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Squiggly's Dream

This short screenplay was inspired by my own night terrors and dreams. They always start off lovely and fine, but quickly become overwhelming, dark, and terrifying no longer within my own control. In this their dream Squiggly, a juvenile squid, is the last one of their brood to hatch and longs to be free. They try and try to escape their egg, but work themself into exhaustion, and fall asleep. This action was meant to mirror how I sometimes will work myself into a frenzy only stopping when my body gives out. Within their dream Squiggly tastes freedom but also terror. 

In the sample below, follow along as Squiggly awakens within their dream, and explores the shallows where they will eventually hatch.

"Squiggly Awakens"

INT. CONCH SHELL - DREAM


The light is now bright but some how off. It is not eerie.
Everything has taken on a slightly more abstract appearance.
SQUIGGLY HAS CHANGED SIDES OF THE SCREEN
Squiggly is floating in the water, there are no signs of
eggs.
Blinking they sleepily look around.
Excitedly realizing that they’re no longer trapped in their
egg.
They unknowingly suck tons of water into their mantle.
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EXT. SHALLOWS - DREAM


Squiggly jettisons <RUSHING WATER> out of the conch.
Squiggly stops upside down.
Squiggly panicking flails their tentacles wildly.
They flip over and realize they’ve never swam.
They experiment with their tentacles as they begin learning
to swim...
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Them tangled up in their tentacles...
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Them tangled in a patch of sea grass...
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Them bouncing around off the locals.
They steady themself.
A little more confident in their swimming abilities, they
start trying to use their mantle and syphon again.
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EXT. OCEANS EDGE - DREAM


Squiggly shooting themself into a rock. They <SQUISH> and
rebound.
They are dazed, but something catches their attention.
PAN FROM SQUIGGLY TO THE OCEAN
Light filters down through the ocean with currents flowing
through it, it’s beautiful.
Currents twist in and out of each other like snakes.
Squiggly reacts in awe.
SQUIGGLY LOOKING AT OPEN OCEAN
Squiggly floats toward the ocean.
A current comes to meet Squiggly.
Squiggly jettisons towards it and shoots out into the ocean.

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