Independent Film.

Below you will find the results of my having challenged myself for a number of days to write a short story with a beginning and middle and an end inside of 30 minutes. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it.

”Ready?”

”Yep.”

“Great. OK. Action.”

“You’re a no-talent fucking idiot and this script is awful.”

Cut!”

“What’s the matter, now?”

”That’s not what’s written in the script. Those aren’t you lines.”

”You said you wanted me to be honest.”

“I said I wanted your performance to be honest.”

“So, you want me to lie but you want my performance to be honest?”

”Oh, c’mon. We talked about this for, like, two hours, yesterday.”

”Yes?”

”Is there any way you can stick to the lines and let the honesty come through?”

”You want me to be honest, but using other people’s words?”

“Yes. Exactly.”

”I’ll try.”

”Great! OK. Everybody settle down. Sound.”

”Speed.”

”Camera?”

”Good to go.”

”Great. Ready? Action!”

”This is the worst fucking thing I have ever read and you’re an idiot. Hell, judging from this, everyone in your family…”

”Cut!”

”Nope. Nope. I guess I can’t use other people’s words.”

“We weren’t having this problem during rehearsal.”

”You had more talent at rehearsal.”

”Well, let’s pretend I have just as much talent, now.”

“I thought you wanted me to be honest.”

”OK. We’re going to take a break. When we get back, we’ll do the scene with the belly dancer.”

”You better go talk to her.”

”Why?”

”She’s still pissed off that she had to change up in her car.”

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