Film: Sleeping Beauty

Elizeth Labega, director of Mugged! has made another two pager. She’s a powerhouse! And there’s more in the pipeline.

Here’s her introduction:

“Sleeping Beauty” was already forcing me out of my comfort zone because it was a non-documentary, and with dialogue, no less.  But then there was the (not so) small matter of props.  There was the thrill of bidding on a violin on an online auction, and figuring out how to handle the newspaper.  I felt confident about the actors, though.  Penelope had helped me out with the guest script “Mugged!” by Alexa Brown, and Richard is an experienced guitarist and stage actor.  Also, he and I have been professional Dickensian Christmas carolers together for a good number of years.  I love the way the story takes an unexpected turn, and I love how my music guy added an aural layer of creepy.  By the by, the music guy is in the UK, the violinist is in Israel, and I’m on the central coast of California.  Nice!  I lost all sense of time as I worked on this project.  Great experience.  Thank you, Robert!

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Film: Mugged!

The first guest script has been made! Alexa Brown’s script Mugged! has been made by Elizeth Labega from California. Hope you like it.

Firstly, here’s Alexa:

I am delighted that my first two pager, Mugged, has been made into a short film. I wrote it after thinking about all the seemingly vital (but ultimately unimportant) things I carry about with me and how I would hate to lose them. Talking to Zee, the director, I realised how UK-specific parts of the dialogue were: the brand names and turns of phrase that were a mystery to US ears. So she and I had a fun time adapting the script a little from the original printed version.

Zee and the cast have done a fantastic job – I hope you enjoy it too!

and Here’s a few interesting notes from Elizeth:

This was my third non-documentary short film. The horse head mask and NERF guns during the credits are references to my two earlier short films.

My “storyboards” consisted of stick-figures drawn on the back of business cards.

This was my first time making a non-documentary film that was a) written by someone else and b) featured dialogue.

Penelope was originally going to be the mugger.

I was hoping for an overcast day so I could shoot it during the day and try to make it look like nighttime. Overcast days are common here on the central coast of California, but on shooting day Mother Nature had plans and the sun came out with a vengeance!

At the last minute I got Clarke to help me out and be the mugger. He didn’t have much time to look at the script.

In addition to writing the script Alexa Brown was a cultural interpreter and helped me Americanize the story, otherwise I would have had the actress pull an oyster shell from her bag. I didn’t know that an Oyster is a public transportation card in London. Hahahaha!

Everyone involved in making this short film had fun!

Where are all the new two-pagers?

Hi all,

You have probably noticed that there hasn’t been a new script for a while now. This is because I have been busy finishing off a webseries, working hard on a new draft of a feature spec and developing a new pilot and a new feature. The weekly scripts will be back soon, probably the new year. In the meantime why not catch up on any scripts you’ve missed or leave a comment on your favourites (or least favourite)?

Hope you all have a merry Christmas!

-Robert