Reality TV isn’t. (Red Skies at Night screenplay exerpt)

EXT. PARTY ZONE X – NIGHT

Ground zero, Hollywood party. DRUMMERS and DJ LONDON perform THE TRANCE. Sexy CHARACTERS dance. On the side, PIZZA.  On the night before their wedding, reality television stars and WOODY and NIKKI dance in one another’s arms.

A small television crew, DIRECTOR, and MICHAEL, films everything.

DIRECTOR
Cut! Cut! Stop! For the love of God, stop!

The MUSIC stops, the DIRECTOR storms over to Woody and Nicki.

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DIRECTOR
Look, I get this is the night before the biggest day of your entire life, I really do. But can you please put a little effort into this?

WOODY
What are you talking about?

DIRECTOR
Conflict!  It’s the essence of television. I need you to start arguing. Complain about something. Slap somebody. Give me something to shoot. Conflict is money on television!

NIKKI
You don’t need to hurt people to make good television.

DIRECTOR
Thank you for the input, but the peanut gallery does not get a vote.

NIKKI (antagonized)
Oh my god–

DJ LONDON
Show Nikki some respect!

DIRECTOR
Silence!

WOODY
You’re not allowed to crash the party like this.

DIRECTOR
Oh yes, I am! I’m the Director aka the creative visionary behind this stupid show about your so- called life. You want to play in TV land, you listen to me!
(to DJ London)
You, back to the tunes!
(to Nikki and Woody)
You, let’s shoot something chaotic or shocking, so we can leave here with usable footage!

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NICKI
No.

DIRECTOR
Excuse me?

WOODY
She said no. And if you don’t like that, read the contract. This weekend is off-limits. You can film, but contractually speaking, you can not interfere with us or the wedding, in any way.

NICKI
We don’t care about ratings, this is our real life. Leave us alone!

DIRECTOR
Listen mall rats, it’s not like you’re real actors who follow a script!

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