The Pitch

Three indie game developers try to pitch to a big game company.

Another one from the archives!

About two years ago a couple of friends and I sat down to design an indie video game. The game itself ultimately never happened but during the process I wrote a short film that might be used as a kind of anti-pitch. I wrote it just for fun and never really meant for it to be made. It was for my friends Tim and Paul who appear, along with myself, as characters.

Hope you enjoy it.

The Pitch

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Footprints on the Moon

A retired astronaut gives an inspirational speech at a high school.

What’s this? A new two pager?!

Well no. Not exactly. While I was going through some old files I found this script. I had written the first draft years ago and never got around to writing the next draft.

But I still kind of like it and thought it might be interesting to see what the first draft of a two pager looks like (it’s four pages long for starters). Also I still really like the central character.

Hope you enjoy it.

Footprints on the Moon

What’s going on with Two Pages a Week?

Two Pages a Week is currently going through a redesign. Soon it will be easier to browse all the scripts and see all the short films that have been made. Once the new design is live I will post all the new films to the site, sorry it has taken me so long to get to it.

In the meantime why not browse the Script Index or read my top five scripts?

Gravediggers – Something smells rotten in the state of Denmark. Two familiar gravediggers have a chat at the end of a busy day.

Touch – A young woman has retreated from society because she freezes everything and everyone she touches.

Taste – In a mysterious patisserie, pastry chef Dulcia sells quick fixes and solutions to an array of problems.

Smell – A strange detective surveys the scene of a murder.

Last Drink at the Urbis Club – Mr. Melville and Okuma have come to the mysterious Urbis Club for a drink, but one of them has some business to attend to.

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

Téja’s Top Ten: Part Two

Here, as promised, is the second part of Téja’s top ten. Thanks again Téja!

It’s Wednesday! And with Robert Lee in the air somewhere over our globe en route to a new life in Australia, it’s time for my final Top Five Two Pagers! I have to admit these were tough to put into any kind of order because I love them all, and I surprised even myself with a couple of more recent works trumping older favourites. Hope you like them too 🙂

#5 – The Sleeping Beauty
The sentimentality in this script makes me hold my breath…and then an instant later it takes me completely by surprise. Perfectly toned and paced, this little story fits wonderfully into the two page format, and would make in incredible festival short. In an early draft it was set in an old lighthouse, and that sense of barren isolation is the only thing I miss.

#4 – Last Drink At the Urbis Club
I am still amazed at the richness of setting and costume, such wonderful characters and an entire mythology encapsulated in two short pages…so many possibilities for layers upon layers of meaning infused into the making of this as a film, and again I think it could be a real hit at the festivals. I love the premise, the richness of the world, the understated not-over-explained nature of the plot. And bizarrely, this would probably be the easiest script on my Top 5 list to actually film…

#3 – Chromathymia
One of the earliest Two Pagers, this grabbed my heart the minute I read it, and ever since it has been my #1. But much to my surprise, when I first started to make my Top 10 I re-read all of the shortlisted scripts, and it became clear how much Robert Lee has developed as a writer since then. I still love the concept here, the visual nature of the film and the insight into the whimsical way that Rob sees the world, but I now also think that the dialogue and the tricks themselves could use a little refresh to bring them up to standard.

#2 – Touch
I consider this to be a sister-film to Chromathymia and love it for all the same reasons; the charming whimsy, the visual nature of the premise, the magical way of looking at the world. On top of that, I think the emotional content is wonderfully paced and it is just a better written script. And yes, I’m a sucker for a good love story 🙂

#1 – Ellipse
We’ve been working with these two characters for a while now and I might be somewhat biased because I’ll admit to being a bit emotionally invested in their story. I adore their dynamic, their adventures and particularly the surreal way that Remy experiences his world, perfectly illustrated in this small vignette. Rob’s trademark whimsy abounds, but the core here is a strong sense of friendship and fallibility that is both thoroughly delightful and completely relatable. Well written, nicely paced, satisfyingly stand alone; Ellipse is flights of fancy with a strong emotional core – fantastic 🙂