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               We see a match light, up close.  The smoke wafts from the
               blazing fire, as the match comes close to a pair of sinister
               eyes.  It travels to the end of a cigar, slowly lighting the
               end of it, as we see the end start to light.  Smoke wafts
               from the mouth of the smoker, and we

               CUT TO A WIDE SHOT

               Of a SILHOUETTED FIGURE, leaning back into a chair behind a
               desk.  The only light source available is a soft blue light
               under and behind the figure, and the soft glow from the

                         I honestly don't see what the fuss
                         is about smoking.  I mean, it's
                         existed this long without being

               Cut to a different angle.

                                   SILHOUETTE (CONT'D)
                         Some of the coolest people in the
                         world have smoked. John Wayne, Babe
                         Ruth, Sammy Davis Jr...

               Cut to a different angle.

                                   SILHOUETTE (CONT'D)
                         Why would we sell a product that
                         kills?  Do we WANT to lose
                         customers?  Absolutely not.  We
                         want our customers to live long,
                         healthy, loving, wonderful lives...

               Cut to a different angle.

                                   SILHOUETTE (CONT'D)
                         I don't want to play the Devil's
                         Advocate, here, people die in their
                         BEDS, therefore, should we ban

               Cut to a different angle.

                                   SILHOUETTE (CONT'D)
                         Let's be honest, here... You're
                         going to die some day.  So what if
                         you may go a little quicker?  You
                         live fast, die young...

               CLOSE-UP ON GRIN.

                                   SILHOUETTE (CONT'D)
                         Just like James Dean.

               Cut to a different angle.

                                   SILHOUETTE (CONT'D)
                         The whole anti-smoking angle is
                         just one big sensationalized
                         concept... People were just as
                         worried about television when it
                         first came out, with its addictive

               Slowly zoom in a little bit.  The Silhouette leans in, light
               shining finally on his face to reveal that he is THE DEVIL
               himself, horns, blood red eyes, etc.  He grins, toothily,
               like a wolf gazing at its prey.  He stares right into the
               lens of the camera.

                                   THE DEVIL
                         It really isn't that big of a deal.

               He blows smoke into the camera.

                                                         FADE TO BLACK.
A competition coming up here in Burbank would be the first Anti-Smoking PSA Contest. In previous years, this was simply an art contest, featuring anti-smoking posters and other such paraphernalia, but this year has included a video category. The first-place winner will receive $150 first-prize money, $100 second-place, and $50 for third place. Mr. Carman is having all of us enter the contest and film a PSA. There's no time limit or anything, just grab a camera and go at it.

Here's the screenplay for mine. This is a bit of a first-draft, so critique is definitely encouraged. Anything I might add, lemme know.
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justawishfulthinker Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006
Awesome. =) I think I saw this video on YouTube. I love it. Great message, wonderful portrayal.
ACitizenoftheWorld Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006
Thanks so much! Yeah, it is on YouTube, so entirely possible you saw it there.
justawishfulthinker Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2006
:D Hard to misconstrue such an elaborate Satan I think. That costume was awesome, by the way. Amazing face make up.
CrystallineEssence Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2006
Lol, I love the melodramatic tendency of the whole thing, very witty Chris! I think it'd be really cool if it was done in black and white, you know, just for some extra dramatic impact hehe. :D
ACitizenoftheWorld Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2006
I was considering doing it in black and white, actually. The only thing is, I REALLY like the idea of just this orange glow coming from the end of the cigar. However, a white glow could be equally creepy.

We'll see what happens when I film it! There shall be screenshots posted, and maybe the finished product.
CrystallineEssence Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006
Can't wait to see it after it's filmed, Chris! Good luck! ^_^
Snugbug Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006
Hmm. I'd say the devil thing is a little extreme. I hate smoking as much as anyone, but an anti-smoking campaign probably shouldn't alienate its viewers. It runs the risk of pushing people further away. But it's an interesting idea.
ACitizenoftheWorld Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006
It IS a little extreme, but that's exactly what I like about it. The thing is, all the lines that the Silhouette says are almost direct quotes from the Tobacco Industry, so to personify them as being the Devil, I'm not entirely too sure about how it's alienating the viewers. Seems if anyone should be alienated, it would be the tobacco industry.
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