Just A Phase
The format is obviously incorrect, but whatever. Some of the things in this are a bit obscure, but I plan on shooting this within the next couple weeks. The vision I have for it will fill in a lot of the obscurity. Annnnyways. It'll be around a 15-20 minute project.
(ANDREW is sitting in a chair looking at a photograph with an endearing and focused gaze.)
(ANDREW repetitively checks his cell phone. Each time producing a look of dissatisfaction and placing the phone down.)
(ANDREW is on his laptop checking his facebook page. After a few moments he closes it, looking again, extremely dissatisfied.)
(ANDREW is watching a movie with the lights off, his eyes not entirely focused on the movie Ė something is clearly distracting him.
(ANDREW is lying in bed, not sleeping. He stares at the walls, lost in a thought. He sighs and closes his eyes.)
(ANDREW and A GIRL are lying on a couch, fairly close to each other. Her head is resting on his shoulder.)
Youíre a thief.
Not half as excellent of a thief as you are.
You should really have more confidence in your thieving abilities.
Well, I just know when to admit defeat.
Defeat is for the weak.
Stop trying to act so tough, pussy. You know you arenít that tough.
Iím extremely tough, thank you very much. Practically the toughest guy in this room.
Do you have another guy in the closet or something?
Good, because that would be really strange. And also, youíre the only guy in this room so that doesnít really count.
Hm yeah it does. Even if I win by default, it still counts as a win.
Whatever you say, puss king.
Yeah, the king of yours.
(THE GIRL laughs and slaps ANDREW in the arm)
I mean, itís true, isnít it?
Shut up, thief.
Youíre just as much of a thief as I am. So, you shut up.
THE GIRL (thinking, looking in Andrewís eyes)
Is it possible to steal one another?
I guess it is.
THE GIRL(smiling, endeared)
Do you ever plan on giving my heart back?
(The two look into each otherís eyes, smiling, happy to be in this moment. Their mouths move closer to each other. Cut.)
(ANDREW wakes up in his bed, running his fingers through his messy hair. ANDREW rolls out of bed and turns on his light. ANDREW slowly begins to go through the motions of getting ready for work: showering, brushing his teeth, combing his hair, getting dressed and exiting the door) through all of this he looks almost zombified, his mind clearly occupied with other things.)
(It fast forwards through ANDREWs day at work. He works as a standing advertisement thingy with a costume on, residing near a road. He doesnít seem too happy as he tiredly waves his sign around, standing very still. )
(Outside gazing at the stars, smoking a cigarette. VOICE OVER)
I donít know what happened, really. Everything seemed fine. She seemed into me, and I was definitely into her. ButÖ she just left. She just up and walked away like nothing mattered. Itís amazing how someone can just do that. Just walk away from something. I donít know if I wasnít good enough or what. This sucks. Thereís such a pit in my stomach. I could throw up. I wish it would go away.
(The smoke overtakes the screen and fades out)
(FLASHBACK, ANDREW is sitting on a swing, the girl is sitting on his lap.)
What do you wannaí be?
What?! A bum?
Oh, just for like a week or two. You know, just to see how it is.
Oh I see, just a trial run.
Exactly. Iím considering being a famous artist or something. Just a consideration, for now.
Oh really? Thatís a pretty good consideration.
No. Not at all.
I donít like you.
THE GIRL (laughing)
YeahÖ Yeah, you do.
(The two smile and move their mouths closer to each other. Cut.)
(CUTS TO HIM INSIDE HIS BEDROOM WITH TWO FRIENDS SMOKING POT)
Bitches aint shit but hoes and tricks. Iíve never realized how true these words were until now, dude.
Yeah man. Youíve learned your lesson. Donít fall back into that trap again.
Yeah, girls are total fuckers.
Thatís why yaí bang emí then hide emí.
But where could you hide them is the question!
Theyíre crafty creatures.
I found the best place is a gym or a concert or something like that. You know, where a lot of talented guys would be. Theyíre whores by nature, just let them do their thing.
Iíd like to believe in something more than that though.
You know, Iíd like to believe thatÖ you knowÖ It exists.
Dude, you knowÖ That.
Thereís no such thing, man. Iím telling you. Itís a tortured game in our generation, and no one can win.
Thatís such a shitty attitude, asscunt!
Yeah no kidding.
Iím just saying man. It doesnít exist. That sort of thing canít last in our times. Better adapt yaí fuckiní dirty monkeys.
I enjoy being a dirty monkey then. It has to exist.
Heís just pissed because heís worthless.
Hey fuck you yaí stupid pussy.
Dude, Iíve never met a stupid pussy in my life. And even if it was stupid, it still made me smile and isnít that all that really counts?!
You havenít been around enough pussies, then.
Yeah, like you have.
All Iím saying isÖ It has to exist. It does exist.
And you thought you found it, didnít you?
ANDREW (looking down, silent for a moment)
Howíd that work out for ya?
ANDREW (looks up, smiling)
Bad. (Looks away)
(Shows ANDREW coloring inside a drawing heís done. VOICE OVER)
I donít know what I could of possibly done wrong. Iím so confused. It doesnít make any senseÖ whyíd you have to leave?
(Shows image of ANDREW snorting a white powdery substance.)
(ANDREW is seen destroying his room. He eventually settles down against a wall with his head sunken. VOICE OVER.)
Everything is gone.
[FLASHBACK, outside of ANDREWíS house.]
What do you mean?
GIRL (tearing up)
I have to leave. Iím sorry.
What? For how long?
I donít know. I have to leave.
(She kisses him one last time before turning on her heels and walking away.)
ANDREW (dumbstruck, staring wildly)
What the fuckÖ
(Shows ANDREW coloring again. VOICE OVER)
I guess she just had to leave. I havenít seen her since that night. Iíll never understand why she left and how she could just do that to me. Iíll never see how itís possible to leave someone you supposedly love. But the more I think about it, the more I realize it wasnít love.
[Shows images of them wrestling around, smiling. VOICE OVER]
Iím not sure what it was. I donít think anyone is sure what anything is anymore. All I know is, Iíve never been in love and Iím beginning to believe that it really doesnít exist at all. Its just clothing. You wear it; you play in it, spill stuff on it and eventually get something new to wear. Nothing lasts.
(ANDREW is walking down a sidewalk, his gaze directly in front of him. No longer looking down, no longer feeling that way. VOICE OVER.)
I guess youíve just got to get over things. Allow the phases to leave. Donít hold on. Leave when necessary, before it gets too complicated. Maybe someday theyíll be something you canít bare to leave. And I guess thatíll be the dayÖ You knowÖ the day that happens. When clothing turns into something more.
(As ANDREW is walking he spots a girl. Their eyes share a stare. ANDREW sits down on a bench, and the girl follows suit. They sit next to each other awkwardly for a moment, until ANDREW finds the courage to say something.)
Ugh, do you like Incubus?
The band, yes, I love them. The spirit, no. I donít much enjoy being molested in my dreams.
Oh ok. Thatís fair.
I hope you arenít an Incubus.
Oh, Iím not.
Ok good. I would never allow an Incubus to hit on me.
(The camera zooms out of the bench as the two begin to talk. VOICE OVER.)
I guess Iíll try againÖ I suppose itís the only thing anyone can ever do in this life. Keep tryingÖ Donít let a phase get you down. Press forward..
[ANDREW is seen in his mascot outfit again, however this time he seems more energized, happier, in his gear. He is jumping around waving his sign as if he were on a mission. VOICE OVER.]
Iíll always have this sweet ass costume though.