Scriptwriting Example

This is a small sample of the script for my television comedy/drama ‘The Grass is Always Greener’. I have written 140 pages so far, which covers the pilot and episode 2. If you would like to read more, please drop me an email to discuss. This scene sees our hero, Paul Murphy, attending his first Hollywood audition after just landing in Los Angeles from Australia.

INT. ACTIVE TALENT – BURBANK – CHRISTY’S OFFICE – MIDDAY
Paul is led into Christy’s office with TV and film awards dotted around the room, plus pictures of her with various famous faces from the silver screen.

CHRISTY ADETOLA
So Mr. Murphy.

PAUL MURPHY
Please call me Paul.

CHRISTY ADETOLA
Paul, you’ve travelled a long way to be with us here today.

PAUL MURPHY
Yeah, you could say that Christy!

CHRISTY ADETOLA
The question has to be why? Why come all the way from Australia to this office?

PAUL MURPHY
Well firstly because you invited me, but mostly because I think I have something to offer your company.

CHRISTY ADETOLA
I see. You have a very strong resume. A lot of theatre work I see. I see you also starred in the Australian series ‘The Supermarket’. I’m not aware of that show, but then, we don’t get a lot of you TV shows over here as I’m sure you can well imagine.

PAUL MURPHY
Yes well, errrrrm, I felt that I really wanted to stretch myself as a performer and where better to truly test myself than in Hollywood.

CHRISTY ADETOLA
Sure. Did you bring your head shots with you.

PAUL MURPHY
Yes. Yes I did.

CHRISTY ADETOLA
Can I take a look at them please.

Paul hands over his head shots to Christy as she studies them for a second.

CHRISTY ADETOLA (CONT’D)
Paul, you are aware that black and white head shots went out of fashion in the Eighties?

PAUL MURPHY
Well Christy, the thing is (Paul rolls up the sleeves of his oversized jacket) I feel that the whole Eighties theme is having a bit of a revival, particularly here in Los Angeles. These may be seem old fashioned today, but TOMORROW, I think you’ll be seeing a lot more black and white head shots coming in. I’m not saying I’m an innovator Christy, far from it. But I do like to take a different approach with both my acting and my marketing. I’m a blank canvas waiting for a splash of colour.

CHRISTY ADETOLA
OK then. Hmmmmmmmmm, I’m not sure these will be suitable I’m afraid Paul, but I like your confidence.

Christy puts down Paul’s head shots and passes over a sheet of dialogue from the table.

CHRISTY ADETOLA (CONT’D)
Let’s see what you can do with a read through then. Have you seen the movie Chasing Amy before?

PAUL MURPHY
Errrrrr, yeah. Great movie. Matt Dam….

CHRISTY ADETOLA
Ben Affle…

PAUL MURPHY
Ben Affleck. Yep, love it. Love his work. Gigi, the maths bloke with annoying girlfriend.

CHRISTY ADETOLA
Good Will Hunting?

PAUL MURPHY
Yep that bloke. The bully with the bat. All the others. Big fan. BIG FAN.

CHRISTY ADETOLA
Well the scene I want you to read for me is the famous monologue in the car.

PAUL MURPHY
Yeah, that’s a great scene… Remind me what happens again?

CHRISTY ADETOLA
The car scene Paul! If you’ve seen the film you must remember that? It’s a very emotional monologue, but I think it will really show me the true depth of your acting range. You OK with that? Shouldn’t be too hard seeing as you know the movie. We can do something else if you like?

PAUL MURPHY
Christy, whatever you want. It’s a great scene from a great movie. It would be an honour to show you some of my raw emotion and passion. I’ll try to channel Affleck himself with just a touch of Australian, I know how to convey a deep sense of…

CHRISTY ADETOLA
If you could just start please Paul.

Paul stands, rolls his sleeves up again and scans the piece of paper in front of him. Fear begins to grip him as the words merge into one giant swirling black and white kaleidoscope. With no idea of the movie or the scene, he begins his read through.

PAUL MURPHY
Righty oh. (Cough). OK then…

PAUL MURPHY (CONT’D)
Holden says I love you.

CHRISTY ADETOLA
No, the character is called ‘Holden’. He’s saying ‘I love you’.

PAUL MURPHY
Of course. Right. Errr…

PAUL MURPHY (CONT’D)
I love you, not as a friend even though we are friends but like a puppy dog. NOT like a puppy dog. Sorry. MISPLACED AFFECTION.

Starting to perspire, Paul looks down at the sheet for more guidance as he continues his barely coherent ramble.

PAUL MURPHY (CONT’D)
I’ve never looked at a human being, but I’m crossing the line so think about me, but never consider me. I can’t stand you, but I want to hold you. I want to cross the line but your eyes, oh your eyes, they read like a trashy romantic novel. The furthest thing from an option but a queer friendship all the same. No pun intended. I’VE NEVER FELT LIKE THIS BEFORE. Do not dismiss that. NEVER DISMISS GOD or dwell on soul planet. For I am half a person so take me to the next plate. Planet. PLATO! Don’t deny or talk to me again.

Paul takes one last look at the piece of paper, bows his head, then meticulously delivers his final killer line.

PAUL MURPHY (CONT’D)
I’d never need a painting of a dinner to remind me of you…

Christy is sat stunned in her chair looking at Paul, a second passes with his head bowed before he looks up and claps his hands.

PAUL MURPHY (CONT’D)
And SCENE! So what did you think Christy, I reckon I caught Matt D..

CHRISTY ADETOLA
Ben..

PAUL MURPHY
BEN AFFLECK’S spirit. Obviously it was my own interpretation of the words and feeling of the piece. My own performance. I can do it different if you like? Maybe with a different accent? ‘Scoooootish maybeee?’

CHRISTY ADETOLA
No Paul, I think I can safely say I’ve seen enough thank you.

PAUL MURPHY
Oh. OK. Was it not good? It was a first attempt.

CHRISTY ADETOLA
Well, obviously you were a bit nervous which is to be expected. And you’’ve obviously never seen the film. But you pretended you had, and at Active Talent WE LIKE THAT!

PAUL MURPHY
Really?!

CHRISTY ADETOLA
Yep, show’s you can think on your feet and are willing to try new things. You’re adaptable.

PAUL MURPHY
But am I act-able?

CHRISTY ADETOLA
I definitely saw something. I’m not sure what it was but I think you could be a rough diamond. Maybe. I think. I’m willing to give you a chance. In fact, I have a casting this afternoon in Chatsworth for Moviemax. It’s not a big part, but I think you’ve worth a shot. You wanna go for it?

PAUL MURPHY
DO I? AH YEAH! Thank you so much Christy, you won’t regret it. I can’t wait to tell my mum! She’s gonna be stoked! Yesssss!

CHRISTY ADETOLA
OK Paul but it’s just a casting, not an actual role. Speak to Melody on reception and she will fill you in on the details. Good luck.

PAUL MURPHY
I won’t let you down Christy I promise. Hollywood baby!

Paul enthusiastically shakes hands with Christy then bounds out of the office to give Melody a big hug. He picks up the details on a card, waves at Christy again and runs out of the office. Melody pops her head around Christy’s office.

RECEPTIONIST 1
You’re sending HIM over to Moviemax? Are you sure Christy?!

CHRISTY ADETOLA
Yeah, why not? I can’t stand those losers.

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