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The Apartment - New Beginnings are Always Good... Right?

The Apartment
A technology obsessed couple show up to their sublet in a new city, but soon notice something about the apartment is terribly wrong.

Have you ever had a power outage and the first thing that came to mind was how much battery life you had left on your phone, your tablet, or your computer?

Did you worry that others would grow concerned if they don't hear from you via social media - in a specific amount of time?

And have you ever been oblivious to your surroundings because technology had claimed all the attention you have to spare?

Then according to Brandi Self’s “The Apartment,” you may just be hooked into a future that is going... nowhere.

So it is for Shirley and Paul Watanabe. After the happy couple rent an apartment online, they quickly discover they have no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into. Or any concept of how to get... out.

They look around the lobby; ancient Hollywood preserved.

I feel like we’ve stepped back in time.

Smells like moth balls. Let’s just find this “red rock”, so I can plug in.

Maybe it’s code for something. Googling.

She types on her phone.

The page won’t load.

Look, there it is!

Paul bends down at a potted plant. Picks up a red rock. A key drops from underneath it. Shirley grabs it. Puts it in a nearby door. Turns the lock.

It fits!

Paul and Shirley look around the strangely put together studio equipped with a small kitchenette. Dull, brown wall paper is in stark contrast against the colorful decor of the furniture and accessories.

There aren’t any windows.

You’re right, how strange.  

And it’s freezing in here.

Let me turn the heat on.

She turns to find a whiteboard with “Tonya Spurious 323 - 543 - 0000. Call me if you need anything” written across it.

There’s her phone number. Why couldn’t she just e-mail it to me?

She finds the thermostat. Switches the dial. The whole thing falls off.

It’s not even attached!

Got any food?

(stares at the thermostat in her hands)
I brought some noodles, I’ll heat them up.

I’ll see what’s on TV. She better have Netflix or Hulu.

Paul plops down in a chair in front of the TV as Shirley faces the kitchenette. Condiments sit on the counter, label out. Every one is emblazed with the word “Hooked” across the front.



I guess it’s a company or something. They all have the same logo.

But, is it a company - really? Or something far more insideous than that?

With its snappy dialogue and quirky twists and turns, “The Apartment” by Brandi Self poses a profound and highly current (and viral) question:  

Do we control our technology...or does our technology control us?  

Either way, controlling the direction of your next project's essential. And with "The Apartment", there's just one direction. Up!

The Script

The Apartment

A technology obsessed couple show up to their sublet in a new city, but soon notice that something about the apartment is terribly off-putting.

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Linda Hullinger is an award-winning screenwriter and published author who has written thirteen short screenplays, three feature screenplays and two TV pilots. She’s had short stories, articles, and essays traditionally published in magazines such as Woman’s World, Over My Dead Body, Dogwood...Read more

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I create surreal, carefully constructed stories that dissect love, morality, oppression, identity crises, alienation, and stagnation by catapulting characters into absurd, almost comically juxtaposed worlds where they must use self-examination as a tool for escape and redemption. 

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