"Message, Not In A Bottle"
Length: 1 page
Number of scenes: 1, exterior
Speaking roles: 2 (one off-camera)
Non-speaking roles: none
Special challenge: Shooting in/into a car.
Notes on "Message, Not In A Bottle":
In March 2007, I read a magazine article
in which author spoke about people producing skillfully-done movies
with running times as short as fifteen seconds.
I immediately took that as a challenge:
"Okay, now I need to write a one-page script."
Somehow, that challenge blended with
another long-held desire; namely, to shoot a scene in which the only
illumination would be the light from a cell phone. No particular
reason, except that I thought it would be cool.
I imagined a sequence in which we see a
young man in a dark room, speaking into a cell phone, leaving a
message; and when he's done, the spot of illumination moves through the
darkness as he lowers the cell phone to his lap, where it reveals his
I tried shooting a few seconds, with my
DV camcorder, of my cell phone in the dark, and concluded that my
original conception would not work. So I changed the setting.
I thought about adding flashbacks of Sam
and Samantha as kids, but decided to leave this as a one-character,
MESSAGE, NOT IN A
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