A ROMANCE OF EVIL INTENTIONS

                                  by

                           ANDREW YAMAGUCHI

     To the Brethren Christian High School Wind Symphony 

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     BLACK SCREEN

     SUPER -

                  "Gather Ye Rosebuds while ye may, 

                     Old time is still a-flying, 

               And this same flower that smiles today, 

                       Tomorrow will be dying.

                                   --Robert Herrick"

     FADE OUT.

     DARK STAGE IN AN AUDITORIUM, INT - NIGHT

     A pair of lips, feminine lips dominates the screen.

     A TRUMPET is lifted up and pressed against them.

     The lips belong to a GIRL, young, probably late teens. She 
     dresses in a formal concert gown. She plays her shiny and 
     new trumpet; out of it flows a BEAUTIFUL LOVE MELODY.

     MONTAGE - THE GIRL PERFORMS HER PIECE ON STAGE

     --Balcony POV Extreme far shot of The Girl alone on stage, a 
     white strip from the spotlight piercing the darkness

     --The music on her music stand

     --Backstage door POV, The Girl performing

     --Behind The Girl, the spotlight casting a glow around her 
     youthful figure 

     END MONTAGE 

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     There are three JUDGES in the auditorium sitting at a table 
     which is lit by three dim lamps just below the stage. The 
     Judges peruse an ADJUDICATION SHEET, it is for The Girl.

     INSERT - THE ADJUDICATION SHEET

     The Girl receives many high marks in areas such as 
     "intonation" and "dynamics."

     BACK TO SCENE

     The Girl finishes her beautiful love theme and stands on 
     stage awaiting a decision from the Judges.

     She tries not to fidget.

     The Judges are ready to place the final mark on the paper in 
     a section marked "Overall Performance."

     Their pencils move from "POOR" to "GOOD" to "EXCELLENT". . .

     The Girl begins to sweat.

     . . .From "SUPERIOR" to "PERFECT"

     She blinks.

     The Judges pencil ensure her victory by scratching off a 
     check mark by the "Perfect" rating.

     BEHIND THE GIRL - The Girl bows for the judges and the lens 
     flare from the spotlight envelopes the screen.

                                                         FADE OUT

     JUST OUTSIDE OF THE AUDITORIUM, EXT - NIGHT

     A handsome young MUSICIAN, probably late teens, dressed in a 
     tuxedo, removes a TRUMPET CASE from the trunk of his car.

     INSERT - THE CASE

     On the case is a luggage tag with the saying "GATHER YE 
     ROSEBUDS WHILE YE MAY" written on it.

     BACK TO SCENE

     He shuts the trunk.

     THE FOYER OF THE AUDITORIUM, INT - NIGHT

     The foyer is grand with chandeliers, three large doors leading 
     into the auditorium and a corridor to the left, leading to

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     backstage and the warm up room, and one to the right leading 
     to a courtyard.

     The Musician walks in to a beautiful and grand foyer holding 
     his trumpet and strutting like he owns the place.

     He passes several very important looking people, having 
     important looking conversations. The Musician walks over to 
     a table marked "Check in" where a disgruntled woman sits.  
     He signs a paper and the Check-in lady hands him a manila 
     envelope.

     INSERT - THE ENVELOPE

     It reads, "Sight-Reading Music for final round: Do not open 
     outside of warm up room"

     BACK TO SCENE

     He walks away.

     He peeps his head into the auditorium.

     AUDITORIUM, INT.

     A nervous VIOLINIST stands, shivering and shaking.

     THE FOYER OF THE AUDITORIUM, INT

     The Musician continues walking.

     The Musician walks towards the side door, past some posted 
     schedules of contestants when he CRASHES into THE GIRL. She 
     has a trumpet case and a manila envelope as well.

     The Girl drops her folder and the Musician helps her pick it 
     up. While he is here he decides to look at the schedule on 
     the wall.

     THE SCHEDULE

     The Musician's hand scrolls down a long list of anonymous 
     numbers (as opposed to names) of students and their 
     instrument. He finds his time and number.

     "Student 3919, Instrument: Trumpet, Time: 9 PM"

     THE FOYER OF THE AUDITORIUM, INT

     The Musician nods to the Girl and walks off toward the warm 
     up room.

     The Girl watches him walk away and then resumes looking at 
     the schedule.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     THE SCHEDULE

     The Girl's hand scrolls down the list of numbers.

     Student 9080, Instrument: Trumpet, Time: 9:10 PM

     THE FOYER OF THE AUDITORIUM, INT

     The Girl walks off toward the warm up room, with her envelope 
     and trumpet case.

                                                         FADE OUT

     BACKSTAGE, INT

     The Musician struts down a dark corridor until he finds a 
     door with a sign reading "Warm Up Room"

     THE MUSICIAN ENTERS THE ROOM

     THE WARM UP ROOM, INT

     The Room is small and crowded with other students and their 
     instruments.

     The Musician enters with his case and his music.

     He tip-toes carefully past the other students who are 
     practicing their instruments, sweating bullets in the process. 
     Like the musician, they are dressed in formal concert attire, 
     though their dignity is stolen by their shaky mannerisms and 
     perspiration.

     The Musician passes a FLAUTIST, who is sweating and crying.

     The Musician finds a seat in the far corner of the room.

     He sits down and with the precision of a trained assassin, 
     opens his case and carefully assembles his old and worn, 
     TRUMPET.

     He opens his envelope and receives the first look at his 
     music.

     It is very difficult and very fast, only an expert could 
     play this, let alone be expected to play it with little 
     practice.

     The Musician sets the music on a music stand, and places the 
     trumpet to his lips.

     MATCH CUT TO:

     A DARK STAGE IN AN AUDITORIUM, INT

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     The Musician places the trumpet to his lips.

     MONTAGE - THE MUSICIAN IMAGINES HIMSELF ON STAGE

     --Steadicam around the Musician, sitting in a chair on stage

     --The valves of his trumpet working furiously

     --The judges mark "PERFECT" on his sheet

     END MONTAGE

     The Musician ends his piece and removes the trumpet from his 
     face.

                                                    MATCH CUT TO:

     THE WARM UP ROOM, INT

     The Musician removes the trumpet from his face.

     All of the Musicians stop playing their instruments and direct 
     their attention to THE DOOR.

     The door knob turns and in walks THE CLIPBOARD MAN whose 
     features are hidden, dressed in black, carrying a clipboard. 
     The room is filled with absolute SILENCE as the clipboard 
     man scans everyone in the room. Several students try to hide.

     He points a slow and deliberate, grim-reaper like hand, at 
     the FLAUTIST.

     She reluctantly and slowly rises and follows him out of the 
     warm up room.

     Everyone resumes their practicing, including the musician.

     The doorknob turns again and everyone stops.

     The door opens and in walks in, THE GIRL.

     She tip-toes across the room to a corner opposite of him.

     She assembles her instrument and removes the music from her 
     envelope and begins playing THE BEAUTIFUL LOVE MELODY. The 
     Musician is watching her, after she plays the first phrase 
     from the love melody, he plays the second phrase.

     The Girl looks up and smiles. She stops playing, waves at 
     him. He waves back. He, for the first time, smiles a non-
     arrogant smile.

     Another student passes in front of her and she is gone.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     The Musician scans the room and sees her by the door.

     She exits down the hall and he gets up to follow her (carrying 
     his folder and his trumpet).

     SERIES OF SHOTS

     A) The Girl walking through several locations backstage, 
     looking back every once in a while 

     B) The Musician following 

     END SERIES OF SHOTS 

     THE FOYER OF THE AUDITORIUM, INT 

     The MUSICIAN chases the GIRL through the crowds of people.

     COURTYARD BEHIND THE AUDITORIUM, EXT - NIGHT

     When the Musician finally catches the Girl she is standing 
     by fountain with her envelope and her trumpet. They pause 
     and acknowledge each other's presence. She smiles.

     She lifts her trumpet and plays the BEAUTIFUL LOVE MELODY.  
     After she plays the first phrase, the musician joins her, 
     resulting in a beautiful two part harmony.

     After a few moments of HARMONIC BLISS, she makes a mistake, 
     like a pollutant in the atmosphere. She looks away ashamed.

     The musician smiles sheepishly.

     FLASH FORWARD - THE ADJUDICATION SHEET

     The Judges pencil moves to "POOR"

     BACK TO SCENE 

     The Musician walks across the courtyard to her.

     MONTAGE - THE MUSICIAN AND THE GIRL PRACTICE

     --He looks over her music with her 

     --He shows her the correct fingerings 

     --They take turns playing 

     --They touch hands 

     --They smile and gaze into each other's eyes 

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     --They kiss

                                                        FADE OUT.

     A DARK STAGE IN AN AUDITORIUM, INT

     Extreme far shot of what appears to be the FLAUTIST from the 
     warm up room, playing her song on stage. The song she is 
     playing is very difficult and she sounds terrible.

     The Judges in the room do not look pleased.

     INSERT - THE ADJUDICATION SHEET

     The Flautist is not receiving good marks, all low scores.

     The musician and the girl are waiting backstage, holding 
     hands.

     BACK TO SCENE

     She is barely playing her piece correctly when she makes a 
     mistake. The Judges look up.

     She resumes, making more mistakes.

     The Judges continue writing.

     She makes another mistake.

     The Judges look up.

     The Flautist takes her flute down. A tear drops from her 
     eye.

     THE ADJUDICATION SHEET

     The Judges move their pencils from "perfect" to "superior"...

     She stares anxiously at the judges.

     ..."excellent" "good"...

     The Girl, backstage, shakes her head in grievance.

     The Judges make a harsh and deliberate check off on "POOR"

     The Flautist breaks down crying.

     The Girl runs on stage to try and comfort her. A Judge walks 
     up on stage, urging her to get off and throws the adjudication 
     papers in her face. The Girl convinces her to move on, and 
     the Flautist stands up and runs off stage.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     The Girl is now alone on stage. She stands up acknowledges 
     the Judges, places her music on her music stand. She notices 
     that on her music is written the phrase "GATHER YE ROSEBUDS 
     WHILE YE MAY"

     FLASHBACK - A COURTYARD BEHIND THE AUDITORIUM, EXT.

     The Musician scribbles something down on her sheet music.

     BACK TO SCENE

     She smiles to the Musician backstage and he smiles back.

     She lifts her trumpet to her face.

     OVEREXPOSE

     THE ADJUDICATION SHEET

     The Judges mark off "PERFECT"

     The Judges applaud, she bows. She exits the stage.

     The Musician marches his way to center stage. He sets his 
     music on the stand and he begins to play his difficult piece.

     He plays for a while and turns the first page.

     THE WARM UP ROOM, INT

     The Girl packs up her trumpet and leaves the room

     A DARK STAGE IN AN AUDITORIUM, INT.

     The Musician is playing his piece perfectly. He turns the 
     second page of music

     BACKSTAGE, INT

     The Girl is walking down a dark corridor with her folder and 
     her trumpet case.

     A DARK STAGE IN AN AUDITORIUM, INT.

     The Musician turns the third page.

     He lets the trumpet off his face and drops to his side.

     The 4th and following page of his music has been torn out.

     And on the last sheet of music is scribbled the phrase,

     "GATHER YE ROSEBUDS WHILE YE MAY."

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     BACKSTAGE, INT

     In the Girl's hands are the missing sheets of music.

     A DARK STAGE IN AN AUDITORIUM, INT

     The Musician smiles and acknowledges her craftiness.

     FLASHBACK - A COURTYARD

     The Musician and the Girl embrace and in the process, she 
     takes the manila envelope from his hands.

     BACK TO SCENE

     BEHIND THE MUSICIAN - The Musician bows and the lens flare 
     from the spotlight envelopes the screen

                                                   OVEREXPOSE OUT