(Hi all! This is a script for a short PSA on racism for my film class. My concept is based upon understanding racism from a visually impaired child who has never held the concept of race or color unlike his peers, and it's meant to take you into the world in his perspective as he doesn't perceive people physically but perceives their humanity within them-- and encourages the audience to embrace that view. My pitch was chosen to be produced into a short film, however as this is the first time I've dealt with writing a film script, I'm having trouble with translating that concept into a script. It's meant to be short, but it just needs *something*. I just seriously needed guidance and a bit of help on this as this kind of writing is totally new for me, and I feel a bit lost.
PLEASE focus on the dialogue as that's what I need help with, the 'stage directions' are totally irrelevant, they don't matter. I just need some guidance on the dialogue as i'm at a bit of a loss for what I can do. This is so important to me, and I need for this to be at it's potential.
Thank you for all who held me in advance, you would seriously be a lifesaver!)
A World Unseen
INT. — THE CLASSROOM/DAY
A full classroom of school children listen to the teacher (MRS. SAMWELL) explains the lesson for the day. The majority of the children are visibly bored and tired, however there is one student that seems to stand out; A young man. He sits in the very middle, his gaze looking elsewhere as if he weren’t paying attention, though his expression begs to differ. His eyebrows knit in a fit of confusion as he appears to be lost, but nobody seems to pay any mind.
(Pointing to the board)
Racism can be defined as when an individual treats another unfairly because of their race…
The shot zooms into the peculiar young man sitting at his desk, still looking confused. MRS SAMWELL’s voice fades out into a muffle as the sound of his voice talking in his head overlaps.
I hear pens tapping, whispers floating. A breeze brushes my skin, sunlight streams in.
The shot pans throughout the other children in their desks within the classroom
Lily is whispering to her friends, always quiet. Jackson can’t sit still. Someone’s asleep.
And Mrs. Samwell... her voice feels older, softer, more patient than I could ever be.
This is my normal
We’re all people. Normal. Humans.
The shot turns back to MRS. SAMWELL as she teaches from the board
We all look different, don't we? We all come in different colors, and hold different features that are unique to us; where we come from.
DANIEL is then shown once more. He remains facing forward with a lost gaze as his fingers began to feel over the skin upon his arms, and his hands
Just because we look different doesn't determine our abilities or behavior.
We yet again find Daniel, whose hands soon feel over his face, and the features upon it. His expression only grows with more confusion as he continues to lack understanding of MRS SAMWELL’s words. However, the shot changes to the perspective of DANIEL who is seemingly looking around the room. Though some light is shown, his perspective is majorly blurred, and almost completely dark.
Do I look different?
DANIEL is then shown, feeling over his hands and his arms once more.
My skin feels like skin. Is it different from the others?
Does color have feeling..?
We get a first-hand view of all the others within the classroom. The students, all getting along, some laughing, some doodling on their papers, or contently watching the teacher
We're all students, teachers, neighbors, future parents, leaders of our generation. We breathe, we walk– we’re human.
A small pause would pass as we focus upon DANIEL yet again, all noise around him falls to a quiet muffle as his words are the only piece of audio heard within that moment
(Emphasis on his words)
So why does ‘race’ make us so different?
The sounds from the setting around him fade back into existence as MRS. Samwell continues the lesson at the board.
Our race defines how we look, everybody is different in one way or another.
DANIEL, who hasn’t spoken up this entire time, finally becomes the first one to speak out.
Is that really all that matters?
MRS. SAMWELL, still unaware of who is speaking to her, finally turns around to see that DANIEL was the child speaking out to her. She takes a small pause, unknowing of what to say.
The film concludes with the children looking at one another along with MRS. SAMWELL, seemingly reflecting upon themselves, and the slogan “PERCEIVE HUMANITY” forms upon the screen whilst the setting fades into dark.