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Growing up Ninja
by Evad Trevlac (evadtrevlac1@yahoo.com)

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NO "short film option" A family finds and raises a baby ninja. Poor little Shin Obi, 1/2 civilian & 1/2 ninja has trouble finding acceptance anywhere! Part 1 of 2


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GROWING UP NINJA

EXT. THE BIG CITY - DAY
                                                            
URBAN ALLEY-WAY
                                                            
4 Men Running. Equipment carried says:FILM CREW.
Down an alley they go.
                                                            
                       CAMERA MAN
      (Flipping over a
       box)
Here! Here he is.
                                                            
The Camera man, out front, FLIPS a large cardboard box over.
                                                            
POOF! A figure in black DISAPPEARS in a plume of smoke.
                                                            
                       CAMERA MAN
Damn!
                                                            
The four men stare at the greasy spot under the box, that
had appeared occupied.
                                                            
Just a few feet BEHIND them:
                                                            
                       FAT TRAMP NINJA
Coughing hacking WHEEZING!
                                                            
The 4 men turn around, alarmed by our FAT TRAMP NINJA'S
distressed breathing.
                                                            
                       FAT TRAMP NINJA
Shit!
                                                            
POOF! A plume of smoke..he disappears.
                                                            
Poof! He re-appears 2 feet away. SWEATY and EXHAUSTED.
Bent over trying to catch his breath.
                                                            
                       FILM CREW LEADER
Shin?
                                                            
Glasses a clip board and a mic, The FILM CREW LEADER asks
again:
                                                            
                       FILM CREW LEADER
Shin? Mr.Shin Obi?
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT:
                                                            

2.

TITLES HERE: GROWING UP NINJA:THE EARLY YEARS
                                                            
                                         FADE IN:
                                                            
 
EXT. FRONT OF A SUBURBAN HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
A nice house. Manicured lawn. Drive way: "Suburbs"
The mailbox reads: The Obi's
                                                            
An excited man. Glasses, clip board and mic. hustles down
the walk-way. The camera shakes trying to keep up.
                                                            
The crew stops on the front porch.
The film-crew leader:PROFESSOR TONY FRANCO, looks both hip
and studious..somehow. He addresses the camera
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
      (Title Card
       Reads:Doctorate
       in Ninjoligy)
Hello. I'm Professor Tony
Franco...Ninjas!
                                                            
He holds up a Shuriken (Throwing star).
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Those secret agents of Feudal
Japan.
With skills and customs handed
down over generations, how do they
cope with...or even exist in
modern society?
                                                            
He returns the star to his pocket, rings the doorbell.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Little is known these days,
truthfully, but I have the rare
opportunity to interview a family,
that raised a Ninja.
                                                            
He pauses for effect.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
One of, if not the only one to
survive and be raised
in..."captivity"..for lack of a
better word.
                                                            
The door opens. A strapping middle-aged Asian man:PAUL OBI,
greets the crew.
                                                            

3.

                       MR. OBI
Hello.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Hello. Mr. Paul Obi, I'm Professor
Tony Franco, here to talk to you
about your...your
                                                            
                       MR. OBI
      (Directly)
Son!
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Yes, son.."Shin".
                                                            
INTERIOR:OBI'S LIVING ROOM/HOUSE
                                                            
The home's interior is TOTAL suburbia.
MANY PICTURES of The family and of SHIN OBI himself, playing
sports, school/class pics, graduations, testify to their
closeness.

(Of course he is a Ninja in ALL pics, from pre-school to
college grad. Sports pics, prom, whatever, sometimes you
have to locate him in a pic, peeking or hiding.)
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Hello Mr. and Mrs. Obi..
                                                            
The Professor interviews Mr.Obi and his wife, a pretty
middle aged, giggly cute, with a pigeon-English accent,
Asian lady:TRECILLA OBI AKA:"TRIXIE"
                                                            
                       MR. OBI
The is my wife, Shin's mom,
Trecilla.
                                                            
                       TRIXIE
      (Giggling)
Just call me "Trixie".
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
So Trixie, I understand you were
the first one to have...contact
with Shin?
                                                            
                       TRIXIE
Contact? Silly(giggles)...OK.
It was Saturday morning and I was
jogging in the park...Very early
cause of Mr. 4AM here.
                                                            
Trixie elbows/nudges Paul, on the couch next to her.
                                                            

4.

                       TRIXIE
I stopped to re-tie my shoe lace,
and heard him in the bushes.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
In the bushes? Like in a
basket..or something?
                                                            
Trixie laughs at this..
                                                            
                       TRIXIE
Not like Moses. He was already 2
or 3, maybe. He was crying and
cold. I put my sweater on him and
looked for his Mom or family..
                                                            
Paul rolls his eyes as she states: "I looked for his
family".
                                                            
                       MR. OBI
Looked for his....They are Ninjas
honey...
                                                            
                       TRIXIE
      (angrily at Paul)
I know!
                                                            
                       MR. OBI
The Mom was probably right there.
But once you handled him...She was
never going to take him back..
                                                            
                       TRIXIE
      (giggling)
I didn't know...
                                                            
Paul, slightly frustrated, gets up and walks to the many
trophies and pictures of Shin.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
From there, you guys did your best
to raise him...
                                                            
The Professor breaks the tension. Mr Obi continues:
                                                            
                       MR. OBI
Our best, yes.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
From the pictures, awards and
accolades, he did well for
himself?
You guys did a good job..
                                                            

5.

Paul looks at the cluster of memories, silently. as we fade.
                                                            
BACK YARD (THE OBI'S)
                                                            
Professor Franco, and Paul, stand in the well manicured back
yard.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Anymore insight on Shin's early
years, Paul?
                                                            
Paul, again looks thoughtful for a moment...
                                                            
                       MR. OBI
Look, you got quite a bit of
material from Trixie, in the
house.
(pause)Could you shut the camera
off...for a moment.
                                                            
Professor Franco motions for the camera man to "cut".
                                                            
                       MR. OBI
Look, as rosy as his picture was
painted, Shin still had
his...problems. Trixie is
rather..innocent(best word
choice)) and paints over it.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Such as...
                                                            
                       MR. OBI
Well like...Maybe it was because
of his Ninja tendencies:
                                                            
WE SHOW FLASH BACKS/CLIPS IN LIEU OF DIALOG
                                                            
Shin Obi, a young Ninja appears in neighbors houses.
In the laundry room: He appears from the shadows, removes
three different socks from the dryer.

He appears POOF at table, grabs keys POOF He disappears..
POOF he reappears, misplacing the keys.

Insert shot: He presses Erase on Phone Machine and TIVO.
                                                            
OBI'S YARD
                                                            
                       MR. OBI
He was banned by Jr high from
sports.
                                                            

6.

                       MR. OBI
You can;t go baseline to baseline,
or from 2nd base to 3rd in a
plume of smoke. He couldn't help
it...it's in his genes.
                                                            
Paul takes Prof. Franco by the arm, walks him away from the
idle Camera-man
                                                            
                       MR. OBI
Smart as a whip, we couldn't
trust, hell even the teachers
weren't sure, did he do the
assignment/test?
                                                            
We view the alternative: He appears POOF in the empty class
room or Professors office and adds his grade/assignment
                                                            
JUMP CUT TO: COLLEGE CAMPUS
                                                            
Professor Franco stands on the college campus/entrance.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Despite Shins slight problems and
societal faux-pa's he found
himself here, continuing his
education...
                                                            
He pauses. Holds up a flyer:
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Within the first week of his first
semester, Shin had a life changing
event.
                                                            
INSERT FLYER SHOT FOR THE BAND: NINJA ACADEMY
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Shin met Indo and Outdo. Ninjas!
Like himself, that had formed a
band.
                                                            
CUT AWAY TO: STUDIO/DOJO
                                                            
Professor Franco sits interview style opposite INDO and
OUTDO, as he talks to them about Shin.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
These two gentlemen, need no
introduction of course. Indo and
Outdo of the world famous: Ninja
Academy
                                                            

7.

                       INDO
Hello!
                                                            
                       OUTDO
Hi!
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Indo. Outdo. Ninjas! First
off..what can you guys tell me
about growing up?
                                                            
                       INDO
Nothing.
                                                            
                       OUTDO
Nada!
                                                            
CU ON PROFESSOR
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Exactly! That being the basic
difference between Shin and the
Academy. Indo and Outdo are
full-blooded Ninjas, raised by
Ninjas.
                                                            
                       INDO
That's right.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Raised in that secretive society,
and living in Ours. The Academy
are veritable emissaries between
worlds..
                                                            
                       OUTDO
hai, dat.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Shin, however, a full blooded
Ninja raised by common folk. Half
way between worlds..
                                                            
                       INDO
Shin was kinda strange, but a heck
of a manager.
                                                            
                       OUTDO
Yea, he took too it right away.
We went from a garage band to
label within a short time.
                                                            

8.

VOICE OVER: PROF FRANCO DESCRIBES NINJA ACADEMY SUCCESS.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
      (Voice-Over)
Success! Ninja Academy may now be
world-famous. MTV, radio play,
movie soundtracks and
merchandising. Yet, they started
from humble beginnings like most
bands.
                                                            
Add video of N-A practice studio and at live local gigs.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Shin, like he was born for the
job, quickly obtained prime gigs.
They won many a battle of the
bands. Ninja Academy swept all
competition out of the way on
their rise to the top..
                                                            
Shots of backstage. Crowds of groupies and autograph chaser.
The band now wears sunglasses-has more attitude?
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Yet a shadow of doubt was cast
over this success as well, as
competition cried foul. Did they
win those competitions and
contracts?
                                                            
Shots of Shin appearing in offices, shuffling paper and
using computer, etc.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
However, Shins Ninja abilities
were excellent. If it was true, no
traces left....no proof found.
                                                            
Shots of Shin with shiny shoes and a pony-tail out the back
of his hood. Driving a sports-car. Carrying a brief-case.
looking successful...too successful?
                                                            
BACK TO INTERVIEW ROOM WITH INDO AND OUTDO
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
And Ninjas, this is where the
problems began?
                                                            
                       INDO
This is where his basic flaws
began to show.
                                                            

9.

                       OUTDO
His non-Ninja flaws..
                                                            
                       INDO
Naive and weak of the flesh.
Success began his downfall..
                                                            
Add shots of Shin partying. Hanging with Geisha's and
drinking saki.
                                                            
                       OUTDO
First he fell in with the wrong
crowd. He began to party to hard..
                                                            
                       INDO
He had the physical tools to be a
legendary Ninja, but the mind or
the way..
                                                            
                       OUTDO
He wasn't trained in the ways of
the warrior. He valued pleasures
of the flesh and body, over the
soul.
                                                            
                       INDO
He married a non-ninja
                                                            
Shot of Shin and Blond Bombshell groupie.
                                                            
                       OUTDO
With disastrous results!
                                                            
Shot of two half ninja-kids making breakfast.
A third child appears with the bearing manner and look of a
hated SAMURAI, kicking the two half-breeds out of the way
with contempt.
                                                            
                       OUTDO
That did not work out well.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
As far as managing at this point?
                                                            
                       INDO
Being tricked and cheated would
never happen to a true ninja. How
could you trick the trick-er?
                                                            
                       OUTDO
Or cheat the cheater? No, never.
                                                            

10.

                       INDO
We fixed things...
                                                            
                       OUTDO
To often..
                                                            
                       INDO
Till it came to confrontation.
                                                            
The band and manager have a falling out.
When rock bands and mangers quibble they normally
use Lawyers and the Media.

Ninja bands and Mangers, however, use COLD STEEL.
The battle ensues, with Indo and Outdo eventually
VICTORIOUS.
Shin lies defeated and broken.
BLACKOUT:
                                                            
PROF. FRANCO ON CROWDED LA STREET CORNER.
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Little is known of what happened
to Shin, after that epic battle.
Perhaps he succumbed to his
wounds?
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Perhaps rumors of a "Down on his
luck" Ninja on LA's skid-row are
true, and Shin is alive out there
still?
                                                            
                       PROFESSOR FRANCO
Perhaps we can answer these
questions next time? This has been
Professor Anthony Franco, and
"Growing up Ninja"
                                                            
DIRTY DOWNTOWN ALLEY
                                                            
Our Tramp Ninja, shares a camp and a bottle with blond lady
and mustached and glassed set of fellow bums.
                                                            
                       FAT TRAMP NINJA
I cut them all down, in one
stroke..
                                                            
                       BLOND LADY TRAMP
Yea right! Mr. big-ninja warrior..
                                                            

11.

                       MUSTACHED MALE TRAMP
Yea Mr rock star, with cars and
geisha's...
                                                            
                       BLOND LADY TRAMP
Hey Shin. I'm a college
professor...Haha.
                                                            
                       MUSTACHED MALE TRAMP
Me too! I have a PHD Shin. haha
                                                            
Laughter echo's in the alley, as Shin sighs, and take
another drink.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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