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62. INT. THAI RESTAURANT

It is the day of Chiís party.††Andrew, Mena, Alma, Jime, and Ramir are at a Thai restaurant.

  ALMA

  Okay, okay, so itís the red curry, chicken fried rice, Ramir can have his vegetarian eggplant dish, and Sa Tays for the rest of us.

  MENA

  And Thai iced teas all around!

Alma, Jime, and Ramir whoop in rallying satisfaction.

ANDREW

  You guys, people are looking.

  ALMA

  So let them look.††What care I what curious eye doth quote deformities?

  MENA

  Mercutio!††Act I, Scene IV, Line 30.

  ALMA

  And 31.

  ANDREW

  Oh my god, you guys are so smart.

  MENA

  No.††Just a little obsessive when we find a story we like.

  JIME

  Besides, thatís from the Queen Mab scene.††Weíve been performing that one since we studied it freshman year.

  MENA

  Ah, Mr. Schaible.

  ALMA

  Donít tell me you had a crush on him.

  MENA

  How can a young girl not?††Heís so energetic and passionate about his teaching, heís got some nice muscles, and did you know that he majored in music?

  ALMA

  Did you know his favorite president is Reagan?

  MENA

  You canít count politics against a person.

  ALMA

  Argh!††All the girls have crushes on him, or on other teachers.††Itís so gross!

  MENA

  Just watch, one day youíll marry a teacher.

  ANDREW

  Well, thatís different.††What would be sick is if she became a teacher, and had a crush on a student.

Mena and Alma groan in disgust.

  JIME

  Do it, Ramir. Do it.

  ALMA

  (Like Ben Stiller in "Starsky and Hutch") Do it.††Do it.
  Do what?

Ramir has to open pink packets of Sweet ĎNí Low in front of him, with two white stripes on the table.††He is rolling up a dollar bill and smiling mischievously.

  MENA

  Oh my god, Ramir, donít.

  JIME

  No, do!

  ALMA

  Oh no, I donít think I can watch.

  RAMIR

  Okay, Iím gonna do it.††This is gonna be great.

He snorts the two lines of sweetener.††Everyone at the table groans loudly while Ramir grimaces and holds his nose.

  MENA

  That was so stupid.

  JIME

  Donít worry about him.††The stinging will go away.††If we can do it with narcotics, why not with Sweet ĎNí Low?

  ANDREW

  Hey, speaking of, you guys want to?

He thrusts his head towards the bathroom.

  RAMIR

  None for me, thanks.††Iíve had enough snorting for one night.

  ALMA

  Oh no, Ramir.††Iíll stay with him and order for us.

The other three head to the bathrooms.††Ramir drinks from his water.

  RAMIR

  Hm.††For some reason, my water tastes sweet.

Alma bursts into laughter.

63. EXT. HIGHWAY 116 NEAR BUS STOP

Alycia is dropped off by a bus in Occidental and walking down the side of 116.††A familiar car pulls over.††Alycia starts swinging her hips and walks to its passenger door.††In the car, Kyle rolls down his window.

  ALYCIA

  You boys looking for a good time?

  TOBIAS

  Yes, we are, but not from a lesbian.††Hop on in.

Alycia opens the back door and does as he says.††The car continues down the highway.

64. EXT. CHIíS DRIVEWAY

They pull up to Chiís driveway.††Paul and Shauna are just getting out of Paulís car.

  PAUL

  Hey, guys.††Whatís up?

  KYLE

  Not much.††Why are you carrying a football cup?

Paul grins impishly.

  SHAUNA

  He plans to get very plastered tonight.††As do I.

  ALYCIA

  Awesome.††I believe weíre all in agreement.

A car pulls up by the driveway.††Bell and Lacey jump out.

  LACEY

  Thanks, Brody.

A voice calls from the driverís window, young and male.

  BRODY

  Are you going to make me pick you up tomorrow morning?

  LACEY

  No.††Iím going with Shauna to have lunch with her mom.

  BRODY

  Great.††Iíll see you next week.


He peels out and drives off.

  BELL

  Why next week?††Is he going somewhere?

  LACEY

  No, heís just hardly ever home.††He practically lives with his girlfriend.††I donít see why he just doesnít move out and put an end to my misery.

  TOBIAS

  But then you couldnít bum him for rides.


She pouts at him.††They all walk towards the house.

65. INT. CHIíS HOUSE

Inside, Chi, Mary, and Sam are already there, eating pizza.

  CHI

  Hey.††Feel free to help yourselves to some pizza.††There are three more boxes on the counter.

  PAUL

  Sweet.

Paul immediately digs in.††Shauna puts down the paper bag she was holding.

  SAM

  Mmm.††What did you bring us, Shauna, darling?

  SHAUNA

  We have some schnapps and we have some beer.

  MARY

  Hey, I brought beer, too.††And Chiís house is perpetually supplied with gin.††Plus, we got some vodka.

  TOBIAS

  I brought a couple of Negro Modeloís, but theyíre just for Kyle and me.††We plan to take it lightly this evening.

  PAUL

  You better, if youíre not sharing.††No schnapps for you!

  KYLE

  I donít even like schnapps.

  PAUL

  Thatís not the point.

The friends start to eat and talk about all sorts of things, once again improvised.

66. TIME LAPSE

Later on, their sitting in the living room with some music playing, drinks in their hands.††Thatís when the Thai restaurant group shows up.††Greetings are exchanged, some people split off to the kitchen where more drinks will be made, some go out on the porch, and they continue to chatter.††Itís just a lot of meaningless stuff, meant to represent the way people are in groups, holding so much interest to each other while never getting anything solved or out there, but with just enough bonding to make us happy and keep coming for more.††This is the way people spend their time.††Itís been the past time for thousands of years: Drink and be merry.

Finally, scripted dialogue comes again.

  SHAUNA

  Oh, letís go to the Refuse Disposal Area.††I love it there at night.

  PAUL

  Isnít a Refuse Disposal Area just a fancy phrase for a dump?

  RAMIR

  Itís a euphemism, thatís what it is.

  SHAUNA

  That's not what a euphemism is.  And itís called the Refuse Disposal Area.††The trash doesnít stay there.††Itís a transfer center.††And it has the greatest view of Santa Rosa and Sebastopol and everything under Occidental.

  TOBIAS

  Thatís one of my favorite spots, too.††Dude, letís go there.††Right now.

  KYLE

  Okay.

  SHAUNA

  Yay!!

Tobias, Kyle, Shauna, Paul, Lacey, Ramir, Mary, Bell, and Alycia all get up to go, leaving Chi, Andrew, Mena, Sam, Alma, and Jime to stay in the house.

  JIME

  I donít understand why theyíre so excited by a bunch of lights on the ground.

  ALMA

  Or a bunch of garbage.

  MENA

  Hey.††Garbage is a good band.

  ANDREW

  Uh, that was lame.

Mena gives him a shy smile and a silent laugh.

67. EXT. OCCIDENTAL REFUSE DISPOSAL AREA

Music: Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head Ė A Rush of Blood to the Head

At the Refuse Disposal Area.

"You said, 'I'm going to buy this place and burn it down.'"

As the vocals and acoustic guitr come in, the camera is close up on a chainlink fence.  It is dark, nighttime, with only the illumination of a street lamp.  A hand and then the rest of Ramir come into the picture as he starts to climb the fence.  You can hear the rattle of the chains that lock the gate shut.

"I'm going to put it six feet underground."

A long shot from the back of the people climbing the fence.  You can hear them talking under the music; excited yet hushed voices tat sometimes rise.  The whole group is there (Ramir, Mary, Paul, Shauna, Tobias, Kyle, Bell, Alycia, and Lacey), two at a time climbing over the fence, and then landing either gracefully or foolishly (as they are drunk) on the other, darker side.  One or two squeeze through the gap of the gate.  Paul and Shauna are holding each other underneath the street lamp.  Then it goes to a similar shot, from the other side of the fence.  Most of the picture is now darkness.

"Stand here until I fill all your heart's desires."

Paul and Shauna talking jovially to each other underneath the street lamp, the sign for "Refuse Disposal Area" behind them.

"I'm going to buy this place and see it burn.  Do back the things it did to you in return."

Back to the shot on the dark side of the fence.  Almost everyone is over the fence and walking towards the direction of the camera, except Paul, Mary, and Ramir walk to the pit of junk.

Once the lyrics stop, the shot moves to an "Andromeda"-like perspective view (a grand sweep) of the friends in a line standing behind a different part of the fence, looking ou with calm, blissful faces.

As the beautiful tones come in, Tobias' hand comes into the frame really close to the camera and grabs the wire fence.  He looks out with awe.

The drums enter the song, and the camera shows what they are looking at.  It's a panoramic view of city lights from high up at the disposal site.  The image pulsates, with the vast sky above and it's mirror on the floor.  We look at the gorgeous view for some time.  Before the swell in the music, the shot changes to Mary, Paul, and Ramir talking and messing around in the disposal site, as Tobias steps back and looks up at the sky.  The camera looks at the star-laden sky, starts to spin, then drops back to pan across the view of the Santa Rosa/Sebastopol lights.  Then Kyle starts to speak.

  KYLE

  It's beautiful out there.

  BELL

  Iím so glad I came out here.

  TOBIAS

  I know.††Itís so ironic to find such never-ending beauty like this in a place we use to haul unwanted materials.

  LACEY

  Hmm.††Youíre such a poet, Tobias.

  TOBIAS

  So are us all, if we chose to be.††Poetry is just the combination of words in a pleasing manner.††We all speak a language.††Some of us speak two.††Itís like that African proverb-

  TOBIAS & KYLE

  "If you can talk, you can sing.††If you can walk, you can dance."

They smile at each other.

  KYLE

  Is it "talk" first or "walk" first?

  TOBIAS

  I don't know.  I can never remember.  But it really doesn't matter.

  KYLE

  No, it doesn't, it has the same meaning either way.

  BELL

  I wish I had a friend that I was as close to as you two are.

  SHAUNA

  Iím so lucky, I have my Lacey.

  LACEY

  Hetero life mates, right.

  ALYCIA

  Snootch.

Paul, Ramir, and Mary come up to be with them.††Paul wraps Shauna in his arms.††They go silent for a moment as they watch the view.  Then they continue action and dialogue, but the motion is put in fast forward, and about twenty minutes of time spent there goes by on the screen in about thirty seconds to a minute.  The fast motion includes the walk down the hill back to the house.

68. EXT. CHIíS DRIVEWAY

Theyíre talking boisterously, coming down the hill from the Refuse Disposal Area.††Lacey keeps tripping, bringing Alycia down with her.††Ramir and Tobias race to catch them.

69. INT. CHIíS HOUSE

As they enter the house, the group left behind is watching a movie, "Army of Darkness."  The Coldplay song is just finishing.

  ALMA

  Ooh, they think they know so much about medieval times.††They can say "portcullis."

The group walking in chuckles at their friendís silly comment, which scares everyone in front of the TV.

  CHI

  Oh Jesus!  We didnít hear you guys get back.

  RAMIR

  Is there still alcohol?††My buzz left me.

  LACEY

  Aww.

Lacey buzzes in his ear.††He looks at her as if to say, "What the fuck is up with this chick?" then follows Chi into the kitchen.††Lacey shrugs it off and stumbles into a chair.

  ALMA

  Someone looks like she had too much to drink.

  MARY

  This girl is so funny when sheís inebriated.††She talks nonsense.

  LACEY

  [Enter nonsense here.]

In the kitchen, Paul is filling up his football cup with vodka and orange juice.

  SHAUNA

  I hope Iím not too hung over tomorrow when I see my mom.

  CHI

  Letís hope Lacey isnít still drunk when you see your mom.

  SHAUNA

  Oh, that would be bad.††That would be very bad.

70. EXT. CHIíS PORCH

Shauna, Paul, and Chi walk out of the kitchen with the drinks they just made to the porch, where Tobias, Kyle, Bell, Mena, and Alycia are.††They all talk some more.††Itís great fun.††Every once in awhile, someone goes inside for more to drink.††Tobias, Kyle, and Alycia talk about the awesome Velvet Teen concert, although Tobias steers the discussion away from the after party and Selene.††Shauna asks them all how they feel about the desert trip coming up, and they give their replies.††At one point, Shauna is sitting on the swing while Paul is gently pushing her.††He gets the idea that it would be fun to spin her in the swing until the rope is all twisted up, then he lets go as it spins out really fast.††Shauna squeaks with perturbation while everyone watching laughs with horror.††Finally, the swing is done, the ropes untwined, and she dangerously falls off the swing.††Paul is now worried and runs to her side to help her up.††She yells at him and hits him for doing something so stupid, but does not finish scolding him when she runs off to the bathroom.††Paul runs after her.

71. INT. CHIíS HOUSE

After awhile, it gets cold, and people trickle inside, where they are watching "Fight Club" and quoting "The Fifth Avocado."††Chi, Mary, and Ramir go to Chiís bedroom.††Paul and Shauna escape to Chiís parentsí room.††Mena and Andrew go into the little loft with dangerous steps.††The rest fall asleep in positions that you saw at the beginning of the movie.

72. EXT. BEACH AT BODEGA BAY

Imagery of the ocean.

Music: Engine Down, To Bury Within the Sound Ė To Bury Within the Sound
And we return...

This part isn't really finished. I mean, I haven't written dialogue for a big chunk at the end and in the middle. I got kind of lazy. I really need more pre-defined characters, which I think relies on the actors. That's why I put that most of it would be improvised. But at some point I do plan to write something specific for the actors to speak. But as of now, it's unnecessary. If you would like to write anything, you're more than welcome. Sometimes I get sick of everything coming from my head. This movie is about diversity of people. Well, that's one aspect.
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