Footsteps Episode #2 "The Importance of Personal Property" By Nikko Nguyen

EXT. SUBURBIA - EARLY EVENING NICK age 19 steps onto the sidewalk from a walkway of one of the houses, next to TIM age 20 who walks beside him. In Nick’s hand is a water bottle. Tim puts his WALLET in his pocket. They walk down the street, as Nick periodically takes gulps of water. NICK I’m telling you man, the film industry is down the shits. There are no original ideas in Hollywood anymore, its all about who has the biggest cock, and who can flail it around on screen in the most unique fashion. TIM Yea, but the film industry has ALWAYS been a twisting void of broken dreams and drowned out ideas. There is no such thing as an original film. Even back when film first started, it always has been, and always will be the medium that is never original in anything it does. NICK Wait, wait wait, so you’re telling me great film eras like cowboy westerns, samurai films, silent film, are all rip-offs from other stories? TIM If not from other stories, from other films entirely. Lets take your favorite western, the Magnificent 7 for example. Made as a cowboy movie modeled after Akira Kurosawa’s 7 Samurai, which, in itself, was modeled after westerns and cowboy films! Its a vicious and disgusting cycle thats been on repeat since the dawning of the studio age.

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NICK Oh c’mon thats such a load of crap. TIM Okay, then what about the movie Dances with Wolves? Is that not a film adaptation of a book? What about Avatar? Was that not an overhaul of this classic story? See, this is why I hate Hollywood. Because EVERYTHING is produced to the unth degree, and what fails miserably? The story being told. With every film made, the art of story creation dies little by little. The visuals in film have been the only improving factor over the course of the century. Aside from that, every one in Mollywood is a thief and a crook whose only goal is to find the next script, and rip it to shreds like 4 year old in posession of the Declaration of Independence. As they pass by a yard filled with toys and other kids products, Tim grabs a skateboard from the yard and continues walking with Nick. NICK (In a lowered voice) JESUS! What the hell are you doing? TIM What? You ain’t my mothah! NICK What happened to abhorring people who steal shit? C’mon man! You can’t just walk around stealing people’s stuff, let alone some kid’s skateboard! What the hell are you thinking? TIM There is a major difference between intellectual property and objective property. With that said, the latter is replaceable, the former is not.

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NICK Regardless, you can’t just be going around stealing people’s shit! TIM What makes you think that he had ownership in the first place? I mean did that kid buy it with his own money? I doubt it considering how much money mommy and daddy make. With that said, what does it mean to own something? Or to put it simply, by what conventions are we discussing that which defines ownership? Are we discussing legal ownership and what entails in that legal system? If that were the case, then technically his parents own the skateboard, hence my reason for taking it in the first place, because they can always just get another one. Or are we discussing ownership in the eye of the prevailing public attitude?As Tim goes off on his monologue, someone walks past the camera and the guys in the opposite direction. As he passes by, he bumps into Tim a bit, and apologizes. As soon as he goes past them he turns around, holds Tim’s wallet in the air so the camera can see it, and flicks off the boys and continues walking in the opposite direction. THIEF Sorry about that. Tim trips over thief a little. TIM Fuck man? You seriously have to watch where you’re going. THIEF I honestly didn’t see you there I’m really sorry. TIM Just watch where you’re going yea? Tim turns back to Nick TIM Anyway, in this case, since you and I are the only ’prevailing public’ (MORE) (CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: TIM (cont’d) around to finalize my new-found ownership, we both agree that now, this is essentially mine! And even if you don’t agree with my ownership, meaning 50% of the public doesn’t agree, then my own ’personal attitude’ is all that matters at this point. Meaning that since I took it, I now own it! Such is the way of the world. A pause as Nick looks at Tim mouth agape. NICK I don’t even know how to respond to that. TIM (Smoothly) What can I say? I like to consider myself an impetuous opportunist. NICK You’re not even HUMAN... TIM WHAT?! At least I don’t steal from my homies. Cause THAT shit is just messed up. NICK (Sarcastically) Good to know you have a moral compass... The boys walk around a corner. Camera cuts. Tim checks his pockets looking for his wallet and soon figures out that he does not have it. NICK Whats wrong? TIM FUCK, I think I lost my wallet! NICK Ohhh shit You’ve done it now! TIM What are you talking about man? this is serious! The weed money was in there! FUCK!

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NICK Of course, another victim of instant karma brings the rest of the party train down. I thought you put it in your pocket a few minutes ago, did you not? Tim turns his head around. TIM FUCK, I think that asshole stole it! Why would someone just steal something out of someone’s pockets like that? NICK You know what you should do? You should make this sob story into a movie! Then when you write it, and have someone take your idea, you can REALLY understand how it feels to have something stolen from you! Tim turns to Nick before riding down the sidewalk. TIM You’re an asshole, and you can go fuck yourself. CUT TO: BLACK

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