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Written By Emily Clarkson
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EXT. A BAR AND RESTAURANT - AFTERNOON Beginning with a WIDE SHOT of a warm day. ZOOMING INTO the front of a restaurant, the double doors open and another set of dissatisfied customers leave the premises. The doors swing shut behind them. Through the expansive windows it is clear to see the restaurant is not busy. INT. OUTSIDE THE MANAGERS OFFICE/KICHENS WIDE SHOT of a dilapidated corridor with two chairs sat outside the Managers door. A clown sits, in cowboy boots, wearing a suit and a boot lace tie, fiddling nervously with his attire which PEEPS and SQUEAKS with gags. The CLATTERING of utensil's and BEAST-LIKE roars of the kitchen are LOUD. ZOOMING IN to the Clowns face, a high pitch WHISTLE from a coffee machine sounds. EXT. THE RANCH CIRCUS- OVERCAST (FLASHBACK) The clown blends into a new background. The WHISTLE evolves into the SQUEAK of a large iron gate as it is closed. PITCH UPWARD to reveal the title of the land above the gate. 'THE RANCH CIRCUS', across which is printed 'CLOSED DOWN' Beat There is a SMASH sound. INT. OUTSIDE THE MANAGERS OFFICE/KICHENS- AFTERNOON Clown jerks back to the present in CLOSE UP in PROFILE, surprised. Camera PANS AROUND into an OVER THE SHOULDER of the clown. In the kitchen opposite, a waiter stands in shock looking down at the many smashed plates. Fragments are still quivering WIDE SHOT of the clown shows the managers door fly open with a BANG and the man stalk into the kitchen. MANAGER (Barks and shouts) OUT! Out, out, out of my restaurant! You clumsy OAF!! View remains on Clown reaction. All is QUIET. Beat The Manager reappears holding an apron and approaches the clown. The clown stands opposite, the pair in profile, SILENT. The Manager thrusts the apron out to the clown who tentatively takes it. The manager turns and continues back into his office. SLAMMING the door behind him.
Beat the clown jumps for joy. INT. BAR- AFTERNOON CLOSE UP of the white apron being tied up. ZOOM OUT to a long shot of the clown in a Waiters uniform, admiring himself. INT KICHENS/BAR/RESTAURANT LONG SHOT from the kitchen sideboard, the clown turns, balancing seven filled plates on his arms, shoulders and head. He confidently walks up to camera filling the screen. FADE TO BLACK ZOOM OUT of clown's back to reveal him at one end of the bar in a WIDE SHOT. He holds a Syphon, accidentally squirting himself before filling the glasses at the other end of the bar. A waiter obscures the foreground. LONG SHOT of clown beside a table, across the room from the bar. He lasso's a drink from the edge of the bar to the table. INT MANAGERS OFFICE MEDIUM SHOT of manager looking at a chart of profit on his desk. He looks up displeased. A WIDE SHOT, OVER THE HEAD of the manager through the open door, frames the kitchen. The clown can be seen bumbling in and out. The manager stands and walks over SLAMMMING the door. A poster of a critic FLAPS in the breeze INT KITCHENS/RESAURANT ZOOM through the closed door into the kitchen. Fix on a CLOSE UP of an identical poster on the wall. The clown turns away from the Kitchen sideboard. Beat. The poster FLAPS with the opening restaurant door. The door hits the clown in the face before he walks through. CAMERA TRACKS the clown and evolves into an OVER THE SHOULDER as he passes tables. He stops in front of the critic to take her order. INT RESTAURANT- CRITICS TABLE LONG SHOT encompasses the clown and critic at her table.
CRITIC I would like some water please. CLOWN (Graciously) Of course madam. The clown flicks his lasso off screen and tugs. A jug flies back into his hand. He leans forward and pinches the flower on his lapel, squirting water into the jug. The critics eyebrow rises. The clown lifts the jug and pours the lady a glass of water. INT RESTAURANT- FAMILY TABLE LONG SHOT looking back to the clown and the critic at the other end of the aisle. LOW ANGLE as a child knocks his cutlery off the table. The Clown whips his lasso, catching the cutlery, flicking it. A HIGH ANGLE SHOT, shows the cutlery accidentally spearing into the ceiling. The critic smirks. INT RESTAURANT DOOR LONG SHOT as manager pushes into restaurant area from the kitchen OVER THE SHOULDER shot of the manager as he surveys the restaurant, PANNING with his head movements left and right. Jar's to a stop on spotting the critic and ZOOMS IN to focus on the critic's table INT RESTAURANT AISLE LONG SHOT of the clown stood in the middle of the tables lassoing in the dirty plates onto one trolley. He shunts it out of shot with his hip. INT RESTAURANT DOOR ZOOM into a CLOSE UP of the managers sheer horror INT RESTAURANT AISLE MEDIUM SHOT of a puddings trolley in profile. The clowns lasso flies in screen left latching onto a sundae and pulls it back. This repeats several times. LONG SHOT of the clown in between tables, receiving the sundae's he is roping in and throwing them onto the tables either side of him. CLOSE UP of the critic as she starts to smile.
CLOSE UP of the manager as his face contorts into a look of rage. INT CRITICS TABLE A LONG SHOT shows the critic reading the menu and the clown ready to take her order CRITIC I should like the cheesecake. CLOWN Certainly madam. The Clown flicks his lasso off screen left, gives it a tug. Flying back with it comes an entire cheesecake which the clown catches and presents to the critic who smiles wholly. IN RESTAURANT AISLE OVER THE SHOULDER of the Manager the clown can be seen at the critics table handing over a slice of the cheesecake, not too far away. MANAGER (Cries furiously)What on EARTH do you think you are doing! The clown jumps and throws his hands and the cheesecake into the air. Turning to face the manager ZOOMING IN to a CLOSE UP of the managers enraged expression. Beat The cheesecake lands, cheese side down on his head. Beat The cutlery from the ceiling follow shortly, embedding into the cheesecake. INT CRITICS TABLE A WIDE SHOT encompasses the table and the aisle with the furious manager. The critic has finished her cheesecake. She stands and lays a generous tip on the table before walking past the clown and the manager to the door in the background. There is a long frozen pause. EXT A BAR AND RESTAURANT-EVENING LOW ANGLE SHOT of the front double doors as the clown is shoved through them, falling face down. The manager stands above the clown holding the apron.
Beat The door shuts. Clown sit up. WIDE SHOT of restaurant the clown stands and after a beat walks off screen right. INT. MANAGERS OFFICE- DAY OVER THE SHOULDER as the manager opens a newspaper, revealing the column of the critic. CLOSE UPS of her praising words on the clown and the restaurant. CLOSE UP of the managers softening expression. A medium shot OVER THE SHOULDER of the manager shows him standing and a PITCH SHOT tracks his rise as he hurries to his door, throwing it open and closing it behind him. There is a pause the camera focused on his closed door. TIME LAPSE, the office darkens. Camera ZOOMS through the door into the restaurant. INT. RESTAURANT
CAMERA LIFTS to look down over a thoroughly busy restaurant and the waiters/waitresses are all entertainers. MEDIUM SHOT of a magician lifting his top hat and revealing a huge sundae MEDIUM SHOT of jugglers throwing bottles around in the bar MEDIUM SHOT and ZOOMING IN to the clown as he lasso's something screen left. He pulls and it is the siling manager he has caught. EXT. BAR AND RESTAURANT-EVENING An AERIAL SHOT of the restaurant shows it is surrounded by cars and with a queue of people stretching out of the door and down the street. CAMERA RISES and FADES TO BLACK
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