I Didn’t Realize

EXT. AFTERNOON – BEVERLY HARBOR, MASSACHUSETTS

A woman in her mid-twenties, CAMERON, disembarks from a small powerboat onto a dock. She is dressed for the ocean, tank top and shorts over a bathing suit. She wears sport sandals and hair tied back in a bandanna.

The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??” plays over the scene as she hugs a group of friends goodbye.

She crosses the harbor parking lot and climbs into a silver VW Jetta.

FADE TO

INT. AFTERNOON – THE CAR

CAMERON drives down I-93, CAMERON sings along with the music now, out loud and on pitch, as she drives.

From the driver’s POV we see a small town-line sign, “Medford,” at the side of the road.

FADE TO

INT. AFTERNOON – CAMERON’S APARTMENT

In her bathroom mirror, CAMERON examines the new freckles from her day on the water. She fluffs her short, dark hair. The camera sees make-up, a blow-dryer, evidence she has been primping. She is dressed now in a long linen skirt, sexy sandals, and a fitted polo-style top.

She leaves the bathroom and heads for the door, picking up a purse and house keys as she goes.

FADE TO

EXT – STREET – DAVIS SQ. SOMERVILLE

CAMERON enters the T station.

FADE TO

EXT – STREET – PORTER SQ. CAMBRIDGE

CAMERON exits another T station and crosses the street. The camera follows her as she walks into a restaurant, CHRISTOPHER’S. The music level fades as a tall young man in a black button down shirt and khakis stands up and offers her his hand with a shy smile.

MARK
Cameron?

CAMERON
Hi.

CAMERON hugs him. They turn to the the maitre d’.

MAITRE D’
Two?

MARK & CAMERON
(speaking over one another)
Yes.

Laughing awkwardly, they follow the MAITRE D’ into the dining room.

FADE TO BLACK

This week we asked you, in 500 words or less, to describe the opening scene of a film. The film made from your best-selling memoir. What does the camera see? Who speaks the first lines of your story? Is there music?

Did you give screenplay formatting a try?

I confess, I studied screenwriting in college, so formatting this wasn’t too tough, but it was fun to imagine the opening to my memoir.

12 responses to “I Didn’t Realize

  1. was that your first date? OMG!
    that was wonderful and interesting and it took me right back to those days of sunburn and days with friends and first dates with sun sprinkled across my shoulders and nose.
    The scene was perfect in every way….

    I loved it. 🙂

  2. Oooh, what happened next? This prompt makes me wish I was a producer, so I could get all these movies made for real.

    This was so great – I got all tingly when they (YOU, I guess!) met!

  3. I want more too! Perfectly done. I know the feeling of walking into a restaurant and meeting someone for the first time. Now, what happens next? A romance? Espionage? 🙂

  4. Awwwwwwwww.

    Duffy choked on a string bean on our first date.

  5. So very well done. I can feel your easy confidence coming through, happy to be outside with friends, singing in the car, getting ready for a first day. It’s just lovely to read.

  6. *wishful sigh*

    I’m know giddy, wanting to know what happened next. How did the date go? What did you two talk about? When did you first feel the ‘connection’?

    Any chance we’re going to read Part Deux? 😉

  7. Next scene please!

  8. I liked this!
    Also very glad I didn’t try this prompt. I had no clue.

  9. I love that you both said “Yes” at the same time.

    (And also I love the song “Do You Realize.”)

    Perfect song for your soundtrack.

  10. the writ and the wrote

    Very cute. Also, you have awesome taste in music.

  11. 500 words is not nearly enough in this case!

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