For #transliterations prompt #4
, and dedicated to the talented *rushingtide
, without whom this would never have existed in this form. She promised "a special outpouring of love for anyone who tackles a screenplay", and who in the world could pass up such an opportunity?
This is, in fact, my first attempt at writing a script of any kind. It was a horrible nightmare at first trying to familiarize myself with the formatting rules and such (and for all that, none of it carries over to dA anyway). But in the end, I have to say that this was a tremendous amount of fun, both the prompt itself and the undertaking of a short screenplay. I enjoyed the experience immensely and am in debt to =zebrazebrazebra
for leading me into it.
I would very much value a critique of this just because I really don't know what I'm doing. This form of writing is 100% new to me. I think I've only so much as read one or two scripts to a movie or TV episode in my entire life. Any feedback is helpful. I don't know if I even submitted this to the right category.
As for the story, this is a piece of alternate history fiction, and I don't really have the slightest idea how it came to be. This was such a crazy prompt, and such a brilliant one, that everything after the word "go!" was a complete surprise.
For those who don't want to click the above links, the process was to watch an uploaded YouTube clip of a movie that had had the sound removed from it, then to hear in your mind the sounds of the clip. Sound effects, very short bits of dialogue, and music occurred to me as I went, and I wrote them down. Afterward, we were tasked with writing a piece from that imagined soundtrack (not the actual contents of the film clip, just the things we heard in our minds while watching). I basically took each step that I had written down and fleshed it out, the above being the end result.
The historical references may be a bit obscure, and I didn't have any better ideas of how to include them in the story, so I hope this wasn't too confusing for anyone. Bonus points if you have any idea who these people are. And really, I have no idea how they found their way into this story.
Also, super extra bonus points to anyone from #translit
reading this who knows why the "1926" from the video clip inspired me to add the elements to this story that I did.