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space man (SHORT)
by xuxE (xuxe@scarycow.com)

Rated: G   Genre: Musicals   User Review: **
With his planet on the edge of ecological disaster, an alien man and his space band - the extension of his consciousness who narrates his emotions through song - launch into space in a last ditch effort to preserve the future. The alien crash lands on Earth, and soon discovers that in order to find a solution for his world, he must first find himself. listen to the music at: www.myspace.com/spacemanthemovie


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SPACE MAN (SHORT)

FADE IN:

EXT. SIDEWALK - DAY
                                                            
Space Man walks down the street past stores and parked cars.
As he walks he looks around, trying to keep cool and
composed, but with curiousity and sometimes fear under the
surface.
                                                            
Space Man approaches 2 women sitting a sidewalk cafe table.
The women are talking and laughing while they share a plate
of french fries. The women don't notice Space Man
approaching.
                                                            
Space Man sees the women laughing and sees them sharing the
food, so he thinks perhaps it is ok to have a bite.
                                                            
Spaceman takes a french fry from the plate and bites into it
with a tentative smile.
                                                            
The women see him and are visibly shocked, they both move
back in their chairs.
                                                            
                       DINER #1
      (after a pause)
OK that was totally rude, could
you step away from us please? If
you don't leave I will call the
manager.
                                                            
                       DINER #2
      (talking very fast)
Tell me that did not just happen,
is he still there? That just
totally freaked me out.
                                                            
Space Man spits the food out onto the ground and puts his
hands up apologetically as he backs away.
                                                            
                       DINER #2
      (even louder)
OMIGOD OMIGOD that is totally
disgusting, that's disgusting, i
am going to have to leave, OMIGOD-
                                                            
                       DINER #1
      (Very angry)
Get out of here! Get away from
us!!
                                                            

2.

Space Man scurries away quickly down the block. A silvery
somewhat mod Space Band is scurrying behind him, almost like
a parade.
                                                            
CUE MUSIC: SPACE MAN PART 1 (ELECTRO)
                                                            
 
EXT. MONTAGE SEQUENCE - NOT FITTING IN - DAY
                                                            
DURING SONG INTRO:
                                                            
Space Man tries to walk into a store but security escorts
him out. Then he escorts the Space Band out.
                                                            
Space Man gets in line to take a bus, but then is afraid to
get on. The bus pulls away.
                                                            
Space Man approaches a "free personality test" who try to
pull him in - the band helps him escape.
                                                            
Space Man walks by a Paris Hilton type with a small dog. He
softens when he sees the dog and tries to pet it, but the
dog bites him. The Paris girl laughs at him wincing in
pain, as if he is part of her entertainment.
                                                            
 
EXT. MONTAGE SEQUENCE - HOME PLANET & JOURNEY - DAY
                                                            
SONG VERSE BEGINS:
                                                            
View of dark deep space.
                                                            
Scenes of desolation, decay, and harsh pollution.
                                                            
Two space people and Space Man are standing close together
wearing face masks. The three of them embrace.
                                                            
Space Man steps away and the band surrounds him, pressed
tightly together as if to protect him from every angle.
                                                            
The group seems to spin around faster and faster until there
is a bright white light.
                                                            
The white light fades and we see Space Man sitting in a
cave-like, womb-like room, sitting perfectly still as if
meditating.
                                                            
Suddenly the room is shaking violently and Space Man falls
to the floor.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 

3.

EXT. SIDEWALK - DAY
                                                            
Huge Puff of White Smokey Mist.
                                                            
Space Man is still lying on the ground but he is no longer
in the white room. He is lying on the sidewalk where we
first saw him, near the cafe, surrounded by the Space Band.
                                                            
                       SPACE MAN
      (Sings To Himself)
I don't know where I am, but at
least I'm here...
                                                            
DURING SONG CHORUS:
                                                            
MONTAGE: A LONG WALK
                                                            
Space Man walking by shops. Space Band walking by shops.
                                                            
Space Man walking on the Beach. Space Band walking on the
Beach.
                                                            
Space Man walking on an empty road. Space Band walking on
an empty road.
                                                            
                                         SONG FADES OUT/NIGHT
FALLS
                                                            
 
EXT. QUIET CITY - NIGHT
                                                            
Cars pass by as Space Man walks along the sidewalk. Few
people are out.
                                                            
Space Man is lost in thought, with an introspectful and
deeply sad look on his face.
                                                            
Space Band walks behind him, with a similar mood.
                                                            
All are quiet except for the sounds of the city.
                                                            
CUE SONG: SPACE MAN PART 2 (ACOUSTIC BALLAD)
                                                            
SONG INTRO STARTS
                                                            
Space Man continues walking, followed by Space Band.
                                                            
Gradually, Space Man begins walking to the beat of the
music. Then slowly, Space Band begins to also walk in time
with the music.
                                                            
SONG VERSE BEGINS
                                                            

4.

Their heads droop with sadness as they walk.
                                                            
They begin to walk up a steep hill.
                                                            
SONG BRIDGE BEGINS:
                                                            
                       SPACE MAN
      (Sings to himself)
"What do I do?
Where do I go?

I feel so afraid.
I feel so alone.
                                                            
CHORUS BEGINS
                                                            
Space Man continues walking up the hill. Space Band
follows, holding candles as they walk.
                                                            
Group reaches top of hill. Space Man looks out at the city,
feeling defeated and exhausted.
                                                            
Space Man sits down on the ground and leans against a bus
stop. Space Band sits behind him.
                                                            
Space Man falls asleep as song outtro fades.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. MORNING AT THE BUS STOP - DAY
                                                            
An eclectic woman, colorfully dressed, is standing over
Space Man. She is quiet, calm, and confident. She has
headphones around her neck and she carries a backpack.
                                                            
Space Man wakes up and opens one eye to look at her.
                                                            

5.

                       NADJA
      (In Farsi:)
Not Christian or Jew or Muslim,
not Hindu, Buddhist, sufi, or zen.
Not any religion or cultural
system.

I am not from the East or the
West, not out of the ocean
or up from the ground,

not natural or etheral,
not composed of elements at all."

(From the poem "Only Breath" by
Rumi - Coleman Barks translation)
                                                            
Space Man gives her a soft timid smile...
                                                            
Nadja smiles and reaches out to take his hand and pull him
up.
                                                            
CUE SONG: SPACE MAN PART 3 (DUB REGGAE)
                                                            
Nadja places her headphones on his head just as verse
starts.
                                                            
Space Man is thrilled to hear the music - he closes his
eyes.
                                                            
SPACE MAN AND NADJA EXCHANGE LINES OF THE VERSE
                                                            
BEGIN MOTAGE: SPACE MAN IN LOVE
                                                            
Space Man and Nadja look into each other's eyes.
                                                            
SPACE MAN AND NADJA EXCHANGE LINES OF THE BRIDGE
                                                            
Nadja laughs and it makes Space Man laugh too.
                                                            
The Space Band begins to dance to the music. Eventually the
Space Man and Nadja begin to dance.
                                                            
SONG CHORUS STARTS:
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. TEMPLE CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
Nadja leads the Space Man through some dingy alleys, under
an overpass and behind some buildings. The Space Band
follows.
                                                            

6.

The reach a building and knock on the door as the music
fades.
                                                            
The door opens part way to reveal two people who focus their
attention on the Space Man and appear to ponder him with
curiosity.
                                                            
                       DOOR PERSON #1 (examining Space Man)
      (In French)
"People where you live grow five
thousand roses in one garden...
yet they don't find what they're
looking for..."
                                                            
                       DOOR PERSON #2 (replies)
      (In French)
They don't find it.
                                                            
                       DOOR PERSON #1 (to Door Person #2)
      (In French)
"And yet what they're looking for
could be found in a single rose,
or a little water..."
                                                            
                       DOOR PERSON #2 (replies)
      (In French)
"Of course."
                                                            
                       DOOR PERSON #1 (smiles)
      (In French)
But eyes are blind - you have to
look with the heart.

(-from The Little Prince by
Antoine de Saint-Exupery )
                                                            
They open the door...
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. TEMPLE CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
Space Man and Nadja enter the building and follow the long
cold dark hallways through the building. They climb stairs
up and down and wander through large rooms filled with
interesting things.
                                                            
Finally they reach an entrance and find themselves facing a
large palatial room filled with all different interesting,
colorful, and artistic looking people.
                                                            

7.

As they enter the room, everyone hugs and smiles at Nadja,
welcoming Space Man, and Space Band. Nadja seems to know
everyone.
                                                            
A performance is about to begin, and a band is assembled in
the main hall. Space Band looks at each other as if to say,
"Wow - Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
Space Band is positioned on the instruments in front of the
people in the hall. They run up and mingle with the Earth
Band, checking out their instruments, excited.
                                                            
Earth Band (Playground) plays a powerful lively song (An
actual Original Playground song "Feel This") and the crowd
loves it. The crowd has great energy and enthusiasm, they
are full of positive energy. The Space Band shares the
positive energy and dances around with the Earth Band
(Playground) as if they are part of the performance.
                                                            
Space Man and Nadja look like they are having a blast, lost
in the music.
                                                            
In the middle of his happiness, Space Man is struck with the
thought of his home planet and he pulls himself out of his
bliss for a minute...
                                                            
Space Man touches Nadja's shoulder and whispers something to
her as she watches the Space Band.
                                                            
Nadja looks at him in disbelief.
                                                            
She then composes herself and leads him away from the band
as the music fades behind them.
                                                            
 
INT. BUDDHA SANCTUARY - DAY
                                                            
Nadja takes Space Man through cave-like rooms until they
reach a meditation space filled with buddha statues.
                                                            
There is an eccentric looking man sitting in the room
meditating with his eyes closed.
                                                            
As they enter the room, the Scientist looks up.
                                                            
                       SCIENTIST
      (In Chinese)
I understand your planet is dying.
We have the same problem...

But distant water won't put out a
            (MORE)

8.

                       SCIENTIST (cont'd)
fire close at hand. (Ancient
Proverb)

I may be able to help you, but we
don't have much time.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
INT. OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
CUE SONG: SPACEMAN PART 4 (PUNK ROCK)
                                                            
INTRO BEGINS
                                                            
Scientist, Nadja, and Space Man are all huddled around a
table. Scientist pulls out a blueprint and begins
explaining it and gesturing with his hands. Spaceman is
very excited.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
 
EXT. GRASSY FIELD ON HILLTOP - DAY
                                                            
VERSE BEGINS:
                                                            
MONTAGE: BUILDING THE SHIP
                                                            
Space Man, Nadja, and Space Band read blue prints to attach
Scientist's space conversion contraption to a biodiesel art
car/bus, They turn it this way and that, figuring it out
according to the blueprint given to them by the Scientist.
                                                            
CHORUS BEGINS
                                                            
They fill the car with environmental educational material
and supplies:

Al Gore's inconvenient truth, LED light bulbs, Composting
container, Guide to Sustainable Farming, Solar Panels,
Biodiesel fuel container, etc.
                                                            
Space Man, Nadja, and Space Band all get into modified
biodeisel art car/bus which is now a rocket ship.
                                                            
They vanish in a puff of smokey mist as the song fades
out...
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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From John Thompson Date 5/27/2007 ***
Not bad.I really like musicals.It was very interesting.Keep up the good work man.

From robert Date 5/22/2007 1/2
i dont like musicals it is just like hihg school musical but just in space it stinks


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