NCIS SB008 Media Collage

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Screenplay

There is now a rather jarring cut and an abrupt change in the music as we see a television news-anchor reporting on the mission. A news graphic with the caption "Spaceship with a Child Seat?" appears in the upper right corner of the screen.

NEWS ANCHOR:
Today, a specially modified surplus Soyuz-SF spacecraft carried what one commentator called the 'most precious cargo ever launched' into Earth orbit.
Young Georgiana Lerner, her mother, Hiromi Lerner and Russian cosmonaut, Sergei Titov, are on their way to the moon. Little Georgiana will be going to live on the International Space Foundations Space Colony run by her father Robert Lerner.

So, is this human progress or dangerous child abuse. Give us your opinion now. We cut to a daytime talk show in which two activists are talking to a host about the dangers and "irresponsibility" of taking a child into space.

FIRST GUEST:
Space is one of the most hostile places imaginable. To take their own children into that kind of danger? It's irresponsible … criminally irresponsible and cruel. These people should be put in jail. Someone needs to make them explain themselves. They shouldn't be allowed to do it.
ANNOUNCER
But they've already done it. They launched today.
SECOND GUEST:
And that's precisely what we've been asking them to explain. Scientists tell us that space is the most hostile environment humans have ever known. And yet they want to take children to play around in that?
HOST #1 simply nods encouragingly.
FIRST GUEST
How can they do that. They should be shot. Really … Bang!

We cut to another, more "serious issues" talk show. The guest here is actually Rob Lerner, though of course, the audience doesn't know this yet.

HOST #2:

Do you think there's a place for children in a space colony?

ROB:
Children are precisely what defines a settlement. We can't say we've got colonies on the Moon until there are children there. Children are the sign that you mean to stay there. A colony is a self-sufficient piece of humanity, not just an outpost that a few people get assigned to to do a job, and that's what this project is all about: a sustainable, self-sufficient, colony on the Moon. And that means children...
HOST
But the dangers of living in space.
ROB
Now this is something that I want to address. I've heard this argument before. We aren't living in the Apollo era. We've had 80 years of experience traveling in space. Space travel is currently less dangerous than global travel. Also, Earth is only a week away. We're not likely to starve to death or freeze. My daughter will most likely have a longer healthier life on the moon than most children alive today.
HOST
You believe that?
ROB
Yes, I truly believe that.

We cut to a "street interview" with WOMAN #1 who looks to be lower-middle class in everyday clothes.

WOMAN-IN-STREET #1:
They're spending millions shooting that little girl out into space, and that's nice, but what about all the kids right here on Earth who can't even get enough to eat? That's what I want to know...

Another street interview with a little boy.

BOY-IN-STREET:
I want to go into space, too!

Another street interview with another young woman.

MAN-IN-STREET #2:
...so like, what kind of crazy lunatics are these guys?!

NCIS SB008 Media Collage


Direction

There is now a rather jarring cut and an abrupt change in the music as we see a television news-anchor reporting on the mission. A news graphic with the caption "Spaceship with a Child Seat?" appears in the upper right corner of the screen.

This sequence is a "hyperrealist" series of cut-together media shows: news, talk show, etc.

Storyboards

Sound

MUSIC: "White Military Ants Are Floating in the Skies" by "Insignificance" from "One Minute and Two"

The music is played low under the dialog to give a slight sense of uneasiness and also to unify the different sound elements into one montage. Mostly, though, we hear the voices of the people on screen.