Luna, Lucas, Lena, and Liam

Luna Santiago is the main character of Luna.  She is a kind-hearted girl, who though spoiled, is almost always nice to others and never means any harm.  Though she is rather accident prone

Lucas Aguilar is one of Luna’s friends.  A talented soccer player, he is sarcastic and always tells it like it.

Lena Johnson is from SSCHS, and is the princpal of the school.  Her struggle is leading the school in a fair manner, while dealing with her personal life, and her family.

Liam O’Guinness is Todd’s younger.  Arrogant and self-absorbed, he often falls into conflict with Todd, due to seemingly always having people on his side, no matter what.

Kelly Takahashi

Another character from Tweens, (cousin of Jack and Jace and sister of Jason, Jake) Kelly was one of the favorites that I had imagined.

She is a sweet girl who is kind to most people, though she’s not without flaws, in that she is ditzy and clumsy.  She often causes problem for her friends, but nonetheless is always tried her best to do the right thing.

Eventhough I lost interest in Tweens, I did use some elements of Kelly in other characters.  Riley Diamond is based on her personality, sweet ditzy, and engaging, but Riley is also far more weirder and has more quirks than Kelly does.  Also, I decided put some of Kelly’s clumsiness in the character of Luna Santiago, but on a far larger scale, making Kelly look graceful in comparison.

Isaac Aguilar

My apologies for posting this a day late.  I procrastinated and then forgot about it.

 

Issac Aguilar is one of Luna’s friends.  He is a nice guy who loves to have fun.  He is a “boy next door” type, and is loyal, above all.  He has a love-hate relationship with his older brother Lucas.  While they care deeply for each other, they struggle to get along, while playing on the same soccer team, often feeling the need to compete against each other.

Being a freshman on the junior varsity team, is hard for Isaac, as his teammates often don’t give him the respect he deserves and tend to be condescending to him.  This has made him feel isolated.  Luna does make attempts to help, though they, more often than not, make things worse.  Nonetheless, Issaac does try to live his life day to day, doing the best that he can do.

TV Tropes Tuesday: TV Tropes: Spinoff

Happy Tuesday!

Today, I will talk about spinoffs.

Spinoffs are rather close to me because many of the shows that I have conceived are spinoffs.

There are a variety of different kinds.  As per TV Tropes:

 

  1. Where a character leaves a show and the two run concurrently. Characters Crossover from time to time.
  2. Where a show comes to an end and a character from it is given his or her own new show. Provides an opportunity to Retool the character as well.
  3. Where a character is brought on to an existing show simply in order to be spunoff, hopefully making some of the original audience into viewers of the new show (See Poorly Disguised Pilot).
  4. The main character is revisited elsewhere in his narrative.
  5. Reimaginings – the concept is carried into a new show with the same basic premise but other factors and characters are completely new.
  6. Segment spin-offs – a recurring segment from the show becomes the main attraction.
  7. A type of Defictionalization – a Show Within a Show gets made into a real show of its own.
  8. The storyline on one show comes to an end, only to be continued in a new show with a different name.
  9. Official Fanzine Show – a trope usually applying to Reality TV, usually offering Behind The Scenes info or coverage that wouldn’t fit into the main programme, often (but not always) broadcast immediately after the main show, on a sister channel.
  10. Online Spin-Off – A spin-off that’s only shown online, sometimes overlaps with Segment Spin-Off, sometimes a spin-off In Name Only. Generally only an advert for the broadcast programme.
  11. Shared Continuity – more common nowadays, this spinoff generally carries no characters over from the show that spawned it, though both are in the same continuity that allows for Crossovers from the original.

Sometime in the fifth grade I conceived of a show called Tweens.  Eventually, I continued the show with three of the characters from that show called, Carol, Adriana, and Keisha which is a type 2 spinoff.  After that, I conceived of the Luna; it is a type 1 spinoff.

Adriana, Al, Allie, A.J., Arturo, Alma, Alyssa, Amanda, Araceli, and Aimee

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  My theme is the characters I’ve created.  To that end, I will briefly describe them.

Today, I will talk about characters I have created who’s names begin with the letter A, of which there are quite a few.

Adriana Rodriguez, is one of the main characters of Carol, Adriana, and Keisha.  Adriana is a driven, dedicated individual who likes for things to go smoothly and does not take kindly to setbacks.  She is very cynical and sarcastic, but nonetheless works to achieve her goals.

The rest are from the spinoff Luna, focusing on Adriana’s first cousin, Luna

Al and Allie Melendez are Luna’s first cousins via her mother Alma’s side of the family.  They are twins.  Both are perfectionists albeit in different ways.  Al, an amateur filmmaker, is obsessed with making the best films he can make.  Allie is a multi-talented indivdual and born leader, but very often has internal conflicts with feeling expected and wanting to be perfect and wanting be a normal teenage and mess up a few times.  Al and Allie rarely get along with each other, but they do always have each other’s backs when they need each other the most.

A.J. Santiago is Luna’s older brother. An aspiring rapper, he tries to cultivate an image that while influenced by hip-hop culture, also values respect, egalitarianism, and substance.  Luna looks up him, but that’s mainly because she often feels that she is the “least favorite” child in the family due to her accident-prone nature.

Arturo Santiago is Luna’s father.  Working as a surgeon, he is a success story, after growing up as the son of Mexican immigrants who had little.  He is married to Alma who runs a construction business.  As an parent, they want the best for their kids.  However, a common theme in the relationship with Luna and her parents is that they have conflicts due to not just Luna’s flaws, but theirs as well.  Luna tries so hard to be a good daughter, but it seems like nothing ever goes right; therefore, she’s not as close to them as she would like to be.  Arturo and Alma are also to blame for problems as sometimes they can be overly critical of Luna.  But as is a running theme with many of my characters, relationships are ultimately loving and supportive during the most trying of times.

Alyssa Hernandez is the character who most frequently antagonizes Luna.  The most popular girl in school, Alyssa hates Luna for all of the mishaps Luna causes, not the least of which was Luna accidentally killing her pet dog.  Alyssa was involved with turning the school against her because of that.  Luna generally tries to avoid Alyssa, but Alyssa seems to try to antagonize Luna at every opportunity.  However, Alyssa’s issue is really the fact that she lost something valuable to her, and she does not know how to properly deal with that loss.

Amanda is Alyssa’s younger sister.  The opposite of Alyssa she is a nice person.  She generally likes Luna, and Luna does think of her as a little sister, but any attempts she makes to befriend Luna are thwarted by her sister.

Araceli Villanueva is Ricardo’s younger sister.  She is supportive of him being gay, and loves him unconditionally.  They maintain a close relationship, and is always there to defend him against anyone such as people at school and even their parents who are not so okay with homosexuality.  Araceli lives for loyalty and respect and wants that for everyone, no matter how different they are.

Finally is Aimee.  Aimee is a girl at school who does attempt to befriend Luna; however, Luna’s klutziness has stood in the way of that.  Luna tries to help Aimee and do fun things with her, but something bad always happens, making it hard for them to get along.

Revised Characters for Luna

I asked about my planned show, Luna, a spinoff of Carol, Adrian, and Keisha, to see if the characters were stereotypes,  after one person on the Internet told me that they were (she was rather offended), I decided to make drastic changes.  I hope these changes make the characters more nuanced, respectable, and sympathetic.

CHARACTERS

LUNA SANTIAGO

Luna is 15. She is the most stylish and fashionable girl in her school. Luna has a reputation for causing bad luck wherever she goes.  She is rather clumsy, and despite her good intentions, she always causes problems for people She is for the most part feared and despised by her classmates and her community who are worried about her causing issues such as accidentally injuring them or destroying their property. Luna is not a bad person at all, but she just does not always know how to help others, and so sometimes, her attempts make things worse.

Luna does not get along with her parents because she has often causes trouble for them, due to her clumsiness.  She has humiliated them several times with her accidents such as spilling food on her businesswoman mother’s client, and causing him to get an allergic reaction.

She also has a poor reputation with her friends’ parents.  She once cooked dinner for her friends Lucas and Isaac and their parents; however, she was not a very good cook and she wound up giving them food poisoning, landing all of them in the hospital, and almost killing, their dad in the process.  Lucas and Isaac forgave her, but their parents did not.

Luna is unpopular at school and is a regular target of the two most popular girls in school, Alyssa Hernandez and Hazel Nowicki.  They used to be friends, but Luna accidentally killed Alyssa’s dog and Hazel’s cat.  They never forgave her for that, and spent much of their time turning the kids at school against her, by claiming that she did it on purpose.

Luna is even unpopular with the adults in her town.  For example, at school, she has caused several incidents that ended up hurting the schools reputation such as accidentally locking the principal in his office, preventing him from speaking at an assembly.

Nonetheless, despite constantly causing problems and feeling discouraged by her life, Luna always tries again to make things better.  She is never discouraged for long.

 

ALBERTO “AL” MELENDEZ

Al is one of Luna’s first cousins.  He has twin sister who is named Alberta, but who is usually called Allie.  Al is a film buff.  He always has been.  He started making short film at the age of three.  Much like his twin sister, he is perfectionist in his film pursuits, always giving them an almost obsessive attention to detail.

His best friend is Lucas Aguilar.  They are close because Al does not have brother, yet (His mother is expecting another set of twins, a boy and a girl, at the start of the show), and therefore they have a bond that is just like the one between brothers.

Al and Allie often argue with each other.  Allie will sometimes behave condescendingly to him because she is two minutes older than.  Nonetheless, like most siblings, they do love each other, and they will always be there for each other when they need each other the most.

ALBERTA “ALLIE” MELENDEZ

Allie, is another of Luna’s first cousins.  She is Al’s twin sister.  She has a type-A personality, and is very active in sports, other extra-curricular activities at school and throughout the community, and is one of the smartest kids in the school.  She is the opposite of Luna and a perfectionist.

However, sometimes, she is not successful due to Luna’s flaws.  For example, she had a paper due, but Luna accidentally destroyed her computer, and Allie failed the assignment since the teacher would not accept late papers.

Nonetheless, Allie is still close to Luna, and know that through everything, Luna does try her best.

RICARDO VILLANUEVA

Ricardo is perhaps Luna’s gay best friend, and shares her interests in things like fashion for instance.

Growing up, Ricardo had lots of struggles.  He was always feminine in behavior, close to his sister, hung out with girls instead of boys.  He didn’t get along with his parents, especially his father, who felt that his interests were inappropriate for boys.  Ricardo faced bullying in school which intensified in middle school.  It got so bad that he began ditching school to avoid bullies.  His parents found out and angrily confronted the schools about them not handling the bullying.  At this point, Ricardo’s parents began to slowly learn to accept him for who and how he is, and Ricardo’s self-confidence improved to the point that he can now stand up for himself and doesn’t care

 

LUCAS AGUILAR

Lucas is 15, and plays on the junior varsity soccer team.  He is known as the type of guy who tells it like it is.  He has a measure of being cynical and sarcastic in his personality, though he is still driven to achieve his goals.

When his younger brother Lucas began high school, and joined him on the junior varsity soccer team, there was some jealousy and minor rivalry between the two brothers.  Lucas felt jealous that in some way, Isaac had more skills than he did when he was 14.  Nonetheless, the two brothers remain supportive of each other no matter what

ISAAC AGUILAR

Isaac is 14, and is Lucas’s younger brother.  Though a freshman, he was good enough to be on the junior varsity soccer team.  Thought there was some initial conflict between the two brothers, due to jealousy on Lucas’s part, and a desire on Isaac’s part to live up to his brother’s skills.  Nonetheless, they always support each other, on and off the field.

Isaac is different from Lucas in that he more friendly and engaging than Lucas (not to say that Lucas has a bad personality).  He is a “boy next door” type of guy.  Though, somewhat socially awkward, he is always pleasant in personality.

TV Tropes Tuesday: TV Tropes: What an Idiot

This is another of my favorite tropes.  What an Idiot refers to moments where a character does something so stupid, that it causes the viewer or reader to think in their mind or say out loud, “What an Idiot!”

Now, of course people don’t always use good judgement and common sense.  However, people still would expect fictional characters to act a certain way in their given circumstances.  It can sometimes be jarring to see a character make a stupid decision.  Yet, that does not necessarily mean that the the given story is bad.  It just means that, the character made a bad choice.  Sometimes, stupidity helps to serve the plot.

The site has listed most of the examples in the following format.  First, we are told the character’s situation.  Then we are told what we probably would expect people to generally do in that situation.  Then we are told what they actually.  Sometimes, we might be told what then happens after.  To show you what I mean, I will share examples from my show Luna.  I created a TV Tropes What an Idiot page for that show to include moments where the characters used poor judgement.

Much of the humor in Luna comes from Luna being too self-absorbed and arrogant to make good decisions or her friends simply having “teenage judgement.”

In “Just Desserts” Luna wants to go to the International Dessert Fair, but gets stuck with babysitting Allie’s twins, Demian and Isabel, and has to take them with her.  Allie tells Luna that the twins are banned from eating sugar.  While at the fair, Luna becomes frustrated with their obnoxious and rambunctious behavior.

You’d expect: That Luna would discipline them in some way such as putting them in time out, calling Allie to ask for help, or something.

Instead: She allows them to have all the desserts they want in exchange for behaving properly.  Later they both get sick and puke all over Luna, ruining her favorite outfit in the process.

 

In “The Funeral” Luna gets into an argument with the grandfather of her arch rival Alyssa.  The stress from that argument causes him to drop dead of a heart attack.  Luna feels bad about this and when she expressed her condolences to Alyssa, Alyssa snaps and blames Luna for her grandfather’s death and accuses her of being insincere.

You’d expect: That Luna would give Alyssa time to deal with her grief.

Instead: Luna continually harasses Alyssa and her family to prove that she is sorry for their loss and only shows that she is actually more concerned about proving that she is sorry then about offering her condolences.

Later: At the funeral Alyssa eulogizes her grandfather, while making not so veiled insults towards Luna.

You’d expect:  That Luna would keep her cool while Alyssa is subtly attacking her, since she is at a funeral.

Instead: Luna snaps and starts a screaming match with Alyssa.  Alyssa then starts a fight with Luna and in the ensuing struggle, pushes Luna into her grandfather’s casket which is then pushed into a collection of lit candles, causing a fire; the coffin and the church are damaged in the process..

 

In “Doing Too Much” Isaac gets a job at a Mexican restaurant that has the spiciest Mexican food ever, supposedly.  One day he is running late to soccer practice at the end of his shift, and rushes to use the bathroom before leaving.

You’d expect: That since he handles spicy food, he would wash his hands before touching anything else on his body.

Instead: He does not wash his hands and the audience hears him screaming in extreme pain.

Also in the same episode: Luna appoints herself the “spokesmodel” of a restaurant that serves vegan and vegetarian Mexican food in an attempt to give them more business.

You’d expect: That she would not do this at all because she is not employed by them.

Instead: She does just that and winds up hurting the restaurant’s reputation

Also: Luna is searching for potential customers.

You’d expect: That she find people on the street or use social media if she really wants to help the restaurant.

Instead: She tries to steal customers from other Mexican restaurants including Isaac’s workplace, potentially putting him out of a job.  This leads to her getting kicked out every restaurant she goes to.

 

In “Victory Dance” Luna is trying to breaking the world record for dancing non-stop for the longest time.  But she is tired and dehydrated, and is offered coffee to help.

You’d expect: Luna to not drink too much because caffeine can make you pee.

Instead: Luna drinks several cups of coffee, and with only ten seconds left on the clock, she runs to the bathroom, missing the record.

 

A general example, several times, Luna’s friends have a problem, and she offers them her help.

You’d expect: That they would refuse her help, since several times, she has only made their problems worse due to her arrogant, self-absorbed nature.

Instead: They don’t and she winds up screwing up their situations even more than they already are.

 

Very often, Allie is forced to ask Luna to babysit her twins, which Luna often reluctantly does.

You’d expect: That Luna would do what Allie says and make sure the twins never do anything bad and have access to anything that Allie does not want them to have.

Instead: Luna defies Allie’s requests and something bad happens.

Also: Every time Luna babysits Demian and Isabel, something bad happens, as stated before.

You’d expect: That Allie would simply find someone else other than Luna to babysit them.

Instead: Allie gets Luna to do it and something bad happens.

 

TV Tropes Tuesday: TV Tropes: Designated Heroes and Designated Villains

Today is TV Tropes Tuesday, and I will talk about two of my favorite tropes, which are the Designated Hero and the Designated Villain.  

Most stories have a hero and villain.  However, we’ve all seen or read or heard stories where the heroes are not very heroic, and the villains are not very villainous.  The heroes are meant to be sympathetic, but come across as unsympathetic, and possibly even actual villains; on the other hand, the villains might come across as sympathetic, and maybe even heroic, especially if they never do anything that is truly wrong.

In my attempts at developing stories, I have had trouble with this issue.  I’ve wanted to depict my characters doing bad things, but then I’m told that they sound too unlikable.  It’s hard to strike a balance, but I’ve always wanted to depict bad people doing bad things; I tend to find unlikable characters to be the most interesting.

For example, with my character Luna, I’ve intended for her to be an anti-hero trying to get through life while living in a town where she is completely and utterly despised by almost everyone; to distinguish from the designated hero, my intention is that she is still the hero of her story has at least generally good intentions, although she does some morally questionable things, but I’ve realized that some of the things I’ve imagined her doing go too far and would likely make her unlikable and unsympathetic.

I’ve thought of several ways to fix that issue.

I could tone down her bad behavior and try to make her more funny and sympathetic, instead of just an insufferable brat.

I could also depict her as receiving disproportionately unfair punishments; to expand on that I have created story lines where Luna received unfair punishments for lots of things.  For example, her story begins after she has spent the summer in Juvie after the cheer leading squad jumped her.  Even though, she was defending herself, she was charged and sentenced.  I also have Luna regularly being a victim of bullying and harassment, and the school staff does nothing about it, as they hate her.  Yet another story line focuses on Luna getting her first car, and then is arrested for driving ONE mile over the speed limit. Luna is selfish and spoiled, and she doesn’t always do right by her family and friends, but that does not justify being treated unfairly by the justice system or being ignored by her school when she is bullied and harassed.

This is my attempt to avoid making Luna into a designated hero.

Interestingly, I have also considered doing other things, like making Luna so unsympathetic, that the audience is rooting against her and is happy when she is justly punished at the end; this would make her a Villain Protagonist.

I’ve also imagined Luna being unfairly treated by someone, and her antagonist is portrayed as being in the right.  This is interesting because in a way Luna is a Villain Protagonist, and her opponent is a Hero Antagonist; however, the way in which I imagined would make them Designated Villain Protagonist and Designated Hero Antagonist  One story line involves Luna being reunited with someone whom she accidentally outed as gay to the entire school, leading to them dropping out to avoid being bullied.  This person decides to get revenge against Luna by framing her for saying derogatory things about the LGBT community.  When Luna proves her innocence, the person is called out harshly for their actions, but then Luna loses her support, when the others out what she did to the person. The message is that if someone outs you, you have the right to do whatever you want to destroy their life.  Not a good message.  An audience might not like that story, so I will try to make Luna more sympathetic, rather than expecting the audience to root against her.

Moving on, my show about teachers, I have imagined several major story lines where they do lots of bad things, like sabotaging each other, the principal public shaming her bad-behaving daughter, a teacher accidentally injuring a student and covering it up, two teachers destroying each others’ house, and all sorts of things.  Now, I’ve tried to make things not so harsh, and to include humor, but many of the characters could be regarded as designated heroes, and I’ve gotta do work to make them more sympathetic.  I’ve at least made a mean character nice to certain people and supportive of mental health issues and the LGBT community.

The next paragraph has spoilers.

To end this blog post, I will talk about an example of a designated hero that I have seen.  I enjoyed the Hulu original series East Los High, a teen drama which focuses on the students of a high school in the predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood of East Los Angeles.  One of the characters, Jessie, is dating a jock named Jacob.  When Jacob becomes close to Jessie’s cousin, Maya, Jessie becomes jealous and sleeps with her dance teacher (who seems to be about the same age as her), Cristian after spending lots of time alone with him.  Jessie shortly afterwards has sex with Jacob to avoid losing him to Maya.  Jessie had unprotected sex with Cristian (he failed at using the withdrawal method, which anyone who took comprehensive sex ed should and would know is an unreliable birth control method, and that many boys and men often can’t and don’t know exactly when they will reach orgasm and ejaculate, and may not withdraw in time, but I digress.), but Jacob used a condom when she had sex with him.  Jessie finds out that she is pregnant, and tells Jacob that he is the father, when Christian is actually the father.  This leads to Jacob foregoing a scholarship to play football for a college in Indiana, and at her mother’s insistence, he asks Jessie to marry him.  Leading up to the wedding, Jessie never expresses any guilt over lying to Jacob and causing him to give up his future to be a young father and husband.  Eventually as they are about to exchange vows, Jessie feels guilty, refuses to go through with the wedding, and pulls Jacob aside to tell him the truth.

What I noticed on the comments of the episodes is an expression of contempt for Jessie for her dishonesty, infidelity, and for causing Jacob to give up his future.  Yet, through it all, she does not express guilt until the last minute, and the show depicts her sympathetically.  While I personally don’t hate Jessie as a character, I can understand all the negative comments about her.  Perhaps, the show’s writers should have and could have depicted Jessie struggles with her guilt; it would have made her more sympathetic.

My Experiences Shooting My First Short Film

This past Tuesday, November 19, 2013, I finally shot my film for my Digital Filmmaking Class.  However, it was a long and difficult road to get there.

First, I needed to find a cast and crew.  I made attempts to find actresses for my film, but there were many dead ends.  I used a smartphone app called Circle (meant for finding people to to find people in the area to be in the film.  I found two people interested.  I gave them all of the details I had, but only one was interested in actually moving forward.  Later on, I attempted to use that app two find more actresses for all three of my characters, but there was no luck.  I had to constantly tell the one actress I did find, that I had to delay shooting the film.

My professor wanted us to be done filming by the first weekend of November 2013; however, that was not a possibility for me with all of my issues.

I told him about my issues with assembling a cast, and he told the rest of the class about it asking if they could help me.  A woman in my class agreed to play one of the roles.  But I still needed to two more people.

I made several attempts at making casting call flyers and submitting them to find actresses, but they were all rejected.  My main problems were that I submitted them at too short notice and I had plans at the time of filming at home; people might not be comfortbale going to a stranger’s home shortly after meeting them.

I made a renewed search for filming locations on campus and I asked my cousin to play role of Luna; I would have my classmate play both Luna’s mother and aunt.  I found some places, and it seemed like I was set for filming last Friday, November 15, 2013; but then I had to postpone because my cousin had a school assignment.  I let my classmate know, and we rescheduled for the afternoon of Sunday November 17, 2013; however, there was a huge thunderstorm and other severe weather including tornados throughout much of the state of Illinois and the Midwest.  My area just had a thunderstorm, but due to the weather my cousin was not available for filming because she was getting her hair done when the storm hit, and she left for home in the middle of the storm for the sake of safety; she later return to get her hair done after the storm cleared up, but she did not know when she would be done getting her hair done.  Therefore, one again, I had to delay filming.  My cousin did, however, guarantee that she would be available on Tuesday November, 19, 2013, and therefore, I scheduled the filming for that day.

That Tuesday afternoon, I set up the rented filming equipment, while waiting for my cousin.  When she showed up, I introduced her to my classmate, and then we began filmng the first and third scenes, which were set in the same location; there were mistakes of course, but the process was fun.  However, there was a mistake.  I did not check to make sure that I was recording sound; fortnately we later on, we re-recorded the dialogue to edit into the film in post-production.  We filmed the second scene in another location, and then we were done.

The experience was rewarding, and while I have already made several mistakes that I would re-do if I had the chance, I am so proud that I have finally shot a short film.

Screenplay for My Short Film for My Digital Film-making Class

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.

Enjoy.

New Clothes for a New Seasom
By
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.
ALMA
Oh, what a day!
Seconds later, LUNA, Alma’s fashionable teenage daughter
walks downstairs. She hugs her mother.
LUNA
Hey, mom! How was your day!
They stop hugging and Luna sits down.
ALMA
Ugh! So busy! I can’t believe my
assistant accidentally deleted the
files we needed. Almost set us
back!
LUNA
Sounds bad. Can I have some money?
ALMA
What in the world for?
LUNA
Clothes. I need new stuff to wear.
ALMA
But, Luna, you just got clothes for
Christmas a few months ago.
LUNA
Yeah, I know. That was my winter
wardrobe. Now, I gotta buy my
spring wardrobe.
ALMA
What about the clothes you got
right before school started last
fall? It’s warm enough for those
isn’t it?
LUNA
That was my fall wardrobe.
ALMA
Luna. There’s nothing wrong with
your clothes.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 2.
LUNA
Um, yeah there are. They went out
of style. I can’t show my face at
school wearing them.
ALMA
Sorry. The answer’s “no.”
LUNA
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
anymore.
ALMA
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.
LUNA.
No, I DO need them.
Alma stands up and walks away.
ALMA
I’m done! I’m gonna take a shower
and go to bed.
Luna takes her cell phone out of her pocket.
ALMA (O.S.)
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.
LUNA
Hey, Aunt Lucy!
LUCY
Luna! I’m so glad to see you. We
had a great Christmas!
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 3.
LUNA
We sure did! Thanks again for the
dress!
LUCY
Of course, honey! I know how you
always like to look good!
LUNA
Yep, that’s me!
LUCY
Please, Luna, sit down down! Would
you like something to eat, drink!
LUNA
No, I’m good.
Luna sits down next to Lucy on the couch.
LUNA
So, how’s Al been?
LUCY
Your cousin’s been fine. The
University of Chicago’s lucky to
have him.
Lucy then frowns. Luna notices.
LUNA
What’s the matter, Aunt Lucy?
Lucy sighs.
LUCY
It’s just that pay for Al to go to
college has been so hard
LUNA
(confused)
How do you mean?
LUCY
Well, with tuition and housing and
all of that, it costs almost
$60,000 dollars per year.
LUNA
(shocked)
Wow!
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 4.
LUCY
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.
LUNA
All up to you?
LUCY
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
too.
LUNA
(shocked)
The Internet?! How can you deal
without the Internet?!
LUCY
I don’t know. But I don’t have a
choice, really.
LUNA
You know, Aunt Lucy.
LUCY
What?
LUNA
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.
LUCY
Luna, thank you, honey for that. I
really meant it. But I can’t
accept that.
LUNA
But why? You need the help. And I
can do it.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 5.
LUCY
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
adulthood trouble.
Luna and Lucy hug.
LUCY
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.
LUNA
It was nice seeing you, too, Aunt
Lucy.
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.
LUNA
Hi, mom.
ALMA
Hi, baby. How was your day?
LUNA
It was fine.
Luna sits down next to Alma.
LUNA
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
new ones.
Luna then hugs Alma.
LUNA
I just wanna say thanks for being
the best mom in the world. I love
you.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 6.
ALMA
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.
LUNA
I know that now, Mom.
ALMA
What do you say I take a break from
all this work, and we watch some TV
together.
LUNA
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
LUNA
Mom? Can I have some money for
that dress?
ALMA
(frustrated)
No! I thought we already went over
this!
LUNA
But, Mom! I need that dress! It’s
perfect for me!
Alma just shakes her head.
FADE OUT.