suicide rate awareness PSA storyboard that encourages COMPASSION
(opens with a view of the auditorium and I walk out from stage left and walk to center stage) A: Quiet, isn't it? The darkest corners of this room seeming to be further back in the emptiness that consumes it. Unable to find the right light switch to see what you're doing. Where you're going.
(Changes every time a different person speaks: viewing from different parts of the school) *Every person who will speak has a certain number and according to how comfortable they feel saying somethings and how many times they want to talk, the slines given will be distributed accordingly) 1: (in the hallway: 500's or 400's) Jargon by definition is special words or expressions... 2: (in courtyard or library) Used by a particular profession or group 3: (in bathroom: looking at camera through mirror) and are difficult for other to understand 4: (at lockers by 200's) Pain is a Jargon. 5: (lunchroom) People speak their own language 2: (coming from classroom) Some are lucky enough to learn another's jargon 6: (sitting on bench by lunchroom and library) But they forget their own in the process of learning a new language. 7: (by vending machines) Forget their importance 3: (in band room with instrument in front of music stand with music ) Forget their hopes and dreams. 1: (By trophy lockers) Forget their accomplishments
A: (back inside of the auditorium: try to film from a lower angle of a sort) 11 students die from suicide everyday in America alone. 7: (walking by auditorium: film facing the parking lot *if the lighting is alright) People think that suicide is unpreventable, when the person almost always gives signs of their Jargon. A: (auditorium) Talking about being a burden to others 2: (enters stage right) loss of interest 5: (up from stairs *left) rage 1: (enters stage left) irritability 6: (enter back stage left) anxiety 3: (up from stairs *right) By not learning another's Jargon 4: (stage back right) or by learning too many Jargons 3: (on stage) you're pushing the hurt away.
(at this point in time all 7 individuals have entered the stage and are currently standing behind me---close up of every person when they speak) 7: Compassion 5: Compassion 3: Compassion 1: Compassion A: Compassion is a language everyone should understand, for those who don't will learn from others. It can help save lives. Yours. 2: mine 4: his 6: theirs 1 and 3: ours 5: your friend's 7: your family's
A: Learning the Jargon is easy, it's listening to it that's the tough part. All you need to ask is a simple question... (turns to person next to me or away from camera to group of people in auditorium) Hey, how are you doing?
(scene changes to view people talking and being kind to one another *if Mr. Wallace does not talk to me about my plan* and people laughing and having a good time with one another) A: (with a group of friends--smiling) compassion can save lives. Give a compliment a day. It might just save theirs. (ends with a picture groups of friends being goofy and smiling---transitions to the word "compassion" and then transitions to "you made a difference")
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