State of the Union (18 free short film scripts)

State of the Union began as a series of short political comics on The Wise Sloth blog. This document contains short film scripts based on those comics. It’s creative common license. So you can film these or act them out in front of a live audience and keep all the proceeds. Attribution is appreciated though.

Below are links to the original individual comics and two compilations:

State of the Union Volume 1

State of the Union Volume 2

The Land Lord

Taxation Without Representation

Some are more equal than others

Life after George Washington

Basic Training Explained

The Officer Corps explained

The back end of the S.O.P.A. issue

7 Steps to becoming a billionaire (a response to people who say protesters should just get jobs)

Americans getting hand outs

Intervention with a Pop Star: Part 1

Intervention with a Pop Star: Part 2

The Equality Myth

The Tent Issue

Veterans protesting in Oakland

Protesting in America

Political Campaign Finance 101

economics 101

University 101

Click here to read the State of the Union script.  Below is the script for the first short film, The Candidate:

SCENE: A man is standing in front of the White House talking to an elephant and a donkey.

 

MAN

I’m going to run for Congress or maybe even president…but I don’t even know where to begin.

ELEPHANT AND DONKEY

We can help!

MAN

What exactly can you do for me?

ELEPHANT

We’ll take care of all the registration paperwork and red tape. We’ll give you brand recognition and manage your campaign.

DONKEY

But most importantly- we’ll connect you with investors.

MAN

Wait. What does a politician need investors for?

ELEPHANT

He didn’t say “investors.” He said, “Donors.”

DONKEY

Of course, your donors will expect you to represent their interests once you’re in office.

MAN

I’m going to represent my voters’ interest once I’m in office.

ELEPHANT

Exactly! You just have to appreciate that your donors are voting with their dollars.

DONKEY

And each dollar equals one vote.

MAN

So what if these financial voters want me to do something that’s not in the public voter’s interest?

ELEPHANT

Well, I mean, you have to ask yourself who helped you win all those public votes.

DONKEY

Also consider that your financial voters can vote you out with their money next election if they need to.

MAN

I don’t know. IT just kind of seems like a conflict of interest. It almost seems like bribery…or even extortion.

ELEPHANT

You new guys are so cute. It’s not bribery or any of that. IT’s called playing ball.

DONKEY

And everyone who plays is a winner.

MAN

So I guess I’ll need to present my platform to these donor-investor-voters so they can decide whether they want to vote for me or my opponent.

ELEPHANT

…No. Your platform is to win. The less you stand for the fewer faults anyone can find in you. See, this is why we write all your speeches for you. So you don’t make mistakes like that.

DONKEY

Anyway, the big donors vote on every candidate just to make sure their interests are represented no matter who wins.

MAN

That’s some unethical bullshit right there. I’m running against you as an independent.

ELEPHANT

Well, it was nice knowing you.

DONKEY

I hope you enjoyed your time in politics.

 

 

 


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