This fall, I enrolled in a digital film-making class. The objective of the class is to learn the entire film-making experience. This includes things such as conception, screenwriting, story-boarding, lighting, filming, finding actors, and editing the film on a computer. This is quite a challenge, and yes, I am struggling, but regardless, I am committed to making best possible short film that I can make.
The film has to be two to five minutes long, and it has to be original to the class. Anything done outside of the specific class (including the screenplay) whether done for another class or on one’s own time , would not be an acceptable project under most circumstances.
This project involves my character Luna . In this story, she wants clothes, but does not have any money for them. Her mother refuses to give her the money, saying that she does not need new clothes. Luna decides to find the money another way, and in the process, she learns about what really matters.
New Clothes for a New Seasom
Ellis Sutton, Jr.
INT. LIVING ROOM – NIGHT
It is nighttime. ALMA, a forty-something businesswoman,
walks into the living room from outside. She is tired and
sits down on the couch.
Oh, what a day!
Seconds later, LUNA, Alma’s fashionable teenage daughter
walks downstairs. She hugs her mother.
Hey, mom! How was your day!
They stop hugging and Luna sits down.
Ugh! So busy! I can’t believe my
assistant accidentally deleted the
files we needed. Almost set us
Sounds bad. Can I have some money?
What in the world for?
Clothes. I need new stuff to wear.
But, Luna, you just got clothes for
Christmas a few months ago.
Yeah, I know. That was my winter
wardrobe. Now, I gotta buy my
What about the clothes you got
right before school started last
fall? It’s warm enough for those
That was my fall wardrobe.
Luna. There’s nothing wrong with
Um, yeah there are. They went out
of style. I can’t show my face at
school wearing them.
Sorry. The answer’s “no.”
But, mom, I really need them. I
mean, sure, I liked my clothes when
I got them, but lots of things
changed. Like, no one wears those
boots Dad got me for Christmas
Luna, honey, you’ll just have to
learn two things. Appreciate what
you have. And there’s a difference
between needs and wants. You don’t
NEED new clothes; you WANT them.
No, I DO need them.
Alma stands up and walks away.
I’m done! I’m gonna take a shower
and go to bed.
Luna takes her cell phone out of her pocket.
And don’t even think about asking
your father for the money!
Luna puts her phone back in her pocket and shakes her head.
INT. CONDOMINIUM LIVING ROOM – THE FOLLOWING AFTERNOON
A MIDDLED-AGED WOMAN, Luna’s aunt LUCY is sitting at her
living room table typing on her LAPTOP. She hears a knock
on the door. She gets up to answer the door. It is Luna.
Hey, Aunt Lucy!
Luna! I’m so glad to see you. We
had a great Christmas!
We sure did! Thanks again for the
Of course, honey! I know how you
always like to look good!
Yep, that’s me!
Please, Luna, sit down down! Would
you like something to eat, drink!
No, I’m good.
Luna sits down next to Lucy on the couch.
So, how’s Al been?
Your cousin’s been fine. The
University of Chicago’s lucky to
Lucy then frowns. Luna notices.
What’s the matter, Aunt Lucy?
It’s just that pay for Al to go to
college has been so hard
How do you mean?
Well, with tuition and housing and
all of that, it costs almost
$60,000 dollars per year.
Yeah. And to be honest we can’t
really afford it. And with the
fact that Al wasn’t accepted
anywhere else and his father losing
his job, it’s been mostly up to me
to make ends meet.
All up to you?
Pretty much. I’ve been doing all I
can to make sure Al can get an
education. I mean, I’ve gotten two
extra jobs, I’ve cancelled the
phone and TV services, and I’m so
close to cancelling the Internet
The Internet?! How can you deal
without the Internet?!
I don’t know. But I don’t have a
You know, Aunt Lucy.
Well, I got lots of clothes I don’t
wear anymore. I could sell them
and give the money to you.
Lucy gives Luna a big hug.
Luna, thank you, honey for that. I
really meant it. But I can’t
But why? You need the help. And I
can do it.
Yes, I’m struggling. But I don’t
want you to have to give things up
for me. You’re young. You deserve
to have fun until you grow up and
have to deal with all this
Luna and Lucy hug.
Now, I don’t mean to send you away,
but I’ve gotta get ready for work.
It was nice seeing you Luna.
Lucy gets up.
It was nice seeing you, too, Aunt
Luna then gets up and leaves.
INT. LIVING ROOM – NIGHT
Alma is sitting in the living room at the couch with a
laptop and numerous papers and folders. Luna walks in.
Hi, baby. How was your day?
It was fine.
Luna sits down next to Alma.
Mom, I just wanna say that I’m
sorry about yesterday. I was a
spoiled brat. You’re right. My
clothes are fine. I don’t need any
Luna then hugs Alma.
I just wanna say thanks for being
the best mom in the world. I love
I love you too, Luna. And baby, I
want you have the things want, but
I also want you to know there’s
more important things.
I know that now, Mom.
What do you say I take a break from
all this work, and we watch some TV
Sound great, Mom!
Alma moves her papers, folders, and laptop to the side and
turns on the TV.
TV ANNOUNCER (O.S.)
Today, hot new designers reveal
their spring fashions.
Luna taps Alma
Mom? Can I have some money for
No! I thought we already went over
But, Mom! I need that dress! It’s
perfect for me!
Alma just shakes her head.