Lines,lies and liens
-A small show as a glimpse into Showbiz as a whole
By Dane Cao
(A techie,scolded,chastened,stoned,squints at the line producer.)
-overly demeaning blunder!
you should get mortified.
-well,all is not lost is what I think.YOU'RE a diehard movie buff anyway,so cool it,will ya?
-humiliating remarks aren't gonna stop me.Let's just do it all over again.start it all over.
-we'll take pains to make sure it won't repeat itself,ever.
-come on,it's inconsequential here!It's nothing compared to what's been accomplished so far on the project.Those investors in Hollywood will rarely if ever, give greenlight to the projects that are going to take so long to complete Pre.How long is it gonna take to get through post,they might wonder.
To a slim,trim and handsome man in his middle age waiting in headquarter boardroom:
-any headway to speak of?
-not that I've heard of.(He's always cool,no matter the clutter.)
-Holy shit!We'll have to make do with what's been left of the initial resources alloted by the board.
-I think the bad news is part of them has been commandeered,(confiscated/requisitioned) by the relief committee for Hurricane-stricken Gulf States.
-Then ask Jacob to iron out the details of mitigation plan to get us out of this shitty bog!For god's sake!Move,move,MOVE!!!....
-(reassuring)You may bet your bottom money things will pick up.Everything will be just fine.
-(subsides a bit,but still shows residues of fiery temper)The last thing in the world for me to see is our beachhead lost out to our rivals.Gosh Darn it!
(averting to The Man)Hey,what is fuck is wrong with ya?You seem you could care less about this?It's our lifeblood,our last-ditch attempt,and we might be fighting a losing battle!
The whole goddamned company is in failing state,people are becoming rotten,idleness is going to kill us,kill our trade,folks!Do you hear me?KILL US!
And don't expect me to take credit for this alone!
tell ya what.I'm packing,I'm gonna hightail it,I'm gonna beat it!
(a little bristled)-Look,Jeff.It's not my fault,neither is my beat.I mean I'm not responsible for this shit.morale degradation/decline,they just happend.and it is contagious.Hollering and cursing and bitching isn't going to help.Take it easy,OK?we're on the same boat.like they say,Speak volume while saying little.
and By the way,are you going to attend Showest this march?
(uttering grudgingly)-screw it!
(heaving a sigh)-well,Jeff,easy ,easy ,will ya?Snubbing meetings like this don't sound like a wise move to take.Our rivals will definitely hold this form of arrogance against us,and we will have a very hard time by then.ever thought about this?Mr conscience and responsibility!!
-Don't expect me to defer to any establishments!
-I'm not asking you to cozy up,to please.I'm asking you to be submissive to the market!where our stream of revenue is coming!
-hey man,you're walking a fine line here.Be careful that you might be exceedingly taken with the bottom line,while we're supposed to be focusing on the story line here!we're movie artist,not some wheeler-dealer or sth!
-well,Saint Jeffrey.How many times more do I need to remind you,here in holly wood,the bottom line is the only line!
-Oh,jesus,I'm goddamned bothered about the shit here.I can't take it anymore!!
-listen,Jeff,Let's just agree between us that this never get out of this boardroom ok?
-this talk is over.
Following Mark’s angry glare out of the boardroom window.Skyscrapers glittering in the sun.A sweep pan,swirls across to FADEOUT.The cast billing begins rolling up.