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This is a two student animated film for educational purposes. Viewing audience would possibly world wide and project will be submitted to multiple film festivals. As this is a student project we don't have much money to spare but we are flexible.)
The Usual: 1940s film Noir style story about a nighthawk who goes to his usual diner for his usual cup of coffee but ends up getting something UNusual.
Filled with awkward tension in the vein of David Lynch films.
Frank: Nighthawk in a 40s diner and all he wants is his usual cup of coffee. grumpy, awkward, deep gravely voice (Tom Waits style), irritated, afraid of change, set in his ways, smoked lots of cigarettes in his life. "Gran Torino" Clint Eastwood-like attitude. (75 years old)
The Waitress: Washed up 40s diner waitress, smokes a lot, knows that Frank comes in every night at the same time and wants the same thing, Tired, Rundown, does not want to upset frank. (50 years old)
These are our character designs
This is our rough blocked out version of the film (NOTE: work in progress. Please do not share with others):
This is our animatic for extra reference (NOTE: Dialog has changed since this version)
For Reference watch:
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Eraserhead 2011-10-25 19:42:06 GMT 2011-11-02 18:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 0 0 2 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 50 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
*** Please submit custom demo. ONLY REQUIRE "WAITRESS" LINES
(Frank barges into the diner and goes to sit in his usual booth. Waitress flicks her cigarette and walks over to Frank.)
Waitress: "Hey Frank."
Frank: "Mumbles something*
Waitress: "Wanna try something new for a change?"
Frank: ".........the Usual."
(Waitress looks worried, leaves to get coffee.)
(Waitress pours coffee into the cup and starts walking away, hoping Frank doesn't notice it isn't his usual, Frank looks into the cup)
Frank: "This isn't my usual."
Waitress: (worried) "Sorry Frank.... we're all out... but give this a try! You might like it."
Frank: "I want my usual."
Waitress: "C'mon Frank, just try it."
Frank: "I WANT MY USUAL."
(Record starts skipping)
Waitress: (annoyed)"...You know Frank, you shouldn't be afraid to try something... unusual... unusual... unusual... unusual..."
(Coffee monster busts out of cup, roars at Frank)
Frank: "..... Ah hell."
(Frank bursts out of the dinner running, coffee monster grabs him and yanks him back inside, Frank slowly falls into abstract space)
Waitress: (in a sinister voice) "What's wrong Frank? Is everything alright?"
(Frank continues to fall further into abstraction, falls into giant coffee cup)
(Frank comes to, and coffee monster forces cup of coffee into Frank's mouth)
(Frank warps back to his original seat in the diner, shoving the coffee cup into his own mouth, realizes where he is)
Waitress: (staring in awe) ".......so.... how's the coffee?"
Frank: (holding back his enjoyment due to stubbornness) "It's.. it's not bad..." "It's pretty good."
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