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We Are Still Here by Mark Renshaw (markrenshaw) writing as Agnes of Beans - Short, Family - A grandmother suffering from Alzheimer's stays connected to her family during lockdown thanks to technology and a bit of ingenuity. 5 pages - pdf format
Not bad. Sad, but occasionally funny too. My biggest issue with this story is that it's rather dull. If you're going to have talking heads with no visuals of interest at all, the dialogue needs to be really sharp. Other than Tonia getting mayo splattered over her face, it's really just an old woman in a bed and two talking heads on a computer screen. I love the idea of Agnes re-watching the call over and over, so that's good. You just need to kick the dialogue up a few notches, IMHO.
You have captured a sweet exchange that is tinged with some regret. An effective script overall. Good dialogue. I liked the line about teenagers preparing for this quarantine their entire lives. The exploding mayo was cool--I'd like to see that on film.
Had to read the last page a couple of times to get what was happening. I'm still not sure if the old woman was replaying it, or the family was re-sending the conference again. A bit of clarification might help here.
Not a badly written story at all, but it seems like there wasn’t much going on, although the hook at the end of her replaying the call saved this for me somewhat. Not sure I got why she was staring out the window and what about that prompted her to replay the call.
Overall, I guess I liked it but just kind of wished there was a little bit more going on with the story other than dialogue from a call with grandma. Still, a pretty good effort here. Best of luck.
Is blowing exhaust pipes a thing? I may have missed something in my youth. I'd pick a different childhood prank.
Okay - you have a great core premise in the replay thing - poignant - especially in her surprise each time she opens the call.
The dialogue - at least the subject of it - does not serve your story well. It's too everyday. There has to be a jolt - a tear - or a belly laugh somewhere. I just found it like a thousand other conversations.
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Definitely poignant, and a good subject to mine for emotion.
I thought the tonal shift - which was the oddity of Tonia keeping a mayo packet as a keepsake, to the mom saying that she was sorry for everything she's ever done, happened in the blink of an eye. With 6 pages of what is essentially all dialogue, most of it from the mother and daughter, you have time to set this up better. Maybe Wendy tears up first?
And I didn't get anything that showed me she has Alzheimer's - is Agnes answering the video? Because she says the same thing the first time, so it's not clear. If she is, then Wendy's and Tonia's dialogue have to be written as (ON VIDEO) to distinguish from when it happened live to the taped version. That's critical to your story.
There was enough eye candy(your logline) to hold my interest while I endured the exposition of dialogue you used to advance your story. So the twist was quite effective, so kudos. Also, I thought you did just enough to show the decline in Agnes' mental function.
Bogart called them two humping camel scenes because you would need two camels humping in the background to keep the audience from falling asleep while the boring dialogue was said.- Now I didn't find your dialog boring by any means. You had a few funny lines. My point;
I read it the first time through, then I gave it a second read, only I *skipped* all of the dialogue, just read the actions of the characters. So... did I still understand your story? Wait for it.... absolutely. If that tells you anything.
I liked this a lot.- -A
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There's a lot to like here. And, also room for some improvements.
I enjoyed the twist at the end and the emotional elements of the script. Very well done.
The writing could use some punch. 2 of the first 4 action lines are passive. Turn them around. Photos adorn... and Agnes gazes... None others stood out, but a quick check of the script would help, just to make sure.
And, the dialogue is on the verge of being very good. The sentiments are all in there. But, it's mostly overwritten. I think you could get twice the emotional hit with half the words.
Then, for this to really sing, a bit more action would be helpful.
Now, having said that... part of what makes this work, is that they've recreated an every day conversation for Agnes. So, making it too unusual kind of runs against the theme.
All in all, a strong effort that could be even stronger with another draft or two.
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Not sure if this is a Brit thing, but "out of the window" is a mistake - just "out the window".
Not giving Agnes an age is a mistake - "willful old bird" does not give me a clue if she's in her 60's, 70's, 80's, or even 90's.
When I saw your reference to Skype, I had to do a quick google to see if it's even around these days. It is, but it's rarely used and is being completely phased out, based on what I saw.
Page 4 - "apologies"? - You mean "apologize"?
OK, the end. So, it's a touching tale, but it's also a dull tale, with literally nothing happening of any visual interest. I don't get the mayo thing, nor do I get the blowing an exhaust pipe, and the "reveal"...I'm not really sure what that's supposed to signify.
There's nothing wrong with this effort, but there's nothing here to remember or really care about, either.
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