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Seen Nor Heard

Seen Nor Heard
A socially anxious thirty-something who can't make himself heard
on the weekly lockdown Zoom quiz starts to gradually fade out of existence.

If you’re invisible, is it your fault? Writer Nick Padmore introduces us to Jamie, who suffers from social anxiety. A lot.

You would think Covid lockdown would help. But even during a weekly Zoom get together with friends, Jamie’s isolation and discomfort grows. Leading him to feign internet trouble to avoid conversations and games he’d rather not indulge in at all. We’ve all had those moments… right?

JAMIE
Sorry. I've been onto them but there's this big backlog right now. Really annoying.

Seth nods along, like he's bored.

SETH
So, shall we quiz?

ALICE
We shall.

Jamie sits back in the sofa, zoning out of the conversation.

SETH
Alright, pens and paper at the ready.
The first round is called 'What the Dickens?'
I'm going to describe a Dickens character and
it's up to you to name them. Okay?

DAN
Well I'm screwed.

ALICE
I thought that was Seth?

DAN
Nicely done.

SETH
Nobody's getting screwed right now.
Okay, question one: a cold exterior betrays an
insecurity over the job he does, and the people he protects.

Jamie's in his own world, not hearing anything. He snaps out of it and quits the call. Then he takes out his phone and writes a message: 'Wifi went down. I'll keep trying but carry on without me.'


He presses send, snaps the laptop shut, and collapses into the sofa like he's just run a marathon.

A creative, sneaky and effective dodge. But Jamie’s ordeal has just begun.

Because each successive time he logs on to chat, Jamie’s about to find a little more of himself… gone.

If you could be more confident, would you? At what price? What if meant losing yourself in the process – both figuratively or in real life?

Easy and affordable to shoot, Seen Nor Heard is a creepy Twilight-Zone-esque tale which tackles that universal human question… as seen through a modern, digital lens.

 

The Script

Seen Nor Heard

A socially anxious thirty-something who can't make himself heard on the weekly lockdown Zoom quiz starts to gradually fade out of existence.

About The Reviewer

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Chris Keaton, like many deranged people, writes screenplays and actually believes he's pretty good at it. His delusion has brought him to write at least a dozen feature films and numerous short scripts of questionable quality. Several directors have been enabling Chris Keaton's mental illness by actually producing his  screenplays traumatizing unwitting audiences around the globe. And to make things worse he also writes novels and short stories. When will this reign of terror end? If you...Read more

About The Writer

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I write screenplays. Features, mostly, but also TV pilots and shorts. 
 

Sunbeam

Quarterfinalist, Page Awards 2020
Semifinalist, Scriptapalooza 2020
Semifinalist, Table Read My Screenplay 2021
Semifinalist, ISA Drama Genre Busting Screenplay Competition 2021
 

Parallel

Runner-up, Scriptapalooza 2021
Second Rounder, Austin Film Festival Script Competition 2021
Quarterfinalist, Emerging...Read more