GETTING READY SCENE CLOSE UP: Quick Montage (10-15 seconds approx)of character getting ready, quickly cut showing SIMON getting ready, MEDIUM CLOSE UP: ending with him looking into the mirror miserable and walking off. TITLES SIMON drives to work, visually we will use plenty of long exposured shots of the car journey as the name of the film appears on screen. INTRODUCTION SCENE SIMON arrives at work and takes the previous worker off his shift, we have a montage where SIMON miserably servs several customers (looking into camera) ELINA ENTERS THE STORE Simon working on the tills looking hunched over/ bored/depressed until ELINA walks into the store,Simon immediatly lights up as he sees elina for the first time, he stares at her in awe as she gives him a small smile as she walks over to the alcohol. There is a shot of him looking at his watch, and we can see that the time is 12.15. Simon then quickly sorts out his shirt and takes a packet of mints from the counter and steals one of the mints nervously. Elina arrives at the counter with some alcohol. SIMON So..fun evening planned eh? Elina just smiles as she reaches for her purse. Simon feels nervous. simon tries to keep talking but begins to stutter, in a rush he looks around and grabs a mint and offers it to ELINA to keep the conversation going. SIMON (nervously and fast-paced) um.. would you like a mint? not that i’m saying that your breath (MORE) (CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 2. SIMON (cont’d) smells or anything but you know, mints taste nice and that and err... ELINA Takes the mint from his hands mid-sentence Thank You. SIMON So, err...what’s your name? Points at name badge ELINA Elina Elina then walks off raises a flirty half-smile the camera focuses on SIMON then begins to pull away slowly to a wide shot of the store with him sitting at his till. SIMON V/O My name is Simon Cooper. I am 24 years old. I have nothing really going for me, no motivation and no real reason to get up in the morning. Until today. Today, I found a purpose. And her name is Elina. THE NEXT NIGHT SIMON prepares for another day at work scene shot similar to opening scene but this time he looks a lot happier to be leaving for work. (Upbeat music plays in background to emphisie the better mood) SIMON sits at his till and looks at his watch. It is 10.05. There is a montage of him looking at his watch a couple of times and serving customers. He is happy with the customers he is serving. And in between customers he is doodling a sketch of Elina on the back of the receipt roll. ELINA enters the store. Simon has his head down on the till, having assumed she was not coming back. He is overwhelmed with delight, but contains himself and sits at his till smiling, clearly happy that she has returned. Once she has walked into the store, a man enters behind her, wrapping his arm drunkenly around her neck and gives her a kiss. Simon’s face drops and he sits back in his chair in dissapointment. (CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 3. Elina walks up to Simon with the boyfriend. The boyfriend is acting in a twatish way, and shouts at her in a foreign language, pointing to the booze and demanding she buys him some. Little mannerisms convey that he is an arse to his girlfriend. He starts making drunken patronising conversation with Simon. MAREK (In accent)You alright mate? Must be shite working here this time of night ey? Haha! The boyfriend shouts at people outside. They are his friends. He gives Elina a kiss and walks out shouting at his friends. Simon is looking heartbroken, but as a last chance he gives her the love heart, wrapped up in a receipt. She takes the love heart out of her hand, looks back at her boyfriend and eats the love heart, whilst smiling at Simon. MONTAGE ELINA coming into the store sometimes with her boyfriend. Cuts between short scenes of her flirting with Simon, smiling and giggling. Other times she comes in with Marek and is upset. SIMON v/o That’s where it all started. Sometimes she came in with him. (Shots of times of those two flirting) Sometimes with out. (Scenes of arguing and upset. How could she be interested in a no-body like me. I haven’t had a real girlfriend since Sally Jacobs in year 9. And i’m pretty sure she did it for a bet. For once I’ve got to take a risk. PICNIC ELINA and MAREK enter the store. Simon has just finished sketching ELINA and looks up to see them arrive. They are arguing and shouting at eachother ELINA is holding a bag of shopping that she has bought for MAREK. He gets angry at ELINA for not buying any booze to go with it. When she refuses to buy him alcohol he nocks the bag out of her hand. The food falls to the floor, and MAREK leaves the store shouting at her. We hear a car drive off and see ELINA on the floor picking up the food. SIMON rushes over and helps her pick it up. He goes up to the door and switches the sign over to closed. (CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 4. He then begins console ELINA placing his hand on her left shoulder and leading her into the storeroom to sit down. SIMON Are you ok? Elina sheds a tear. SIMON Wait here. SIMON heads out of the store room he takes a large sheet out from the store room, he then goes to the fridges and picks up a load of food for a makeshift picnic (sandwiches, jammy dodgers, mini rolls, crisps, ribenas...etc) He also gets a load of tealight candles. He places it into a shopping basket and sets out a picnic for ELINA. ELINA looks at him with eyes wide open. There is a look of utter joy and surprise on her face. It is clear she’s never been treated this nice before. ELINA sits down on the floor with simon and begins to eat. She is looking at him the hole time. SIMON is smiling and overwhelmed with joy. We can see that behind his back he has a small love heart that says "I love you" written on. He is playing with it behind his back, waiting for the right moment to give it to her. As he moves his hand out from behind his back he begins to move forward to give ELINA the sweet. Before he can reach her, she gets a phone call. ELINA answers the phone, and sounds of appologetic speaking and crying can be heard. SIMON is left sitting on the blanket, looking up at her. She turns to him, beginning to cry. She walks over to SIMON and kisses him. ELINA Thank you. ELINA walks quickly out of the shop crying. The camera is positioned outside, and we see her opening the door and walking out in tears. There is then a shot of SIMON sitting on the floor by himself. He is unsure wether to be happy or sad, so sits and plays with the love heart. SIMON is sitting right at the end of the isle. And we get a long pull-back shot of him sitting right at the end, so we can see the full length of the isle. There should be candles dotted all along the isle, so that when the camera is slowly moving back it looks beautiful.
5. FINAL SCENE- NEXT DAY SIMON gets ready for his shift again with the quick montage. This time he looks in the mirror and has a blank expression. He sits at his till and waits. SIMON sits at the till and begins to serve. There is a close up on his watch, and we can see time going past, sped up. ELINA then enters the store, with her boyfriend. OR SIMON sits at the till and begins to serve. There is another montage of him at the till, and then ELINA comes in. SIMON looka up at her from the till, and begins to smile. He takes the love heart out of his pocket from yesterday, and waits until she approaches to give it to her. As she comes near the till her boyfriend enters the store loudly barking an order at her. SIMON’s face drops again. They come to the till with alcohol and MAREK makes her pay for it as he waits outside and has a cigarette with his friends. There is tension between SIMON and ELINA and he slowly gives her the love heart. She takes it and looks at it. ELINA begins to start to cry, and her bottom lip starts shuddering. She pulls herself together, and softly looks at SIMON. SIMON is looking into her eyes, desperate to hear what she has to say. ELINA I’m sorry. ELINA walks to the door of the shop, and before opening it turns to the heart-broken SIMON. ELINA Good bye, Simon. SIMON, trying to hold back tears. SIMON Good bye, Elina. ELINA leaves the shop and we can hear her walking of with MAREK and his friends. CLOSE UP on Simons face, seeing him crying and biting his lip to stop the tears. He sits down at his chair and screws up the receipt drawings of her and throws them in the bin. The camera then pans out and we see SIMON sitting alone at the till. Quietly weeping.