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Coming to a Theater Near You–Again

After a night of interruptions–including a couple of romance scammers who spent well over an hour trying to convince me that I was the one for them–I finally finished the “movie trailer” for B For Bewitching.

This was a real undertaking, let me tell you, for my mind wasn’t actually seeing things as clearly this time around as last.  I should say I did see things clearly, but for some reason I didn’t bring them to life as well as I did the last time I posted one of these–which was only a week and a half short of six months ago–and I know that because I posted it for another writer friend who is in the process of trying to market her first novel, and she’s got the growing pains that come with trying to market yourself.  Of course, because her last name is Noble I like to call her Doctor Donna, because I’m like that.

What’s different this time around?  A couple of things.  First, this time around I left off a lot of the screenplay marks like “EXT. LAKE SHORE — DAY” and “EXT. TRAIN STATION— NIGHT”, because this was taking me a whole lot of time to write, and I was forgetting these things, to be honest.  Yes, I know, I’m bad.  Therefore, this is more like a first draft of a screenplay, with most of the camera set ups loaded inside the descriptions.

The other thing I did was include music, and this is where I really spent most of my time trying to tie scenes in with specific lyrics.  That’s what took the longest time, listening to the songs over and over and figuring out what scenes should go where.  That’s why you’ll see lyrics posted in the areas where the scene descriptions are located:  in a “real” trailer you’d hear the music in voice over (or here, V.O.) as the scenes plays out.  Not only did I include the lyrics, but I’ve also included the songs themselves at the appropriate areas, but there are two songs used, and they definitely show a change in the mood of the trailer.

I should also point out that neither song is played in its entirety;  about half the lyrics are missing from the first song and the whole second verse of the last song is missing.  Because no one is going to sit through like nine to ten minutes of trailer.  Five on the other hand . . .

Either way, you might want to give the songs a listen as you either read through, or before hand.  Just a suggestion.

During the reading you may encounter the phrase “beauty pass”.  This is a term where there’s a tracking shot over something that’s meant to show it off.  In Star Trek:  The Next Generation majestically sailing past the camera now and then was a beauty pass.  It’s also a term used in CGI rendering and for getting your hair and makeup done in New York City, but I’m doing neither of those.

Also, you’ll notice that a few people who are among “the hated” show up in this treatment, and they even have lines!  There’s also a character who you’ll recognize instantly–

Then, for better or worse, there’s the “movie trailer” for the second novel.  Enjoy.

 

The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015, 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)

FADE IN:

CLOSE UP ON CLOSED EYES:

The log drums intro of Crowded House’s Private Universe begins as the camera pulls back revealing KERRY MALIBEY laying in bed with the covers pulled to his chin. Once his face is in full frame his eyes open, but he seemed unaware where he is.

QUICK CUT:

The music continues as the camera focus across a room. ANNIE KIRILOVA sits up wearing a black cami top, her hair slightly mused, appearing slightly confused while looking at something just off camera.

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE and KERRY are standing together in the bedroom, both in their night clothes moving towards the camera as she waves her hand.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“No time, no place to talk about the weather.”

QUICK CUT:

Camera POV from behind ANNIE and KERRY as they look out an opening door, revealing a sunny yard beyond.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Promise of love is hard to ignore.”

QUICK CUT:

KERRY and ERYWIN SLADEN walking across a open plaza.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Who said the chance wasn’t getting any better?”

KERRY
“It sucks. I hate being home.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE and KERRY alone on a sofa.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Labor of love is ours to endure.”

ANNIE
“I hate being thirteen.”

QUICK CUT:

Camera POV making a beauty pass over the SALEM SCHOOL Pentagram and Great Hall.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Highest branch on the apple tree.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE and KERRY siting on the second floor of Cernunnos Coven at night with PENELOPE RIGMAN, ALEXANDRIA CHORNEY, and JAIRO YBARRA.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“It was my favorite place to be.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE appearing serious and deadpan with KERRY standing in the background as she’s yelled at by LISA GLISSANDI.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“I could hear them breaking free.”

LISA
“Don’t you get it? No one cares what you want.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE dressed in her night clothes floating out of a multi-colored, iridescent fog.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“But they could not see me.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE, PENNY, and ALEX watching red blips inside a holographic bubble.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“I will run for shelter.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE and KERRY standing in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Endless summer lift the curse.”

QUICK CUT:

KERRY lifting ANNIE around her waist as she holds her hands over her head and cheers.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“It feels like nothing matters.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE and KERRY dressed in summer clothes standing with bicycles in the middle of a country road on a sunny day.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“In our private universe.”

The instrumental bridge begins to play as we cycle through a number of scenes:

QUICK CUT:

DEANNA ARRAKIS is sitting in a room with ANNIE and KERRY.

DEANNA
“There’s something I’d like to discuss.”

KERRY
“Does it involve tea?”

QUICK CUT:

ISIS MOSSMAN twisting around in mid-air and lightly hands on her feet in front of ANNIE and KERRY while they stand inside the Aerodrome.

ISIS
“Do you want to be a mermaid?”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE wrapping KERRY in dark ribbons of shadow as she levitates him in front of Sorcery Class.

QUICK CUT:

KERRY on his broom alongside PENNY and ALEX on theirs as they enter The Diamond, a large, enclosed racing structure. All look up at something and break into smile as PENNY leaps off her broom.

QUICK CUT:

A blond KERRY and an aqua-colored hair ANNIE standing in the Pentagram Garden late at night. She kisses him on the nose.

ANNIE
“It’s been such a special night.”

The song picks up as scenes continue:

QUICK CUT:

KERRY is in Queens, New York, standing in the World’s Fair grounds with EMMA NELSON. They are both in their flight gear, and the Unisphere is in the background. He turns to her as she speaks.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“I will run for shelter.”

EMMA
“What is wrong with you? You’re twelve years old and you talk like you’re married.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE and KERRY walking along a lake in the gray misting light rain.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“Endless summer lift the curse.”

KERRY
“I wait to stand by your side.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE and KERRY in their school uniforms standing close together in a large room with several students standing in the background.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“It feels like nothing matters.”

KERRY
“I’m gonna stand over here and watch you kick this guy’s butt—”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE smiles at his comment.

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE is floating over KERRY, who is in his night clothes, as is ANNIE. All around them multi-colored mist beings to take shape into recognizable shapes.

ANNIE
“Come to me. Come be with me.”

KERRY
“Annie?”

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“In our private universe.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE and KERRY are sitting in an airport lounge with darkness beyond the windows. He hands a small, gift wrapped package to her.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“And it’s a pleasure that I have known.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE and KERRY are walking down a street wearing jackets on what seems a chilly day.

ANNIE
“I’ve never had people tell me that didn’t want me around.”

KERRY
“You can do two things, then: either change and be what they want—or ignore them and continue being yourself.”

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“And it’s a treasure that I have gained.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE waking up inside a dark aircraft cabin. As the lyric is sung the camera POV shows her face rising up over an armrest.  The music comes to the foreground.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“And it’s a pleasure that I have known.”

QUICK CUT:

As the song moves back into the instrumental with an increased tempo KERRY is squirming in his sleep, mumbling.

KERRY
She’s not your CONCERN.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE is speaking with KERRY aboard the same plane.

ANNIE
“What were you dreaming about?”

KERRY
“I was talking to a girl.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE meeting with DEANNA lying on their backs, looking at a video. We cut to the video showing a scene from the year before, where ANNIE and KERRY met with DEANNA the first time. This time there are colorful outlines around bodies.

ANNIE (O.S.)
“Why does mine have that bright yellow border?”

DEANNA (O.S.)
“Bright yellow indicates a fear of something—losing control, losing respect—”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE appearing a bit sad.

ANNIE
“Losing someone you love.”

QUICK CUT:

KERRY sitting up in a hospital bed unable to move as ANNIE feeds him breakfast.

ANNIE
“Were you speaking with that girl again? The one you mentioned the last time?”

KERRY
“Yes, I was.”

ANNIE
“Who is she?”

KERRY
“I don’t know.”

QUICK CUT:

KERRY standing in a stark, gray fog, wearing his pajamas as he looks around.

KERRY
“You’re not Annie.”

A GIRL speaks but is not shown.

GIRL (O.S.)
“No, I’m not.”

KERRY
“Who are you?”

GIRL (O.S.)
“You know who I am”

KERRY
“Why do you want me to know everything about you?”

SMASH CUT:
BLACK SCREEN:

The music stops as the screen goes completely black. There’s a pause before we hear the girl speak.

GIRL (V.O.)
“Because you hold my life in your hands.”

The screen remains black as we hear a high hat strike before the famous eight-note bass intro of Queen’s Under Pressure begins.

FADE IN:

POV from across a large mat with a large circle in the middle. The camera looks over the shoulder of a student as we see ANNIE in her school uniform, her feet bare, standing in an outlined box opposite the camera. The mat is surrounded by students.

QUICK CUT:

CORALINE GALLAGHER is with DENNA in a comfortable looking room. CORALINE is dressed in a sweater and jeans; DEANNA wears a light blue abaya.

CORALINE
“Did you notice the one connecting thread in those dreams?”

DEANNA
“You’re talking about Annie—”

CORALINE
“She could probably be considered a trigging factor.”

DEANNA
“Five times is too often for it to be a coincidence.”

CORALINE
“You think it’s a vision?”

QUICK CUT:

A group of students in heavy winter gear are flying on PAVs through the darkening sky, with a touch of the sun to the right of screen.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Um ba ba be, Um ba ba be, De day da.”

POV over two students as Cape Ann is scene in the distance.

QUICK CUT:

We are in the headmistress’ office, where MATHILDE LAVENTURE is speaking with CORALINE and DEANNA. Until otherwise noted the song plays in the background.

MATHILDE
“I have to assume the student in question is Kerry Malibey.”

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“Pressure pushing down on me.”

CORALINE
“Given what happened last night with Kerry, we’d like to have Erywin help us.”

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“Pressing down on you, no man ask fore.”

MATHILDE
“So have her help you.”

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“Under pressure.”

DEANNA
“We’re asking for her official assistance.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE and KERRY are in light blue coveralls getting into rigging hanging from the ceiling. RAMONA CHAI and HELENA LOVECRAFT are with them, helping the prepare.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“That brings a building down, splits a family in two.”

RAMONA
“Both signals are over the red line.”

HELENA
“How are you feeling?”

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“Puts people on streets.”

KERRY
“I’ve been looking forward to this since last night.”

ANNIE
“I can’t wait to start.”

QUICK CUT:

POV CLOSE UP on the face of someone that looks human, but is hairless. It’s gasping for air and appears confused.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“Um ba ba be, um ba ba be.”

HELENA (O.S.)
“Don’t try to talk, just nod—”

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“De day da, ee day da—”

QUICK CUT:

POV showing the upper torso of the human-like thing looking towards the camera as HELENA stands next to it, helping.

QUICK CUT:

POV showing another human-like thing looking towards the camera with RAMONA alongside. It smiles back.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“That’s okay.”

QUICK CUT:

CORALINE and DEANNA are meeting with ERYWIN in a library room, with comfortable sitting chairs, end tables, and subdued lighting.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“It’s the terror of knowing what the world is about.”

ERYWIN
“Do you believe he’s a danger?”

QUICK CUT:

CORALINE and ANNIE are next to KERRY’S bed in the school’s hospital. CORALINE stands over him as ANNIE sits to his left. He appears almost terrified as he closes his eyes.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“Watching some good friends screaming—”

KERRY (In a near whisper)
“She’s coming for me.”

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O. IN B.G.)
“Let Me Out.”

QUICK CUT:

Two racers on PAVs collide at the start/finish line; one slams into the ground as the other flies off their broom and towards the camera. At this point the song comes out of the background and plays over the scenes.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Pressure on people, people on streets.”

QUICK CUT:

DEANNA standing in a ghostly version of the school while dressed in ethereal armor. She throws up a glowing shield as an flickering, orange light bathes her face.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Turned away from it all like a blind man.”

QUICK CUT:

CORALINE, DEANNA, ERYWIN, and JESSICA KISHNA stand looking incredulously at something off-screen. ERYWIN shouts out something as she throws up her hand.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Sat on a fence but it don’t work.”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE in the hospital standing over an unconscious KERRY laying in bed while CORALINE stands at the food of the bed.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Keep coming up with love, but it’s so slashed and torn.”

QUICK CUT:

The air in front of ANNIE shimmers slightly as she is hit by a fireball that dissipates; she pulls back her right hand and looks down at something as a dark mass forms around her open palm.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Why—”

QUICK CUT:

Three racers in black with green piping drop down over the top of trees at high speed as they race past the camera’s POV.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Why—”

As the third “Why” in the song stretches out—

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE being held from behind as she looks on frightened.

QUICK CUT:

KERRY in a room screaming at someone or something.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Whyyyyyyyyy—”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE in her night clothes running out of her room into a dark, coven corridor.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Love, love, love, love, love.”

QUICK CUT:

Overhead POV as the camera follows a racer in their black uniform with green trim traveling over a rocky surface in snow before plunging over the slide of a mountain into a whiteout and vanishing.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Insanity laughs under pressure we’re breaking.”

QUICK CUT:

POV on KERRY on a busy street as he turns to face the camera.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Can’t we give ourselves one more chance.”

QUICK CUT:

POV on ANNIE sitting at a table in a restaurant, waving with a slight smile on her face.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Why can’t we give love that one more chance.”

SMASH CUT:
BLACK SCREEN — RUN TITLES:

Prepare

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Why can’t we give love give love—”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE with KERRY on a sofa inside a room as he kisses her.

SMASH CUT:
BLACK SCREEN — RUN TITLES:

To Be

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Give love give love give love—”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE in the dark with KERRY, both wearing winter gear, as she seems to float above and to his side. She leans in to kiss him.

SMASH CUT:
BLACK SCREEN — RUN TITLES:

Bewitched

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Give love give love give love give love.”

QUICK CUT:

POV CLOSE UP on ANNIE with KERRY standing in a court yard and dressed for a cool day. There are tears on his cheeks as she holds his face between her hands.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Because love’s such an old fashioned word.”

QUICK CUT:

POV CLOSE UP on ANNIE standing in a bedroom dressed in her night clothes as she smiles softly at something beyond the camera.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“And love dares you to care for—”

QUICK CUT:

POV CLOSE UP on A GIRL WITH RED HAIR in the same bedroom and dressed in her night clothe, smiling back at the camera.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“The people on the edge of the night—”

QUICK CUT:

ANNIE and KERRY sitting at an outside table at a cafe with PENNY, ALEX, JAIRO, and KAHOKU SAYASONE. All are smiling and laughing.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“And loves dares you to change our way of—”

QUICK CUT:

POV ANNIE and KERRY, at night, sitting on a bench under a covered walkway. It’s cool outside; he’s in a hoodie and she a sweater. ANNIE stays nestled against KERRY with is arm wrapped around her. They both look happy and content.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Caring about ourselves; this is our last dance—”

QUICK CUT:

An aqua-haired ANNIE and blond KERRY dancing: he with his arm high over his head as he is yelling out, while ANNIE dancing wildly near him.

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“This is our last dance.”

QUICK CUT:

POV ANNIE and KERRY, both in winter gear out on a gray day. He’s on his broom; she’s flying free. She waves for him to follow, and they head towards the camera. It turns and follows them as they fly out over a gray, churning ocean and quickly dwindle into the distance

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“This is ourselves. Under pressure.”

SMASH CUT:
BLACK SCREEN — RUN TITLES:

The Foundation Chronicles: B For Bewitching

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Under pressure.”

QUICK CUT:

KERRY sitting in a chair in what appears to be a family room. He speaks over the piano.

KERRY
“Mom, Dad . . .”

LYRICS FROM SONG (V.O.)
“Pressure.”

QUICK CUT:

As the song plays out POV ANNIE standing before a closed privacy curtain.

ANNIE
“You’ve yet to see me angry.”

POV KERRY sitting up in a hospital bed.

KERRY
“Uh, huh. And if you had been angry?”

QUICK CUT:

POV on ANNIE in her school uniform as she floats down from above, a cold loon on her face, a shimmering ice blue sphere in one hand, as purple-yellow ball of energy in the other. She comes to a hover half a meter above the mat—

SMASH CUT:
BLACK SCREEN — RUN TITLES:

Classes Start This Fall

FADE OUT:

 

And there you are;  three days of work that I hope were worth it.  And just think:  there’s another coming.

Maybe even before I age another month and reach my two year anniversary on hormone treatment, which is a month from yesterday.

Maybe even before I age another month and reach my two year anniversary on hormone treatment, which is a month from yesterday.

See you around the magical campus, kids!

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11 thoughts on “Coming to a Theater Near You–Again

  1. Note to self, do not be on the phone with your mother and going through emails at the same time where you are checking on blogs, I follow a few, and reading through this one and think, hey this blog has the same character names as Cassidy’s storyline! What the heck? Checking to see if it is just a coincidence or what. Hey this does sound like Cassidy’s storyline! I gotta tell Cassidy someone stole your story. Whose blog is this anyway. Scroll to the top and low and behold it is….. Cassidy’s blog. Never mind. Love you Cassidy!

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