Mother’s Days


Draft 07.

Autumn - Cloudy : Colour palette reds, browns Long shot of a car driving along the seaside - model car along the coast (CG). Car : Son driving, Mother in passenger seat. We see them from the front (as if the camera is attached to the bonnet) We see the mother’s face just peering over the dashboard as she is short, she lights up a cigarette which starts to fill the car with smoke so he opens the window and his hair* starts to unravel and blow around the car. The mother sticks her arm up and grabs the hair to keep it from blowing around, she continues to smoke whilst her arm is up in the air holding the hair and he continues to drive as if nothing is odd about this scenario. He pulls over (parks) and they sit there for a moment. Camera cuts to the sea / beach while sound effects give the impression they are struggling to get out of the car - son unfolding wheelchair etc They sit (his hair immaculate again) under one of the beach’s sheltered benches (typical seaside bench - light blue, rusty metal), the mother happy and the son blank. After a moment has passed the son then gets up and walks off camera, he comes back with 2 icecreams. As he stands giving one to his mother (before she takes it), she fumbles around with her sleeve and pulls out an old tissue, spits on it and wipes his cheek (think grandma when you’re a kid), then she takes the ice-cream. His ice-cream is held out slightly to the side of him, out of his peripheral vision, a seagull which is sitting on the canopy to the bench poos on the ice-cream without him seeing. We continue to see him sit down next to his mother (in her wheelchair) he stares into the sea (off camera) for a moment, then without looking at the ice-cream goes to lick it. CUT.

Winter - Icy / Snowy : Colour palette blues, whites Shot of a shop sign with snow and icicles, it’s clearly winter and cold, baron. Sound effects of a car stopping and them struggling to get out again. The mother wrapped up in her winter clothes with a blanket on her legs, Tinsel around her head and flashing christmas lights on her somewhere, looking happy, and a cup of tea from a flask (steam). The son wrapped up and looking emotionless out at the sea. They are sat on the same light blue seaside bench. The mother suddenly gives signals to the son indicating she needs the bathroom. Next shot - Outside the public toilet cubicle with sound effects (he has to help her go to the bathroom) and the metal seat is cold. (Teeth chattering, running wee sounds) CUT back to her back at the bench and the son walks back into frame with some nice hot fish and chips. They sit there quietly enjoying their meal - representing quiet peaceful moments of time together.

Spring - Still a bit chilly, windy : Colour palette Greens - spring colours Daffodils in some borders, with the car sound effects (Cut a bit shorter) They are both sitting on the bench, with her empty wheelchair to the side. They sit there looking at the scenery in front of them for a little while, his hair lifting in one piece a little with the breeze. There’s a carrier bag on the bench next to him, he pulls out a stick of rock, unwraps it and gives it to his mother. We cut to a shot of him sitting there, then his mother passes the stick of rock back to him, he goes to put it in his mouth then just before he does looks down and jumps once he sees his mother’s dentures clamped around it. CUT

Summer - Sunny : Colour palette oranges, yellows Usual sound of the car pulling up, camera focused on a beach windmill stuck in the sand. CUT to the son sat on the bench, he has had a hair cut, usual established shot. He sits on the bench thinking for a while, we see all the very subtle gestures of somebody thinking, lots of sound effects of people around him enjoying the beach and the weather while he sits there basking in the sun with his eyes closed, then he looks to his side (off camera) where his mum sits and smiles faintly. He gets up from the bench, the camera cuts to further away, revealing his mum isn't there with him. He walks off, then cut to the view of a shiny ‘In Memory’ Plaque on the bench that was not there in the previous seasons. END [ALTERNATIVE ADDITION TO END: As he walks away from the bench, to continue the slight humor and ‘unluckiness’ of the guy OR to signify the jokes between him and his mum still continuing even after she has passed, there could be a string of gum stuck to his bum from the bench which stretches longer as he walks, then snaps as a CUT edit.]

* Hair idea referenced from a real person. Cedric. Cedric started to go bald in his early 20’s since then he grew his hair and managed to create some sort of helmet of hair wrapped around his head which was stuck in place with spray or some sort of hair fastener solution (a MEGA combover). I’ve heard some stories about Cedric where he would never be seen without his hair in perfect wrapped position and a story about his riding a motorcycle one day without a helmet forgetting what would happen to his hair. When he remembered his hair and realized it was trailing in a long vale behind him, he drove the motorbike into a bunch of bushes, and several minutes later came out with his hair perfectly re-applied. (Reference Photograph)