Film: Student Films

'The Other Room'

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Company

Gary Bulkin Productions
Samuel Warren, Jr., CSA, casting dir.; Gary Bulkin, dir.

Production Description

Casting "The Other Room," a master's thesis film based on a short story about a school student with Asperger's Syndrome.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearses 1-2 days; shoots 2-3 days in December in San Diego, CA.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Pays: $100-$268, plus 10% commission for representation. This project is signatory with SAG-AFTRA.

Auditions

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Austin & Lily Sides

INT. CLASSROOM-DAY
LILLY, appears at the classroom door
Austin looks up from his book.
LILY Oh! I didn’t know there was anybody in here. Have you seen a red backpack?
Austin silently holds up the backpack for Lily to see.
LILY Oh yes, thanks! my friends Ipod is in there and she’s been giving me the third degree about it.
AUSTIN Does your friend hurt you?
LILY
Uh...no?
LILY Can I have my backpack now?
Austin looks off distracted as if recalling a memory...
LILY (she repeats) Can I have my backpack now?
Lilly moves to take the backpack from Austin.
Austin pulls away, lets out a groan and starts to make rocking motions with his upper body.
LILY What’s the matter? Is something...
Ohhh. You’re....Special needs. I remember now, I’ve seen you around. I didn’t mean... I didn’t mean to scare you.
He gradually stops rocking and looks at her
LILY What’s... what’s your name?
You don’t have to answer, if you don’t want.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 2.
She sits at a desk next to him.
AUSTIN You have blue eyes.
LILY Thanks. You have nice eyes too. I’m Lily.
AUSTIN My name is Austin.
Lily gestures to Austin’s books.
LILY What are you reading?
AUSTIN Spacecraft. And calculus.
LILY Calculus? Wow. Are you good at math?
AUSTIN I used to want to be an engineer at Lockheed Martin, and my dad thought I could even though I have autism, because I placed first in the tri-state College Mathematics Exam.
LILY But you don’t want to anymore?
AUSTIN Lockheed Martin designs the best air and spacecraft but also a lot of weapons like missiles and nuclear bombs, and I don’t like things like that. So what I want to do is be an astronaut or an aircraft pilot because I could still be part of something I like but not hurt people.
LILY That’s really cool. I can’t stand being up in the air, it makes me so nervous. You know a lot about planes so they probably don’t scare you at all... but whenever there’s any turbulence I’m always afraid the plane is going to fall right (MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 3.
LILY (cont’d) out of the sky and I’m going to have to use my seat cushion as a floatation device or something, ha!
Austin begins to rock back and forth more and more violently. Austin takes his head in his hands and shouts.
AUSTIN Quiet Quiet QUIET!
Lily is silenced by the remark.
LILY
Oh!
Austin draws deep breaths and eventually stops rocking.
AUSTIN I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you angry.
LILY I’m not angry...
AUSTIN I make people angry a lot. Sometimes my mother says "Austin if you don’t cut it out right now I swear I will pack you off to the looney bin." At first I didn’t know what "cut it out" meant because usually I can’t have scissors or knives except when my dad and I do wood carvings--
LILY Shh, it’s okay, I’m not mad, I promise--
He continues without looking at her, his speech gaining momentum.
AUSTIN --but she said it means "stop doing that," usually like when I’m yelling. She said people don’t like it when I am yelling but usually it’s because they touched me or something so it’s not my fault but they make noise and laugh anyway--
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 4.
LILY I would never laugh at you, I think it’s awful that people do.
Austin still does not look at her.
LILY Do you, um, want me to go?
Austin makes eye contact with her for the first time.
AUSTIN
Stay.
Lily smiles and sits down again.

Nick, Donovan, Talbott, Christian & Travis Sides

EXT. HIGH SCHOOL: DAY
It is the end of the school day. Students rush out of the building, chattering, roughhousing, socializing, etc.
INT. HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY: DAY
In the hallway, students push through the halls towards the entrance of the building. AUSTIN makes his way against the crowd, his body tense and withdrawn, highly focused on getting away from the crowd.
INT. HIGH SCHOOL GYM: DAY
TRAVIS You lost it? What do you mean you lost it?
LILY I dunno. I must have left it somewhere.
TRAVIS That bag has important stuff in it!
LILY “Important stuff?” Like what, your homework?
TRAVIS Noooo, come on. Stuff for the bonfire tonight.
LILY I’m not even sure I want to go.
TRAVIS Why not? You love being outside.
LILY Well it’s not exactly about being outside, is it. It’s more about the stuff in the backpack.
TRAVIS
Lily...
LILY Look, I’ll find it, okay?
She walks away.
TRAVIS (calling after her) I love you!
LILY (not looking back) Love you too.
INT. CLASSROOM 1: DAY
Austin sits at a desk in an empty classroom, engrossed in a book. A red backpack lies under a desk nearby.
INT. OTHER CLASSROOM: DAY
An identical classroom, yet totally different. It is overflowing with books, science equipment, and scribbles all over the walls. The fluorescent lights are off; it is lit by warm lamps instead. It’s a chaotic yet cozy place. A few armchairs are mixed in with the desks. TALBOTT and DONOVAN are hunched over a math problem. CHRISTIAN reads a book. NICK dozes.
TALBOTT So if the set can’t contain X because then X doesn’t satisfy the predicate defining it, where did I go wrong?
DONOVAN Kid, you made a mistake before you even stated the proposition, when you “decided” that sets should be defined using a predicate. I guess you don’t get your pilot license based on your quantitative reasoning skills, huh.
CHRISTIAN Oh do knock it off, Donovan, you’re wrong as well. Actually, the problem isn’t the decision that sets should be defined with predicates, but the assumption that every predicate will define a set.
2.
DONOVAN Don’t be such a smart-aleck. I could tell you a few things about my new factorization method, using the Extended Euclidean Algorithm, that would knock the socks off your little witticisms about proof by contradiction.
NICK Look! Someone’s here!
For the first time, we see there is a large TV monitor at one end of the classroom. It shows the identical room Austin is in; on the monitor we see the door to the classroom opening and Lily walking in.
INT. CLASSROOM 1: DAY
Lily clears her throat. Austin looks up in alarm.
LILY
Hi.
(no response) Uh... have you seen a red backpack?
INT. OTHER CLASSROOM: DAY
NICK Check it out! Red backpack, right there!
INT. CLASSROOM 1: DAY
Austin picks up the backpack and holds it up silently.
LILY Awesome, thanks! It’s actually my boyfriend’s... he’s been giving me the third degree about it.
INT. OTHER CLASSROOM: DAY
CHRISTIAN Third degree?
DONOVAN
No idea.
3.
NICK Burns! Third degree burns!
INT. CLASSROOM 1: DAY
AUSTIN Did your boyfriend burn you?
LILY
Uh... no?
INT. OTHER CLASSROOM: DAY
DONOVAN Then why on earth would she say “third degree?”
TALBOTT I don’t like this at all.
The monitor displays Lily’s shirt, close up. On the monitor it appears to be a much brighter orange than in reality, almost glowing.
CHRISTIAN Look at her shirt. It’s so--
DONOVAN (shielding himself) Blinding.
NICK Guys, it’s okay. It’s just orange.
TALBOTT Orange. Like those flowers at the 7th street park.
LILY (on the monitor) So... can I have my backpack now?
They speak simultaneously, wandering away from the monitor.
CHRISTIAN The park with the old men playing chess. You play chess at home with dad, he won last time and you spilled your ice cream...
4.
DONOVAN Flowers in your mother’s garden, summertime when you used to lie together underneath the stars, you miss her, you want to go home...
TALBOTT 7th street! 7 is a prime number, atomic number of nitrogen, smallest number of faces of a rectangular polygon not constructible by a straightedge and compass....
INT. CLASSROOM 1: DAY
Lily moves to take the backpack away from Austin. He pulls away and starts to rock slightly.
LILY What’s the matter? Is something...? Ohhh. You’re like, special needs, aren’t you. I remember now, I’ve seen you around. Hey... I didn’t mean to scare you.
He gradually stops rocking and looks at her.
INT. OTHER CLASSROOM: DAY
Talbott, Christian and Donovan slowly re-approach the monitor. Nick is glued to it.
INT. CLASSROOM 1: DAY
LILY What’s your name?
AUSTIN Austin Allen Granding.
LILY
Hi Austin.
INT. OTHER CLASSROOM: DAY

About the Director

Gary Bulkin has been producing commercials, corporate video, and films for over 30 years.