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female in her mid-twenties. The rumbling intensifies and the whole apartment shakes.IMAGINING Writer nervously sitting in an office room with artsy paintings on the walls. COMPUTER SCREEN "FADE" Three more clicks . PRODUCER'S OFFICE .EXT. now flickering. The lamp flickers again. BACK TO SCENE INT. The room begins to tremble. and out of options she bangs the flickering.DAY . She pulls out the lamp out of the wall . glass. INT. Writer smiles hopefully. APARTMENT ROOM The room shakes and Writer snaps out of her daydreaming.NIGHT We see a barely lit apartment window. Writer snaps. She takes a sip from her edge and grabs the lamp. APARTMENT ROOM WRITER. the room is bathed with a blinding white light that fades away leaving Writer with her LAMP. STREET . it.. He joyfully bursts into laughter. .. her eye twitches. INT. places it down far from the She taps the bulb. is sitting at her DESK typing on her LAPTOP. twists it. For a brief moment. She lifts the WINE GLASS beside her.still flickering and examines the hole it left behind. "FADE IN" She's concentrated on the screen not blinking. PRODUCER reads the SCRIPT in his hand. turns turns it on and off. Frustrtared and it on the desk which finally stops She looks at the screen and as she's about to write another streetcar drives by. She grabs the lamp and with all her might throws it at the wall. shakes the lamp.
Writer lifts a WINE BOTTLE this time in anticipation of the quake. She snatches a HAT from the closet and holds it underneath her arm. We hear a LOUD ALARM CLOCK. PRODUCER'S OFFICE . .DAY Writer rushes out of the building.2 EXT. The calendar shakes slightly with the door slamming behind her.Script Due 8 am" . rattles.. INT.. CALENDAR Two days until the day with the note saying "$$$ . APARTMENT ROOM Sitting at her desk . EXT. STREET . APARTMENT ROOM . STREET A streetcar approaches. She turns to her script and puts on her "LET'S DO THIS!" face. now hanging over the hole in the wall.DAY Writer. opens her eyes slowly at first then suddenly jumps out of her chair fully alert. He puts the script down and hands her a CHEQUE with a large sum of money. COMPUTER SCREEN "FADE IN" She gets dopey faced again and hopelessly falls back to daydreaming. She grabs it and bursts out of her apartment leaving the alarm clock ringing.IMAGINING Producer is in tears. checks underneath the desk. Sitting a few feet from her doorstep with a SIGN by his side is HOMELESS MAN. asleep.$$$ is circled The room is flooded with the blinding white light and then fades.DAY . The rumbling intensifies and a CALENDAR. INT. She shuffles through her closet. a mess .hair. in the drawers. finally on her bed she sees her APRON with the same logo as the one embroidered on her hat. INT.
APARTMENT ROOM . She passes by Homeless Man.. She looks for her hat to no avail. He sees her walking in his direction and hastily turns his back to hide his prized possesion. INT. Cars drown out their arguing but their hand gestures say it all: Writer's apron is taken away. STREET The clock lands in the TRASHCAN.AFTERNOON Writer is sitting at her desk staring at the laptop. Written on it in bright red letters: "NOTICE OF RENT PAST DUE" . A streetcar drives by. she accidentally drops her hat by his side. INT.DAY Writer slows down as she approaches the entrance and dons her apron. she's handed some money. EXT. and pushed hard away from the door. Eye twitching. grabs her MAIL and goes in. In doing so. STREET Writer walks back to her apartment with her hands in her pockets. kicking a small rock. the hat full of money. She takes a deep breath and carefully cracks open the door. her eye is twitching. APARTMENT ROOM Getting back to her desk.. she notices an ENVELOPE. she calmly grabs it and chucks it out the window. The alarm clock snaps her out of it.3 She delibirately avoids him as she runs past him. EXT. She walks right past him and goes straight for her door. Homeless Man saunters over to it. MOMENTS LATER Writer is outside arguing with BOSS who is standing in the doorway. COFFEE SHOP . COMPUTER SCREEN "FADE IN" Flashes of the Producer's cheque come to her mind until she's dopey faced again. EXT.
not finding much. PAWN SHOP . Inside is a five dollar bill and a note. APARTMENT ROOM She smiles. She looks at the rattling calendar. She breaks open her PIGGY BANK and collects all the money by the envelope. Flashes of the cheque come to her mind again but she shakes them off. She smiles cheerfully for a second but a tinge of pain makes her furrow her brow..4 A streetcar goes by. And again. now slightly tilted. Eye twitching. She looks at the laptop. Calendar. EXT. Envelope. this time to the calendar. Eye twitching. Her eyes shift to look at the spot her laptop used to sit. She sneaks another peak at the envelope then straight back to the screen.. Envelope. NOTE "THANX FOR THE HAT!" EXT. INT. she pulls out the money from her pocket and puts it on the table. She rummages through her other clothes.AFTERNOON Writer briskly walks out counting the bills in her hand. Confused. She pouts and shakes her head as she counts the last couple of coins. Screen. Envelope! Without a second to waste. She opens it. EXT. INT. A bead of sweat trickles down her face. STREET Writer walks back to her apartment and notices another envelope in the mail box.EVENING Homeless Man bangs the alarm clock against the ground. Envelope. She shakes her head and looks at the computer. STREET . APARTMENT ROOM She puts the cash near the rest of the money on the desk. . she takes it. Her gaze shifts to the new envelope. Calendar. Her gaze doesn't settle. Envelope.
and smiles. As the angry LANDLORD takes a step in. Writer forcing a smile. She notices the rattling calendar then looks back at Landlord. Landlord turns his head and notices the hole in the wall.DAY Writer. Her eyes are calm. APARTMENT ROOM Writer grabs the pile of money and starts for the door. her eyes close shut and she passes out on her desk. APARTMENT ROOM . OUTSIDE APARTMENT A large RING OF KEYS is lifted up to the door lock. she starts writing. As soon as the rumbling settles. The lamp stops flickering. STREET . The apartment shakes violently. The deadbolt clicks and the door swings open. INT. He glares at Writer. Writer throws her hands up to his face. A loud KNOCKING startles her. The rumbling sound of an approaching streetcar is heard in the distance. grabs a piece of paper and puts it on top of the stack. He then notices the money and envelope. She grabs her pen and tries to sign the papers but realizes the pen is dry.EARLY EVENING The sun sets. the calendar drops to the ground.5 She pulls out a STACK OF PAPER from her DESK DRAWER and takes a seat. EXT. . barely keeping herself up. sneaks a look at the rattling calendar and back at Landlord. She twists her head looking around in confusion then settles on the money by the envelope. She writes "THE MAN & THE HAT" "WRITTEN BY" As she finishes writing her name. He's frightened by her physical appearance. The shaking rattles the calendar and the lamp. She puts on her "LET'S DO THIS!" face. A streetcar shakes the apartment. Her eye twitches but she keeps forcing her smile.
EXT. LATER Producer is reading the script. TORONTO SIDEWALKS Writer runs straight down the sidewalk avoiding people as best as she can. he shakes his head at Writer and tosses the script in the GARABGE CAN. COFFEE SHOP Writer runs past her ex-Boss opening the shop. EXT. greedy smile. STREET Writer waddles over to her bag.6 He snags the money out of Writer's hands. EXT. Writer holds her hands together in anticipation Producer turns the first page over and sees “THE MAN & THE HAT” “WRITTEN BY” He scans the page for the missing name. INT. then puts on a voracious.DAY Writer walks out of the apartment slowly with a large TRAVELLING BAG in one hand and the calendar and script in the other. STREET . The alarm clock starts ringing waking Homeless Man up. She sees the time CLOCK 7:45 She drops everything and runs with the script. EXT. . Writer bursts in. with her script held out. PRODUCER'S OFFICE Producer sips on his coffee in an office full of bland paintings of corporate buildings. panting. Composing himself.
BLACK CREDITS . Sits down. BACK TO SCENE EXT.. sees he's getting lots of attention. She tries to copy his posture and demeamnor. IMAGINGING Passersby read her sign and laugh extravagantly at its brilliance. sees him holding up a cup. "NEED $$$ FOR FOOD" . she looks over at Homeless Man.7 A few people walk by whom she's reluctant to look in the face. Her stomach rumbles. elbows bent. she stares into the distance. She emulates him with her hands held out. She looks over at Homeless Man again.. Without a second to waste. looks at the script in his hand. As more people ignore her she extends her hands further. dopey faced. STREET Dopey faced. INT. Homeless Man looks over to her and shakes his head in disappointment. No one pays any attention. She puts on her "LET'S DO THIS!" face. then she notices the sign he has by his side.food is circled Her eyes widen and she grins. They shower her with money and coins. PRODUCER’S OFFICE The Producer. she grabs her calendar. flips it over and grabs her pen.