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Gabriel Burokas

Learning to Cook: Lesson #7 Smoked Salmon

Premise
An eskimos dreams for a perfect dinner turn out a bit different than he intended. Logline A lone eskimo, Nanuk, living in an igloo out in the wilderness wishes only for one thing, a perfect dinner. Day in and day out he fishes and eats the same dinner over and over again, a lone fish on his dinner plate. One day hes sitting at his fancy table prepared like in a restaurant, but his plate holds nothing more than one salmon as usual and he start to hallucinate vegetables appearing around the fish and then imagines his whole igloo made of vegetables. He snaps out of his dream but hes hit with an idea to build a greenhouse. After getting a self-building greenhouse pack from ACME which is placed over his fish rack he starts growing tomatoes and cucumbers for his dinner, they grow finely at first but the next day theyre frozen into ice blocks. Almost crushed he attempts one last act of desperation, he uses a vacuum cleaner to suck out the heat from his house fire into the greenhouse. The vegetables start to thaw but one piece of burning wood teeters on the edge of the fireplace then finally gets sucked in. Exploding in a ball of smoke and fire the greenhouse gets ruined. In a strange turn of events he sits at his table once again in front of a plate with burnt vegetables on it but also the very first smoked salmon putting a smile on his face. Step Outline EXT. FISHING HOLE NEXT TO IGLOO. DAY Nanuk fishes out a salmon at his fishing hole. He then hangs it on a drying rack. INT. NANUKS IGLOO- DINING TABLE. EVENING Nanuk sits at his candlelit table. He tucks in his napkin. He takes a look at his dinner and eats.

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EXT. FISHING HOLE NEXT TO IGLOO. DAY Nanuk fishes out another salmon at his fishing hole. He then hangs it on a drying rack. INT. NANUKS IGLOO- DINING TABLE. EVENING Nanuk sits at his candlelit table. He tucks in his napkin. He takes a look at his dinner and frowns. EXT. FISHING HOLE NEXT TO IGLOO. DAY Nanuk fishes out yet another salmon at his fishing hole. He then hangs it on a drying rack. INT. NANUKS IGLOO- DINING TABLE. EVENING Nanuk sits at his candlelit table. He tucks in his napkin. He takes a look at his dinner and starts hallucinating vegetables popping onto his plate. Then his igloo turns into vegetables. He snaps out of his dream but gets a lightbulb over his head. EXT. NEXT TO NANUKS IGLOO. DAY Nanuks standing next to a self-building ACME greenhouse kit patting the top of it and staring at space around the drying rack. A few hours later hes standing next to a built greenhouse. INT. GREENHOUSE. DAY Nanuk looks over in joy at his growing tomatoes and cucumbers. He walks over and leans over to one and rubs it till it shines. He bends back up, ready to leave.

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INT. IGLOO- NANUKS BED. MORNING Nanuk wakes up in bed and stretches and yawns. He gets a big smile on his face. INT. GREENHOUSE. MORNING Nanuk stands before his vegetables. His face is filled with horror. A view of the vegetables reveals that theyve all turned into ice cubes from the cold. Nanuk thinks for a little bit. He then comes back with a vacuum cleaner and sets it down inside. He bends down and turns it on. INT. IGLOO- FIREPLACE. DAY The vacuum starts to suck the heat from the fire. INT. GREENHOUSE. DAY The iced vegetables start to thaw. INT. IGLOO- FIREPLACE. DAY One piece of fire wood edges toward the tube slowly, stops, then finally get sucked in. EXT. TWO SHOT OF IGLOO AND GREENHOUSE. DAY A little dramatic pause and then the greenhouse explodes in smoke and fire inside. INT. IGLOO- DINING TABLE. EVENING Nanuks sitting at the table once again with a plate filled with charred vegetables but also smoked salmon. He takes a bite and gets a smile on his face.

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