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MORE TO LIFE THAN GAMING

Written by Scott Feraco

Based on a lesson from The Family Virtues Guide

INTERIOR:

A couple of GUYS in their late teens are sitting on the couch playing a multi-player video game. Typical gamers, they SHOUT AT EACH OTHER and the action on the large, flat screen television.

GUY #1
Go! Go! Go! No! No! No!

SHOT: GUY #2 seems to be distracted—he HITS THE WRONG BUTTON resulting in casualties.

GUY #1
Aw, Jeez! Crap. We’re toast!

GUY #2
Being responsible means you are willing to be accountable for your actions.

GUY #1
It also means that others can depend on you, so get your head in the game!

GUY #2
I shouldn’t have cursed her out.

GUY #1
Are you still going on about that?!

GUY #2
I’ve gotta make it right… being responsible… (more to come)

GUY #1
She almost ran you over! (gaming term to come)

CUT TO:

FLASHBACK—

EXT. DAY. BUSY CITY STREET. Lots of people riding BICYCLES.

GUY #1 starts to cross the street. A GIRL ON A BICYCLE almost hits him—

GUY #2
Yo! Watch where you’re going!

GIRL
You crossed against the light… watch where you’re going!

GUY #2
Fuck you! All you bikers can fuck off!

GIRL
You know… It’s guys like you that makes life suck!

CUT TO:

BACK TO THE PRESENT—THE GUYS ON THE COUCH—still playing the video game.

GUY #1
Forget about it…

GUY #2
I’ve gotta stop acting like a punk. I’ve gotta grow up…

SHOT: ON THE SCREEN—“Game over”

SHOT: ON GUY #2—He TOSSES his CONTROLLER aside—

GUY #2
There’s more to life than gaming.

FADE OUT.

FADE IN:

WE HEAR a toilet FLUSH.

SHOT: GUY #2 looks at his reflection in the BATHROOM MIRROR—THE GIRL’S WORDS ECHO in his mind—

GIRL (V.O.)
It’s people like you that make life suck.

CUT TO:

GUY #2 walks down the avenue—He SEES HIS REFLECTION in a PARKED CAR WINDOW… THE GIRL’S WORDS ECHO in his mind—

GIRL (V.O.)
It’s people like you that make life suck.

CUT TO:

GUY #2 walking—He SEES HIS REFLECTION in a STORE FRONT WINDOW—THE GIRL’S WORDS ECHO in his mind—

GIRL (V.O.)
It’s people like you that make life suck.

SHOT: EXTREME CLOSE UP ON GUY #2—We HEAR HIM READING—

GUY #2
(V.O.)
“Responsibility is the willingness to be accountable for your mistakes.
When you make a mistake, you make amends instead of excuses.
You do something in order to make up for a wrong inflicted on someone.”

SHOT: On his REFLECTION in the window—

RACK FOCUS—We see he is looking into the window of a FLOWER STORE.

SHOT: A bouquet of inexpensive RED ROSES.

CUT TO:

EXT. BUSY CITY STREET. Lots of people riding BICYCLES.

VARIOUS SHOTS: Each BIKER that rides by has A RED ROSE.

SHOT: GUY #2 is standing at the curb of an intersection—He is handing A RED ROSE to each biker that stops at the light.

GUY #1
(Giving a biker a rose)
Thanks for obeying the laws… have a good day.

SHOT: He has given away all the roses. He starts to walk away—suddenly THE GIRL stops at the intersection. SHE LOOKS AT HIM… there is an awkward moment… finally—

GUY #1
I owe you an apology. I’m sorry I cursed at you. I was wrong.

GIRL
Apology accepted.

THE LIGHT TURN GREEN—THE GIRL rides off.

FADE TO BLACK.

THE END.

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