Good Film (?)
A Radio Drama
Andhini Rengganis as Esa (20)
Fitri Novianti as Novi (20)
Ade Maria Partiani as Maria (20)
Melinda Hardianti Lestari as Tari (20)
Link for dramatization: https://soundcloud.com/andhini-rengganis/good-film
SFX: honking car in deep distance, chatters and footsteps are mainly in the background.
Music: Bruno Mars – Just the Way You are
Maria (moving a chair): Gosh! The final exam took my time away and now my brain needs some nutrition. (shouting) I’m starving!
Esa (sighing): at least you don’t have any final assignment again. It’s still a long way to go for me.
Tari: What kind of assignment do you have right now? Maybe we can help.
Esa (clearing throat): I have a final assignment for my Creative Writing class and I plan to make a film. If the instructor thinks my film is good enough, it will be published not only in the Scribere for English Unpad WordPress but also in Scribere Jatinangor WordPress which is super awesome. However, I never make film and I don’t know how to make a good one. Do you have any idea how to make a good film?
Tari: Really? (Clapping) Wow that’s great, Sa! Let me tell you this. I have watched many short films from varied genres and love life is best of the best. Do you know Paper or Plastic? It’s about a girl who always wears a plastic bag on her head to cover her face and one day she meets a boy who falls in love with her. She doubts at first because of her “plastic face” but the boy, for he really loves her, is willing to cover his face with a paper bag so that the girl won’t be ashamed of herself again. Isn’t it romantic? I don’t know how but I sure think it’s a good film.
Music: Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
Novi (slamming the table): No, it’s lame! Listen, action is the new north star nowadays. Fast and Furious, The Avengers, Taken, and Abduction are the trending topics of all time! However, my favorite is Real Steel because it combines robots, action, and family at the same time. The charismatic Hugh Jackman plays a role of an ex-boxer as well as a father. It’s really a good film and undoubtedly your film will become a block-buster if you decide to choose an action.
Maria: Nay, nay. We can’t make an action film here in Jatinangor. With streets full of honking horn and shops, black smokes dancing in the air, and a mountain full of plastic everywhere, it is certainly not gaining any attention from audience. Horror, however, will be different. Do you know Jembatan Cincin? Rumors said it that many weird and horror events occur on that bridge. If you can adapt the story, people will definitely come to watch your film. Indonesian are very interested in horror you know. Rumah Pondok Indah is the perfect example of a good horror film. Thus, I am sure it will be epic if you film a horror genre because it’s a good one.
SFX: Clinking of plate being put down.
Tari: Who said it? I think you have a terrible source, Maria. Besides, it’s a short film and horror must take a long time to write and watch. No, no it’s not good. It’s better to make a romantic film because it’s simple. Right Esa? What’s your opinion?
Esa (sighing): Um… Honestly, I like all genres you had said because they have their own charms. But, I have a budget issue and I think those genres need a lot of money. What I have in my mind is a simple short film, yet the audience like it. (snapping fingers) Ah, just like Robert Rodriguéz’s short film, Bedhead! He uses his sister and brother to play in the movie and his house as the setting, so the budget is cheaper I guess. However, the film is quite good for a low cost production. Furthermore, it only takes eight minutes! Can you believe that? (sighing) How I really wish to be a talented writer and director like him.
Novi (scoffing): Who is this Rodriguéz guy? I only know, and he is my favorite, Steven Spielberg as the best director in the whole world. Real Steel and Transformers are in my top excellent movie lists which Spielberg has made. I have watched it like a hundred times but the excited feeling still hangs in my vein all the way sending the signal through my heart. I don’t know about you guys but I swear those films are good.
Mariah (sighing): You and your fetish about robot.
Esa: Wow… wow… Calm down guys. (Coughing) I appreciate all of your brilliant ideas. Now, I have some lists about the title of a good film and what I have to do is brainstorming and searching about things that makes film a good one. (Tapping finger) I wonder what makes them so good? Do you guys have any idea?
SFX: Clinking of fork, spoon, and plate dominating the table. Slowly, chatters and music are getting louder.
Music: The Beatles – Let It Be
This Radio Drama will not and cannot be dramatized if it is not because of my kind, hilarious, silly friends. Thank you to Ade Maria Partiani, Fitri Novianti, and Melinda Hardianti Lestari. I owe you and I love you guys.
- Raymond Carver’s What We Talk about When We Talk about Love (Short Story 1981)
- Rex Obano’s Lovers Rock (BBC Radio Drama: 2012)