Is anybody into writing screenplays? The painstaking rules and formats, all for very little pay-off, or, if you’re special and got you’re shit together, just enough pay-off that other people may just know what schizophrenic shit you’re talking about- from a visual perspective, I mean.
“The Picture of This Avenue”
June 12, 2014
INT. RITTER HOUSE – ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO – EARLY MORNING
DISSOLVE TO dim KITCHEN. C.U. dirty dishes in sink, and lace CURTAINS are torn and sewn back together.
(O.S.) A dish clatters, along with cabinets banging and a cat’s loud hiss. DANNY’S indistinct muttering in a deep voice is heard, then another cat hiss. C.U. on RAT sneaking bacon out of a trap, and the trap springing without the rat being caught.
DANNY RITTER (V.O.)
CAT HISSING, UNKNOWN OBJECT FALLING
ENTER DANNY RITTER, a tall and blonde teenaged boy. He momentarily kisses the purring PERSIAN CAT on the head (flash to Danny’s bright blue eyes, then down to cat’s), and lets cat jump from his arms onto a table.
Sit still, Jesus. Maybe I’ll feed you.
Despite threats, the boy lovingly sets a bowl of food on center kitchen table, scratching cat’s head
INT. KITCHEN- MID MORNING
DANNY perched on kitchen counter, cat feebly nudging COFFEE CAN towards him. The CAN drops and falls onto floor
CAT MEOWS IN APOLOGY
It’s alright, Penelope. You were close this time. One day we’ll show Dad.
DANNY continues making a pot of coffee, and the morning news is indistinctly shown and heard playing on a small TV set on a barstool in the corner.
(C.U.) picture on FRIDGE of a smiling blonde woman. The subtitle under photo reads MARIA- 2000. Cut back to DANNY.
Silently, DANNY retreats from KITCHEN with Penelope tucked in his arms. As DANNY reaches for the staircase banister (of which a few rungs are already missing), he misses his step when the bottom banister wobbles erratically. DANNY swears indistinctly in German, stomping up the staircase and carrying the bottom rung under his arm.
END OF SCENE
INT. DANNY’S ROOM – CONTINUOUS
FADE IN on sunlight coming through window. Sun shines through multiple windows in an unlit room. Panning room, there is a MATTRESS in a corner and a TARP covering the floor. On top of the tarp is an artist’s EASEL, and propped against the wall are several PAINTINGS and DRAWINGS.
DANNY is seen in JEANS and SHIRTLESS, a PAINT STREAK on his chest. He holds a paintbrush in one hand but smudges paint with his fingers, then sneezes, turning away from the camera, (C.U. on belt burn on DANNY’S back) and rubs his nose with painted hand.
Oh. Shit. Dumbass.
DANNY rolls his eyes and continues painting. Camera zoom to unfinished PAINTING of a GIRL with GREEN EYES and BLACK HAIR.
It’s my day off, what?
(First words of other speaker are indistinct)
Yeah, but I’m not bringing them to you
Goddamnit, I need them to practice for the school concert, though! You are so not helping! I’ll drive over and pick them up, even. It’s not like you have to wear anything special for me.
Oh, but I’m all painted already!
Dave says hi, too. And we’ll bring lunch. Is Burger Queer fine?
Ha! It’ll be as limp and faggy as you!
(V.O.) Loud phone disconnection
Eh, I guess I’ll keep them around
(O.S.) Returns to painting (C.U. on half-finished painting, DANNY’S arm and paintbrush visible)
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy………when skies are……grey………you’ll never know (beat) dear……how much (fade out)
(END OF SCENE)