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Stephen David Long was awarded Second Place in drama in the 2012 Prison Writing Contest.


FADE IN:

INT. SPACESHIPNIGHT/OUTER SPACE

Film begins with pitch-black screen. Audio (1) is added: High-pitched smooth, electronic motor hum [whine]. Smooth hum goes pulsating erratically. Audio (2) is added to (1): 40 BPM high-pitched clicking. Pitch-black screen goes bright white. Audio (3) is added to (1) & (2): 120 BPM deep low hum. Audio (2) pitch is raised higher. Audio (4) is added to (1), (2), and (3): Constant harsh squeal [like auto-fan belt noise]. Reduce bright indistinguishable gray zones and shapes. Close up of a pair of large, round, shut eyes, then instantly opening. Then, blinking. Simulate a POV hurried movement, scrambling to gain control. Overhead rear view of shadowy human figure taking position in the seat at a control panel. Close up of a pair of hands manipulating dinner plate sized control discs [16 bank]. Hands go into a moderate panic trying to correct engine problem. Hands 16 control discs. Audios (1) through (4) cease. Add radar blip sound: audio (5). Soft pulsating white light goes normal/steady.

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Stephen David Long was awarded Second Place in drama in the 2012 Prison Writing Contest.


FADE IN:

INT. SPACESHIPNIGHT/OUTER SPACE

Film begins with pitch-black screen. Audio (1) is added: High-pitched smooth, electronic motor hum [whine]. Smooth hum goes pulsating erratically. Audio (2) is added to (1): 40 BPM high-pitched clicking. Pitch-black screen goes bright white. Audio (3) is added to (1) & (2): 120 BPM deep low hum. Audio (2) pitch is raised higher. Audio (4) is added to (1), (2), and (3): Constant harsh squeal [like auto-fan belt noise]. Reduce bright indistinguishable gray zones and shapes. Close up of a pair of large, round, shut eyes, then instantly opening. Then, blinking. Simulate a POV hurried movement, scrambling to gain control. Overhead rear view of shadowy human figure taking position in the seat at a control panel. Close up of a pair of hands manipulating dinner plate sized control discs [16 bank]. Hands go into a moderate panic trying to correct engine problem. Hands 16 control discs. Audios (1) through (4) cease. Add radar blip sound: audio (5). Soft pulsating white light goes normal/steady.

CUT TO:

INT. SPACESHIP—NIGHT/OUTER SPACE

Animation: spaceship tumbling out of control; to, ejecting E-pod; to, spaceship disintegrating; to, E-pod on a flight course.

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Three excerpts from Will Eno’s Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rain:


GENTLEMAN

When I was little, I…wait.  God.  Weird.  I forget what I was going to say.  “When I was little.”  It’s completely gone.


LADY

I want to feel home for once.  Together with someone in the regular world but also together in another little world of our own devisement.  I believe in this.  My picture of life.  Why would I keep having it?  I read the newspapers but I still believe in this.  


GENTLEMAN

Sometimes, I just want to do someone over and have that be it.  Sometimes, I—quote—love, with nothing but my hands and the dried-out words I’ve practiced and remembered.  Quote love.  

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Will Eno is a recipient, along with Adam Rapp, of PEN’s 2012 Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award