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Is It Worth It?
by Terry Ridgley (telboy8@yahoo.com.hk)

Rated: G   Genre: Miscellaneous   User Review: ***1/2
a 90 second fun short


This screenplay is copyrighted to its author. All rights reserved. This screenplay may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of the author.



IS IT WORTH IT?

FADE IN:

INT. THE POOL - DAY
                                                            
J looks thoughtfully into the pond. A pebble plops in.
Ripples radiate out.
                                                            
 
INT. LIVING ROOM TABLE - DAY
                                                            
J is sitting at the living room table.She is tired and
dishevelled.Her school excercise book is open in front of
her.A lamp over the book is the only light available. The
table is piled high with textbooks. Her schoolbag is
openwith papers sliding out.

J SITS WITH HER FACE IN HER HANDS LOOKING TIRED AND
FRUSTRATED.
                                                            
                       J
      (Screams)
"Aaaaaghh! Homework! Homework!
Homework! I hate it! Does it never
end?
                                                            
 
INT. THE POOL-2 - DAY
                                                            
J looks thoughtfully into the pond. A pebble plops in.
Ripples radiate out.
                                                            
 
INT. THE LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Mobile phone to right ear.Looks at camera. Gesticulates. (
Dialogue 1).
Moves around speaking loudly. Face looks angry.
(dialogue 2)
                                                            
                       J (1)
      (Angrily)
"Friends! Friends!Friends! Do they
never stop gossiping?
                                                            
                       J (2)
      (Angrily)
She's such a liar! She's always
spreading rumours because she's
jealous.
                                                            
 

2.

INT. THE POOL-3 - DAY
                                                            
J looks thoughtfully into the pond. A pebble plops in.
Ripples
radiate out.
                                                            
 
INT. PARENTS - NIGHT
                                                            
J sits on living room sofa.Her legs are crossed.Her left
elbow is resting on fer left leg.Her left hand is under her
chin. She looks bored and disinterested.
Her father's left hand comes into the bottom left corner of
the picture as he speaks.( Dialogue 1)
Her mother's right hand comes into the picture
simultaneously
(Dialogue 2)
                                                            
                       F (1)
      (Frustrated)
" But how many times have we told
you before?"
                                                            
                       M (2)
      (Strongly and
       forcefully)
" If you're going to come home
late,call us!!"
                                                            
 
INT. TRANSITION - DAY
                                                            
                                         BUT
                                                            
On a black screen written in white. But is big and in bold.
                                                            
 
INT. THE POOL-4 - DAY
                                                            
J smiles a little smile. Pebble is thrown into the water.
Voiceover.
                                                            
                       J
      (Happily)
" Your labour's not in vain."
                                                            
 
INT. GRADUATION - DAY
                                                            
J stands on the left of the picture. Sideview. She is
wearing her school uniform. Her right hand is reaching out
and holding a rolled up graduation certificate.
The teacher is on the right side of the picture. Sideview.

3.

Teacher is holding the other end of the certificate in right
hand presenting it to J.
                                                            
                       T
      (Proudly)
" Well done. Your hard work has
paid off."
                                                            
 
INT. THE POOL-5 - DAY
                                                            
J smiles a bit more. Throws pebble a little bit more
strongly.
Voiceover.
                                                            
                       J
      (Happily)
" Friends can make up."
                                                            
 
INT. FRIENDS MAKE-UP - DAY
                                                            
J and Fd see each other in public place. Sideview.Fd smiles
a big smile. J grins ruefully.
                                                            
                       FD
      (Loudly)
" I'mm so sorry. Come on let's
make up and go to McDonalds'"
                                                            
Big hug
                                                            
 
INT. THE POOL-6 - DAY
                                                            
J smiles triumphantly. Pebble makes a big splash.
Voiceover
                                                            
                       J
      (Very happily)
" Your family always sticks by
you."
                                                            
 
INT. THE BIRTHDAY PARTY - DAY
                                                            
F and M sit on either side of J in restaurant. They are
smartly dressed. It is a family occassion.A birthday cake is
on the table. Fd is behind J's left shoulder, right hand on
J's chair, left hand on M's chair. J is smiling hapily hands
on clasped on lap and swaying side to side.
                                                            

4.

                       M
" Happy Birthday to you, Happy
Birthday to you, Happy Birthday,
Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday to
you!"
                                                            
                       F (2)
" Happy Birthday to you, etc...
                                                            
                       FD (3)
" Happy Birthday to you...
                                                            
J energetically blows out candles on the cake. F,M and Fd
clap happily.
                                                            
 
INT. THE POOL-7 - DAY
                                                            
J stands up. Big grin, very happy reflects in the water.
                                                            
                       J
      (Screams loudly
       and happily)
" Life IS worth living.
GO FOR IT!"
                                                            
J jumps in. Water splashes over screen.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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From Shannon Date 12/13/2009 ***1/2
I liked this. I'd love to see it in motion.


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