NIXON (Suspicious, and fat.) Really? That's the worst part.
TRENT (Thinking.) Mmm... Yeah... Yeah, I think so, that's really it.
NIXON No...No surprises, nothing else?
TRENT No, nothing's coming to mind. It's all pretty straightforward.
NIXON (Smiling like a shithead.) What a relief. See, I'd heard all these rumors about sodomy, and I-TRENT smacks his forehead in the realization.
TRENT Right! The sodomy, how could I forget? Yeah, that- that- is definitely the worst part by, like, a million. Can't believe I didn't mention that. Total mind-fart. One of those days, you know? But yes, the sodomy is pretty aggressive and nightmarish, they don't really mess around here.NIXON slips on a banana peel and his pants fall down.
DAN O'BRIEN (On a motorcycle.) You have AIDS.
Milk succeeded because they tapped into the pulse of America. They set their story in the fictional land of "San Fran Sisco" and used a bunch of timeless, recognizable stock characters to discuss and investigate a subject that's on a lot of American's minds, (gay marriage, gay rights, gay dairy etc), and knocked it out of the park. Really, if you can hack into the zeitgeist, you're basically a lock for Best Picture. Your challenge is trying to guess what Americans are going to be concerned about by next Oscar season. Will 2009 bring a greater depression? A technological leap forward? A zombie apocalypse? To cater to this problem, write a script that has several options written in. It's sort of like one of those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, except it's exactly like one of those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. Sample Scene: STEVE EVERYMAN walks into his house/laboratory/the desert wasteland that is typical of a zombie apocalypse. He wears a t-shirt/is doing science/is totally sick of the zombies. A LADY/CYBORG walks/hovers up beside him.
LADY/CYBORG Good morning, Steve. How are you?
STEVE EVERYMAN Not too bad. I sure A) Wish I wasn't so poor. B) Am glad we invented that device that grants cats the ability to speak. C) Hope I don't run into zombies today.