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Fangirls – Episode 3 – Transcript

Fangirls
Episode 3
written by
Marie-Claire Gould


Voice Direction Notes: The ladies have already traveled 15
hours plus hours in the car. They are exhausted. Lex is very
nervous to meet the girl he loves.
You really can’t be sure over the
internet. Lexy, my best friend for
over a year, is a guy…
(Intro Music)
These Fangirls Love Star Wars
Transition in with sound.
Lex
So I’m a guy…
I have loved Ally from the first
time I read her posts. Ally who
had such passion.. I would just
lurk.. I liked her stuff… and
commented encouragingly. I started
Drawing Reylo right after that.
I remember the first day she
commented on my tumblr. I had
started to post some drawings of
Rey and Kylo being saints… this
was before the Tumblr purge.
She said, she cried because it was
so beautiful.
My heart exploded into a million
pieces. How could I have affected
this beautiful women by just my
Art?
I remembered when she followed me
back. It wasn’t long after she
started posting her Vlog.. she was
beautiful, completely in the way
that I could see her passion and
heart.
We started chatting regularly
about Reylo and how much we both
loved Star Wars, occasionally over
discord we would chat late into
the night. She soon became the
reason I got up in the morning, to
see if she had posted something
new or responded to my last
message to her. Her words
literally kept me going. At some
point she had started to call me
Lexi. I’m not sure why, perhaps
she thought it was cute. It was
nice to have a shared language
that was just ours. It always made
me smile to see her musings and
thoughts in real time. She would
message me with a crazy idea and
it was like having my own feed to
her brain. It was wonderful. To
see her. To know her.
I remember the first time I was
invited to watch Star Wars with
her, she was so cute, she sent a
DM asking if I wanted to be
included, this was the first time
she had invited me to an event. I
almost backed out 6 or 7 times, I
didn’t want to mess anything up. I
ended up accepting, when she let
me know that there would be others
there. A group – she and another
friend had pulled together of only
cool people.
How could I say no…
Ally
Lexy! Welcome
Lex
Hi I texted…
Ally
Welcome to the group, Girls say
hi!
Rish
Hi Lexy
Kristy
hey
Danielle
hi Lexy nice to meet you
Ally
Girls Lexy is one of my favourite
Reylo artists.. She is SOOO Good.
Here Check out her tumblr.
Lex
it was then that I realized Ally…
thought I was a girl…
I was shocked, taken aback,
Ally
Why don’t you come on camera so we
can all see you?
Lex
I don’t know why but I didn’t want
her to stop talking to me because
I was a guy.
I lied
I told her my camera and mic
didn’t work….
Ally
Oh that’s too bad.. you are a
student.. I’m sure it’s expensive
to get fixed.
Lex
I am such an idiot. I still regret
not telling her the truth, it
haunted me for months.
But chatting with the girls
online.. I finally had friends.
These ladies were so talented and
thoughtful. When, I would post
things online they would just
support me. I was one of them.
Online watches became weekly,
sometimes Ally and I would just
chat until early morning… sharing
about our lives. I just told her
my truth, and she accepted me for
it.
I remember when she told me
Ally
Lexy.. you’re my best friend.
Lex
I remember thinking I would do
anything for her. Even live this
lie forever, as long as she needed
me. Just to make sure she wasn’t
alone. It didn’t matter that I
lived halfway across the country,
that she didn’t know I was a guy.
It made me identify with Kylo that
much more, how much he wanted to
make this girl feel better in a
Hut. Just listening to her, it
wasn’t hard, every word she spoke
or typed to me was filled with how
wonderful she was.
Not 24 hours ago, Ally thought I
was a girl, and sitting in her own
house and now… Now she is standing
in front of me… Say something you
idiot.
Lex
Hi Ally… as you can see I’m a boy.
Sound difference from narration
Narration Lex
Ug LEX you are such an idiot.
Ally
wait what?
Sharon
Why don’t you all come in and have
a rest.
Kristy
Hi its nice to meet you I’m
Kristy, can I hang my jacket up?
Sharon Takes kristy’s jacket and welcomes them in. We hear
Lex walk down the stairs.
Sharon
You are all the friend Lex has
mentioned… Come in, Come in. I was
just about to make dinner.
Lex
Mom, I’m sure they need to get
back on the road if they want to
make the movie…
Sharon
Nonsense. These ladies look like
they could have a nice break, some
food and a shower maybe before
they head on there way.
Danielle
Thank you… I don’t even know your
name.
Sharon
Sharon. Please call me Sharon.
It’s so nice to meet my son’s
friends. He talks talks a bit
about you when I pry. Especially
you Ally..
Ally
um.. Thanks Sharon.
Sharon
He always makes me watch your
Vlogs – I’m the one that got him
into Star Wars so he always shares
the things he hears. Come into the
Living room when you are ready.
Alexander Lewis you be the
gentleman I taught you to be.
Lex
Seriously mom stop.. Please… come
in. Can I.. get you something to
drink? How was the drive. Here let
me take your jacket.
Ally
Thanks.. Lexy.. I…
Lex
I know this isn’t what you
expected. Laughs nervously
Rish
wow Lexy you are both taller and
more more handsome than I
expected. Hmmm
Lex
Wait you are not going to make me
a character in your fic RISH…
Rish
No but this situation? This… this
is amazing material. Nice house by
the way Sharon.
From the kitchen
Sharon
Why thank you. Come in, come in.
I’m going to make a lot more for
dinner, then you can rest and we
can chat.
Kristy
I’m coming to help!
Daniella
Me too, leave you two alone to
talk because that’s what needs to
happen…yikes
Ally
I don’t know what to say… Lexy…
Lex. What is even going on?! You
have been lying to me for over a
year?
Lex
Ally.. I… god this is so messed
up, please don’t be mad. I just
didn’t ever know how to tell you
the truth.
Ally
Just what… are you actually an
artist even?
Lex
Yes of course! I go to school for
art, I never lied about myself I
just… you thought I was a girl!
Ally
How did I.. I swear you told me
you were a girl… Lexy.. DAMMIT
Lex
It’s okay… I like that you call me
Lexy.
Ally
I can’t think about this now, we
are on this road trip to see the
most important movie of our life
time.
Lex
I know… I wish I could come with
you…
From the Kitchen we have been hearing background conversation
muted and the sounds of food preparation.
Sharon
Oh You are GOING!
Lex
Mom! Stop listening in….. Wait
WHAT?!
Sharon comes from the kitchen
Sharon
Oh you are going with them! You
want to see this movie and you
have been moping about it since
you realized you couldn’t go.
Lex
I.. Ally.. this is too weird for
you. I know it was a girls trip.
I don’t want to mess that up..
From another room
Daniella
It’s pretty damn weird for us too!
Rish
Ha!
Ally
No.. you are one of us. It won’t
feel the same without you there.
Just… this.. Thing… Whatever! We
need to have a talk… but not now.
I can’t..
Lex
Okay… Well. Welcome to my home, My
brothers are out with my dad at a
football game. Just me and my mom
tonight.
A Beat of Silence
Ally
God you are tall. How are you that
tall?? It’s like hurting my neck
to look at you.
Lex
Laugh I eat Ally… oh! I finished
a new painting come on I’ll show
you…
Fade out as they climb the stairs to Lex’s room and talk
about Art and the thing they have missed in the last day.
INT Kitchen – Just after Lex and Ally leave
The rest of the ladies are in the kitchen talking
about the absent people. They are making food
this whole time. Making a salad to go with some
pasta.
Kristy
Rish, Daniella and you chop these…
Sharon
Thanks Ladies, wow it’s so nice to
meet his friends.
Daniella
So, what’s it like to raise a
catfish.
Rish
Dani!
Kristy
What Daniella means is we are all
a little surprised about Lex.
Sharon
I told him to tell you…
Rish
This is excellent exposition. I
need my laptop!
Kristy
No, you are going to stay here and
chop!… Sharon, you do know how
this seems…
Sharon
I do. He is an idiot boy.
Daniella
But very cute! I could get him
some gigs cosplaying!
Sharon
Ahem… Can you pass that chopped
onion?
Kristy
I suppose he is an adult, you need
to let him make his own mistakes.
Sharon
He had some challenges with friend
groups growing up. Always sort of
a sensitive soul. We love him
dearly but boy hasn’t figured out
how to deal with humans. That’s
why.. I’m so happy he has a group
of friends. Looks like we are good
to go. Daniella can you set the
table? Rish would you mind calling
the kids to wash their hands?
Rish
Oh sure..
Rish leaves the kitchen to the fade out of a
table being set and people chatting in the
kitchen.
Fade in – (figure out what an audio transition is like)
Lex
And this is the last piece I did
before my final project. Here..
Lex hands over a painting to Ally
Ally
Wow it’s heavy! Oh my hand..
sorry..
Lex
Sorry I didn’t mean to grab your
hand I just thought you might drop
it.
Ally
It’s okay… You adapted your Reylo
piece?
Lex
A bit.. I used Manuel Nunez as an
inspiration. With the gold.. And
the hair..
Ally
Lexy… ug.. This is so weird. I
feel all these things.. Like I’m
so mad at you, SO so MAD and yet
I’m happy I get to meet you.. And
your paintings are even more
visceral in person. Like being
able to see the texture, and
depth. It’s too much. DAMNIT… Lexy
Lex
Nervous Laugh… Thank you.. I’m
sorry… I’ll keep saying I’m sorry
forever if needed.
Ally
Now you’re being too weird… And
Tall. dammit.
There is a knock at the bed room door.
Rish
Hey Ladies, I mean guys. I mean..
Whatever. Um. Dinner. Lexy’s mom
wants us to wash our hands.
Lex
Yea don’t even try not doing that,
she is a stickler for that one.
Ally
Okay I’ll head to the washroom
first…
Pause… silence
Lex
See you soon…
Rish
O.M.G, you like her!
Rish smacks him across the arm
Lex
Ouch dammit that hurt!
Rish
Why don’t you just tell her –
isn’t that what guys are supposed
to do confess their love at
inappropriate time s ? This is by
far the most inappropriate I can
imagine.
Alex
Right, like it’s just that easy to
confess to someone you have been
lying to for a year.
Rish
I don’t know, most characters seem
to make it work.
Lex
Rish this isn’t some sort of
story, this is real life. Imagine
you are Kylo and you like this
person who never saw you in that
way before, and they traveled
across the galaxy to see you and
you stand there unable to reply to
them. You just stare at them
awkwardly..
Rish
You are supposed to be the Hero in
your own life. Take the leap! Live
and do the thing you fear most?
Also.. I think Kylo said it with
his eyes, that’s why Rian got rid
of the helmet so we could see them
eye each other. Maybe you just
need to look at her more.
Alex
Look at her more… that sounds so
creepy, where is this advice
coming from… At least he had a
galaxy to offer to rule with him…
I don’t have anything she wants….
I’m going to go wash up.
Alex leaves
Rish
Right dinner! (Aside to herself)
Had I known I would have taken her
to space Sephora…
Kristy
(from outside) Rish.. Ally.. Lex,
Dinner time! We have to eat and
head out!
Rish
Being able to see how this plays
out will be perfect!
Fade out from the scene…..
INT. Front door of the house
Lex is carrying his own bag, and gets a hug in this scene.
Sharon
Are you all packed?
Lex
Yes mom…
Kristy
I’ll make sure he eats. Lex we’ll
give you a moment, I’ll put your
bag in the trunk, I may have to
rearrange Daniella’s whole set-up…
Ally can you help me, my trunk can
fit a ton! But this might require
some muscle..
Danielle
HEY!
Kristy
Come on!
Rish
Nice to meet you Mrs. Lewis!
Ally
Yes… I hope to come back and meet
the rest of your family sometime
soon.
Sharon
Oh come here
Sharon gives Ally a Hug
Ally
Thank you..
Sharon
Have fun! BYE Ladies!!
The Screen door shuts and we hear the fade out of foot
steps…These next lines are delivered in a hug and should
sound like the actors are being held. If possible get someone
to hug you while you deliver. (It sounds different trust me)
Sharon
Come here.. You take care of
yourself and have fun. There is
money in your account now and use
your credit card in case of
emergencies.
Lex
Mom.. I’ll be fine… Ug…
Sharon
I know… Ally really is something
special, I can see why you like
her…
Lex
Mom.. It’s really confusing…
Especially for her. Can you even
imagine? I’m hers, however she
wants me. Friend first. I just
need to see her happy.
Sharon
I don’t think I have ever seen you
talk about anyone that way.
Letting go of the hug.
Lex
I would do anything for any of
them. Friends are the spark that
brings hope to your soul.
Sharon
Ever the artististic poetic heart.
Lex
I love you Mom..
Sharon
I love you too! Enjoy the
Adventure. Life comes at you fast.
Lex
Say bye to dad, and the guys when
they get back.
The Door opens and Sharon’s voice rises as Lex walks away.
Sharon
I will, now go! Take care.. Have
fun! Drive safe! Text me!
We hear Lex approach the girls. By the car…
Kristy
So it’s still 15 hours to LA, I’m
thinking we try to find a motel on
the way to stop for a while, near
midnight.. This way we can still
get a good 5 hours still in. Then
we will get there for Saturday and
have time to check out Disney or
look around before the movie. We
might need to scope out location
before hand… I’m not sure.
Rish
JGL sent me a picture from the
location, they are already there.
Looks like they are setting up the
event already!
Ally
This is it!
Daniella
A Motel Kristy really??
Lex
Dani.. not all of us can afford
more. Ally is recently unemployed.
Daniella
Okay fine.. I’ll drive second if
you want Kristy
Kristy
Sure, you rest up, So I’m
driving.. Ally can you guide?
Rish, Lex and Daniella in the
back! We have the sandwiches and
snacks from Sharon so we should
only need to stop for bio and gas
breaks.
Lex
Let’s do this!
Everyone gets into the Car.. and the car drives down the
street to a fade. Out of music….
EXT. just outside the car at a road rest stop
FADE in, We hear the passing traffic.
Kristy
Okay Dani, thanks for taking over
I’m just so tired. Pull over when
you see the next motel, we will
get a couple of rooms. I just need
to close my eyes for a few
minutes. Just let everyone sleep
until we get to the motel.
Daniella
Got it Kristy. I just.. Need to
call my husband and let him know
where I’m at.
Kristy
Okay, I’m going to get some shut
eye. Everyone else is asleep, too.
Here are the keys.. Wake me up if
anything happens.
The jingle of keys, then The door to the car opens and Kristy
gets in and it shuts again. Daniella pulls out her phone, and
dials a number.
Daniella
Hi.. Ya it’s me… oh. I think I can
make it.. Definitely. WOW, Triple?
Yes! I’m just 4 hours away. I can
definitely be there. Okay can you
make sure everything is set up? I
have 4 others with me… The same,
yes.. I’ll see you there. Bye…
Daniella puts away per her phone away.. The car keys jingle
as she gets in the car to drive away as we fade out to the
end music.
Fade out music…
Vlog
Fangirls in the wide is a whole new experience. When you no longer
hide and you let your huge fangirl flag fly. I’m not sure the world
is ready for what a fully operational Fempire will look like. But they are going to find out.
Narrator
Fangirls is written and produced
by Marie-Claire Gould, a What the force? Production.
The voices of the characters are Special thanks to
Come back next week for the next episode.
Thank you for listening.

Fangirls – Episode 2 – Transcript

Fangirls

Episode 2

written by

Marie-Claire Gould


Episode 2

EXT. GAS STATION – LATE NIGHT

 

Ally is filling up the Gas tank while recording her VLOG on her phone, we can hear the sounds of the gas station, and she gets interrupted mid gas pump. We hear the din of a highway in the background.

Ally

Hi Youtubers! Well, this crazy, project road trip is underway, it certainly hasn’t been without it’s surprises… 

 

We hear the ding of a bell of a store door, we hear from some distance away.

Kristy

I’m getting you a breakfast Burrito Al!


The bells on the door tinkle slightly and Kristy’s voice fade.

Ally

Thanks..

Kristy

Yea Lex the extra cheesy one, yup and the orange juice… I’ll make sure she drinks it.

The door to the Convenience gas station closes,

Ally

(Ally Sighs heavily) Serious question, how do you get through the longest car ride of your life not speaking to half the people in the Car? This whole trip has turnout to be way more than any of us thought.

(Intro music)

 

Lady narrator:

These Fangirls – Love Star Wars


INT. CAR – DAY TIME


The windows are rolled down, the car is driving at highway speeds. There is music playing over the speakers. We can hear the Car running the next few lines get louder as the are not understandable at first.

Rish

Can you Roll up the windows?!!!

 

Wind Blowing still, Crazy musc still, Car Running

 

RISH

CAN YOU PLEASE CLOSE THE WINDOWS!

 

Wind Blowing still, Crazy musc still, Car Running

 

RISH

CAN YOU CLOSE THE FRICKING WINDOWS.

 

 

ALLY

Whoa sorry!


 

Sound of windows closing, the wind changing pitch like it does when you close the window. Also the music being turned down the creak of car seats and people try to settle after an awkward situation, crazy typing fills the car… Occasionally

RISH


Finally! I’m almost done this chapter I’m in the zone…


We hear headphones covering ears, knuckles crack, and the keys of a keyboard being typed on quickly, Quietly…

 

ALLY

Wow that’s a great song Kristy.

 

Kristy

Thanks.. I really have been trying something new….

 

Ally

Wow. Rish is really intense. She even wears headphones and real zones in when she writing. I love her fics so much.


Kristy

Did you read the Souls Oath? I cried, I was waiting for my oil change, and the part where he kneels down and then mmmhmm happened. I’m still not over it.

 

Ally

She should write professionally.

 

Kristy

I’ve tried telling her that, but it’s a starving gig until you are lucky, and even then you have to be lucky to even continue. Trust me I know I produce music but it’s feast and famine.


Ally Sighs loudly, we hear the sound of a text sent.

Kristy

Lexy still not replying?

 

Ally

She seems really busy, let me know she was okay at least.

 

Kristy

Sometimes the people we are online aren’t who we are in real life. We all live two lives. I post these happy marital bliss photos all the time but you know what? I get hungry and tired and cranky and have fights.

 

Ally

Sarah seems great, though I have seen your facebook – do you really bake that many pies?

 

 

Kristy

I do, Pie is my secret skill. I make pie, she loves pie and thus she loves me. I am lucky though…

We hear a ding of a a text message from Ally’s phone.

Kristy

What did she say?

 

Ally

Um, ‘everythings fine Ally, don’t worry about me, just make sure to drive safe, and don’t stop at any truck stops those places are gross’

 

Kristy

Sensible.. Tell her she is being stupid! This the chance of a lifetime!

 

The sound of texting mixes with the car, typing.. At some point the typing stops

Ally

Kristy says you are being stupid and you should come..

 

  

We hear a ding of a a text message from Ally’s phone.

Ally

‘Tell Kristy that I know she will take care of everyone, I’m counting on her’(Ally laughs) She knows you always mother us…

 

Loudly from the back seat comes the same computer voice as was used for Lexy’s voice.

 

Computer Voice

He knows that deep down the betrayal of that moment, and all the micro moments that have let her down over the last year had made the distance between them impossible. She only knows one truth, she was coming for him. She couldn’t stop thinking of the last words he said to her, ones of comfort.

 

Kristy

RISH! Your headphones are unplugged!

 

Computer voice

Balm to her soul…

 

We hear clicking of a mouse pad.

 

Rish

Oh sorry! It’s done! So sorry about that!

 

Ally

You like that text to voice app to?

 

Rish

It’s great to read back what I have written. It’s improved my efficiency so much. Just one edit is usually required.. Also it sounds like everything is read to me in Lexy’s voice.

 

How are you doing Kristy? I can take over now if I want..

 

Kristy

We must be getting close to Danielle’s turn off. Ally, can you check the map on your phone?


Ally

Sure let me plug in my phone is almost dead.

We hear rustling noises, Rish puts her laptop away.

Ally

Okay so it says we are about there, I think.. Wait the little dot isn’t moving.

 

You hear her hit her phone.

Ally

Wait that’s the turn off up ahead, over there.

 

Kristy

What which way?

 

Ally

The only turn off over there

 

Kristy

Ah Hell!

We hear a blinker turn on and the car quickly change lanes – the tires squeal, there is a beep of a horn.

Rish

Holy shit!

The Car starts to sound normal as they reduce their speed and turn off towards the small town.

 

Kristy

Uh, everything is under control. Situation normal.

Typing sounds start from the back seat.

Ally

Oh dear god – my life flashed before my eyes.

 

Computer voice

Her heart pounded in her chest as she saw her life flash before her eyes..

 

Ally

RISH!

 

Rushed rustles

 

Rish

SORRY!

 

Ally

There left Kristy.. then down that street

 

Kristy

452?

 

Rish

Well this is cute… Nebraska… a flag on every house…

We hear the car coming to a stop – being put into park, the car turns off – we hear rustling of the ladies settling after a long car drive. Rish puts her laptop down.

Rish

I need to pee!

Ally

I think we all could use a break.. we have been on the road since 5 AM…

 

We hear more rustling and a car door open, the other doors open and we hear walking slowly on pavement towards a house as rish runs to the door and starts insistently ringing a doorbell, This alerts the residents inside and awakes a sleeping toddler who starts crying, a dog barking. A Mans voice is heard from somewhere in the house. We hear this sentence as the man as a man and a pre-school child head the door.

Steve

Dani… I think your friends are here! Hey kiddo hang on.

A child opens the door..

Bobby

Hi… are you my mommies friends?

Steve is out of breath and obviously frantics from the mornings activities.

Steve

Hi… Bobby.. Come here.

Steve leans down and picks up the small boy, grunting slightly and opening the door wider.

Steve

Good boy, here is a tickle. Go find Mr. Thaly.. I think he is stuck behind the couch.


The boy laughs and squirms out of his grasp and he hops to the ground and runs away giggling.

Steve

Hi Ladies, nice to meet you not peaking over Dani’s shoulder on video chat.

Rish

Hi..Can I use your washroom??!

 

Steve

Oh sure! Just down that hall second door.

 

Rish comes in the house, kicks off her shoes, she rushes down the hall into the bathroom, closes the door, and we hear the toilet seat cover being put up, pants unbuckles and a contented sigh that can be heard through the door. Everyone is happy to meet the husband of their friend.

 

Ally

Hi Steve!

 

Steve

Come in.. Come in


They all enter the house.

INT. FAMILY HOME, AROUND NOON


The house is very busy with activity, there is a cartoon show on in the background (something pre-schooly, there are toys on the floor which are occasionally stepped on.

 

Kristy

Hey nice to meet you officially! I feel like I already know you based on how much Dani talks about the family. Has Bobby lost the tooth yet?

Steve laughs slightly, saying the next with affection.

Steve

Yes, it’s wiggling but nothing yet. He is pretty early to lose any teeth but he had that fall. He doesn’t want me to touch it.

 

Kristy

Make sure to post the pics, when the big event happens!


Steve

Will do!

 

Ally

You going to be okay without Daniella for a few days? I think we can get her back by Monday night..

 

Steve

Yeah.. I’m fine. Just like when she has a big con she heads to.


Kristy

Well we need…

 

A door opens and Daniella’s head pops out of the door.

 

Daniella

HI-eeee!!! Just finishing packing a few things!

 

The door closes

 

Ally

I feel like we are about to become her entourage.

 

Rish finished in the bathroom, the door opens.

 

Rish

Daniella, get your butt out here!

 

Kristy

Daniella…

 

Daniella’s door opens again and she is rolling a suitcase down a wood floor hallway.

 

Daniella

Hi Ladies! Get in here! I want a hug!

 

It’s like a dog pile off an awkward hug. Daniella grabs onto Steve too with half an arm, he grunts slightly.

Ally

Dani you have really perfected the Glomp.. Ug..

 

Steve

Okay okay, hun, do you need to take your big suitcase.. You aren’t performing this weekend.

Daniella

No but I need to be prepared! This is an important mission!

 

Rish

It’s true we do need to make sure we have everything just incase.

Daniella

Bobby-boo.. Where are you??? Mommy wants to blow your tummy.

Steve

Bobby.. Did you find Thaly? Dani are you going to be okay?

Kristy

I’m sure we will be fine.. Dani, The trunk is big but wow this suitcase..

 

Daniella

It’s fine! I am good a fitting things into tight spots..

 

Rish

Do you know what you just said?

 

Daniella

I mean fiting into the costumes. Silly! Okay okay… Bunnybear! Where are you sweety!?

 

Bobby runs down the hall and into his mother’s arms.

 

Bobby

Mommy… Are you going?

Daniella

Yes Bunnybear, but I’m going to miss you the whole time, and daddy and you are going to have so much fun while I’m away! Ah Mr. Thaly you are incharge.. You protect Bobby. Right!

 

Daniella hands Bobby to Steve.

 

Steve

Come on big guy! Just like last time, but this time mommy is having a fun adventure!

 

Bobby

Mommy don’t go…..

Kristy

Bye Steve… Nice Thala Syren Bobby. You take care of bobby.. Mr. Thaly…

 

Daniella

Bye honey, bye big guy! Okay Ladies we gotta go!

 

Fading out as people rush to put on clothes, and Steve is comforting Bobby and bobby is starting to cry.

 

INT. CAR. A little while later

 

We hear an occasional sleeping sound from the Left, and typing and chewinging. The sound of the Car on the highway, until mid way through the conversation when we have Daniella wake up and they

RISH

(Much too loudly) I have candy corn if anyone wants some!

 

Ally

I’m good, thanks!….. Kristy can you turn the fan down?

 

Kristy

I’m good Rish!…  Is that better?

 

Ally

Yes thank you, I haven’t driven in a while, I don’t want to get distracted.

 

Kristy

I’m sure your fine… Daniella really does just fall asleep as soon as she is in a car..

Ally

It must be because of all that travel she does! I mean she is becoming pretty big now. Especially for her video game Cosplay.


Kristy

Gotta pay the bills right?

Ally

Ugh. I have to worry about that now..

Ally’s cell phone buzzes, we hear her check it, swipe sound for the cell.

 

Kristy

Ally, that is like the third text from that Fanboys guy, and nothing from Lexy. We are almost in Denver.

 

Ally

Hopefully she is home, I know she can’t come with us but I can’t wait to give her a big hug. She has been going through so much with her Grandma and school.

 

Kristy

You definitely seem to be getting the short end of the stick.. I mean you did hate your job and your boss. And that guy.. Bill? Phil? He didn’t seem to be a quality companion. It seems like your standards are lowering.

 

Ally

Shawn… I don’t know what I’m doing anymore… I just want to find a guy. You know? Make him happy..

 

Kristy

Sweety, You deserve to be happy too…

 

Ally

Right.. Deserve has nothing to do with it. That’s not how the force works.[1] 

 

Kristy

Maybe you are looking for love in Alderaan places.[2] 

Ally

Ha..

Kristy

Seriously, be patient with yourself… and get out of Wisconsin… See the world! Go to school. You are so young you could literally go anywhere. Be anything you want.

Daniela readjusts while sleeping

 

Daniella

No this is my good side…

Kristy and Ally burst out in laughter.

Ally

Shhhh…. Shh, what a life, hey, traveling almost every weekend? Those costumes pics she posts!

Kristy

Kinda like a rock star. On the road, or prepping to be on the road. She isn’t huge yet but she is starting to book some impressive gigs.

Ally

Bobby is sure cute up close! I’m not sure I could leave him as often as Daniella does. Steve does seem to be a plugged-in dad. That’s nice. But it must be hard on them.

Kristy

I learned a long time ago, to not judge other people’s relationships. Enough people have judged me and mine over the years. But it works for me.[3] 

Ally

I know but like he is so little. Kinda reminds me of Ben Solo.. like being left alone. Sure Han is a good dad but he needs his mom. Little Ben growing up alone.. His mom traveling all the time or in meetings. That’s got to be hard.

Kristy

The off ramp is in like 2 miles.

There is a heavy sigh from the back seat. Daniela is awake suddenly..

Daniella

Do you two think I’m a bad mom?

 

Kristy

Oh Daniela no honey. We know you are there all the time for Bobby.

 

Ally

Oh no, I’m sorry Dani, I was just running my mouth, I know you love Bobby and Steve! I’m just processing my own garbage right now.

Daniella

No its okay… I didn’t expect to be married and have a child so young. Sometimes I question myself too. I just sometimes don’t know how to do it all.

Ally

You are so good at Cosplaying, I remember when you told me you were going to try to make this your job. I was so jealous, you have always had huge focus and vision.

Kristy

Daniella what are you worrying about?

Daniella

I don’t know I’m being selfish. That I want this weird career for myself. Like. Steve he is the best. I’m very lucky.

Ally

I mean it seems like it works for you, you are around when he is working during the week, and he is around when you are traveling. It would be no different if you were working shift work.

 

Kristy

Ally the turn off is over there.

Ally

Right, okay changing lanes… Shoulder check… merge into the next lane.

Daniella

Rish! Were almost at Lexy’s place!

 

Rish

What? Sorry, I was just getting to the part where Ben and Rey decide to meet after writing letters to each other in my Shop Around the Corner mashup AU!

Kristy

That sounds great!

Rish

This roadtrip has been amazing for productivity… How are you all doing?

 

Kristy

It kinda sucks that you don’t drive. But I guess I can consider myself a patron of your art by forcing you to write like a slave for 30 hours… Ally it’s the third left after this right?

 

Ally

Yes then Straight down that road.

Rish

I appreciate this as J.G.L FAN has been messaging me, to finish this other side project. I should have enough time to finish. I really hope I get to meet them finally in LA.

Ally

How long have been you been mutuals?

Rish

Oh.. going on Ten years I think, we got chatting weirdly about Rian’s short film Psychology of Dream Analysis.[4]  They were so insightful. Also, honestly it’s just fun to go on an adventure. I never thought I would do something like this.

Daniella

This is my normal weekend… Minus the driving normally… IT will be so good to stretch!

Kristy

I was thinking we could grab Lexy and go get a bit to eat, when we can head out on the road again! Half WAY Ladies!

Ally

I’m going to be so happy to not Drive for a while, okay looks like we are here.. Nice house!

 

Daniella

I’ll take over after, but let’s go get her!

 

Ally

She is going to be so surprised!

We hear the sound of the car parking, and everyone getting out of the car.

Ally

Hey Daniella, I’m hear to listen if you just want to talk.. I don’t know about being a parent or relationships but I want you to know I’m here.

Daniella

Thanks Ally.. You really don’t have anything to worry about you will figure everything out!

Kristy Rings the door bell, Sharon (Lex’s mom opens the door).

Sharon

Hello?

 

Kristy

Hi! I’m Kristy.. Is Lexy available? We are friends and were hoping to go out to dinner.

Sharon

OH! Hi! I’m Sharon…  I’ve heard all about you! One moment, come in come in.

 

Everyone comes into the house.

 

Sharon

Lex come down honey.. It’s so nice to meet you all!

Ally

It’s really nice to meet you, I’m Ally!

 

Sharon

Oh it’s so nice to meet you, I have heard all about you of course..

We hear the sound of a door open and foot steps to the stairs. Standing at the top of the stairs is Lex who is actually a guy.

 

Lex

Ahem… Hi Ally.. I’m Lex…

Danielle

Um Ally – I think you have bigger problems then I do.

 

Fade out music…

Vlog

Ally

Nope I wasn’t expecting that…

Narrator

 

Fangirls is written and produced by Marie-Claire Gould, a What the force? Production.

 


Starring:
Ty Black as Ally
Velvet Devine as Kristy
Allison Brandt as Danielle
Britany Monoe as Rish
Aaron Infusino as Boy
Lissette Allan as Judy Franklin
Kristina Manente as the Voice of the Computer
And
Natasha Fox as the Narrator
Original Music By Christy Carew Marshall
Audio Design by Kristina Manente
Fangirls is written and directed by Marie-Claire Gould.
Produced By Kyle Gould
This has been a What the force? Production.
Special thanks to all the Fangirls who made this possible.
Come back next month for the next episode or get is a week early by becoming a Patron at Patreon/whattheforce.
Thank you for listening.

What the Fandom: Tales from Weirdland (STAR WARS: The Animated Movie)

Welcome to What the Force? And this is our Segment What the Fandom?

Today we learn more about Jerominus Dekker the owner of the Sentinant Youtube Channel Tales from Weirdland, a Youtube Channel, Twitter, and Tumblr.

The amazing creative produced a Hand-drawn version of Star Wars. Take a minute to dive into the short and then learn more about Jerominus.

Marie-Claire: How do you pronounce your name I have been struggling with it since meeting you virtually.

Jeronimus: Just Jeronimus Dekker. Nothing extra, not “artist”, “animator”, just my name. Which by the way is pronounced “Yeronimus” in Dutch. But it’d be silly for you to pronounce it like that: in English, it’d be more like “Jerr-on-ee-mus” I suppose.

MC: Thank you for Agreeing to come on the show. I reached out to you because of your amazing Fan video of a New hope Called ‘Star Wars: The Animated Movie’,  where you almost frame the story as a different person sharing the legend. When I found your video I was blown away with the animation and then I realized you had drawn it all by hand. Tell me about this video and how it came to be.

Jeronimus: Years ago, I was watching a Dutch stand-up comedian on TV and he had this bit where he retold the story of Jesus, but completely garbled, with movie references thrown in, and with weird tangents and absurd flights of fancy and stuff. Then one day when I was thinking of doing an animated Star Wars video, that bit came back to me, and the two things started to connect somehow. My first idea was to do the story like this: there’d be this guy, a plumber called Lou Skywalker, who would accidentally blow up the Death Star while working on its sanitation system. But once I sat down to get to work, that idea seemed too flimsy, too silly. Almost immediately the project became more ambitious than that. So, you know. I couldn’t really tell you *why* I made a warped, hand-drawn animated version of Star Wars, I just found myself doing it one day.

I’m not sure I’d call it a “fan video” actually. I mean I don’t own Star Wars on Blu-ray for example, I’m not that kind of fan. Star Wars has always been more of a nostalgic world for me, rather than a current, living world.

MC: Walk me through the process of video creation what is important to pay attention to.

Jeronimus: It’s important to keep an eye on what it is becoming, the thing you’re making, rather than if it corresponds with what’s in your head. Don’t cling to your original intention or ideas too much. Sometimes you think you want it a certain way, but the project you’re working on (be it a video, comic, novel, painting, poem, whatever) knows better, and it will secretly try to become its own thing. Better go along with it. When an artist gets stuck, the problem usually is that they’re not following the direction the piece of art itself is taking them in. They go their own way, the piece of art goes its own way, you drift apart, and then you suddenly feel that you’re stuck and out of ideas. That’s what that is.

MC: I loved the interesting headcanon you added, for example Marvin the Martian added to the scavengers on Tatooine… can you talk a little bit about this..

Jeronimus: That’s just something you do when you have to draw so many Jawas. A kind of zaniness kicks in. And artists are always trying to sneak in jokes. The Disney animators did it, The Beatles did it. It’s like a kind of playful signature, a wink. You’re saying: “Whoever sees this, I’m seeing you too.” It’s just a way to communicate. I think there’s something hidden in every scene, and some have more, like there’s an upside-down Battle Droid in the trash compactor, and also Marjory the Trash Heap from Fraggle Rock, a character that fascinated me endlessly as a kid.

MC: You mentioned in your post about how disassociated you feel from the act of creating the Star Wars Video, what kept you going…

Jeronimus: Did I say that? I don’t remember that… You mean work on the video was punishing sometimes? Because, man, it definitely was. You have to realize, I’m completely self-taught. I’ve never been to art school, or even taken a course or anything. My parents aren’t artistic. Everything I do art-wise, is my own mutation. I mean, I have a Master’s degree in Psychology and Dutch Literature of all things. So to do a video like this… And I’m a petty perfectionist. Everything has to be “just so”. As a kid I was like that too. Whenever I made a bad drawing, I ripped out the page from my sketchbook and threw it away. My grandfather used to complain about that, he couldn’t believe it. One tiny failed drawing and the whole page had to go. It’s a wonder I didn’t throw the whole sketchbook out. But anyway—being such a perfectionist, I make it quite hard for myself. That’s what was so punishing. When I drew the characters for the Star Wars video, I didn’t want to rely on photos, so I compiled carefully aligned model sheets. Except for two or three instances, I didn’t use photo references for anything: not for the characters, vehicles, creatures, or whatever. When you see the inside of Leia’s ship in the opening scene for example, it’s a unique perspective, you don’t see it in the film like that. I didn’t want to simply copy what was already there. Everything is slanted, twisted, different. A crazy amount of crazy work nobody will notice. But *I* notice, and that’s what matters to me.

MC: What was it like working with Voice actors. How do you go about that process…

Jeronimus: That’s always hard. You have to translate what’s in your head—the sound, the intonation, the flow of the words—to someone else, without cluttering their minds or stifling their own creativity, you know, or being too overbearing. I was lucky to meet a few good ones when I started, like Jonathan Cooke, who does most of my videos. Sometimes you write a line you think is perfect, but when you hear it back you go: “No.” That process can be torture, rewriting the stuff, sending it to the voice actor, trying to figure out what works or why something doesn’t work. But Jonathan is always great: no matter how many retakes I request, he never flinches. He gets the job done. His work and attitude definitely made the whole enterprise much easier for me.

MC: I have thought about doing animated shorts or radio dramas, How do you inspire and help voice actor’s contribute to the process?

Jeronimus: I’m not sure… But you should do it though, those animated shorts and radio dramas. Don’t think about it too long, just make a start, jump in. Working on something: that’s what will make you feel like working on something, thinking about it will only slowly kill any drive to do it. What’s the worst that could happen? Don’t wait for the right mood or idea, that will all come once you’re working on your project.

MC: How did you discover Star Wars personally? And what has it meant to you. You perspective might be very different as you are located outside north america.

Jeronimus: I remember tie-in ads for The Empire Strikes Back in old comics magazines that my grandparents bought for me and my brother at the local market. Ads for biscuits, you know, “buy one pack and get a free Yoda sticker”. The accompanying photos fascinated me. A black-clad Samurai-like warrior on a snow planet, wow, what is that about? The first Star Wars movie we saw was Return of the Jedi, but the other two remained very mysterious for quite some time, mythical almost: those ads were all we had. We didn’t have a VCR yet. I hail from a tiny rural village, and nobody there knew about Star Wars, so I couldn’t ask anyone. My brother was called “Mr. Star Wars” by his classmates.

My uncle had actually seen the first Star Wars when it came out in 1977, and we questioned him like mad about it, but he wasn’t able to tell us much as he just thought it was all very weird, with all those aliens and spaceships. Jawas were about all he remembered: “There were these little monks in the desert…” You have to realize a lot of people thought Star Wars was very weird then: the suits, robots, ships, story, aliens in a cantina listening to Benny Goodman music… Actually, my uncle’s distorted retelling, that’s another memory that no doubt shaped the video. Rumors, hearsay, glimpses. “What have you heard?” Trying to piece it all together.

MC: What is your first memory of star wars.

Jeronimus: Well, those mysterious ads. But apart from that, seeing Return of the Jedi at the local theatre. I remember afterwards when everyone left the theatre, I jumped over a railing (a very low railing I should add) and said, “I’m Luke Skywalker!” This young couple smiled at me. I wonder if they’re still together actually. Yes, I wonder about random things like that.

MC: How has Star Wars influenced the Tales from Weirdland? What are the tales all about?

Jeronimus: You mean how has Star Wars influenced me and my work? I couldn’t say. I’d have to visit an alternate universe in which Star Wars doesn’t exist, look for myself there, my alternate me, then study myself for a few years. I really couldn’t say. I can’t really analyze myself like a clockwork, where you can tell why a certain part is there and what it does. I suppose it’s part of my DNA in a way, like the music of The Beatles: you can’t specifically pinpoint anymore what its influence has been.

MC: What other star wars projects would you like to take on and why?

Jeronimus: I’d like to do the other two films from the Original Trilogy one day, maybe. But it’s more likely I’d do something else altogether. Actually I’m working on something now, something as ambitious as the Star Wars video, which has absolutely nothing to do with Star Wars.

MC: What advice would you have for other people who are interested in getting into hand drawn animation?

Jeronimus: Buy a decent pencil sharpener, because you’re going to need one. That’s serious advice actually. And also, when you feel down and nothing seems to go right, think of yourself looking back on the finished thing. When you actually manage to finish something, it nearly always was worth all the headaches. When you give up, chances are big you’ll give up again next time things get tough. And they always are going to get tough, so you’ll always be giving up and leaving a trail of shapeless monsters behind you. You’ve got to overcome that. It takes discipline, and dedication, and it’s awful and you want to kill yourself, but you can overcome it, and you have to.

MC: Thank you Jeronimus for agreeing to be on the show. I look forward to your next endeavor, would you like to let everyone know where they can find you and your work

Jeronimus: Tales from Weirdland on YouTube is where my animated videos live, and Twitter and Tumblr is where I live online I suppose. There’s not much else besides that. I’ve always been wary of being everywhere, on every social media platform and in everyone’s face. I hated doing what little promotion I did for the Star Wars video honestly. (Not this interview though, of course.)

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This has been our first article interview for What the Force, we hope you enjoyed this format!

Marie-Claire Gould (@mariecgould) is the producer, creator and main host of What the Force?

Interview: Ken Liu Author of The Legends of Luke Skywalker

Join our host Marie-Claire Gould (@mariecgould), and Ken Liu (@Kyliu99) the author of the Legends of Luke Skywalker as we discuss the book, the fandom and collective storytelling.

Ken Liu Website

Ken’s Publications:

The Grace of Kings (2015) and The Wall of Storms (2016) — a silkpunk epic fantasy series

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016) — my debut collection

The Three-Body Problem and Deaths End (2016) — English translations of vols 1 & 3 of Liu Cixin’s hard SF trilogy

Invisible Planets (2016) — an anthology of contemporary Chinese SF in translation

The Legends of Luke Skywalker (2017) — part of the Star Wars: Journey to The Last Jedi project

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Our Intro and Exit Music is Mars from The Planets by Gustav Holst 1914-1916 (Public Domain). Performed by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band Recorded 1998. This file is a work of a U.S. Air Force Airman or employee, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image or file is in the public domain. http://www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil/recordings/frontiers.asp

Discussion: Solo Movie Part 2 **Spoilers**

Join our host Marie-Claire Gould (@mariecgould), and co-hosts Liam Rathgeber (@Liamrathgeber), Ty Black (@Black_tym) and James Dalton (@skullflare) for part 2 of our spoiler discussion and review of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Part 1: http://whattheforce.ca/discussion-solo-movie-p1/

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Our Intro and Exit Music is Mars from The Planets by Gustav Holst 1914-1916 (Public Domain). Performed by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band Recorded 1998. This file is a work of a U.S. Air Force Airman or employee, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image or file is in the public domain. http://www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil/recordings/frontiers.asp

Discussion: Solo movie PART 1 **spoilers**

Join our host Marie-Claire Gould (@mariecgould), and co-hosts Liam Rathgeber (@Liamrathgeber), Ty Black (@Black_tym) and James Dalton (@skullflare) for part 1 of our spoiler discussion and review of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Twitter: @WTForceshow

Website: Whattheforce.ca

Our Intro and Exit Music is Mars from The Planets by Gustav Holst 1914-1916 (Public Domain). Performed by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band Recorded 1998. This file is a work of a U.S. Air Force Airman or employee, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image or file is in the public domain. http://www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil/recordings/frontiers.asp

What the Fandom: Darths & Droids (Webcomic)

Join our host Marie-Claire Gould (@mariecgould) and our guests David Morgan-Mar (@dmmaus) and Andrew Shellshear (@shellshear) and in our segment ‘What the Fandom’ as we discuss the unparalleled Webcomic Darths and Droids which has been running for the last 11 years. This amazing comic is the parent venn diagram between Star Wars, Roleplaying games and headcanon. Come in, get your pre-rolled dice ready! Come listen to Marie-Claire Fangirl!

What is Darths & Droids?
Darths & Droids is an “RPG screencap comic”.

RPG – The characters in our comic are roleplaying game (RPG) players. The Game-Master (GM) guides the players as they take the roles of characters on a quest in a science-fiction universe.
Screencap – Our visuals come from screencaps (still frames) of Star Wars movies.
Comic – This means it’s funny. We hope.
(More: http://www.darthsanddroids.net/faq.html)

Awesome Links:
Website: http://www.darthsanddroids.net/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarthsAndDroids

All of DMM’s amazing Stuff: http://www.dangermouse.net/

Eavesdropper: http://www.mezzacotta.net/eavesdropper/

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Our Intro and Exit Music is Mars from The Planets by Gustav Holst 1914-1916 (Public Domain). Performed by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band Recorded 1998. This file is a work of a U.S. Air Force Airman or employee, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image or file is in the public Domain. http://www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil/recordings/frontiers.asp

Joseph Campbell / Star Wars

I refer to the Heroes Journey many times in the Podcast and how much it influenced and continues to influence the story telling of the Star Wars universe. George Lucas while writing Star Wars, was deeply influenced by Joseph Campbell. A good introduction to this topic are the PBS interviews ‘Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers’ (Transcripts of Interviews). The relationship with Campbell is covered very well on Starwars.com (Star Wars Article George Lucas / Joseph Campbell). Campbell loved the character of Han solo and with the release of the Solo teaser trailer – I recommend taking a look at the mythos and journey Lucas was influenced by:

Han Solo, a character we first meet in the cantina [Star Wars: A New Hope], commenting, “He thinks he’s an egoist; but he really isn’t. That’s a very loveable kind of human being. There are lots of them functioning beautifully in the world. They think they’re working for themselves, but there’s something else pushing them.”