The people in soap operas have to have the most secrets of anyone anywhere. Honestly, everyone is keeping some kind of secret. Sometimes, the whole town is keeping the same secret. Soap operas are built on secrets. Who is the real father or mother of that child? Did so-and-so really die? What happened all those years ago to make the town what it is? So many secrets. Enough to be told one hour a day, five days a week.
Added May 24/14
I think this topic fits in really nicely with most of the angles, including love affairs, espionage, cover-ups, personal secrets revealed, etc. as soap operas have coverered pretty much every kind of secret there is. Perhaps something more interesting to examine would be why we, the viewers (and supposedly regular people) get so much enjoyment learning about...
Humberfloob came up with the idea of presenting the story through a trailer and I decided to give it a go.
SUPER: Coming soon – Seven and a Half Sisters
INT. DINING ROOM – NIGHT
Everybody is dressed up for a party and raising their glasses for a toast.
THE HALF SISTER enters and disrupts the celebrations.
Aren’t you going to save a glass for your half sister?
CLOSE ON: The half sister making a dramatic look.
Come meet the Santos sisters.
A family torn apart by secrets.
EXT. STABLES – DAY
SISTER #1 is next to the horses talking very formally to a few employees.
They all leave except for one. She looks both ways, drags him inside and kisses him passionately.
When are you gonna tell your sisters about us?
As they struggle to keep the family business afloat
their passionate and strong personalities collide.
INT. OFFICE – DAY
SISTER #2 and SISTER #5 are having an argument with Half Sister.
When mom and dad died on that airplane accident
I promised I would keep the farm running, no matter what!
I want my share. I’m his daughter too.
Sister #5 slaps Half Sister.
CLOSE ON: Sister #5 making a dramatic look.
Follow the journey of these women through love-
INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT
SISTER #3 is in bed with a MAN as she receives a phone call. The man kisses her neck.
Hi, honey. Yeah, I’m at work.
Love you too.
INT. DOCTOR’S OFFICE – DAY
SISTER #6 is sitting across the desk from the DOCTOR. She’s crying.
I’m sorry, but there’s nothing we can do.
How long do I have, doctor?
EXT. FRONT YARD – DAY
SISTER #4 is sitting underneath a tree reading a book when SISTER #7 comes out of nowhere riding a wild horse and nearly tramples on her.
This one is almost tamed, sis!
You’re going to kill yourself!
MASH UP of the eight sisters making dramatic looks at the camera either to the left or the right.
SUPER: Seven and a Half Sisters
Seven and a Half Sisters.
Coming to your house next September
after the evening news.
CUT TO BLACK
INT. – ROSARITO BEACH HOTEL – NIGHT
LUCI, 30, is undressing, taking off her Manolo Blahnik shoes, Prada blouse and her designer jeans. GARY, 45, comes out of the bathroom taking off his coat. LUCIA, wearing a sexy bra and panties walks by him into the bathroom.
What the…? Shit! What have you done?!
What? What’s wrong now?
LUCI comes out of the bathroom angry.
The tub’s filled with scalding hot water!
GARY walks back into the bathroom.
I was trying to warm up the room. Fuck! It’s so damn hot! I can’t pull the plug. Is there a plunger or a stick...
The key secret in the Soap Opera short film could be a MacGuffin all along - the opening scene could refer to a secret in the form of cheesy dialogue between two characters, like "Barbara, I must know... Is it true what Douglas has done?"
And a bunch of different characters, all with their own plotlines briefly alluded to (characters returning from the dead, evil twins, affairs), could chime in on the impact of the secret - only it's never revealed and the Soap Opera cliches continue to pile up. Each time the secret is discussed, the stakes seem higher and higher, and more outlandish.
By the end of the short film, nothing is revealed or resolved. The drama will surely continue around the secret forever...
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