ZENTANGLES by John Hunter | Script Revolution

ZENTANGLES

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Personal experience with both zentangles and scriptwriting.
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An obsessive young woman gets absorbed in her artwork.
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Zentangles are a popular graphic arts hobby. They are essentially drawings made on small pieces of papers using pen and ink. Their designs go from crude to very intricate and allegedly have mystical powers. In this cautionary urban tale, an obsessive young woman gets absorbed in her artwork.

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ZENTANGLES
An obsessive young woman gets absorbed in her artwork.

Betty’s got a new hobby: Zentangles.  Cynical husband Mark doesn’t quite see the point of it all...

She smiles, shows Mark her drawing of shapes, overlapping lines and patterns. 

BETTY
When drawing these freeform
patterns, I experience a feeling of
timelessness, freedom, wellbeing…

Mark remains unconvinced.  Until she points out the hard times they endured following his failed dalliances with scriptwriting and online poker.  

Mark concedes to her point.  After all, what’s a little stationary between husband and wife? 

He looks over her shoulder at her drawing. She shrugs her shoulder to warn him off.

BETTY
Back off. You’re harshing my mellow.

Mark turns to leave, turns his head.

MARK
OK. I guess you could have taken up daytime drinking.

And maybe she should have, for the zentangle is no ordinary pattern.  

A mysterious energy is at work here to which Betty’s zen doodles are about to prove anything but a fun, relaxing past-time.

...Someone’s mellow is in for a serious harsh.

Two people, one room, a lot of zentangles, and a little FX (or creative camerawork for an alternative) is all you need to bring John Hunter’s horror short Zentangles to life.  This short horror script delivers a quirky, dialogue friendly set-up with a darkly comic pay-off that threatens to unnerve the most ardent of zentanglers.

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The Writer: John Hunter

Sent away to school to get a fancy education, my family proudly referred to me as bilingual for an uncanny ability to speak both Standard American English and my native Cracker.

After graduation from a large brick and mortar university, a curious nature and an overactive imagination have led me down many paths in life: Former Peace Corps Volunteer, sales engineer, packaging design consultant, recovering golfer and more recently, an award-winning and produced scriptwriter. 

When not being fussed over or fussed at by the woman who shares my life, I enjoy riding a large German motorcycle and writing slightly dark and quirky stories with a dash of humor. Many of my shorts have... Go to bio

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