An ageing super hero is getting fed up of saving people from dying while using their phones and no one even noticing, missing the old days of being a hero for his job, so he decides to retire.
A meteor begins to head towards earth but no one notices apart from him as they are too busy looking down at their screens. He ignored it at first waiting for everyone to deal with the problem themselves, as no one notices the world is about to be destroyed, he leaves it to the last minute to come and save the day, with no one noticing still.
He sits down on a bench sulking, when the girl next to him gets up and forgets her phone, he picks it up and calls out to her but gets no reply, holding it in his hand, he decides to see what all the fuss is about and gets hooked himself.
Possible script for my project, with the aim of making a full animation of the minor and major project. Set in 50/60 years time, following a story of an old man depicting his childhood and how society fell apart due peoples addiction to mobile phones.
Using simplified characters, with a focus on the narrative and animation rather than complex character designs.
After fully writing out my idea in full I realized it will most likely be too complex to make and will need simplifying down, but this is the script of how I originally imagined it.
A MAN in his
70's is sitting in an Arm Chair with an open kid’s book in his hand. Sat next
to a bed where his Grandson aged 6 is laying.
VOICEOVER of the man can be heard finishing up reading the book to the BOY
finishing up story'. The End.
closes the book and puts it on the unit next to the bed on top of an old smart
phone, not noticing it. Leaning over and tucking the boy in.
turns around and goes to leave, picking up the book as he goes. Now noticing
his old smart phone underneath it. Stopping in his tracks and looking
intrigued. Picking it up and look at it closely while squinting and backing
slowly into the same chair and sitting back down.
this is something I haven't seen in a long time, where did you find this? I
thought they'd all gone?
shrugs, innocently looking up at the Man.
still looking at the phone in his hands.
probably seems really primitive to you now, I bet you don't even know how to
The MAN now
looking at the BOY and gesturing towards him with one hand, the other holding
the smart phone in his lap.
were all the rage when I was your age!
leans back in the chair and looks up beginning to reminisce about when he was
showing a rose-tinted memory of a boy aged 8, the MAN (YOUNG), playing in the
empty street outside of his house.
of the MAN talking happily about when he was young.
was simpler times. Oh, I remember when one of my friends first got one.
(YOUNG) looks up as a GIRL of the same age enters the scene coming down the
road towards him waving.
(YOUNG) stands up and starts slowly walking towards her.
what I've just got! Look at all this cool stuff it can do!
out her new smart phone and pulls the MAN (YOUNG) closer and takes a photo of
the two of them.
The MAN (YOUNG)
appears startled, but smiling.
this App! And this App! This is such a cool Game! Ha. Look at this Cat!
(YOUNG) is walking down the same street and the GIRL is walking towards him
looking down at her phone, her face is lit up by the glow.
past him not looking up, pulls him in and takes a selfie together and carried
turns around looking at her confused. Looking around he notices other people
acting the same.
mumbling, looking lost in his thoughts. Starting to look confused as he realizes his memories are different to how he first thought.
BOY looks at
him intently waiting to see what he says next.
seemed to lose touch with the real world and who they was. I guess that's when
everyone started to act strange.
EXT. TOWN -
town center, the MAN (YOUNG) is caught up in a crowd of people busy looking at
their phone screens, shoving and pushing him as he tries to get away from them.
looks up and sees a big advertisement poster for a new phone. Looks back down
seeing a queue of people including the GIRL waiting for a new phone outside of
an elevated temple-like-building.
empties his pockets and looks at his old damaged phone, looks back up and
advertisement poster has changed to a newer model phone.
repetitive images indicating constant stream of new phones as soon as a new one
is released. Tempo speeding up during sequence, while music volume increases.
forward towards BOY who is now starting to seem scared by the story being told
but leans further in.
generation. They lost touch with reality and didn't notice what they was doing.
Their vanity took over, all they cared about what getting the newest one and
being able to take better pictures of themselves.
EXT. Town -
town, people stumbling around in a zombie like state. Taking photos of
themselves in weird places.
looking lost as a camera swirls around him showing the destruction.
the MAN can be heard.
phones brought nothing but misery in the end. I can still remember it just as
appears entering the scene through distant haze.
(YOUNG) squints to see who it is.
picks up pace coming out of the haze and is revealed as the GIRL.
(YOUNG) looks happy to see her but his expression changes to fear when he sees
the look on her face as she runs towards him with her phone reached out in
front of her.
picture of my cat! HA! HA! HA! HE'S SO FUNNY! SO! FUNNY!
(YOUNG) turns around and runs away from her, while looking behind him.
became slaves to consumerism. No regards at all to the damage this constant
technological churning was doing.
depicting destruction and damage to cities and the earth, showing the factories
churning out phones and emission and the earth slowing being destroyed.
the man continues during this sequence.
just no end to production. All they saw was money. Everyone turned away from
the damage all this was doing. Trapped in an eternal cycle of new technology,
more waste, more technology, new dumping grounds, more environmental damage,
new technology, more waste, endless cycles of polluting the earth. Everyone
thought it would solve itself and it would never get as bad as it did. We never
stood a chance.
phone back on the table and gets up.
think its way past your bedtime now.
back down at the phone
still have Angry Birds?
scene, turning off light.
goes off and boy hides under the covers.