The lights in the theater have dimmed. The previews are complete. You just finished eating your fifth or maybe sixth handful of popcorn. You are nicely settled into your chair. A drink in the cup holder next to you. One foot propped up on your seat. Arms wrapped around your leg. Chin resting on your knee. You’re all set. You’re ready to watch a good book… wait a minute, I mean read a good movie… wait a minute, I mean read and watch a story unfold. This is the beginning…
OPEN: EXTERIOR NEW YORK CITY/
EARLY AFTERNOON/HUDSON RIVER
MUSIC: something stereotypically New York
(jazzy with big horns)
We follow a helicopter shot moving quickly across water at a dizzying speed. The afternoon sun glimmers off the water of the Hudson River.
CONTINUE along the Hudson River until the steel girders at the bottom of a large gray bridge (George Washington Bridge) come into view.
CAMERA MOVES up the steel structure of the bridge all the way to the top of the tall towers holding the suspension cables.
CONTINUE into the sky, staying focused on the bridge, until from above we see four lanes packed full of cars slowly inching across the long expanse.
CAMERA pauses briefly.
CAMERA begins a slow decent toward the cars until finally it focuses on a tiny, yellow moving van working its way slowly across the bridge.
Hold on VAN.
VAN exits bridge and drives south along the Hudson River.
CUT TO: from van’s passenger point of view (POV), CAMERA looks out the window of van. New York in all its glory passes by.
VAN finally stops in front of a New York brownstone on a cross-street on the Upper West Side of New York City.
CUT TO: from street point of view (POV), door of van opens and YOUNG WOMAN tumbles out (only show door).
CLOSE UP: of the young woman’s running shoe-clad foot as it touches down onto a NYC sidewalk. (as big as if she were reaching the summit of a mountain, or landing on the moon)
CAMERA moves up to YOUNG WOMAN’s face. She stretches, sighs, and smiles contentedly. Driver’s side door closes.
YOUNG MAN/HUSBAND circles around from the driver’s side of van to stand next to YOUNG WOMAN.
YOUNG WOMAN grabs his hand.
They stand in comfortable unity as the city noise continues around them.
CAMERA circles couple in close up, city noise and chaos blur behind their faces which are full of excitement and anticipation.
After full circle, CAMERA STOPS on YOUNG WOMAN. She looks up to sky, closes her eyes and breathes deep.
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