Pecha Kucha 20/20

Visual Approach of the Piece of Mind – Short-Film –

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. ( source : http://www.pechakucha.org )

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Piece of Mind – Synopsis –

Synopsis
JURGEN spends his birthday with his grandson NICHOLAS, cheerful boy aged 8 years old, going for a walk in the park. They decide to sit down in a bench. Jürgen takes out his journal in order to go over old times. Suddenly TOM, a really good friend of Nicholas, appears in the park and Nicholas prefers to go to play war with him.
Jürgen watches affectionately how Tom and Nicholas play war, but at some point he decides to open his journal to get more entertained. He starts to read his birthday page of 1918, when he was getting his 19th in the middle of WW1. He still looks at the kids from time to time to make sure they are fine.
The birthday moments he is reading in his diary turns into bad times at the same time that Nicholas starts to lose the war game. Jürgen struggles in the bench while reading. Nicholas struggles in the playground while being aimed.
Nicholas lies on the grass because he has been shot but after a while he stands up taking Tom’s hand. Tom and Nicholas walk together laughing in the direction of the bench where Jürgen is.
At that moment, Jürgen realises that WW1 was not a game where you can stand up at the end to go home , but it put face to face people that were not really different one from others. They both believe they were answering their country call but they were writing full stop in others live or in their own. When Jürgen gets over it, he stands up and walks home embracing both kids with his arms and leaving his journal -so his memories from war- on the bench.

 

Piece of Mind – Pitch –

Logline:
A survivor from WWI struggles to overcome his memories from war in order to forgive, not to forget.

1ST ROUGH DRAFT OF THE SHORT FILM SCRIPT

Working title: Peace of Mind

1. EXT. Extreme Long Shot. DAY.

An old man is sat in a bench in a park. We come close to him. He is a happy old man who seems to be very modest and calm, but also a bit tired of living. He has a lot of wrinkles due to the age and possibly to a non-easy life.

2. EXT.Long shot. DAY

The old man is looking nicely at two kids playing in the grass.

3. EXT.Medium shot.DAY

They are carrying toy guns, and they are talking to each other like explaining something: the rules of the game. They are about to play war.

Then they split up and run to hide themselves. One boy jumps quickly in a bust, and the other ends up behind a tree.

4. EXT. Big close up. DAY

One of the boys put his head out of the bust in order to locate the other boy.

5. EXT. Close up shot. DAY

The face of the old man paying attention at the kids and smiling affectionately looking how they play.

6. EXT. Close up. DAY

The other boy is moving round the tree in order to keep hidden.

7. EXT. Long shot. DAY

Both boys get out of his hidden place in order to look for the other. One of the kids suddenly appears behind the other and shouts something to him, and he just stops, he is like frozen.

8. EXT. Close up. DAY

The old man becomes serious; there is no smile in his face.

9. EXT. Medium shot. DAY. The boy keeps on aiming at his friend. The boy aimed doesn’t move at all.

10. EXT. Close up. DAY.

The boy aimed at is having a bad time. He is biting his lips, gulping, and closing his eyes.

11. EXT. Close up. DAY

The man is closing his eyes (easy transition with the boy and the old man doing the same) ,he gulps and he starts to sweating. He keeps his eyes closed for a while then open them but his eyelid are trembling. He seems to be struggling.

12. EXT. Long shot. DAY

The boy shot the other boy in his hand in order to make the gun falls down to the floor.

13. EXT. Close up. DAY

The hand of the man that has a scar in its middle squeezes his own knee.

14. EXT. Medium shot. DAY

The hand of the old man stops squeezing and he closes his eyes.

15. EXT. POV. DAY

The kid who has been shot comes to hug the old man.

16. EXT. Medium shot. DAY

The old man gets up from the bench and gives a hand to the boy. The coats are still on the bench, the black big coat has a German medal of honor of WWI in his lapel (camera moves to a close up of the detail). The old man try to get his coat but it gets stuck in the bench, he pull the coat strongly , and the medal defiantly falls down. The kid realizes that the medal has fallen and try to pick it up but his granddad denies him and they keep walking hand in hand…

THE END.

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