I'm not a great writer, so be gentle.
BASED OFF OF MATTCONLEY'S TEXT RECORD - I had this idea of a funny, fast-paced, educational video on 'Getting to Know YOUR MOM.' In the original text RECord, I mentioned an idea similar to last season's HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF, but I think a parody of those '50s educational films would be more entertaining.
Character Descriptions The NARRATOR is the stereotypical 1950’s voice in those terrible (but hilarious) educational films. Nicely dressed (in a suit and tie). The TWENTY YEAR OLD is very ignorant and chipper, like many of the characters from Pleasantville. Not sure whether this character should be male or female yet. Might end up being younger as well.
-We FADE IN to reveal a the title of our short, 'GETTING TO KNOW YOUR MOM.'
CROSS-FADE TO: -Different shots of moms holding and caring for their children.
NARRATOR: Mothers... It's been said that they know best. But, what do we know about them? Who were they before they were 'Mom?' To answer that question, we'll have to go back before even you were born. That's right. At one point in her life, your mother was your age.
EIGHT YEAR OLD: My age?
NARRATOR: That's right.
TWELVE YEAR OLD: My age?
NARRATOR: You betchya.
TWENTY YEAR OLD: Even me?
-The TWENTY YEAR OLD hangs his/ her head.
NARRATOR: Of course she was.
-The TWENTY YEAR OLD raises his/ her head and shoots a corny smile at the camera.
NARRATOR: In fact, let's go back to when your mom was your age.
TWENTY YEAR OLD: Okay!
NARRATOR: It wasn't that long ago that she was just a young lady. But, back then, your mom wasn’t, well, your mom yet.
TWENTY YEAR OLD: Then, who was she?
NARRATOR: Well, let me tell ya.
-The TWENTY YEAR OLD sits down.
NARRATOR: Around your age, your mom focused on things like friends...
-A young woman walks with her friends, laughing and talking.
-Her and her friends giggle as a few guys walk by.
NARRATOR: and college.
-A YOUNG WOMAN sits and reads a book, while wearing large glasses.
NARRATOR: You see, she was JUST like you.
-Embarrassed, the TWENTY YEAR OLD takes off his/ her glasses and throws them away.
TWENTY YEAR OLD: You mean, my mom had dreams and aspirations too?
NARRATOR: Sure. In fact, both of your parents did,(mumbles) until you came along.
TWENTY YEAR OLD: (concerned) Wait. What?
NARRATOR: But, that’s jumping a little too far ahead. For a better idea of what she was like at your age, let’s watch and see what a typical evening was like for your mom.
-A YOUNG WOMAN sits in a dorm room. It isn’t long before a YOUNG MAN knocks on the door.
YOUNG MAN: Hey. Do you wanna go to a party with me?
YOUNG WOMAN: Sure!
-The screen freezes just as the YOUNG MAN smiles.
TWENTY YEAR OLD: Wait just one second! That’s not my dad.
NARRATOR: Hahaaaa-no he’s not. Well, the truth is...
-The TWENTY YEAR OLD leans forward.
NARRATOR: ...your mom and dad both dated other people before they ever met, especially during college.
TWENTY YEAR OLD: (traumatized) My mom dated other....other people?
TWENTY YEAR OLD: How many?
NARRATOR: Well, let’s see. There was Brian...
-A JOCK catches a football and poses for the camera.
-A tall, tattooed guy, with cut up jeans and a mohawk, nods and snarls at the camera while he holds a ‘nerdy’ student upside down.
-A young woman in a crowded hallway waves at the camera.
TWENTY YEAR OLD: Jennifer?
NARRATOR: There was Michael, Dave, John, Bob (interrupted)
TWENTY YEAR OLD: Okay! Okay! I get it! I get it! Can we skip to the next part? Maybe after college?
NARRATOR: If you insist.
-We PAN LEFT from a building entrance.
NARRATOR: After your mom graduated college, she applied for her first job. It wasn’t long before everything started working out. She had her dream job...
-She’s seen shaking hands with her boss.
NARRATOR: her dream car...
-She shakes hands with a salesman.
NARRATOR: ...and even met your father.
-The TWENTY YEAR OLD looks relieved and smiles.
NARRATOR: Yes, everything was going just as planned. That was, until August 10, 1990.
TWENTY YEAR OLD: Hey, that’s my birthday.
NARRATOR: That’s right!
TWENTY YEAR OLD: But that means... I wasn’t planned?
NARRATOR: I’m afraid not.
TWENTY YEAR OLD: Did I ruin my mom’s plans?
NARRATOR: Well, let me continue.
-The TWENTY YEAR OLD appears saddened.
NARRATOR: You see, on August 10th, 1990, your mother’s plans and dreams WERE put on hold. But, on that day, your mom also realized something else. She realized that her greatest love wasn’t her job. It wasn’t her shiny new car, or even your father.
-We ZOOM IN on the MOM holding her child
NARRATOR: It was you.
TWENTY YEAR OLD: Me?
-He/ she smiles.
-We FADE OUT from the TWENTY YEAR OLD and FADE IN to the NARRATOR walking towards and talking to the camera.
NARRATOR: So what do you know about your mom? Maybe you've already asked all the important questions. Maybe you're afraid to ask. Either way, you should try...
-Quick ZOOM IN on the NARRATOR’s face.
NARRATOR: ...getting to know your mom.
-The title, 'Getting to Know Your Mom' WIPES onto the screen as the NARRATOR says it.
Do any of the talented writers out there want to remix this?