Dating 101


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This is the final draft of the script for a short film Dating 101 by Sammy Ali and Adrianna Paniak. It's production is for the purpose of OCR A2 Media Studies coursework.

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Dating 101

  1. 1. Dating 101 By Sammy Ali & Adrianna Paniak
  2. 2. FADE IN. EXT. RAMSGATE HARBOUR, EVENING Long shot of three boys waiting in a queue to the Miles Bar. HARRY is a sixth form student and was brought here by MATTHEW, his best friend to single’s speed dating service. CARLOS is the wing man and is always joining in adventures to embarrass HARRY and MATTHEW. It is Friday early evening though it is dark already, due to the short days of November. HARRY is wearing shirt, jeans and Converse. He is more worried about socializing with girls rather than his appearance. His hair is neatly intact, his green eyes contrast with his tanned skin. MATTHEW is a womanizer. He is wearing a smart shirt, black trousers and black shoes. His hair is casually coiffed up. He is displaying utmost confidence at his chance of scoring with the ladies. He is dressed to impress. MATTHEW’S brown eyes are his best asset in seducing women. CARLOS is a prankster. His outfit includes jeans, hoodie and a blazer. His curly hair comes above his eyebrows which is his favourite part of his appearance. MID SHOT OF MATTHEW, HARRY AND CARLOS IN THE QUEUE LOOKING OUT INTO THE HARBOUR. MATTHEW You wanted to meet someone. MID-SHOT OF HARRY. HARRY (with force) But I’m not this desperate. I’m sure there’s other ways than this. CLOSE UP OF MATTHEW. MATTHEW Well, 5 girls got off the bus because of your weird flirting tactics. Just saying. CLOSE UP OF CARLOS (CONTINUED)
  3. 3. CONTINUED: 2. CARLOS I think it’s a new world record. (thinking) Like I don’t think I’ve never seen anyone get off the bus that quickly! PANNING SHOT OF THE QUEUE MOVING UP. MATTHEW Anyway, you need a girlfriend ASAP, or your probably going to end up being alone with half a dozen cats. HARRY pauses. MATTHEW and CARLOS try to distance themselves from him. Moaning is heard behind them. HARRY (worryingly) Okay, so how does it go then? What if I don’t know what to say to them? What happens if they think I’m a geek. CARLOS You can’t fool me Luke Skywalker. I am your father. HARRY (exaggerating) Nooooo. That’s not true. That’s impossible. CARLOS and HARRY fight with imaginary lightsabers. MATTHEW Really guys? (to HARRY) You’ll be fine. ZARA is expecting us and will explain everything at the entrance. I’ve told her to prepare a back-up plan for you, just in-case it’s an awkward situation your facing. Slaps HARRY’S back. HARRY (sarcastically) Erm, easy to say Casanova. (CONTINUED)
  4. 4. CONTINUED: 3. LONG SHOT OF THE BOYS WALKING PAST THE CORNER EN-ROUTE TO THE BAR. MID SHOT OF HARRY ENTERING THE BAR, LEAVING HARRY TO BUILD UP CONFIDENCE. HARRY (takes a deep breath and mumbles) I could’ve stayed at home and had a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. OVER THE SHOULDER SHOT OF MATTHEW STANDING IN THE DOORWAY. MATTHEW (annoyingly) Are you coming in or what? CARLOS Come on Skywalker. LONG SHOT OF CARLOS PUSHING HARRY IN. INT. BAR, EVENING Diegetic sound of the mingling inside the bar. HARRY AND MATTHEW standing on the doorway, CARLOS makes his way to the bar. MATTHEW’S POV OF THE GIRLS SEATED AT TABLES. MATTHEW See, I told you this is going to be a good night. (gestures with hand) A good, good night ZARA is the organizer of the event. She is wearing a long top, jeans, blazer and extremely high heels. She is wearing a red hijab which matches her red shoes. Her make-up is simple and innocent. TRACKING SHOT OF ZARA WALKING AND GREETING INCOMING GUESTS. CLOSE UP OF MATTHEW MATTHEW (cheesy) I’m no Fred Flintstone, but I’ll make your Bedrock! (CONTINUED)
  5. 5. CONTINUED: 4. ZARA (giving weird looks) ZARA starts leading them to their seats, whilst explaining the rules. Grabs nametags, and gives weird looks. The rules are simple, the girls are rotated around from table to table to meet each boy, over a series of short "dates" which usually lasts for about 30 seconds. MID SHOT OF MATTHEW POKING HARRY. HARRY ELBOWS HIM BACK. MATTHEW (laughing and gives gestures. Whispers to both HARRY and CARLOS) Come to papa. Let the master do the work. CLOSE UP OF ZARA LOOKING SUSPICIOUSLY AT MATTHEW. OVER THE SHOULDER SHOT OF MATTHEW SNIGGERING. ZARA (continues) Hm? At the end of each interval, the organizer which is me, (pointing to herself) will blow the whistle to signal the participants to move on to the next date. At the end of the event, participants, which is you guys submit to the organizers a list of who you would like to provide your contact information to. If there is a match, contact information is forwarded to both parties. (guiding MATTHEW and HARRY back to back to their seats, at different tables with girls at each of them. CARLOS sits on the stage, ready to guide HARRY) Contact information cannot be traded during the initial meeting, in order to reduce pressure to accept or reject a suitor to his or her face. Facing MATTHEW MATTHEW (winking at ZARA) She totally likes me. POV OF THE GIRL SITTING OPPOSITE HARRY. (CONTINUED)
  6. 6. CONTINUED: 5. ZARA I forgot to give you your date cards, on which you have some useful questions, (sarcastically) and if you run out of them in 30 seconds, you can use the chat up lines to embarrass yourself with, which are provided at the back of the cards. (exaggerating sarcastically towards MATTHEW) Your welcome... (walking onto the stage) Alright singles, let’s get you a date. WIDE SHOT OF ALL THE CONTESTANTS ON EACH TABLE. CAMERA FACING ZARA’S BACK. (SHE BLOWS THE WHISTLE) MID SHOT OF HARRY LOOKING AT HIS DATE CARD. HARRY Sooooo... SHOT REVERSE SHOT. Sandy is already sitting on the date table, awaiting her next guest. Her blonde hair is gracefully laid behind her, in a french plait. Her glasses frame her face smartly. MID SHOT OF SANDY’S FACE. HARRY SANDY. (pointing at her name badge.) OVER THE SHOULDER SHOT OF HARRY LOOKING TOWARDS CARLOS. Nice name, has a ring to it. Were you born on a beach, perhaps? LOW ANGLES SHOT OF SANDY’S PENETRATING EYES. HIGH ANGLE SHOT OF HARRY’S SCARED FACE. Looks to the side of SANDY. O.S. ZARA (Shouts) You have 20 seconds left. (CONTINUED)
  7. 7. CONTINUED: 6. HARRY This is not a very comfortable situation is it SANDY? CLOSE UP OF HER FACE. HARRY (voice over) Hmmm...this is very awkward. Should I use the chat up lines? No. Yes. No. Yes. No. Maybe. (looking at the date card) No. 1 If I had one chance to rearrange the alphabet, I would put U and I together. No. 2 I’ve lost that loving feeling, will you help me find it again? No. 3 Can I borrow your phone? I need to phone God and tell him I have found his missing angel. Who the hell wrote these? SANDY (voice over) Did he fall asleep? Should I wake him? Naah. (looking about the room) Can I go now? (she stretches her arms out) He has the look of a serial killer. What did I get myself into? HARRY AFTER A LONG PAUSE, HURRIEDLY Looks at CARLOS for ideas. CARLOS gestures to read the card. Did it hurt? When you fell out of heaven. MEDIUM SHOT OF SANDY FAKE LAUGHING SHOT REVERSE SHOT. CLOSE UP OF HARRY’S CONFUSED FACE. HARRY (slowly) OK. What about this one? You see my friend over there? Turning his back to look at MATTHEW MATTHEW IS TAKING 1/3 OF THE OVER THE SHOULDER SHOT. (CONTINUED)
  8. 8. CONTINUED: 7. MATTHEW is trying to make ZARA jealous by flirting with other single girls at the event. MATTHEW winking at SANDY. HARRY He wants to know if you think I’m cute? TWO SHOT OF HARRY LOOKING AT SANDY WHO IS NOT AMUSED. Diegetic sound of the whistle blowing which is synchronous with a low angle shot of ZARA blowing it. CLOSE UP OF ZARA. LONG SHOT OF CARLOS HITTING HIS FACE WITH THE CARDS. ZARA Time is up. Move to your next partner. HARRY Sorry SANDY, have to go. The ladies are calling me. CRABBING SHOT OF HARRY AWKWARDLY GETTING UP AND GOING TO THE NEXT TABLE. HARRY (looking back) Hi, Nice to meet you. LONG SHOT OF SANDY LOOKING AT HIM. CLOSE UP OF HER WRITING ”MATTHEW” ON THE DATE CARD. TILT OF HIM SITTING DOWN AT THE NEXT STATION. MEGAN has short brown hair that’s flowing in the wind. She’s wearing a pair of high heels which strut on the pavement. Her pink lipstick is illuminating from far away and her eyelashes flutter to the boys. She is wearing a leather jacket and black leggings. MORGAN is a tall blond, wearing a body hugging dress that would stop traffic in Piccadilly Circus. From her right shoulder a tote bag hangs. She is wearing a lot of jewelery and she likes her accessories because she thinks she is a trendsetter. She looks like a million bucks. (CONTINUED)
  9. 9. CONTINUED: 8. MEGAN (in an American accent, pointing to herself) Hey, I’m MEGAN (pointing to MORGAN) and this is MORGAN. MORGAN (American accent, cheery voice) Hi. Nice to meet y’all. TWO SHOT OF MEGAN AND MORGAN SITTING AT THE TABLE. HARRY (smoothly) Hello girls, MEGAN and MORGAN, right? Is this two for the price of one? Sorry. MEGAN Ha, ha, very funny, idiot. Me and MORGAN are actually competing to see who gets a date first. Isn’t that right MORGAN? MORGAN Yep. Sorry to disappoint you. HARRY Oh I see, trying to use me. Only joking. To be honest I’m not looking for anyone either, but MATTHEW over there is trying to find me a girlfriend. (pointing to the corner where MATTHEW is talking quietly with ZARA) It’s quiet sad when he himself has problems to persuade ZARA to go on a date with him. MEGAN AND MORGAN Oh, they are so cute. HARRY Are they? LONG SHOT OF MATTHEW TRYING TO KEEP ZARA AWAY FROM BLOWING THE WHISTLE AGAIN. Diegetic sound of them disagreeing followed by the whistling noise meaning MATTHEW was unsuccessful. (CONTINUED)
  10. 10. CONTINUED: 9. ZARA Go to your next partner. (demanding) You too MATT. PUSHES MATTHEW TO THE STAIRS. CLOSE UP OF MATTHEW’S SHOES WALKING TO A TABLE NEARBY. He sits down. MATTHEW (leaning forward to pay all the attention to the girl opposite him) I have heard that woman can only put mascara on if their mouth is open. Is this true? Diegetic sound of the Spanish language. TILT UP OF A GIRL READING OUT LOUD A SPANISH BOOK. MID SHOT OF HER PUTTING THE BOOK DOWN AND LOOKING AT HIM. She leans backwards in her chair and sighs. O.S. Julia is a bookworm, and is always reading wherever she goes. Her notepad and pen are beside her, ready to write whenever she has ideas. Her floral bag is down beside, which carries all her essentials. The hand sanitizer is located on her desk. Her small facial features are hidden by her short, brown hair. JULIA Hey, yeah, you. Sit down. LONG SHOT OF HARRY LOOKING AROUND CONFUSED BUT COMPLIES WITH HER DEMAND AND SITS AT A NEAR TABLE. TILT OF HARRY SITTING DOWN. JULIA I’m writing this book. It’s going to be next big vampire thing after Vampire Diaries, Twilight and the rest of the crap you find in bookshops. So there this girl and she is human and then she falls in love with a vampire and then there is another vampire and she doesn’t know who she loves and there is fighting... (CONTINUED)
  11. 11. CONTINUED: 10. HARRY (interrupting her) Are there going to be werewolves, doppelgangers or kitsune involved? JULIA (becoming very interested, high pitched) How did you know? HARRY You have the next big thing on your hands. Just add some bondage. JULIA (continues talking about her book) You know what that might work. She takes out a notebook and starts taking notes HARRY I hope you can excuse me leaving. JULIA (pulling his shirt as he leaves) But we’re not done here. We have 6 seconds and I want to pick your brain. MID SHOT OF HER CONCENTRATED AT WORK. MID SHOT OF HIM TURNING HIS BACK AND IN THE 1/3 OF THE COMPOSITION SEEING ZARA GO OUTSIDE WITH A PERFECT STRANGER SHE MET WHILE HOSTING THE DATES. CLOSE UP OF HIM SMILING. LONG SHOT OF MATTHEW GOING BALLISTIC, THROWING CHAIRS AND KICKING TABLES AROUND. HE STORMS TOWARDS HARRY. MATTHEW (shouts to HARRY) I put my heart on the line and she stomps on it. CAMERA TRACKS MATTHEW TOWARDS THE EXIT. TWO SHOT OF HIM FLINGING THE DOOR OPEN AND A RANDOM GIRL GETS HIT WITH THE DOOR. CLOSE UP OF HARRY ROLLING HIS EYES. (CONTINUED)
  12. 12. CONTINUED: 11. HARRY moves onto the next table. HARRY’S POV SITING AT AN EMPTY TABLE. Though HARRY never thought he will find the love of his life here he thought he might have met someone. EXTREME CLOSE UP OF THE DATE CARD IN HIS FINGERS. He is moulding it into his hand. SHAKY CAM. Girl is wearing a beautiful dress, making her graceful when walking. Her long, brunette hair flows in the slight breeze when walking. Her cardigan covers her modestly on her torso. GIRL Hi, is it alright if I sit with you? (sitting down) I had a really terrible round of ”dates” and I need to take a breather if you don’t mind. Girl looks up with him nodding in approbation. TWO SHOT OF HER LEANING FORWARD ON THE TABLE AND HIM LEANING BACK ON HIS CHAIR. PANNING SHOT OF ALL THE ”DATES”, SOME GOOD, SOME BAD AND SOME TERRIBLY MISMATCHED. A MONTAGE OF THE GIRLS WRITING ”MATTHEW” ON THEIR DATE CARDS WITH DIFFERENT COLOUR PENS TO DISTINGUISH WHICH ONE IS WHICH. OVER THE SHOULDER SHOT OF THE GIRL LOOKING AT HARRY FOLLOWED BY OVER THE SHOULDER SHOT OF HER looking back at him. TWO SHOT OF THE GIRL PLAYING WITH A LOCK OF HAIR and writing on the card. Smiling towards him. HARRY tries to peak at her writing and does the same. He smiles. They swap cards and get up to leave at the same time. CAMERA ZOOMS ON THEIR DATE CARDS WHERE IT IS REVEALED THAT THE GIRL’S NAME IS ”POPPY”. Long shot of them exiting the hall. POPPY (at the door) You must be a hell of a thief because you stole my heart. (CONTINUED)
  13. 13. CONTINUED: 12. They both laugh. THE END BLUR OUT.