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Elliot



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A little set up. Had to do this for Scripting and storyboarding. I'd tell you what the assignment was but that would give out too much info. Enjoy!

Elliot

Clowning Around
By
Elliot Cossum

CAST
Officer Bloom - the on site police officer
Sarah Ė Friend of the victim.
Jessica Ė Wife of the Victim

SET
Cross Street of 1st and Blanchard.

EXT. STREET INTERSECTION- late afternoon.

We see a shut down intersection with cones at each corner and in the center of each street with an SUV nearly untouched other then a front fender bender and what looks like a small pile of glass and metal wedged underneath the vehicle. The Camera Slowly dollies in to put OFFICER BLOOM and SARAH neatly in to frame. OFFICER BLOOM, is a straight laced, straight faced cop. You can tell by his no nonsense look and pressed uniform that he has no time for jokes and isnít all that interested in things out of the norm. SARAH is your average mall shopping, valley girl type. Blonde hair, bubbly head and giggles abound. Very girly and canít stop laughing at the moment.

OFFICER BLOOM

Excuse me miss. My name is Officer Bloom. Iím afraid I need a full description of what happened here.

SARAH (laughing)

Well you see officer. Joe and I were driving.
(Pauses to try and catch her
breath)
We were driving and-
(Laughing more)

OFFICER BLOOM

Maíam someoneís died here, I hardly think itís amusing.

SARAH (laughing)

Iím sorry
(Waving her hands)
Iím sorry itís just that-
(Bursts out with more
Laughter)
The short one with the bucket.
(Laughing hard)

OFFICER BLOOM

Maíam, please, try and compose yourself.

SARAH

But- but- but-
(Bursts of Laughter)
Itís so funny!

OFFICER BLOOM

Maíam!
(Shaking her)
Someone is DEAD!

SARAH

I- I- what?

OFFICER BLOOM

Someone is dead maíam.

SARAH

Oh.
(Solemn pause)
I-I uh dead?

OFFICER BLOOM

Dead miss. Can I get your name for the record?

SARAH (stuttering)

Ssssssarah. Sarah Beckman.

OFFICER BLOOM

Alright Miss Beckman, how do you know the deceased?
(Lifts paper and reads off a clipboard)
John, is that his name?

SARAH

Oh my god! Heís dead?!

OFFICER BLOOM

Yes maíam. His body was found gagged and tied with 20 yards of tied handkerchiefs. About two miles down the road.

SARAH

Um. I think I need to sit down.

OFFICER BLOOM

You are sitting down maíam.

SARAH

(Looks)
Oh, look at that.

OFFICER BLOOM

Miss Beckman, Iíd appreciate it if you could take a moment, and tell me what you saw.

SARAH

John and I were driving down the street. We stopped at the intersection. John slowly moved forward and there was a- a- a-

OFFICER BLOOM
Bump?


SARAH

No.

OFFICER BLOOM

Crash?
SARAH

No, something like a squeaky toy.
(Beat)
So john gets out of the jeep. He looks down and there was a
(Snicker)
a-
(Laugh)

OFFICER BLOOM

Miss Beckman?

SARAH

Iím sorry. There was the tallest, goofiest looking clown I ever saw. Then another, and another, must have been seven or eight clowns. I got out and saw a car that couldnít have been larger then a toddlerís play thing.

OFFICER BLOOM

Like a Tonka Truck?

SARAH

No, no. One of those ride in car toys.

OFFICER BLOOM

Oh yes, I understand.

SARAH

Just like the circus.


OFFICER BLOOM

I understand Maíam, please continue.

SARAH

John and I were laughing so hard. I didnít even realize they were carrying him away. He made a joke about always wanting to run away with the circus. I called Jessica, thinking he would be fine. Not knowing-

OFFICER BLOOM

And Jessica is?

SARAH

His Beard.

OFFICER BLOOM

So John is-

SARAH

(Nodding)
Gay.

OFFICER BLOOM

I see, so, uh
(A small beat of uncomfortable silence)
Jessica is on the way then?

SARAH

Yes she is.

OFFICER BLOOM

I understand maíam. Thank you for your assistance, you have my number if you need it.

SARAH

Youíre freaked out arenít you?

OFFICER BLOOM

A little, yes. Thatís why I have to go.

There is a longer beat of uncomfortable silence as each character looks at each other. Officer Bloom turns and leaves as Sarah sits with a sad face mourning John as JESSICA walks up. JESSICA is a Business exec dressed in a sharp navy blue suit. Her hair up in a bun. She has a big grin on her face like sheís upon the verge of busting up with laughter.

JESSICA

Hey chicka! Whatís up you said I had to see this for myself and I wouldnít be sorry. I couldnít wait to get down here.

SARAH

(Sobbing)
Johnís dead.

JESSICA

Sarah, thatís not funny.

SARAH

Iím not trying to be funny.

JESSICA

Sarah? What happened?

SARAH

Itís a long story. He was, well this might be funny. He was lynched-

JESSICA

Not seeing the humor in that either.


SARAH

By clowns.

JESSICA

OK. Now I could see how that could be a little humorous.
(Laughing)
Well you know what this means right?

SARAH

Tahiti?

JESSICA

Tahiti!

SARAH

Weíll cash in the life insurance and have our own little lesbian get away. It will be like we always dreamed of.

JESSICA

YAY!

Both girls jump up and down hugging and kissing each other. The camera dollies back out as the two girls walk back to Jessicaís vehicle and it fades to black.
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