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Death of an Orchestra - 2006

       
Reviewed by EE Monk / Daniel Powell    

Script:

Close up [CU] of feet walking
Camera tracks backwards
Sound of rustling cloth and fast clapping of shoes
5 Seconds

Extreme-Close up [XCU] of viewers face w/ rapidly changing expressions
Camera tracks backwards
Sound is a cut montage of murmurings and mumblings mixed with ‘spliced’ street noise
5 Seconds

Side viewer at waist height
Mid Shot [MS] of the viewer walking
He exhibits a curious style of walking
Street sounds spliced from short segments
5 Seconds

Long shot [LS] of viewer passing a row of bubble gum machines and entering a shop
Camera tracks backwards and then pans following the movement of the viewer and revealing the machines as he enters the shop
Nonsensical voices on the radio from the shop spliced together
7 Seconds

[MS] of musical puppets machine next to bubble gum machines
Still and silent
5 seconds

[CU] of coin slot, a coin slowly moves out of the slot and falls onto the ground
Scraping sounds and the sound of the coin on pavement
5 seconds

Low Angle camera
[CU] coin rolls across pavement as the viewer leaves the shop walking towards the camera
Prolonged sound of the coin scraping on pavement stones

[MS] Viewer picks up the coin and turns head towards the machine in the background he begins to turn around
The sound of someone clearing their throat attracts the attention of the viewer

[MS] inside the puppet machine the eyes of a puppet follow the actions of the viewer
Sound of a mechanical hum which signifies the interior of the machine

[CU] of hand and coin, coin insertion into the slot

[MS] Puppets come alive stretching as if waking up
Footlights are lit

[MS] Viewer jumps back and stares into the machine mesmerised
A drum roll from the machine

[MS] Red curtains on the front of the machine draw open

[MS] Cello player begins a sawing action
Sound of cello-tinny and mechanical

[CU] cello players head moving slowly in time with the music and turning to the drummer
Camera pans across to the drummer

[MS] Drummer playing

Insert shots of:
[MS] Keyboards player
[CU] Keyboard and fingers
[CU] Cello and bow

[P.O.V.] of viewer who is enrapt by the music

[CU] drummer hits a cymbal and turns its head towards the internal curtain
Crash of cymbal,

[MS] Cello player
Just the cello playing slowly more calmly

[MS] viewer looks confused

[MS] curtain within the machine, something is rustling around behind it
Cello stops, sound of cloth moving

[P.O.V] of viewer peering, confused

[CU] curtain
Rustling sound is louder
Clearing of throat and then the movement stops, silence. Camera zooms in slowly

[CU] of puppet's hand making a ‘give me money’ gesture

[P.O.V. of machine] viewer looks confused then reaches into their pockets for change, he finds a coin and moves towards the machine

[LS] puppets standing still with just their eyes moving
Clink of the coin

[CU] of cello players eyes move towards the curtain
Roll of drums

[MS] curtain draws to reveal the singer who moves mechanically towards the centre stage
Camera tracks backwards in follow shot
Crash of cymbals and music resumes

[MS] Singer prepares to sing, opens mouth
Camera zooms in to mouth
Sound: Music grinds to a halt

[CU] of puppets hand making a ‘give me money’ gesture

[P.O.V. of machine] viewer looks angry then slowly reaches into his pocket for change, he finds a coin and moves towards the machine

[MS] Cello player begins a sawing action
Sound of cello-tinny and mechanical

[CU] Singer begin to sing
The music resumes

[MS] Drummer playing

Insert shots of:
[MS] Keyboards player
[CU] Keyboard and fingers
[CU] Cello and bow

[CU] Singers mouth as she hits a very high note
The music stops dead, the singers note drifts on strangulated then comes to a halt

[LS] Puppets are still
the sound of the mechanical hum grows louder

[CU] of singers face, frozen mouth open

[P.O.V.] Viewer looks confused

[CU] back of singers head, a wisp of smoke rises up and a small mechanical cog falls out
the sound of the mechanical hum

[CU] Cog rolls across the floor

[P.O.V.] Viewer looks on amazed

[CU] of puppets hand making a ‘give me money’ gesture

[MS] Viewer begins to pound the machine

[LS] Puppets shake and fall to the ground

[CU] Maggots pour out of the cello and crawls over the puppets

[CU] Singers face decays
TV static fades up

[MS] Piano cracks open and maggots emerge devouring the player

[P.O.V] Viewer looks on shocked
his face fades to TV screen static

[MS/CU] Viewer stares shocked into the screen of a television set displaying static. The curtain pulls across the screen

Titles superimposed over the curtain

 
       
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