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June 2, 2008 “The Value of Happiness”

Movie Idea “Things in Life (working title)”
This short film demonstrates the life of a common 15-year old girl and the circumstances of her middle class life. Her family begins to experience an economic turmoil, and they are forced out of their home, as well as to sell every last one of their belongings. The film documents how the girl reacts to this change in her life and how she begins to gain further appreciation for the things in life that are truly valuable. Intro (approx 2:00)   Film opens up Various shots of the city are shown o Flowers o Long shot of street o Walking around Janice Green walks up to door Opens door with brass key Walks into apartment Enters elevator Approaches keypad

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Scene 1: Coming Home  Janice comes home o FPS POV o FPS POV looks at outside landscape midway Janice approaches door o Camera switches to long shot of door at Janice at door Janice knocks door Door is opened, Janice enters o Just before door is opened, camera switches to behind Janice

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Scene 2: At Home       Camera switches to tabletop in corner Janice comes in Mom walks toward table MOM: Hello, Janice. Did you get what I asked for? JANICE: Yup. I got the milk, the vanilla ice cream, and the…. Um…; oh, god, what was that thing called?! MOM: Talcum powder?

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JANICE: Right. Has anyone called? o After saying “right” places bag on table o Puts hand on hip, talks to mom MOM: Yup. JANICE: Who? MOM: Your boyfriend!.... JANICE: Yes!!!! Yay! I’ll call him right now! o Says “yes” and ‘Yay” while springing up MOM: Uh, no you won’t. JANICE: Well, why not? MOM: You’ve got to walk the dog, young lady? JANICE: But…. MOM: No butts, you’ve already got a big one. Now, walk the dog, you lazy bum, or say bye-bye to the phone. JANICE: All right, all right, fine. Be right back. MOM: Don’t you mean BRB? JANICE: oh, god, no. (talking into the air) Mom’s trying to be cool (smiles) MOM: When I was your age, I was cooler than you and all of your little friends combined, Janice, so you be quiet, girlfriend! (smiling, in slang tone). Now go walk the dog, big butt. Music begins Janice snaps to the dog, dog walks with her, almost outside the door Dog does not cooperate Janice scoffs; crouches down and takes dog in arms Walks out the door with dog

Scene 3: Janice’s Life   Various shots of the house, stock footage of Miami, footage of Robbie, footage of Spongebob, footage of Maria Narration (by Janice) o My name’s Janice. I live in Miami, the city of the never-ending heat (except for the breezes in winter), and the sunny yet rainy summer months. Now in summer vacation, the greatest challenge to conquer isn’t to waste my time – believe me, that’ easy to do – but instead, finding something to do. The first week or two are absolutely perfect for doing, well absolutely, nothing, but after that, it’s time to look for something to do. Then again, I’m not in as much of a “wobbly” – yes, from That’s So Raven – as other girls in school; I mean, they’ve REALLY got nothing to do. I, on the other hand, possess a bike, a PC, and a boyfriend. Oh, not just a boyfriend, the cutest one I school. His name’s Robbie – well, my little Robbie – and he’s the best boyfriend you could ask for. What I don’t like about him is that he’s not as into school as I am, but, then again, a person isn’t defined by his or her grades, but instead by his or her personality and – as slightly

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or largely shallow as this may seem – cuteness!!!! Well anyway, back to what I was talking about. I’ve got some things to do, but there’s a creative writing club in a nearby summer school I really want to go to, and I’ve already sent the application and entrance essay. Oh, I hope I get in…. Maybe my Robbie will want to go with me… maybe, I hope so- no he doesn’t’ like school – he’s so cute – what about Maria, she’s a nerd… no, but she’s into science and biology, stuff – oh, well, I’ll be all alone – oh, look, Spongebob’s on, I…. GODDAMN IT!!!!!!!!!! – comes from living room, extremely loud, very distant o Camera POV is at corner of bedroom; towards door

Scene 4: Trouble Comes    Scene immediately switches to check slammed on table Camera is on table top MOM is sitting on opposite side of table o Camera moves upward to see Mom o MOM: Now what the hell are we going to do? DAD: I’ll tell you what the goddamn hell we’re going to do! We’ve got to move out! Camera switches to long shot of bedroom and kitchen hallway Janice creeps out of the room Camera switches to complete shot of Mom, Dad, and table JANICE: What do you mean move out? o Narration: all these thoughts rush to my head, particularly because my mom’s been thinking about moving back to California for the longest time, and she’s been mentioning it so often lately. What about Maria? Robbie? School? All my other friends? The neighborhood? No, we can’t move! No, we can’t move out! o Dialogue: “No, we can’t move out!” DAD: Janice, what are you doing here! GO to your room!!!! JANICE: No! DAD: Janice, go to your room, right now! JANICE: No! I don’t want to! DAD: If you don’t go right now, Janice, I am going to --- !!!!!!! DAD: Enough, John. Janice, please go to your room. We’ll talk later. Janice walks back down the hallway, mad, towards her room, shuts door soundly. DAD: We can’t live here anymore, Eliza. The rent’s gone to 2600 per month! It’s goddamning crazy! We can’t pay this! We can barely pay the car, you want to pay this rent! We got to move before we become bankrupt. Phone rings. Camera switches to on dinner table, looks toward phone. DAD walks toward the phone. Dad picks up the phone. Says “hello?”

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Camera switches to DAD profile shot. Pans toward left. DIALOGUE BETWEEN DAD AND PHONE o PHONE: Hello, I’m looking for John Green. o DAD: Yes, this is he. o PHONE: Sir, this is the Realtor’s Association of the Juno Apartments; your residence. o DAD: Yes, sir, how may I help you? o PHONE: Sir, I believe it is you that need help now. Your bank account, both savings and checking; they both show a total of 0 dollars. As a result of this, and your failure to pay the rent for the past two months, we have issued an eviction order for you and the rest of the inhabitants of unit 505. o DAD: what! No?! No, this can’t be,; you can’t do that! No!!! o PHONE: Sir, you have 30 days to recollect your belongings and move out to another residence. If not, the police will have to take action. o DAD: No wait, a second! There’s got to be a way to fix this!!! This can’t happen to us! Sir, I’ve got a wife and a daughter! (crying) YOU CAN”T DO THIS TO ME!!!!! o PHONE: I’m sorry, sir. Once again, you must have left the unit with your most important belongings by August 27th. Have a good day, sir. o PHONE HANGS UP o DAD: No!, Sir! (crying even more) Hello! Hello!!!! You can’t do this!!!!! Camera to long shot of DAD and subsequently MOM. DAD, still crying, hangs up the phone and places it on the charger. MOM comes up behind him to comfort him. Camera zooms out. o NARRATION (JANICE): That was the beginning. The beginning of the end. That’s about where the story ends,, though.. After that, we lived like homeless people for a week or two. Then, finally, my dad was able to get a job at a factory, and we were able, after a year or two, to at least get a house. Now, we live in a common house in the middle of South Miami. It’s the cheapest one we found, but I don’t care, my mother doesn’t care, my father doesn’t care, No one cares, really. Because our story is not the end. And our story is not the beginning. Our story, my story, is the middle. It starts not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today. The many todays. The todays that all went away, ever so quickly.

Scene 5: At the Restaurant  Camera/scene switches to shots of mall. o NARRATION (JANICE): Oh, yes! Tonight’s going to be the night of my life! I can’t believe Maria’s and my parents are letting us go to the movies alone! It’s going to be so fun: we’ll do so much shopping, so much talking, so much dishing about boys, so much looking at cute boys; oh, it’s going to be great!!!!!! Finally, we’ve got freedom! Oh, if only Robbie was

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here…. Well, that would already be TOO much to ask….. We could kiss in the movies, and when there’s no one looking…. Oh, that would be great….. Camera switches to inside car, Mom appears. Janice is looking outside the window, Mom snaps at her. o DIALOGUE  MOM: Hey, dreamy head, we’re here.  JANICE: right. Sorry.  MOM: You’re thinking about Robbie, aren’t you?  JANICE: No, of course not. (THINKING: of course I am, why can’t he be here with me????)  DAD (interrupts): Janice, the day you’re 18, you can find a house with Robbie, and you can talk to him, kiss him, hug him, and do whatever you want with him, for as long and whenever you watnt. But for now, I don’t want him near you.  MOM: Oh, come on, John, don’t be like that to her. The girl’s in love.  DAD: She’s too young to be in love.  MOM: No, she’s not. As long as she doesn’t make a wrong decision, she can be in love.  DAD: As long as it’s not too much love…  MOM: John! Camera/scene abruptly switches to Maria’s profile. Camera positions alternate. o MARIA: Wow. Your parents are cool. o JANICE: Not nice enough to let me come here with Robbie. Oh, I would be kissing him right now. o MARIA: In front of me? Eww! Yeah, right! Get a room. o JANICE: Maria! Don’t say that! o MARIA: Ok, ok, I’m just kidding. So…. Have you done it o JANICE: Maria! o MARIA: Just kidding! Now, come on, finish up that food. We’re going to be late for the movie. o JANICE: All right. Various shots of the two girls shopping in differing stores In one of the stores, o JANICE: Oh, look at this! Isn’t it cute! o MARIA: Hollister, again?! Gosh. Jan, be a little more original! And remember that we’re just here to peek around; the money we got was just to get the tickets. o JANICE: I know, I know, but….. (interrupted) o Robbie comes up behind Janice in shot, puts his hand on her shoulder o ROBBIE: Well, hello. o JANICE: Robbie!!!!!! o MARIA: It’s time for me to go now…..

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Robbie takes Janice in his arms, lifts her up, they both smile o NARRATION (JANICE): That was the best day of my life. They say that good things come to those who wait, but there’s yet another saying that satisfies another possibility: good things come to those whom least expect them

Scene 6: Christmas  Shots of winter Christmas setting o NARRATION (JANICE): There was another time in my life that was significant of the things in life that truly mean something, and that was Christmas just the last year. It was one of the coldest I’d ever experienced, without a doubt due to the fact that I celebrate Christmas in Miami. Most of my other friends just spent their day waiting impatiently until the following morning for their luxurious, expensive tech gifts, while I, on the other hand, did something much more special. Shot of Janice at computer, chatting on MSN o MOM (distant): Janice, Maria’s here! o JANICE: Okay! (silently: Yay!) o NARRATION (JANICE): Today’s gonna be a really fun day. Maria and I are heading to the park to play some soccer and ride our bikes. Nothing otherworldly, but it’s a fin way to pass the time until tomorrow morning - most of that time at least. Shot of Janice leaving the house, and of Mom (when she speaks) o MOM Janice, be back by 6! You’re gonna have to help us with the tree! o JANICE Okay, okay, Mom! Got it! o MOM: Have fuN! o JANICE (distant): will do! MUSICAL SECTION (i.e. no speech, music only [music: Downtown by Django Reinhardt) o Shot of Janice springing around in street, crazy, but happy and content o Maria is sitting on curb of street, watching Janice be as crazy as she can be o Maria makes content face, decides to join Janice o Both are springing about, crazily o Scene switches to park o Girls are riding bike (several shots) o Girls are playing volleyball o Sunset (afternoon) o INTERRUPTION by DIALOGUE  JANICE: We’ve gotta be getting back now.  MARIA: All right, ok. Let’s go! o Scene switches to morning Christmas

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o Shot of Christmas tree o Shot of Janice sleeping on her bed o She opens her eyes, goes towards the Christmas tree (shots according to action) o Sits down, stars searching for her according presents, stars opening them up o Presents are small mentions (not large tech gifts) o Janice’s mom comes up behind her, hugs her, says “Happy Christmas) o Shot of Janice and her mom starts zooming out, shots of morning suburbs NARRATION (JANICE): You know, all the other Christmases, informally speaking, I got really luxurious and expensive tech gifts that my mom and pop worked really hard to get. That Christmas, they weren’t able to. But you know what. It was all right. Because I stopped having a bratty conscience and began TRULY appreciating being with family and friends. It was the best Christmas I’d ever had.

Scene 7: Riding Bike • • • Various shots of Janice riding bike in Downtown Miami Various shots of different people walking on the streets NARRATION: JANICE – Some people in life have it all, some people in life have nothing. In some nations of the world, there are nations that have kept these extremes forever. In some other nations, such as the US, there are opportunities for those that attempt to remain in the middle of it all. Maybe the world would be better off were there to be no extremes; maybe the world would be chaotic. But there’s one thing we can assert – we would be better off were the world to still be how it was in the time of prehistoric cavemen. Or maybe we would miss all the technological advances of the present day. I don’t know. But some people have made an error. Those who have very little appreciate the little things that they can get their hands on. Those who have a lot appreciate only luxurious things – to them, maybe things such as family gatherings and time with friends is stupid and senseless. Or maybe that’s an exaggerated stereotype. But the absolute truth is that there are some things that money doesn’t buy, just like the MasterCard commercial says. And that’s things in life that truly matter. Being with your family, hanging out with your friends, riding bike in the park, kissing your significant other. That’s what matters. That’s what makes us happy. Not money, not technology. Spread the love and the happiness to everyone in the blue planet we call home. May everyone live a life of happiness, and of prosperity. Shot of Janice meeting Robbie in the street, stops and says “Good morning”. Person responds “Good morning, Janice. How are you?” Janice responds: “Just fine. Let’s go.” Robbie takes Janice in his arms; spin around Robbie and Janice start walking down the street Credits roll o IDEAS TO CONSIDER: 16th birthday cake

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