Here is the script for the "Unicorn" Short Film.
Please note that there are two separate opening lines to read. We want to see which line is most effective in the Short Film, so please read each line during each take. Be as creative as you'd like for these two opening lines. The reading of these lines should be attention-grabbing, as they are spoken directly to the audience.
Additional notes on the script are at the bottom.
You can contribute your Voice Overs to the "Unicorn" collaboration here: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/886277
Opening Line #1: Oh, hey there. How y'all folks doin'? Y'all say somethin' 'bout a unicorn?
Opening Line #2: Unicorn?! Y'all say somethin' 'bout a unicorn?
Lemme tell ya, (chewing gum) I was 17 when I saw my first unicorn. Well (bubble "POP!")… first and last, I should say.
I saw it through the scope of my rifle, and I didn't even register the silver horn peakin' out its goddamn silver main till after that there silver blood started gushin'.
Yep... caught a lotta flack for that one - ya know, seein's how it was the last one 'en all.
Still don't really get what all the huff was about neither… monochromatic motherfucker. A goddamn borin' thang if you ask me!
'Course, nobody really said nuthin' to me 'bout it… I reckon they was too busy reelin' over 'the death of magic.'
Death of magic?… Sheeit, I seen people drive cars that park themselves! Now that's magic!
Psh… death of magic.
And let me tell ya, Momma was embarrassed. Partly cuz of the tabloids and gossip rags, but mostly cuz Pa insisted on mountin' its gussied up silver head over the goshdarn fireplace.
"Compliments the mermaid!" says Pa.
...But I wasn't s'posed to tell none o' y'all folks 'bout that motherfuckin' mermaid.
* Please keep background noise at an absolute minimum. Getting the most crisp, clear audio recording is crucial since this will be used in the Short Film.
* Please upload your audio records as .WAV files and please upload them dry, without reverb or echo.
* Multiple takes are strongly encouraged. Please try different styles and be as creative as you'd like!
* The Narrator is female, and a teenager. Here is a visual reference: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/931764
* The story is being told directly to the audience, as if The Narrator and the audience are face to face.
* The Narrator has a Southern accent, and it should be consistent throughout the reading.
* The script has a few notes regaridng gum chewing early on. There should be gum chewing during the "I was 17..." line. You can simulate the gum chewing, or chew actual gum, during this line. There is a pause after "Well..." in the next sentence. The "bubble pop" sound effect will be added later in post-production.
* The story is told in a very causual, friendly, and welcoming way. It's important to convey this in the reading.
* Also worth noting is that The Narrator is apathetic about the death of the Unicorn; she doesn't seem to think it's a big deal. This should also come through in the reading.