|The Indomitable Turkey Spirit
||[Mar. 5th, 2007|10:03 pm]
OPEN ON: Our setting for this little incident, an intersection in a random suburban neighborhood. Two roads run parallel to each other, separated by two 'islands' with a traffic light hanging over a gap.
Pan to reveal our hero, THE TURKEY, standing between these islands, a little to the right. Cars whizz on by on both sides. The light is red - in fact, a rather long red - but time is running out. The turkey, seemingly unaware of the danger, stands there, looking back and forth, casually walking around and bobbing its head.
CUT TO: A car, waiting for the light to change. Both the driver and a passenger in the backseat look concerned for the turkey, but are powerless to do anything.
BACK TO THE TURKEY. The light is about ready to change - and just then, a synapse fires somewhere in the turkey's brain. With an unprecedented burst of speed, it sprints over to the island, standing next to a light pole, safe from all but the most maniacal of drivers. It continues to look around, showing some level of awareness that it cannot stay here. Safety lies on the block on the other side. But the cars continue to drive on by; one false move could mean the end for our hero.
THE LIGHT TURNS GREEN. The car we saw earlier goes forward, but its occupants' eyes are still on the bird as it makes its fateful walk across the road, taking advantage of a break in the traffic. It's not using any of that speed we saw before. In the far distance, a car approaches...
POV SHOT: THE BACK OF THE CAR, as it pulls away toward its own destination. The turkey keeps walking as it slowly vanishes into the distance - and with just enough time to let the audience see, makes it to the opposite sidewalk. And there was much rejoicing.
Why did the turkey cross the road?
To get to the other side.