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Aspire Vicarious
WORLD PREMIERE November 11th Maitland, FL  Enzian Film-Slam 1PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AP7rsHcyII
Vivid Expression.
Sensational Experience.
Artistic Vision.

Does this describe you?
Come visit Aspired Enterprises.

“Your dreams have already been realized.”
ASPIRE VICARIOUS

Written and Directed by Elizabeth Anne

Produced by Blake Bickerstaff for Them Feelings Multi Media
     and Elizabeth Anne for FunkyButtMonkeeMusic, INC

Starring:
Michelle Coutinho - FreeLancer
Blake Bickerstaff   - Astronaut
Elizabeth Anne       - Receptionist

Lighting/Audio:                   Blake Bickerstaff
               Props:                   Elizabeth Anne/ Eileen Bickerstaff
          Location:                   Center for Advanced GI
                                             Louie, Talal & Raouf Hilal
Costume Rental:                Century Costumes
Lighting Rental:                  Hoofta Productions

Score:               DiViNCi 
                          "FLDM intro"/ "DeLa" / "Somebody Told Me"

SCRIPT

(omitted dialogue not in fim indicated by beige-italicized text)

ACT 1 SCENE 1


INT – OFFICE COMPLEX MAIN LOBBY   DAYTIME

FREELANCER enters office lobby, slowly walks to hallway
as she searches for the office suite
She takes an advertisement out of her folder/portfolio.
* Close up on open folder – POV revealing ad in hand:


Vivid Expression. Sensational Experience.   Artistic Vision. 
Does this describe you?
If so, call for an appointment today, to discuss the future tomorrow!
Aspired Enterprises
459 Wonderway Lane – Suite 101
Maitland, FL 32751
“Your dreams have already been realized.”


FREELANCER looks up from folder,
realizes she is standing directly in front of door she is looking for

FREELANCER approaches and knocks on door   NO ANSWER
FREELANCER (concerned look) knocks on door again  NO ANSWER
She looks around hallway, first in one direction

FREELANCER slowly opens door (without receiving an answer),
and enters reception area of office



ACT 1 SCENE 2

INT – OFFICE RECEPTION AREA   (DAYTIME - DARKLY LIT)

FREELANCER enters room cautiously.

FREELANCER notices receptionist at desk reading a book,
but she does not acknowledge her

FREELANCER:
  Excuse me; is this the office for Aspired Enterprises?

RECEPTIONIST:
(responds but never looks up at her)
  Yes.

FREELANCER:
  I’m here for -

RECEPTIONIST:
  The 11 O’clock appointment? Yes, have a seat.
  Someone will be with you shortly.

FREELANCER:
  Thanks.


FREELANCER turns to sit down, notices there are no chairs

FREELANCER:
  Excuse me

  (no response, so she moves in a little closer and whispers directly to her)

Excuse me

RECEPTIONIST:
  Would you like a piece of gum?

FREELANCER:
(Responding as if humored)
  Why, do I have bad breath?

RECEPTIONIST:
(coldly, while reaching the gum out to her, still not looking up)
  Yes.

FREELANCER surprised, takes the gum from her


RECEPTIONIST:
  Please, have a seat.


FREELANCER looks around the room, slightly confused

Finally the FREELANCER sits down, crossed legged on the floor
looks around room and up at receptionist desk
She unwraps gum, places it in her mouth and begins to chew
Suddenly her face turns sour, and she takes the wrapper in her hand and reads it

Wrapper reveals the flavor “JUICY ONION”

FREELANCER slowly spits out gum into wrapper, covers it up
and places it in her pocket.

A beep is heard, and then a voice is heard over the intercom


INTERCOM VOICE OF ASTRONAUT:
   Miss Lily, you may send in my next appointment.

FREELANCER anxiously looks up.
Receptionist keeps reading book, does not respond.
FREELANCER looks at her, anticipating her response.
After 10 seconds


INTERCOM VOICE OF ASTRONAUT
   Miss Lily?

RECEPTIONIST:
(responds but never looks up from book)
  Yes.

INTERCOM VOICE OF ASTRONAUT
  You may send in my next appointment.

After 5 additional seconds, she presses a button on the desk
  (button indicated by sound, not an actual visual prop)
The door to the next room opens slowly
FREELANCER stands up; the room remains quiet
FREELANCER realizes nothing else will be said, so she enters the doorway


FREELANCER:
(slightly waving to the receptionist as she passes her)
  Thank-you


The receptionist does not respond.


ACT 2 SCENE 1

INT – ASTRONAUT’S OFFICE    (DAYTIME - DARKLY LIT)

FREELANCER enters room, stands motionless.
 
ASTRONAUT at his desk
 
ASTRONAUT:
  Ah, my first appointment arrives! Welcome to Aspired Enterprises.

(ASTRONAUT stands up reaches out his hand to shake,
and the FREELANCER slowly obliges)
 
 
Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to meet with me.
  Please, have a seat.

ASTRONAUT motions for her to sit down
FREELANCER looks to seats , sits down in front of ASTRONAUT
  
ASTRONAUT:
  I’m so glad we could have this meeting.


FREELANCER:
  (slight pause)
I am as well; your ad sounds like a very exciting company.

A sound comes from the ASTRONAUT as if he is inhaling strongly

ASTRONAUT:
  Ahh… Sweet Vidalia Onions!

FREELANCER:

  (almost in shy laughter)  
I’m sorry?

ASTRONAUT:
  Your breath, it’s wonderful! Reminds me of Vidalia Onions.

FREELANCER:
  Oh, that must be the gum your receptionist gave me.

ASTRONAUT:
  Ahh, Lily and her gum. I – like - that - scent!
  Much better than the gum she had last week, ‘Sulfferific’.

  (ASTRONAUT shutters in his seat in disgust after saying the gum title) 

ASTRONAUT:
  Which wasn’t as bad as the flavor before that,

  (ASTRONAUT giggles as he says)
‘Racoonalicious’.

ASTRONAUT continues get more tickled over the title, eventually to full laughter
FREELANCER feeling more comfortable laughs louder with him,
and improvises another possible title

FREELANCER:
  Which wouldn’t be as bad as ‘Fartifull’!

ASTRONAUT:
  Oh no, she had that flavor last month; ‘Boiled Eggs and Beer’!

They laugh hysterically together.
As the laughter dies down, the FREELANCER comes up with one final title

FREELANCER:
  Let’s hope the next flavor isn’t ‘Gasoline’!


The ASTRONAUT does not respond, rather sits there, quiet and motionless
(pause)


FREELANCER:
  So… I brought my portfolio –

ASTRONAUT:
  - That won’t be necessary, I’ve seen your work.
  You do realize what our company does here?
  
FREELANCER:
  Actually, not exactly-

ASTRONAUT:
  - Let me explain. We are all about vision here at Aspired Enterprises.

FREELANCER:
  Vision?

ASTRONAUT:
  Yes, just like the ad says.

FREELANCER:
  Oh, Yes, Artistic Vision.

ASTRONAUT:
  We like our associates to be artistic, but to create the future,
  one must have vision.

FREELANCER:
  Create the future?

ASTRONAUT:
  Yes, that’s what we do here, create the future.
  And in order to create it, we have to see it.
  In order to see it, we need vision.

FREELANCER:

  (pauses, slightly perplexed)
So… you design eye-wear?

ASTRONAUT:
  We design mind-wear.

  (pause)


ACT 2 SCENE 2

ASTRONAUT:
  Would you like a drink?

(ASTRONAUT begins to rise from chair, and moves towards water-cooler)

FREELANCER:
  Um…. Sure, what do you have?

ASTRONAUT:
  Clear water my friend, the only liquid that should ever enter your system.
The ASTRONAUT picks up aluminum packets with straws
and begins to fill them with water from the water-cooler them as he speaks

  Have you ever heard the saying, ‘to think of doing something, is to do it’.

FREELANCER:
  Yeah?
  
ASTRONAUT:
  That statement is more than simply metaphoric.
ASTRONAUT returns towards desk and sets a drink packet in front of
the FREELANCER. He then sets the other packet on the desk for himself,
and returns to in front of desk.

  Imagine if you will, that above us, high above our atmosphere, is a field,
  or more so, a plane of existence, surrounding the globe that we live on.

FREELANCER:
  A plane of existence?

ASTRONAUT connects a tube into the straw of his packet. The fluid begins to move through the tube as he speaks, and seems to mysteriously travel somewhere into his suit.

ASTRONAUT:
  Yes. Well, a plane of past existence, of our thoughts and memories.
  A psyche-sphere of sorts.

FREELANCER notices the fluid moving through the tube


FREELANCER:
  That sounds incredible, is it real?

ASTRONAUT:
  Oh it’s real, my friend.
  Everything that happens on this planet that is witnessed,
  is recorded into the memory of the one who witnessed it,
  either first person perspective or observer.
  That memory is then saved  within the sphere surrounding us.

FREELANCER:
  Like, recorded within the sphere, forever?

ASTRONAUT:
  To an extent, you could say that. If one could view such sphere,
  he or she would be able to see not only their own experiences,
  but all experiences that ever existed, laid out before them in an
  enormous library of memories.

FREELANCER:
(slowly, while seriously considering the concept)
  But the common human being on earth doesn’t have that capability.

ASTRONAUT:
  Exactly! We here at Aspired Enterprises want to capture those moments
  into a format that can be experienced, viewed if you will, by the individual.
  That’s where you come into the picture.

ASTRONAUT connects another  tube directly  into his suit.


FREELANCER reaches for her folder again.

FREELANCER:
  Well, I have done some video work.

ASTRONAUT:
  I told you, I’ve already seen your work. It’s not video capture that I
  am concerned with, but rather, original capture.

FREELANCER:
  Original capture?

ASTRONAUT motions to a box sitting next to the desk

ASTRONAUT:
  Say for instance, this box contained your recent memories, not only
  visions that you have seen, but the way you perceived them.
Close up on box, with hand on the switch
Now, suppose your perception altered the view of what really happened,
  infiltrating the past recollections with new depiction.

  Now, say perhaps, that by the simple flick of a switch -
ASTRONAUT gloved hand flicks the switch on the box
  I could manipulate the contents from what actually occurred to
  what you’ve perceived to have occurred.

FREELANCER:
  Why would you want to change the view?

ASTRONAUT:
  Everyone on this planet experiences life from there own perspective.
  There are many people that witness everyday occurrences and build
  them into something much more imaginative,
  without ever acting out their imagination.
  We actually harness those thoughts into action.
  in essence, we learn from them
  and build them into different experiences now,
  allowing a new existence for our future.
  The most intriguing factor is that neither the original capture nor the
  perceived version ever realize they’re being referenced, studied and
  formed into new perceptions.


As the ASTRONAUT speaks, the FREELANCER notices a yellow stream
beginning to move through the second  tube coming out of his suit,
going under the desk, into a jug
ASTRONAUT:
  Even when the evidence is directly in view
  the individual still will not acknowledge it.

FREELANCER:
(confused) I don’t understand.

ASTRONAUT:
(sounding, but not meaning to be, sarcastic) Exactly.


ACT 3 SCENE 1

FREELANCER:
  So what do you need from me?

ASTRONAUT:
  To continue witnessing experiences. It’s not so much what you do,
  but what you see and how you interpret it.
  Don’t worry. We will compensate you monetarily for your time.

FREELANCER:
  So, you’re interested in working with me, because I live vicariously?

ASTRONAUT:
  YES!

FREELANCER:
  Wow, that’s sad.

ASTRONAUT:
  No, that’s awesome!
(pause) Well, not so much for you, but for us, it’s incredible.
You experience several moments of vicarious observations,
  in ways we would never have time to witness in our own busy schedules.
  We can later select what observations to view, and experience those    
  sensations much as you did the moment you witnessed them.
  And like any recording, we can view them again and again.

FREELANCER:
  Like any recording?

ASTRONAUT:
  (raises head as if looking up, off into the future)
  What once only one person could envision,
  will one day be what everyone can experience.


FREELANCER looks perplexed

ASTRONAUT:
  I’ll have my receptionist make an appointment for us to have another
  meeting next week.
ASTRONAUT stands up and reaches out his hand to shake with FREELANCER
She rises, shakes his glove and collects her folder


ASTRONAUT:
In the meantime, you just keep up the Artistic Vision.


ACT 3 SCENE 2

INT – OFFICE RECEPTION AREA   (DAYTIME - DARKLY LIT)

FREELANCER turns from desk, exits office door and closes it behind her
She stares at the RECEPTIONIST for a moment, and then leaves out the office door,
closing it behind her - RECEPTIONIST still never raises her head
View shows FREELANCER as she walks down hallway - exists


INTERCOM VOICE OF ASTRONAUT
   Miss Lily?

View returns to RECEPTIONIST at desk

RECEPTIONIST:
(responds but never looks up from book) Yes?

INTERCOM VOICE OF ASTRONAUT
  You may erase the vision of the urine tube, we won’t be needing that.

RECEPTIONIST:
(still not looking up from book) Is that possible?

INTERCOM VOICE OF ASTRONAUT
  Just block it out of your mind, it will eventually be forgotten.

RECEPTIONIST:
  It’s not blocked out of her mind.

INTERCOM VOICE OF ASTRONAUT
(voice realizing tone) Oh yeah, that’s right.
(pause) Schedule a follow-up for next week.


(FINAL SCENE) CREDITS  


Visual of Astronaut in Elevator


AUDIO:
Phone rings - machine picks up

VO: RECORDED VOICE OF FREELANCER:
  (sarcastically, as if offended)
  Hi, I can’t come to the phone right now,
  I’m out living vicariously through the live of others so that
  the lives of future others can benefit from the lives of current others.
  Leave your name and number, and the information will be perceived.

Beep sound
VO: PHONE VOICE OF RECEPTIONIST:
(coldly as before)
  Hi, this is the office of Aspired Enterprises, reminding you that you
  have an appointment next Wednesday at 11 AM.
  Please arrive on time and have a seat in our waiting area.