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THE RED TAP SHOES

Written by Scott Feraco
Inspired by “Confidence” from The Family Virtues Guide
© 2014 The “V” Channel Corporation

 

EXT. EARLY MORNING.

A car pulls up to the curb of an apartment building. A 10-year old GIRL carrying a school backpack exits the building and gets into the car.

SHOT: INSIDE THE CAR—The GIRL climbs into the back seat and squeezes in next to two other 10-year old GIRLS.

SHOT: A MOM is behind the wheel of the car. Her 8-year old SON sits in the passenger seat.

EXT. SHOT: The car pulls away from the apartment building and into the flow of traffic.

CUT TO:

CLOSE UP on SCHOOL ZONE SIGN.

CAMERA PANS DOWN—The car pulls to stop.

VARIOUS SHOTS: INSIDE THE CAR—The kids unbuckle their seat belts, gather up their backpacks.

As the SON exits the car— the MOM call out to him—

MOM
You forgot your backpack!

The SON returns to the car, reaches in through the window for his backpack.

As the starts for the school entrance he looks back over his shoulder and WAVES GOODBYE to his Mom—

SHOT: CLOSE UP ON MOM—A look of concern—

MOM
Look out!!!

A SERIES OF QUICK SHOTS—

ORANGE CONSTRUCTION CONES with yellow caution tape surround an area of FRESH TAR in the parking lot.

ON THE SON—He’s not looking where he’s going. HE STEPS INTO the gooey TAR.

ON THE MOM— She FROWNS as her SON stands in the tar, a sheepish look on his face.

ON THE GIRLS—They are trying not to laugh, but they can’t keep from GIGGLING.

MOVING SHOT: ON THE MOM—She gets out of the car and moves to her son. She helps him out of the tar, kneels down, begins untying and TAKING OFF HIS SHOES—

MOM
Your sneakers are ruined.

SON
(As he steps out of the shoes)
I can just wear my socks… or go barefoot. I don’t care.

MOM
You can’t go to school in your bare feet.

SHOT: ON THE GIRL—She reaches into her backpack—

GIRL
He can wear my shoes…

She pulls out a pair if RED TAP SHOES from her backpack.

GIRL
…I don’t need them until rehearsal after school.

CLOSE UP ON THE SON—

SON
What’ya crazy??!! I’m not wearing those!!!

MOM
Before you go bananas, thank her for the offer.

SON
(After some hesitation)
Thank you…

GIRL
Your welcome!

MOM
“Thank you” for what?

SON
(Thinks)
Your… kindness…and thoughtfulness…
(Pleading to Mom)
Please don’t make me wear those shoes!

MOM
I’m not going to make you do anything.
But it wouldn’t be the end of the world if you did.

SON
But all the kids will make fun of me!

MOM
That sounds familiar…

DISSOLVE TO:

FLASHBACK. The SON is with his DAD. Mom is in the background watching from the bleachers.  The son is wearing his baseball hat and holding a bat.

SON
But all the kids will make fun of me!

DAD
No, they won’t… Everyone strikes out.

CLOSE UP ON THE SON as he listens to his Dad—

DAD
Call on your confidence, son. It’s in you! Trust that you have
what it takes to handle whatever the pitcher throws at you…
heck, whatever life throws at you.

DISSOLVE TO:

TRACKING SHOT—CLOSE UP ON THE SON—He looks NERVOUS

DAD
(Voice Over)
With confidence, we have faith in our ability and our potential.
We don’t allow our fears and doubts to hold us back.
Even when we make a mistake, confidence helps us to see our
mistakes as opportunities to learn and improve for the better.

TRACKING SHOT—The SON’S POV—walking toward the SCHOOL ENTRANCE.

DAD
(V. O. continued)

…Don’t let doubt or fear stop you. Think positively and have
confidence in everything you do. I believe in you!

TRACKING SHOT—CLOSE UP ON THE SON—He is no longer nervous. His DAD’S love, guidance and encouraging words empower him. With each step, his CONFIDENCE GROWS—

DAD
(V. O. continued)
Son, know in your heart that you are enough
whether you win or lose, succeed or fail.
You are loved, no matter what! Remember that, always!

TRACKING SHOT stays on the SON as he continues walking. He pulls his SHOULDERS BACK and struts toward the school WITH TOTAL CONFIDENCE.

CAMERA TITLS DOWN to REVEAL he is wearing the RED TAP SHOES.

HARD CUT TO BLACK.

IN THE BLACK—we hear the MOM’S voice:

MOM
(Off camera)
When you have confidence it doesn’t matter
what kind of shoes you wear!

SHOT: CAMERA IS INSIDE THE TRUNK OF THE CAR. THE TRUNK OPENS—

SHOT: ON THE MOM

MOM
Lucky for you, your basketball shoes are in the trunk.

AS SHE REACHES INTO THE TRUNK—

HARD CUT TO BLACK.

THE END.

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