Friday, January 18, 2008

Be Handsome Testing

WELL. What a productive day it has been, sir. I wrote 28 pages today, what did you do? Here's the draft. Still about 3 scenes to go, so I leave you with a cliffhanger. And please excuse any overly-ripe dialogue. I'll get to that soon and fixy fix.

I'm liking it a lot. The Evelyn/Michelle interview is slight clunksville. Other than that...kaboom. OKay okay maybe I won't post all the pages....





CUT TO:



A RADIO TOWER. TITLES. CREDITS. THE RKO MORSE CODE. IRIS IN:



INT. ROGER'S DINING ROOM - NIGHT

Curtis sits down at the dining table facing the group:
Michelle sits next to Roger sits next to Evelyn. Everyone has
FOOD and DRINK. Michelle has her tape recorder on the table
as well. She presses record.

Curtis raises his glass.

CURTIS
To friends.

ROGER
Here here.

EVELYN
Salud.

Michelle smiles. They all raise glasses, drink. They commence
eating. Michelle observes her nice wine glass.

ROGER
What's with the uh, recorder.

MICHELLE
I'm taping a series of interviews
and things for possible use on a
national radio station.

Roger is genuinely impressed.

ROGER
Good for you.

CURTIS
I know, right?

MICHELLE
Thank you.

EVELYN
You got hired to do this?

MICHELLE
No. I'm just doing it.

Evelyn considers this.

MICHELLE (CONT'D)
I did a few odd jobs and they're
all kind of pending at the moment.

Michelle and Curtis share a pleasant look.

CURTIS
Last night was successful for
everyone I hope.

Roger shrugs.

MICHELLE
Yep.

EVELYN
I think I got groped.

ROGER
I will kill him, don't worry.

Michelle looks at the walls.

EVELYN
Ha.

MICHELLE
Roger, how long have you lived
here?

ROGER
Mmm, two years.

MICHELLE
Where were you before that?

ROGER
Stewart and Gray.

Michelle annunciates this into her tape recorder as she looks
at the high ceilings.

MICHELLE
Stewart and Gray.

CURTIS
I haven't told you this?

MICHELLE
What.

Curtis points at the recorder.

CURTIS
Gray.

MICHELLE
No.

EVELYN
I haven't heard much either,
strangely.

Roger raises an eyebrow at Curtis.

CURTIS
He used to live in this ridiculous
neighborhood. The cross-section of
people concentrated into this two
block area. A priest used to roam
around at night naked and peep tom
on old ladies.

ROGER
It's true.

CURTIS
(excited to tell)
There was this hermaphrodite that
would cruise the block with his
shirt off and his boobs hanging
out.

Roger chuckles. Michelle is attentive to her recorder.

CURTIS (CONT'D)
Anyways. Roger used to rig up these
dry cleaning bags with candles and
fly them around the streets. The
bag would catch heat and float,
right?



EXT. RIVERBED FLASHBACK - DUSK

Roger has a black eye. He releases one of these bags into the
sunset.



INT. ROGER'S DINING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

There is fret in Roger's face. Evelyn catches this. Michelle
moves the tape recorder closer to Curtis while catching
Evelyn's catch.

CURTIS
But this one time Roger's eye was
all fucked up and swollen so he
couldn't see how far up he had sent
the balloon. It flew all the way
over the riverbed and a sheriff's
helicopter followed it for miles
trying to figure out what the hell
it was. The chopper blades finally
blew the candles out.

Roger tries to smile. Michelle addresses Roger.

MICHELLE
Why was your eye fucked up?

Roger opens his mouth.

CURTIS
(on a roll)
Well.

Roger closes his mouth.

CURTIS (CONT'D)
Roger was at this party the night
before, and wanted to get with this
girl but she ended the night
humping on some guy right there on
the floor. So that option's out.

Curtis and Michelle laugh. Evelyn raises an intrigued
eyebrow. Roger shrinks in his seat.

CURTIS (CONT'D)
He ends up passing out in bed next
to this other girl, and in the
morning she gives him a shiner
'cause he woke up and groped her!
(like this is the
punchline)
He thought she was asleep!

Evelyn's fork CLANKS against her plate. Curtis realizes his
error immediately. Evelyn has gone sour. Roger is staring at
Curtis.

CURTIS (CONT'D)
Heh. Then they drove home like
nothing happened and dated for nine
months.

Michelle CRACKS THE FUCK UP laughing. Everyone else is
silent.

EVELYN
Wow.

Michelle laughs and laughs. Roger glares at her briefly.
Curtis can't seem to stop.

CURTIS
She wore red all the time. Red hair
red shirt red shoes. The whole
deal.

They all sit. Michelle is wiping tears from her eyes she's
laughing so hard.

MICHELLE
Oh. Oh man. I am sorry.

ROGER
I got a show to go to.

Roger stands and takes his jacket.

ROGER (CONT'D)
You guys can stay, I'll clean this
up later.

Evelyn drinks her whole drink. Roger walks out the door.

CURTIS
Hey! I'll come. Ah jeez.

Curtis scrambles to follow. He looks back at Michelle. She
waves him on. He nods. He's out the door.

The girls sit at the table for a beat.

Evelyn finds Roger's drink and gulps it down too.

MICHELLE
Can I ask you a few questions.

Evelyn taps the empty glass on the table. She shrugs.

EVELYN
Sure.



EXT. STREET SIDEWALK - MOMENTS LATER

Roger walks quickly. He doesn't sulk. Curtis shuffles and
tries to keep up with him. They are both tense. No one
speaks.

They walk.



EXT. ACROSS THE STREET - CONTINUOUS

A YOUNG MAN walks in the opposite direction.

As they pass one another, he spots Roger. He does a double
take. He slows down, stops, and changes his direction to
match Roger's. He walks.

YOUNG MAN
Whoa whoa whoa what the shit what's
this shit.



EXT. STREET SIDEWALK - CONTINUOUS

Roger and Curtis walk.

CURTIS
About dinner.

YOUNG MAN
(yelling)
Hey! Hey man!

Both Curtis and Roger look across the street. The Young Man
WAVES.

YOUNG MAN (CONT'D)
Hey yah man I love your stuff!
Aesthetic oh evolution! Keep it up!

ROGER
(yelling back)
Thanks. Respect.

Roger tips an imaginary hat.

YOUNG MAN
(intsensely under his
breath)
That is so cool.

Roger keeps walking like it's no big deal. Curtis looks at
him with admiration.

CURTIS
You know that guy?

ROGER
No.

CURTIS
People just know who you are.

ROGER
Around here, yeah.

CURTIS
Wow. That's great. I can't believe
that.

They walk.





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