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The Office - Personas
Just for kicks I wrote a script for The Office. You can read the whole thing at http://www.defectiveyeti.com/theoffice/TheOffice-Personas.pdf.
I was inspired by two events, both of which took place in March. The first was an eight-hour Project Management seminar that I attended for work. At the end of the day I was reviewing my notes and realized I'd been handed an Office storyline.
The second was the series finale of Battlestar Galactica. As followers of The Office know, Dwight is a huge Battlestar fan, mentioning the program often.
I half-expected a subsequent episode of The Office to note the end of Battlestar, but it hasn't happened yet. Thus, I decided to write my own.
"Personas" is set around the time in season five of The Office when BSG ended. Specifically, it falls between "Golden Ticket" (S05E17) and "New Boss" (S05E18). In other words:
One last thing. Forty pages struck me as pretty long for a 30 minute show, but "E-Mail Surveillance" and "The Carpet"--the two scripts of The Office I could find online (at http://www.dailyscript.com/tv.html)--clock in at 44 and 43 pages respectively, so I used those as a guide. Having never before written a script for an existing show, I figured I'd stick to precedent.
Anyway, here's the teaser. I don't really plan to do anything with this (it was more of an exercise than anything else), but if you have any feedback I'd love to hear it. You can email me at email@example.com.
Update: Someone asked if this contains BSG finale spoilers. Actually, it contains no BSG spoilers whatsoever, so go nuts.
INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - MORNING
Michael is at the front of the room and the rest of the staff
PHYLLIS, paired with MEREDITH, is standing, addressing the
MICHAEL (V.O.) (CONT'D)
MICHAEL TALKING HEAD
INT. CONFERENCE ROOM
Dwight is completing his presentation. The flipchart looks
STANLEY, his partner, sits nearby, engrossed in his puzzle
Dwight does so as Michael wrestles with his irritation.
KEVIN looks at JIM with a giddy smile; Jim nods confidently.
Kevin stands and gestures at his flipchart, on which he has
His pronunciation of "Mark L." is almost identical to
Titters around the room as people recognize the gag. They are
Jim hears his prearranged cue.
Kevin looks uncertain.
Kevin at a loss. Desperately trying to clue Michael in, he
In a burst of inspiration, Jim leaps to his feet.
Michael looks pensive for a moment, on the verge of
Posted on May 08, 2009 to Misc