Film: Student Films

'Backwards'

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Company

USC Student Film
Natalie Paniccia, casting dir.

Production Description

Casting "Backwards", a short film for the University of Southern California. Synopsis: Dan is a quirky, charming young man looking for love. There's only one problem: he does everything literally backwards.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Shoots Sept. 6-7 & 13-14 at various locations in LA including the USC campus.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

No pay, but meals, copy, and credit provided. SAG-AFTRA Student Film Agreement.

Auditions

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Dan's Sides

SCENE 1 OF AUDITION: BACKWARDS WALK
Dan walks backwards, cheerily, naturally, with a pep in his step.

SCENE 2 OF AUDITION: BREAKUP
INT. DAN’S APARTMENT - NIGHT

Backwards in every sense and filled with Dan’s whimsical artwork. JANET (late 20s, exasperated, his girlfriend) searches. We see upside down faucets as Janet gathers her toiletries. She snatches a framed picture of her that rests on a bookshelf.

Janet lifts two hefty bags full of her belongings but before she can leave, the door opens. Dan enters with groceries and sets them down on the kitchen counter. He turns, startled, to find a glaring Janet.

DAN
Hey, what’s wrong?

JANET
Look Dan, we may have had our moments together but let’s face it: you’re just too much of a backwards-walking-weirdo to be with me.

Dan, absolutely stunned. Janet grabs her bags.

DAN
Hold on a second. Can’t we discuss this?

She brushes by him and leaves. The door slams in Dan’s face.

Dan looks at a picture of him and Janet on the wall; He faces backwards in it.

SCENE 3 OF AUDITION: DATE WITH CLEMENTINE
EXT. FARMER’S MARKET - LATER
A sea of flowers.
CLEMENTINE (24, flower child hippie with flowers everywhere) giddily covers her eyes. Dan inspects several flower bouquets, not satisfied with any. Then he sees a “Make Your Own Bouquet” station. Dan selects flowers, plastic wrapping, and gets to work.
Dan removes Clementine’s hand and gives her the flowers. Expecting beauty, she instead finds a mess. We see the bouquet: the stems stick out the top, the flower petals mushed up at the bottom.
Clementine fudges a half-smile but Dan can tell she’s not pleased.

SCENE 4 OF AUDITION: LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY
A drowsy Dan awakens to a nurse, ELISA (25, nit-picky yet pretty). She conducts various tests and tends to him. Dan notices an IV inserted into his arm.
Once finished, Elisa straightens up the room a bit and leaves...backwards!
Dan, wide-eyed, runs after her.

Janet's Sides

INT. DAN’S APARTMENT - NIGHT

Backwards in every sense and filled with Dan’s whimsical artwork. JANET (late 20s, exasperated, his girlfriend) searches. We see upside down faucets as Janet gathers her toiletries. She snatches a framed picture of her that rests on a bookshelf.

Janet lifts two hefty bags full of her belongings but before she can leave, the door opens. Dan enters with groceries and sets them down on the kitchen counter. He turns, startled, to find a glaring Janet.

DAN
Hey, what’s wrong?

JANET
Look Dan, we may have had our moments together but let’s face it: you’re just too much of a backwards-walking-weirdo to be with me.

Dan, absolutely stunned. Janet grabs her bags.

DAN
Hold on a second. Can’t we discuss this?

She brushes by him and leaves. The door slams in Dan’s face.

Dan looks at a picture of him and Janet on the wall; He faces backwards in it.

Alexis's Sides

INT. DAN’S APARTMENT - LATER
Dan searches a dating website on his laptop. The title of the site: “Dates for the Different.” Dan hits enter and hopes for the best. We see ALEXIS (25, punk rocker, bright red hair, multiple piercings) pop up on the screen.

EXT. FARMER’S MARKET - DAY
Dan enters and spots Alexis seated at a table for two. He’s nervous and sweating.
Dan makes his way to Alexis. She’s confused by his backwards- walking. He offers his hand. After hesitating, Alexis shakes it.
Dan sits down but Alexis remains standing. She takes a napkin and rubs his sweat from her palm. She looks towards the door.
Alexis shakes her head at Dan. It isn’t going to work. She leaves.
Dan is disappointed but still determined.

Clementine's Sides

EXT. FARMER’S MARKET - LATER
A sea of flowers.
CLEMENTINE (24, flower child hippie with flowers everywhere) giddily covers her eyes. Dan inspects several flower bouquets, not satisfied with any. Then he sees a “Make Your Own Bouquet” station. Dan selects flowers, plastic wrapping, and gets to work.
Dan removes Clementine’s hand and gives her the flowers. Expecting beauty, she instead finds a mess. We see the bouquet: the stems stick out the top, the flower peTals mushed up at the bottom.
Clementine fudges a half-smile but Dan can tell she’s not pleased.

Margot's Sides

INT. MOVIE THEATER - DAY
Dan wears the completed helmet, while awkwardly perched backwards in his seat. We see his fragmented view of the movie. MARGOT (26, contortionist with sparkling body suit) sits next to him in an equally unconventional position.
Dan reaches for the popcorn but can’t see it. He turns around and the large, protruding helmet clunks Margot. She moves to the edge of her seat, as far from Dan as possible. Behind them, a MARRIED COUPLE moves a seat over; the helmet blocks their view.
Dan takes the bite of delicious popcorn. He turns back around but the helmet knocks over Margot’s soda. It spills all over her sparkly attire. Margot startled runs out of the theater.
Disappointed, Dan takes off the helmet.

Elisa's Sides

SCENE 1 - SMILE AT DAN
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY
A drowsy Dan awakens to a nurse, ELISA (25, nit-picky yet pretty). She conducts various tests and tends to him. Dan notices an IV inserted into his arm.
Once finished, Elisa straightens up the room a bit and leaves...backwards!
Dan, wide-eyed.
INT. HOSPITAL STAIRWELL - DAY
Dan peeks through the door window. We see the nurses run past. A sigh of relief. Then, we see Elisa! Dan rushes to open the door but it’s locked. He bangs on the door but to no avail: she has already passed.
He sighs, walks down the stairwell, and carries the IV with difficulty.

SCENE 2 - DEMONSTRATE BACKWARDS WALK
INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY - DAY
Despondent, Dan walks through the hospital. He’s lost.
Dan bumps into someone. He turns around, but so do they. Both twist around, not seeing the other until at last Dan spins the other way: It’s Elisa. She realizes that he walks backwards too.
Dan and Elisa, eyes beaming. It’s love at first sight.
Elisa turns and takes his hand. She walks him down the corridor, back to his hospital room. He’s elated. Their heads bop and their bodies bounce the way only backwards people do.