Mashup by Barry Staff | Script Revolution

Mashup

Wanting to meet a submission deadline for a musical composition, a troubled teen needs to complete his mashup of his warring parents' arguing before they split.

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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 the Teen undertaking self-harm. His younger sister sleeps fitfully. She says she doesn't want the parents splitting. Teen decides he must use his audio skills to quell the parents' discordance before they break-up. Needing to augment his kit for his hoax to work, he breaks in and steals money from a wealthy neighbour across the road (all seen 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: November 8, 2022

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The Writer: Barry Staff

Barry was born and raised in the UK. His career has been oddball - 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. With the writing paramount these days, he has a portfolio of spec feature and short screenplays, 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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