EXT. BERLIN – DAY
JONATHAN BERG, greying hair and a 5-day-beard, wearing a white shirt, jacket and ripped jeans, is sitting on a park bench, a printed screenplay and a novel next to him.
(slightly short of breath)
(getting up, putting his elbow forward)
Yep. A friendly Corona-hello with an elbow bump!
(first backing off, then smiling behind his face mask)
Hello! I was afraid for a second that you would be elbowing me. Thanks for coming – and for being so prudent. Outstanding!
Well – I hope outstanding will rather be your judgement on my script.
INT. BERLIN OFFICE BUILDING – NIGHT
Agent M., alone, sitting in an abandoned office, fully intent upon the screenplay. Every now and then he is having a quick look at the novel on which the script is based. For quite some time nothing besides the script, the book and his vacuum flask with coffee on the desk is attracting his attention. Once in a while he is muttering ambiguously, yet, mostly he tends to be nodding. Finally he picks up the phone.
You? Do you have an idea what time it is? Besides, I am just watching the dying minutes of the Europa League matches. I hope you are calling with good cause?!
I think we received something pretty interesting, boss…
Pretty interesting? You think? Man, you better have something at hand of at least Europa League level. So?
Well, let’s put it this way: With a few little adaptations the screenplay at hand could even bring us back into play at Champions League level. Even so, it’s an entire season of episodes, not just a television or cinema movie. Being in Berlin I would say “Babylon is dead. Long live Berlin Babylon!”
What’s the drama, M.? As usual, you are not making too much sense. Anyway, the seasons and episodes plus the Champions League thing got my attention. I will call you back after the final whistle, in about five minutes time. Then I will be expecting cinema at its most. Hence, you better impress me!
Without any further words the chief hangs up. While pouring another cup of coffee, agent M. begins to doubt. Maybe he was exaggerating. And maybe the boss will be kicking his ass after he will have stopped watching others kicking the ball?! Then, the phone rings…
EXT. TABLE AT A CAFE – NEXT DAY
Jonathan Berg is sitting at an appropriate distance opposite to his young SEO CONSULTANT who is having a look at his laptop.
Ok, yes, I think I can start working on the basis of the first two scenes. You managed to make use of the most essential keywords such as screenplays, novels, scripts, seasons, episodes, tv, cinema, etc.
The SEO consultant looks up to Janathan Berg, smirking.
SEO CONSULTANT (CONT’D)
Hence, not too bad after all. You do not seem to be that much of an online-incompetent scribbler and nutty movie nut as I suspected.
Hey, pay attention you geeky nerdy greenhorn! I am holding a hot cup of coffee in my hands, and the only thing you have to defend yourself is a tin can laptop – and not even a tinfoil hat. So, better watch out!
“To make a great film you need three things: the script, the script and the script.” [Alfred Hitchcock]