Mashup by Barry Staff | Script Revolution

Mashup

Wanting to stop his warring parents splitting up, a troubled teen must steal for the audio gear needed to present them with a mashup composition of their arguing – before it’s too late.

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A mic dangling in a hallway relays to a rebellious TEEN, in his attic bedroom, sounds of his parents’ arguing downstairs. Blocking it out with earphones, he returns to creating fractured music from sounds recorded in the streets. The parents insist they're at loggerheads in large part due to Teen’s unruliness as much as the stresses caused by money worries. The impacting has Teen undertaking self-harm. Watching his younger sister sleeping fitfully, Teen decides he must use his audio skills to try and quell the discordance by reconciling the parents before they split for good. Needing to augment his kit for the hoax, he breaks in and steals money from a wealthy neighbour across the road (all seen by us through a window at home. The resultant lavalier mic concealed, he gets statements from each parent. He sets to, creating a mashup of selected words from the recordings merged with a melodic soundscape. He notes police arriving at the neighbour’s place. Hastens his assemblage. As he goes and presents the neighbour with the gear bought with the stolen money, his sister sends the composition flooding through the house. Returning home, his sister is seen smiling at the top of the stairs, his parents in the hall, manifesting a glimmer of reconciliation.

Submitted: May 6, 2022
Last Updated: June 16, 2022

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The Writer: Barry Staff

"Some kinda screenwriter," Barry was born and raised in the UK. He's had a 'gonzo' career - periods of education (ending on a postgraduate Diploma in Film Studies) intercut with ‘McJobs’ (roof-rack assembler, computer helpdesk, beer bottler, reject furniture salesman, draughtsman, goods inward operative, briefly a bouncer. . .), all the while writing on the side. Now with the writing paramount, he has 12 spec feature screenplays, a TV sitcom and 16 short scripts, four of the latter having been filmed. Apart from competition successes, he's - SO FAR - had a purchase offer on one feature screenplay, an option on another and a shopping agreement on a third. Go to bio

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