Ten years ago today, this beautiful coworker at Orchard Supply Hardware asked for my phone number. Who knew that simple question would start us on such an epic journey, from California to Utah and back, sickness and health, richer and poorer . okay, poor and poorer.. it's been an amazing time. Anna asked me out to the movies tonight. It wasn't intended to be a special night out or anything, it was the best time we could fit it in. Plus, no anniversary of ours would be right if we weren't flat broke . look at that, right on cue for numero 10, we're broke! Some traditions will never die!
Two weeks ago before going out to the movies we spent a good part of the evening watching movie trailers. Watching a dozen in relative proximity to our decade Slugversary, it made me think of a trailer for the film of our relationship together. The scoring was easy, as there's a song that I've been listening to lately that honestly brings tears to my eyes because it really makes me think of Anna and makes me so happy that I'm with her. I tried to explain the reason the song makes me feel that way, but I know she doesn't like the song in the first place. But this is my trailer, so I'm going to score it my way. The song is "Fidelity" by Regina Spektor. If you've heard it, it will make this much easier. But anyway, here's my trailer....
fade in to exterior of OSH, sunset paints the building burnt orange. J is locking up shopping carts, but is unrecognizable at this distance. Another figure starts to walk up to him...
Song: "Shake it up.." staccato strings play as camera cuts to close up of J looking up at A.
Voiceover - A: "So, are you going to give me your phone number?" J: "Absolutely."
Song: "I never loved nobody fully/ always one foot on the ground...."
Cut to the inside of J's Mom's apartment, J and A on couch, they lean in to kiss...
Song: "...And by protecting my heart truly..."
Cut to J on motorcycle pulling away from A on the curb in front of her house.
Song: "...I got lost, in the sounds..."
Cut to Anna in EMT uniform getting out of ambulance
Song: "...I hear in my mind all these words..."
Cut to camera above window at J's dorm room, J's head sticking out in the morning light, A smiles and waves. Cut to inside of dorm, J and A under covers in bed holding each other, smiling.
Song: "I hear in my mind, all this music and it breaks my heart, and it breaks my heart..."
Announcer Voice Over: "In a world where love can pass you on the street, sometimes all you have to do is ask the right questions."
Cut to J looking out of order window at Round Table Pizza at A as drums start into staccato strings of Song: "Suppose I never ever met you..." cut to night exterior of coffee shop with J and A holding hands at table...
Song: "...suppose we never fell in love..."
Cut to J on motorcycle with A on back laughing hysterically...
Song: "...suppose I never ever let you, kiss me so sweet and so so..ah..ah...ah..oft..."
Cut to J and A in room in Yosemite kissing in bed.
Song: "...suppose I never ever saw you..."
Cut to J and A at the duck pond feeding throwing bread to the birds..
Song: "....suppose we never ever called..."
Quick cut between A on phone in bed at her parents' house, then to J sitting outside his room in the hall on the phone...
Song: "...suppose I kept on singing love songs, just to break my own fall, my own fall..."
Cut to J and A in crowded Christmas shopping mall staring at each other in tears as people walk by, fade to black. A voiceover over: "So, are we boyfriend and girlfriend now?" J Voiceover: "Yeah. Yeah, I guess we are..."
Song, Regina Spektor singing quietly, almost a whisper over strings and drum, with reprise, "I never loved nobody fully..."
Cut to A sitting on J's bed petting gray cat
Song: "...always one foot on the ground..."
Cut to A running out of her parent's house into front yard, with J following...
Song: "... and by protecting my heart truly, I got lost, in the sounds..."
Cut to J on crutches, sobbing against A in front of crumpled motorcycle.
Song: "...I hear in my mind, all these voices...."
Cut to Barnes and Noble interior with J reading magazine, A comes around corner with armful of books, J looks up and smiles broadly
Song: "...I hear in my mind, all these words..."
Cut to A and J at Shoreline amphitheater, A full of glee at how close the seats are to the stage
Song: "I hear in my mind, all this music...
Announcer voiceover: "The answers to those questions become a lifetime."
Cuts are quick now, fast-fade into scene almost as tableau in quick succession as the Regina Spektor's voice rises to a crescendo, the drummer opens the hi-hat and snaps out the beat with intensity.
Song: "I hear in my mind, all of these voices..."
Cut to J and A hugging on the deck of the Hornblower as it passes beneath the Golden Gate bridge, cut to an ecstatic A in graduation cap and gown hugging J on the green at Oakes College at UCSC, Cut to J in suit at top of stairs of the Russian Church. A, in wedding dress, starts up stairs with her father.
Song: "... I hear in my mind, all of these words..."
Cut to A and J in rented white Mustang, coming over a ridge as the panorama of Cache Valley fills their view; Cut to A carrying a turkey to a small table surrounded by J and two friends; Cut to snowball fight in the courtyard behind the apartment; cut to A in front of classroom teaching, J walks by outside, pauses to listen, smiles; Cut to J and A in airplane, A staring intently out the sun-filled window, J holds her hands; Cut to inside of same Corolla, J driving, sun rising behind, with A asleep with her cat, Shurik, asleep in her arms
Song: "...I hear in my mind, all of this music, and it breaks my heart, and it breaks my heart..."
Cut to J and A on the ramp of a U-Haul looking at each other bewildered as snow falls; Cut to empty house in Guerneville, front door opens, light comes on to reveal J, A, and A's mother in doorway; cut to A in the middle of the vineyard at Ridge, surrounded by ancient dormant vines; cut to J looking up from the computer to A, excitedly gesturing to the monitor; Cut to inside of club in San Francisco, De La Soul on stage, entire crown bouncing, focus in on J bouncing clumsily out of rhythm and A, in perfect rhythm laughing joyfully at him
Song: .."and it breaks my har -ar-ar-ar -ar-ar-ar -ar-ar-art...
As Regina Spektor repeats the last phrase, "breaks my heart," an ironic contrast to the uplifted mood cast by the song to this point, the cuts slow down, A, behind the counter at a restaurant, chocolate-stained apron on, smiles at J on otherside of counter; Cut to A, J and friends at outdoor patio, toasting; Cut to A standing on deck outside of house, leaning against railing smiling as J approaches, messenger bag on shoulder. He sees her and smiles. This shot is held as drum stops and he starts up the stairs as Regina Spektor holds the last "breaks my heart." Over-expose fade to white, as the title fades in slowly, "SlugLife"
So that's my trailer. Now all I need is to be able to get film directly from my memory and I'll be set! :) And if you think that movie looks good, you should see the sequel. We're starting filming tomorrow, and it looks to be even better than the first. I can't wait!