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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

scrippets

John August was instrumental in developing, or helping to develop, Scrippets. It's a neat little bit of code that allows you to enter an excerpt from a script that will result in a properly formatted scene.

Here is a scene I wrote that was a finalist in the Rouge Wave's August Short Scene Competition:

[scrippet]
EXT. CUBAN COUNTRYSIDE - 1937

Young entrepreneurs, CHE(9) and FIDEL(11), sit at a roadside table from which they sell pineapple slices.

Music plays from a small radio on the ground beside them. Across the road, in a grassy field, A COUPLE dances the Argentine Tango.

Down the road, in the distance, RUBEN ZALDIVAR(36) approaches carrying a suitcase in each hand. He wears a suit and tie.

Upon his arrival, he unburdens himself and pulls a handkerchief from his jacket pocket to wipe his face, neck, and brow.

RUBEN ZALDIVAR
The August sun is hot.

CHE
Where did you come from?

RUBEN ZALDIVAR
Banes. Three hundred miles behind.

CHE
Where you going?

RUBEN ZALDIVAR
Havana. Four hundred miles beyond.

CHE
Why are you walking?

RUBEN ZALDIVAR
The destination is much sweeter if a man suffers his journey.

CHE
But the aftertaste is bitter. No?

A pig riding a motorcycle speeds past on a wave of dust. Ruben Zaldivar pulls his wallet from an inside breast pocket. A photograph of Shirley Temple falls to the ground as he presents a credit card to the boys.

FIDEL
We don't take American Express.

The motorcycle returns to stop in front of the trio. Ruben Zaldivar, suitcases in hand, climbs on the back. The photograph flutters as the pig and man speed off.




[/scrippet]

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