In POV shot, someone walks up to the nightclub door and pulls it open. Pulsing muffled beats are heard from afar.
POV moving into club.
In my dream i am at a live concert.
It’s very dark with many flashing colored lights criss crossing in front and some in the camera lens. The music is pumping full volume and is crystal clear, “Sleepyhead” by Passion Pit. Once fully in the club, it’s apparent that the place is jammed with people excited about who is onstage. Some are cheering with their hands up, others swaying or jumping. Quick CUs to illustrate the confusion and chaos of the scene. It’s dark and the figures are pretty indecipherable, very saturated. We never see who is actually on stage, maybe there is no one?
POV shot turns around to reveal a tall, thin man, MAX sitting on a beaten up, black bicycle. He appears to be pensive about the situation in front of him. After taking in a few deep breaths he appears ready for the task at hand.
Max wheels his bike through the crowd to the front of the stage and gets up on it. He looks around at the audience yet he can never see anything except blinding spotlights. It’s silent now.
INT: NIGHTCLUB STAGE
Figuring he should do something as to avoid utter embarrassment, he gets on his bike and starting peddling around the stage. From far back you hear a clap and a few whistles from the crowd. It spurs Max on and he rides now with no hands. The cheers get louder, funky music begins, and Max’s confidence grows. A montage of him riding around faster and with no hands, CUs of the parts of the bike, his goofy elated face, the cheering crowd. The montage ends with the overconfident Max trying to pop a wheelie and having the bike flip over and land on top of him as he falls to the ground on his back. A collective “oooooh” resonates through the whole club. Max sits on the floor humiliated.
OS MALE VO
What are doing?
Max turns around to where the voice is coming from and sees that it is a woman and recognizes her as his friend LUCY. But why on earth is Lucy speaking like a man? He doesn’t say anything just gives her a quizzical look.
(still male VO)
It’s terrible. We’re going to
be late for class. Let’s go.
Lucy turns and walks out through the back of the stage and is gone.
Max still is sitting on the ground more confused than ever. The
club is now silent and there is no one else there. Slowly it’s
gets darker and darker in the room. Max looks around panicked.
It gets darker until it Max is in complete darkness.
INT: CLASSROOM- day
Max has his head down on the desk, apparently sleeping. An arm is on his shoulder shoving him to wake up. It's Lucy.
Let's go. We're gonna be late
Max slowly comes to realize he fell asleep in class, again, and snaps his head up. Lucy's voice is back to normal.
You might want to start sitting
in the back. And check the drool
(gestures to her mouth).
Lucy walks towards the door. Max quickly wipes his mouth and grabs his bag. They head out of the classroom.
INT: HALLWAY- day
They begin to walk down the hall.
Oh I need to get my bike (looks around).
What bike? You don't have a bike, buddy.
We walked to class together.
They continue to walk down the hallway getting further and further away. The camera pans over to the left where the beaten, black bike is leaning against the wall.
Shot list for Max’s Dream by Lauren
CU hand pulling door open
POV walking into club
WS of club crowd
CU of audience swaying to music
CU of audience cheering
CU of bright spotlights in camera lens
WS of various lights going on and off
MS of Max on bike from front
LS of Max walking bike to stage
LS of Max getting to center of stage w/bike
MS of Max standing with bike
Over shoulder high angle shot of Max looking into bright light.
Reverse shot low angle Max looking at light
LS Max getting on bike and riding around
Tracking shot of him riding
CU of Max’s face happy for the cheers
XCUs of parts of bike
XCUs of Max’s face
CU of Max with goofy face
MS slow motion of Max popping wheelie falling back and out of frame
Extreme high angle of Max on his back
MS of Max sitting up and coming into frame
MS behind Max as he turns to hear the voice, partially silhouetted
FS of Lucy mostly in darkness as she speaks and then leaves
CU of Max’s face in the confusion as it gets darker and darker and fades to black
CU of Max with his head down on the desk with arm entering frame shaking him
MS of Lucy telling Max to wake up
MS of Max waking up startled
LS of them walking out of classroom from behind
LS of them coming through door of classroom to hallway
CU of Max saying yeah…right
LS to ELS of the two walking down the hallway away from camera
PAN from LS to wall where bike is leaning