INT. UNIVERSAL STUDIO SOUND STAGE - MiID-AFTERNOON BREAK
The director has just called take five. The talent are standing on their marks, chatting about the scene problems, but their words are in the background. They start to move off.
OBIE, fresh off the bus, spies JEREMIAH, eyelid drooping, coming out from under the klieg lights. She moves into his path.
Jeremiah makes a move to pass by Obie, looking right past her without registering her identity.
Tom, a passing cameraman, guffaws.
As Jeremiah moves closer, Obie reaches up and gently massages his droopy eyelid. Instantly, a tension passes out of him.
Looking around, Obie sees an empty chair and steers Jeremiah toward it.
INT. STUDIO - QUIET CORNER
ho, Green Giant.
Jeremiah rolls his eyes, glancing around, but he also sits.
never outlive that nickname!
How have you been? Did you get in your
school year originally scheduled to be
over before Memorial Day.
Jeremiah reaches for the cigarette pack in his pocket. Obie steps back.
Jeremiah replaces the cigarette.
Obie returns to his side, again working on his eye.
The tour bus horn toots. Obie looks up, then moves reluctantly toward the door.
INT. STUDIO - TRACKING SHOT? FOLLOWING SHOT?
Jeremiah stands, taking Obie’s arm and heads for the exit.
impressed! That’s not supposed to hap-
in conversation, then offered him a
cigarette. He, much to his credit, did
not let her in, but, as she is
quite beautiful, did get distracted enough
not to notice me.
ing set, and I could tell from the
lights this was one.
erature what Wagner’s Ring Cycle is to
opera -- an eight hour orgy.
As Jeremiah and Obie hit the door, the guard looks stunned.
EXT. OUTSIDE BUS DOOR
The driver gets off the bus, confronting Obie.
bus from the “free transportation to
hotel” space, not the bus tours loca-
Obie squints at the driver’s badge number.
number? He bilked five other people
who thought they were en route to the
hotel, by refusing to return their
Obie opens her purse, officiously taking out a pad and pen.
Jeremiah steps around the driver, leaning into the bus.
Michael Smith. Badge number 117683.
Backing out, he hands Obie his cell phone.
Jeremiah steps into the bus. Everyone wants to be recognized by Jeremiah, so instantly, all want him to take their names for refunds.
Jeremiah begins signing autographs. The director steps forward.
ience, might I request your presence back on
The director looks him over.
make-up first. You’ve smeared your eye
liner, it seems.
Jeremiah turns scarlet.
Obie enters the bus pointing to three people she can remember, repeating their names into Jeremiah’s cell phone.
the phone, but address-
ing the driver)
give me my bags, now, or would you like
to have a little chat with your super-
Obie watches carefully while the driver refunds the money to the three Obie has recognized.
you going on to the hotel?
Without anyone to distract the guard, he stops Obie as she tries to enter.
bus driver, let her back in, Bert. In
fact, see to it that her bags are
brought into the employee locker area
and get her a pass so she can come and
go at the front gate. It seems she’s
attached herself to our male lead in a
of you. Four in a series and one stand
the script for Propinquity and the Mes-
merizer is getting close. I also have
twenty thousand words of its sequel --
it was my Script Frenzy piece this
it is as funny as Jeremiah reports.
Obie looks down.
noon if I had access to a printer. I
don’t know if it is wise to pass around
a rough draft, however.
writer’s strike, some of us are willing
to be a bit more flexible. You’re not
a union member?
I called the NEA and found out that it
is okay for us to still write. They’d
rather we didn’t cross any picket
lines, but it is not forbidden ex-
pressly. I was kind of a captive when
I crossed today.
Jeremiah and the guard here, that you
were not deliberately coming to the
studio, but were, in fact, on the way
to your hotel.
Calling a best boy to him, the director heads back inside.
he was serious. I just assumed that
was a pacify Jeremiah move.
trailer on the back lot where you could
stay without crossing the picket line.
Early mornings and evenings, they
leave, so you’d just have to eat lunch
on the set.
able to recharge my powerbook battery
Last updated 11/28/09 Changed the battery on my powerbook to the powerbook battery; 6/29/08.
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