didn’t hear you…or did i…?



Ana: DUN DUN DUN!!! (she downs the rest of her espresso and drop kicks the can) SCORE!



Chan: YES! HIGH FIVE!



Ana: YEAH! (high fives Chan and chest bumps him)



Chan: BOOYAH!



Ana: My boobs hurt…(pouts)



Chan: sorry… (rubs it and gets smacked)



Ana: HELLO?!



Rae: (coughs) um yes ma’am I’d like to order a pizza. With everything…except anchovies and pineapples. You know, all that weird stuff…so…I guess I just want pepperoni.



Ana: ok, you’ll get your fries after I make your smoothie in the toaster.



Chan: I’ll supply the pickles!



Rae: Chan, don’t make me gag you with that pickle!



Ana: mumbles: he’ll probably like it (snickers)



Chan: imitates Yoda: violence, the answer is not.



Rae: what are you talking about? Violence is always the answer!



Ana: you’re both wrong, Mr. Rogers is the answer!



Rae: no, Arthur is the answer—



Chan: what? I thought Charlie the Unicorn was the answer…



Rae: it’s a leoplurodon! A maaagical leoplurodon…



Ana: (growls) it has spoken! It has shown us the way…



Chan: TO THE LAKE!



Rae & Ana: THE LAKE!





They march across the street, saluting in a single file line.

Screenplay - Finding the Cure for Boredom [scene 1]

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Scene 1




The stage is black until Ana turns on her light then the right half lights up. Ana’s room is small and dark purple studio lights over her vanity. She has a loft bed with a computer and bean bag chair underneath shaded by a beaded curtain of metallic silver. She has a large window with an easel next to it and a bookcase with all of her writing and art supplies. She has a phone on her dresser.



Ana: (climbs down from her bed after lighting her candle and sat on her vanity chair) –sighs- Summer is dumb. I can’t believe I just slept in until 8 a.m. I’m so bored…(she turns toward the mirror and looks at the phone) Maybe I should call Rae, she’s probably just as bored as I am. (she picks up the phone, dials the number and waits)



The second half of the stage lights up. Rae’s room is big. The walls are painted a cream color with a thick red and a thin black stripe going through the whole room. There’s a black desk sitting in front of two windows. Its surface is cluttered with notebooks, loose papers and pens. A laptop is buried under some papers. To the right of the desk is a bookshelf overflowing with books. There is a sofa-bed with a red and black striped mattress. A red swivel chair sits in front of the desk. A small dresser sits by the bed. A small bedside lamp and a phone sits on top.



Rae: (sitting on her couch with a notebook and a pen in her mouth) Ugh! Summer is getting to me. I have writer’s block! (takes a pen out of mouth and stares at it) Why can’t you just write your own story? ( the phone rings and she jumps. She composes herself then reaches behind her for the phone) Hello lucky caller. You have reached Rae in an immaculate mood. Beware!



Ana: Well ma’am, I’d like to order an orange chicken with fried rice…(coughs twice) Um…to go.



Rae: What?! (looks at phone) Who is this? I demand a recount!



Ana: I WANT MY MONEY BACK! WHERE’S MY PIZZA!?



Rae: What?! What are you—Ana! Is this you!!



Ana: I love you, Rae!



Rae: You dork. What’s up my fine, feathered friend?



Ana: Me! Because I have feathers and I can fly! Unless…unless I’m a kiwi…what about you my…I don’t know…you have scales today! How are you!



Rae: So I’m either a fish or a reptile…hmmm. Anyways, back to reality. I have writer’s block and I’m extremely bored.



Ana: Me too! Painter’s and writer’s block! I can’t even splatter paint and that doesn’t take brain power!



Rae: Wow… I do believe this is the most boring summer ever!

Ana: I agree completely. ( Ana walks into the bathroom and starts brushing her teeth out of nowhere)



Rae: Ana! What’s that noise?



Ana: Wah-wa-shee-wa-beef! (she gargles)



Rae: Chewbacca? Is that you?



Ana:Wooooo-wo-wo-why-wed-wa-wa-shee-wa-beef! Wa-weef!! Wae!!!



Rae: Maybe I should call animal care. Maybe they’ll understand…wa…wa…nese?



Ana: (spits in the sink) Rae! I said I was brushing my teeth! What about that did you nor understand? What do you mean “wa…wa?”



Rae: Um…everything? Anyways, I take it your bored since you called me and started speaking wawanese…I mean brushing-my-teeth-ese.



Ana: I was brushing my tee—anyway…what are you doing today?



Rae: I don’t know. My mom has the car…as usual. And I doubt she’ll be home anytime soon…so…I don’t know.



Ana: Well I’m home alone, my mom’s in Texas for a month for a business trip, so my sister’s at my grandma’s. I have my bike fixed… Wanna go down to the lake and restore our muse?



Rae: Hmmm…sure! I think Chan’s down there. His Myspace status says something about water. So its either there or…his bathroom.

Ana: His bathroom…he said he writes his best sings in there…Well okay! I’m ready to go so I’ll leave when you do and we could like…I don’t know meet halfway?



Rae: I’m about ready.( looks at feet) Shoes…I need shoes. (jumps off couch and grabs her shoes from under her desk) Operation Shoes, mission accomplished! Okay, I’m ready. I just need to grab my laptop and I’ll leave.



Ana: Okay, we’’ I’ll leave now…OVER AND OUT! (makes weird staticy-spit noises and hangs up before Rae has a chance to say bye)



Rae: Ok…( hears the dialtone) ANA! I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU HUNG UP ON ME!! ( stops shouting when she realizes she is talking to herself. Slams down phone) Well then…I believe its time I left. ( picks up bag and unearths laptop. She walks out the door)



The stage goes black. A second later, the right side lights up as Ana opens the door to her room and walks in.



Ana: Oops! Forgot my poptart! (she grabs it and sticks it in her mouth then slams the door and it falls over) Dang it! Stupid door broke again!



The stage goes black.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Poem - What would it be?

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if you took the stripes off a zebra,
what would it be?
if you took the spots from a leopard,
what would it be?
if you took the rings from a racoon's tail,
what would it be?
it would be like taking
you from me