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Diary of a Madman pt.1 draft 1

Diary of a Madman pt.1 draft 1

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Published by Jacob Hoefer
Nikolai Gogol's famous short story retold by me (as respectfully as I can) the first draft. The third big revision with a new scene. While i like the new scene I feel its going to spark some changes in the story line i had planed as well as some of the the dialog already written. Basically it doesn't fit as neatly but i think I'll change the rest of the script to fit it rather than the other way around.
P.S. Comments appreciated. Especially negative ones. No joke I don;t know what I'm doing and help would be appreciated
Nikolai Gogol's famous short story retold by me (as respectfully as I can) the first draft. The third big revision with a new scene. While i like the new scene I feel its going to spark some changes in the story line i had planed as well as some of the the dialog already written. Basically it doesn't fit as neatly but i think I'll change the rest of the script to fit it rather than the other way around.
P.S. Comments appreciated. Especially negative ones. No joke I don;t know what I'm doing and help would be appreciated

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Published by: Jacob Hoefer on Feb 11, 2011
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Diary of a MadmanByJacob HoeferInspired by the short story written by Nikolai Gogol
 
INT. PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM- DAYA Pale, plain looking man smiles at us. He is neatlydressed. His thick dark hair deeply parted to one side.Behind him hangs a giant American flag. Cheers and loudapplause is heard from off screen. He motions for a woman tocome stand next to him. She is about 40, covered in makeup,and smiling adamantly at us. The man gives her a quick kisson the cheek and they pose for the off-screen cameras. Morecheering ensues and the man motions for her to take herplace behind him as he leans on the podium in front of himand clears his throat.MAYOR TBA"Thank you, thank you...Yes, thankyou now if you’d all kindly beseated I have some words I’d liketo say..."We cut to a wide shot of the room and discover it is rathertiny, no bigger than an elementary school classroom. In factit probably is just that. The sound of applause and cheersis replaced by the horrible screeching of metal foldingchairs scraping against the tile floor as the reporters taketheir seats. The MAYOR waits for them to get comfortablethen begins.MAYOR TBA"I’ve always believed in thistown...Believed, that , with just alittle effort it could become, anexample...the standard that othercities would be held to..."The crowd cheers and applauds these words. The mayor pausesto let them finish, also to build what he believes to besufficient tension.MAYOR TBA"And today I am proud to find thatthis town believes in me!"Thunderous applauds erupts from the tiny room. He againwaits for it to die down.MAYOR TBA"Ya know, when I was growing uphere my first and best memory ofthis place..."His words become background noise as does the occasionallaughter and applause of the crowd. We scan the crowd andeventually spy a man standing in the furthest corner of the(CONTINUED)
 
CONTINUED: 2.room. He appears about 35, not very impressive in anyfashion, no distinguishing marks, no chiseled jaw line. Hisone discernible feature is the way his burnt brown hair isarranged on his head like a bail of hay. He stands in alight gray suit, his arms folded across his chest. He smilesslightly as he listens to the anecdotal ramblings of thenewly elected mayor. As we slowly zoom in on him we hear avoice over reveling the thoughts of our new protagonist.NIKOLAI(voice over)"November 8th 2011. Today the hardwork pays off. Today Mayor TBAtakes office, and it couldn’t havehappened with out the work of yourstruly."INT. CAMPAIGN OFFICE- DAYWe flash backwards in time and find ourselves in a crowded,bustling campaign office. Posters displaying Mr. TBA arehung on every wall, window and desk. We pan down to NIKOLAIsitting at a desk typing away at his computer. A subtitleinforms us of the trip backwards in time: "Two monthsearlier."NIKOLAI(voice over)"Polling data collected, analyzed,formatted into pies, bars, andlines. Budgets balanced, numberscrunched. TV spots, interviews,ribbon cuttings, fundraisers, allcarefully organized, scheduled, andrescheduled. Speeches drafted,typed, proofed. Fliers printed,shipped, sent, doorbells rung, and,on occasion, people bribed. All ofthese tasks delegated andaccomplished effectively by me andmy team."Nikolai slows his typing and begins to look through a stackof papers. A man’s legs walk in frame, Nikolai looks up asdo we to see who is interrupting.Looking angrily down at us and Nikolai is TED. He is big,big in every dimension. His size is only exaggerated by thefact that his suit is clearly a size to small. His shortblond hair is spiked in the front making the wrinkles on hisforehead all the more clear. His first words are not kindones.(CONTINUED)

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