FOREPLAY TO WHOLE
LIGHTS ON. INT. APARTMENT ROOM - NIGHT
FELIPE, 28, enters room on the phone to escape a large party.
Yeah, fantastic. Mhmm. I know! Talk to you soon.
AURELIA, 29, enters the room. Felipe’s back is turned towards her.
Have a good night.
He turns around and makes eye contact with Aurelia. They hold it for longer than the usual.
I had to get out of there.
I’m the same way with parties.
A director that I despise just
showed up. Motherfucker. How dare
he show his face here, I mean
seriously. I am overqualified
for the job and he turns me
down because he finds me “attractive”.
It would make working together
Didn’t anyone ever teach him how
to control himself? I don’t go
jumping my colleague’s bones when
I find them attractive.
Felipe indicates leaving the room.
I’d actually take harassment for
this, that’s how much I want this
What’s it about?
Don’t you mean octopi?
No, octopuses. Octopi is correct in
Greek but not scientifically.
I did not know that.
throws her hands up in despair.
I mean, come on! My last director
was an asshole. He made passes
at me the whole time and now this?
Am I supposed to appreciate this
guy’s “thoughtfulness”? Why are
men incapable of controlling
themselves around women?
Hey, not all men are like that.
Fine. Take their side. Typical.
I’m not taking anyone’s side.
They sound like dickheads. I’m just
saying not all men are-
(puts up hands in surrender)
Do you have any idea what women
have to go through on a daily
basis? Do you have any clue
as to what it’s like, day in,
day out, dodging inappropriate
passes while trying to do a
good job? And you’re not even
It fucking sucks! It blows!
Let’s come up with more dick
references for the cockup of
how women are treated!
I didn’t mean-
The sad thing is I’d actually
have more films under my belt
if I’d sucked dick, but I refused.
I better get back to the party.
God, this world is sad.
He goes to the door.
I should pour my beer on him.
Maybe that would make me
Aurelia freezes in place. Felipe stands rooted to the spot with his hand on the door knob.
CUE TRACK 1 - FIRST REWIND
Slowly, the two go backwards in motion and rewind their movements. They pick up speed and the scene resets to where the two share eye contact.
I know you probably don’t care
about this but I just have
to tell someone - well, you should
care, it’s very important for
life on earth.
Aurelia raises her eyebrows in disbelief.
What should I care about?
The quality of our oceans. I just
got a massive grant to fund my
team’s plans for a prototype aquatic
Congratulations. What does it do?
It’ll be able to not only collect
fragments of plastic, but the
microscopic ones too. You know microbeads
in facial cleansers?
It can even strain those out!
My cleanser has microbeads.
Get rid of it. They’re incredibly
harmful to sea life. They don’t
degrade and tend to get ingested
by innocent sea creatures. To make
matters worse, we end up consuming
these plastics when we eat fish.
Do everyone a favor and never use
Okay, okay. You’ve convinced me.
With this grant, we can get started
on the island of trash come November.
This is so big! We’re going
to finally be able to put a dent-
Island of trash?
She starts to show a genuine interest in him.
Oh, due to the ocean’s currents,
all the plastic waste eventually
collects into a dump the size of Texas,
and it keeps growing every day.
That’s horrible. Why haven’t I heard
about this before?
Because it’s in international waters.
Nobody wants to claim responsibility
for it. Anyone that’s ever littered
is guilty, especially cigarette butts.
I cannot stress how awful they are-
I’m glad you’re doing something then.
A warm pause.
I’ve wanted to do something since
I was fourteen on my first dive
with octopi. Now, it’s happening.
JAMIE, Felipe’s friend, enters the room.
There you are, man. I see you’ve
Not officially. Can I get you a
I’d like that very much.
Joy kicked out that shitty director
by the way.
Aurelia sniffs the air.
I smell Mexican food.
That’s us. We had some before this.
Jamie leaves the room first. As Felipe
and Aurelia are about to exit, they
CUE TRACK 2 - SECOND REWIND
The two move backwards until their first eye contact.
Hey, didn’t see you there.
Sorry, I didn’t mean to interrupt
your call. I can go-
Not at all. The name’s Felipe.
He goes over to shake her hand.
Aurelia. I’ve never seen you
here and I usually know everyone.
I’m friends with Jamie. Not exactly
What do you do?
I’m an environmental engineer.
Oh, so really not your crowd.
What do you do?
I’m a cinematographer.
Wow, that’s so cool. What have you done?
I recently finished filming a documentary
on the blue whale’s ten foot appendage.
I can’t tell if you’re pulling my
leg with the length or the topic.
Both are true but don’t worry,
the documentary doesn’t focus
solely on their dicks. It’s about
whale courtship and reproduction.
Sounds interesting. What’s it called?
Big Blue Balls.
Now I know you’re fucking with me.
Just a tad.
Aurelia playfully hits his shoulder.
It was such an adventure! We spent
six months out at sea following
their migration patterns. I’ve
never seen so many blues in my entire
life! It’d never crossed my mind
to live on a boat but now,
all I want to do is do it
all over again.
That sounds amazing! I’m actually
working on an oceanic filter at
the moment that’ll hopefully reduce
plastic waste. If you’re interested
and all goes well, maybe you could
do a documentary on it - help spread
Felipe uncomfortably rubs his stomach.
I think I’ll have to get to know
you better before that happens.
That can be arranged.
Felipe bends over slightly, trying to hide the odd behavior. Aurelia looks confused for a moment but continues flirting.
So what does your thing do exactly?
It’s capable of many things.
Hard, challenging things-
Felipe accidentally lets out one huge FART. Aurelia bursts out laughing.
I am so sorry. I had Mexican-
She is still laughing. Felipe gets more and more awkward as he waits for her to stop.
Oh my god, that sounded just like
these long balloons I used to play
with as a kid! My best friend and I
Aurelia loses herself. Tears stream down her face.
I forgot about them.
I’m glad this is amusing for you.
She quiets down and they hold eye contact again.
Can I kiss you?
After I just let one rip?
She bursts into giggles. Felipe laughs awkwardly along. Aurelia pulls him in and kisses him. She pulls back and they happily look at each other. The two freeze.
CUE TRACK 3 - FINAL REWIND
Their kiss goes backwards and they reverse back to their initial eye contact.