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Offline ChipTee

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Knowing - 2 minute script
« on: September 27, 2006, 12:18:46 PM »
The Script Board has gone quiet last few days.
Here's one i did earlier; the request was for a two minute script, 2 actors, simple set.
Hope it's of interest.



                                                 KNOWING



FADE IN:

INT – A KITCHEN – EVENING

The kitchen has modern fittings; a meal is in the course of preparation, but there is disarray with open packets, vegetables, pots and pans spread around on the work surfaces. A saucepan of water is boiling on the gas stove untended. There is a cordless telephone mounted on the wall. KATE, wearing an apron over a loose floral blouse with an open collar and a long skirt is leaning over the sink holding the metal rim and staring out into the dark night outside with a worried expression. Rain is running down the window. JUSTIN, taller than Kate and dressed in a business suit puts down a wet umbrella. He stands behind her concerned at her distress.

                                            JUSTIN
                                 How do you know?

                                             KATE
                                          I just do.

Justin holds Kate’s shoulders massaging her back with his thumbs; he turns Kate round to face him, she sniffs, looks up at him, tears on her stained cheeks, she tries, but fails to smile then looks down at the floor.

                                           JUSTIN
                       You’re being paranoid, Darling. You can’t possibly know.

Kate looks up with a far off stare looking over Justin’s shoulder, trying to focus through wet eyes.

                                            KATE
                        You don’t understand, do you? She’s my twin.

Justin rocks Kate back and forward gently, trying to get her to look up.

                                           JUSTIN
                          I do understand, but Sydney’s ten… eleven thousand miles away.
                          You are upsetting yourself for no reason, Darling. You can’t know.

Kate looks up frowning and challenging Justin.

                                           KATE
                            It would be the same if she were in the room next door.
                            We’ve shared everything, our clothes, our secrets;
                            I know something has gone wrong.

Justin lets go of Kate who stands looking at his back as he paces the room. Justin turns back to her.

                                          JUSTIN
                            Ring her up then. You speak to each other often enough.

Justin resumes his pacing. Kate turns and looks out into the dark night.

                                          KATE
                            What if she doesn’t answer?

Justin spins round to confront Kate, spreading his arms in exasperation.

                                         JUSTIN
                            Leave her a message, text her, do something.

The phone rings interrupting their exchange. The bell is sharp. Justin and Kate look at each other. They look at the phone then back at each other.
 
                                         KATE
                              Oh God. You answer it.

                                        JUSTIN
                               It’ll be her…

Justin crosses to the wall mounted cordless phone. He picks it up looking at Kate and presses the ‘on’ button.

                                        JUSTIN (continuing)
                                Hello… who?

Justin looks at Kate wide eyed and concerned.

                                       JUSTIN (continuing)
                                Australia House? Yes, one moment, she’s here.


                                                                                                                        FADE OUT.


« Last Edit: February 01, 2013, 01:12:23 AM by Skip Slocum »

Offline Big T

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Re: KNOWING - 2 minute script
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2006, 02:40:57 PM »
Well delivered!

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Re: KNOWING - 2 minute script
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2006, 08:30:06 AM »
Fantastic Chip.

One question....Do you have to describe the actors in such a detailed way, eg. 'JUSTIN, taller than Kate'. I ask because, what if the actor hired is smaller then the lady? It's only a nit pick, but I'm curious.
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Re: KNOWING - 2 minute script
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2006, 09:07:40 AM »
Angeleyes - a good point, the more specific the description gets the more difficult casting would be. Frankly it will depend on the director and producer. If a big name of modest height wanted to do the part that's what would happen. In this case I put in what I was 'seeing'.

Oh, I'm married to an identical twin.

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Re: KNOWING - 2 minute script
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2006, 09:11:55 AM »
Do you ever get them mixed up? hehe. Only joking! Stuff like this fascinates me (twins being able to feel the others omotions.) ;D
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Re: KNOWING - 2 minute script
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2006, 01:50:43 PM »
Only once.

Their telepathy can be uncanny.

Chip

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Re: KNOWING - 2 minute script
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2006, 08:00:23 PM »
Chip Tee:

I like the tension you build through the dialogue. However, these two characters seem the same to me. There's the one test I learned in a writer class: cover their names up and just read the text. If you cannot tell who's who, then you must change syntax or word usuage to make them be two different people on stage.

I may be wrong, what do you think?
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Re: KNOWING - 2 minute script
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2006, 12:03:59 PM »
Actpoet - sorry not to get back to you earlier, I've been putting up and taking down party tents for a wet weekend family DO.

I accept your point in general. In this script I believe the two characters are very similar - they are married and have much in common.

However that probably does not make for exciting cinema!

Thanks, Chip

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Re: KNOWING - 2 minute script
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2006, 05:56:27 AM »
Pleased to say this is being filmed as a Short Short in one of the London Film Schools.
Chip

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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2006, 06:05:14 AM »
Congratulations! ;D

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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2006, 06:58:02 AM »
Great news Chip.  Congratulations!
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Re: KNOWING - 2 minute script
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2006, 02:19:46 PM »
Fantastic news ChipTee!  ;D

CONGRATULATIONS!!
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Re: KNOWING - 2 minute script
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2006, 04:26:58 AM »
Well done.  ;D

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« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2006, 11:55:38 PM »
I liked it Chip.