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Moon Logic

INT - COFFEE SHOP - DAY

JEN and LIZ are sitting at a table. JEN sips from a wide mug of tea, LIZ has coffee mug.

LIZ: Why won't you let me meet your cousin? 

JEN: Look... he's not from here... he does thing a little differently?

LIZ: Where's he from?

JEN (mumbles while sipping her tea)

LIZ: Where?

JEN: (clearing her throat, setting the mug down)...Daventry?

LIZ stares at her.

JEN: ...It's uh... REALLY far away...

LIZ: Daventry.

JEN remains silent

LIZ: Jen.. do you think your cousin is from a video game?

JEN: No…

LIZ: Good.

JEN: I know he is.

LIZ: What?!

JEN: This is a family secret, so could you please keep your voice down?

LIZ: Why do you think he's a video game character?

EXT - PARK - SUMMER - AFTERNOON - FLASHBACK

JEN is a preteen/young teenager, and it is summer vacation. JEN and her cousin ALEX are climbing trees in a wooded park.

There is a loud crack and thud. JEN turns around.

She looks horrified. We see her cousin, around her age, male, pixelated like a graphical adventure game from the early '80s, made of 4 flat colors, lying dead on the ground.  There is a broken tree branch near him.

OMNIPOTENT NARRATOR: (In a text box, with the options Restore, Restart, Quit below the text) I know you saw this coming, Alex. You axed for it. The whole thing seems pretty shady to me.

ALEX and the branch blink out of existence. We hear footsteps coming from behind JEN. Someone taps her on the shoulder. She turns, startled. It is ALEX.

ALEX : (in a text box above his head) Let’s climb some trees?

INT - COFFEE SHOP - DAY - PRESENT DAY

JEN: (without blinking) It runs in the family.

LIZ: What does? The video game gene?

INT - PSYCHOLOGIST'S OFFICE - MORNING - FLASHBACK

JEN is in her late teens/early 20s. ALEX is now more like a pixelated character from the mid to late 90s - more fluid animation, defined features, 16 colors. They are sitting on a sofa in a psychologist's office. The PSYCHOLOGIST sits with his legs crossed, across from them. JEN shuffles in her seat uncomfortable. ALEX looks around, curiously.

PSYCHOLOGIST: It's ok, Jennifer, tell Alex what you wrote down.

JEN unfolds a piece of paper, and clears her throat. 

JEN: Ok. I care about you a lot - but the way you live - collecting things, things you think you'll need later on... it's not healthy. You can't possible have a use for 30 year old news paper, or a giant bag of dried peas. You took a rusty lamp out of the garbage "just in case" and I - HEY!

We see ALEX, trying to stuff a globe into his pants.

OMIPOTENT NARRATOR: (an actual, slightly booming voice) Alex, fascinated by the globe, hides it away, knowing it will be of use to him on his adventure.

JEN: (shouting at the sky): HE'S NOT GOING ON AN ADVENTURE HE'S GOING TO DO LAUNDRY!

INT - COFFEE SHOP - DAY - PRESENT DAY

JEN: ...yes. 

LIZ: What is this about? Why don't you want me meeting your cousin, really?

JEN: (giving in) Ok, fine. You can meet him. We're going shopping later on, so you can help me keep an eye on him

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INT - HARDWARE STORE - LATER AFTERNOON - LATER THAT DAY

ALEX, now a very detailed, if jagged, 3d polygon, looks like a kid in a candy store, trying to pick up and put in his pants anything and everything - nuts and bolts, rulers, lighting apparatuses, plumbing tools, etc...

JEN keeps slapping his hands away from everything, instinctively, as she looks at labels on boxes 

JEN: (while slapping his hand away) No. No. No. No. No.

ALEX: (when his hand is slapped) Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.

OMNIPOTENT NARRATOR: (a moment before his hand is slapped. His voice gets cut off as ALEX tries to take something else) You can't do- You can't- You can't- You can't- You can't do that here.

 

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