Length: 5 pages
Number of scenes: 2, interiors, intercut
Speaking roles: 6
Non-speaking roles: As many bodies as you need to suggest a busy
Special challenges: Shooting in a restaurant
Notes on "No Dessert":
Like "coda," "No Dessert" began as the
opening sequence for a feature.
One evening, as my wife and I were
shopping at a local Half Price Books, I came across "The Encyclopedia
of Fantastic Film: Ali Baba to Zombies," by R. G. Young, a
thousand-page compendium that lists more than 9,000 movies dating back
to 1896, with a plot summary for each one.
It's a fascinating book, if only because
it reminds me how many movies exist that I not only have not seen, but
that I haven't even heard of.
One of those unknown-to-me movies was
"The Affair at No. 26," a British production from 1915 summarized thus:
"Man kills wrong woman, frames his brother."
Those seven words immediately made me
want to re-make this movie that I had never seen. As I began imagining
how a man might kill the wrong woman, I came up with an opening
sequence – then concluded that it could work as a standalone short.
I like the fact that the central
character has only one line.
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