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Once or Twice

Music by Holly Near  

A short video drama synchronized to recording of Holly Near singing her own song ďOnce or Twice.Ē No other sound. The entire drama takes place in a small apartment, current era. The two actors are about 30 to 40 years old, conventionally dressed. The camera work requires some extended, sometimes extreme depth of field so that one character in ECU and the other in BG are both in acceptable focus. If this is not possible, some change of focus may be used during those shots.

Time                     Video                                                               Audio                                                       

00:00

Fade from black into a room in a home.  CU of Woman in FG, profile, doing something below frame.  A man in BG, absorbed in reading.

(MUSIC INTRO) (click here to play)

 

00:07

Woman looks up at man, thoughtful ...

Sometimes you say a look will cross my eye

00:15

 

While we're sitting close to touch and talking

00:22

. . . then back to task.

Like my heart is saying, don't go it all the way

00:30

Cut to MS of woman, moving away from task, camera follows her as she goes to bedroom closet, takes out some clothing.

Save that kind of feeling for another day

00:38

 

That kind of loving can make a traveler stay.

00:46

Cut to CU of woman in FG, man still visible through door reading in BG. She stops and looks at man quietly.  He does not look up.

Sometimes you say a look will cross my eye

00:53

 

While I sit alone and you are playing

01:01

 

Like my brain is saying, don't play that song today

01:09

As she turns away again, he looks up at her soberly.

Not while I'm trying to pack and get on my way

01:16

 

That kind of music can make a fiddler stay.

01:24

Cut to MLS of woman busy gathering personal belongings and laying them out on bed, moving around the apartment.  Camera follows her.

I guess I could get up

 

(May break this into several shots.)

And I would walk right out the door

01:32

She stops.  Camera zooms slowly to ECU of her face, looking off-screen and down.  She is near tears. 

And maybe I would forget you

 

She moves on, out of frame.

Before I reach the highway.

01:42

Cut to MLS of man, POV from bedroom door, still in chair with book.  His face is very troubled.  Woman's face comes slowly into frame in FG, looking at him.

But sometimes a loving look comes across your eye

01:50

Cut to MCU of manís face, same or similar POV. He still does not look up from his book, but pain shows in his face.

You're the sweetest thing that's ever touched me

01:57

Cut to CU of manís face. He swallows.

I'm wishing I had met you later on in my life

02:04

 

But damned if your arms around me don't feel nice

02:12

MS of woman taking a suitcase from closet. She moves slowly.

Maybe if it happens once it can happen twice.

02:20

Camera follows her as she moves to bed.

I guess I could get up

 

Woman hefts the suitcase onto the bed and opens it.

And I would walk right out the door

02:28

She places clothing that was lying on bed into suitcase.

And maybe I would forget you

 

Cut to ECU of suitcase being closed and fastened. Deliberate, forceful (if clumsy) action.

Before I reach the highway.

02:37

Cut to CU of manís face as he looks up.

But sometimes a loving look comes across your eye

02:45

Tears appear in his eyes.

You're the sweetest thing that's ever touched me

02:53

Cut to CU of womanís face, still in bedroom. Tears are in her eyes

I'm wishing I had loved you later on in my life

 

Cut to MCU of man. He looks back down to his book.

But damned if your arms around me don't feel nice

03:08

Cut to MS of woman. She lifts the suitcase from the bed and carries it through the bedroom door.

Maybe if it happens once it can happen twice.

03:16

Cut to MS of woman reaching for front door knob. Man is visible in background, still reading. Woman opens the door and goes through.

Maybe if it happens once it can happen twice.

03:24

The door closes quietly behind her.

Maybe if it happens once it can happen twice.

03:40

(FADE TO BLACK)

(FADE MUSIC OUT)

 

April 11, 2000

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