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Credits

Director: Te Rue
Scenario: Te Rue and Dottie Faux
Director of Photography: Te Rue
Operating Cameraman: Te Rue
Assistant Director: Dottie Faux
Art Director: Dorothy Fauxman
Costumes: D. Namxauf
Editor: Te Rue and Dottie Faux
Dubbing: Terra Fou and Toddie Eru
Music: Tofu Ra and Rue Iddeot
Producers: Te Rue and Dottie Faux
Text Version: Dottie Faux

Actors

Child: Alice Reynolds
Hillary: Rachel
Woman: Mrs. Bryant
Woman's voice: Te Rue
Voice of Hillary: Jason

Misc Details

Running time: approx. 24 minutes 15 seconds more or less
Filming date: 1980
Release date:
Release date of authorized text version: December 9, 2000


The Pool


1 Medium close up. Credits roll over interior view of screened door looking outside through the screen on a summer day, sun splashing what communicates to be evidently warm rays over a back yard, so audience will subliminally think of being physically or emotionally separated from joy and community. The camera focuses on the screen then the focus is slowly extended to a small enclosed play yard in what seems to be a communal yard behind some older apartment-type buildings beside a parking lot. Dubbed sounds of children laughing and playing. There are no children in the yard. Tinkling toy piano music.(2 minutes)

2 Medium close up. Small child's hands playing with Play Doh, pushing Play Doh through the screen of the door. (10 seconds)

3 Small kitten named Hillary sitting beside a sofa, its left hind leg scratching its left ear. It falls over. (10 seconds)

4 Medium close up. Small child's hands pushing Play Doh through the screen of the door. Sound of an individual entering the room. Shuffling footsteps. They stop. Scratching sounds. (20 seconds)


WOMAN (off): Hillary, you stop scratching that sofa!

HILLARY (off, more scratching): Meow.

WOMAN (off): Hillary, I told you not to claw the sofa!

5 Medium close up tracking shot of the kitten as it runs around the room then through what appears to be a kitchen doorway. (10 seconds)

6 Medium close up of the child's hands and a woman reaching down to take the Play Doh from them. (5 seconds)


WOMAN (off): Look at the mess you've made. No more Play Doh for you today.

7 POV of the child staring after the posterior of the woman who has taken the Play Doh, as she exits the room through what appears to be a kitchen doorway. POV of the child continuing to stare at the kitchen doorway. The woman passes through the doorway again and then through another open doorway into what appears to be a hall. (5 minutes)

8 POV of the child staring at the entrance to the hallway until the woman reappears and enters the kitchen again. (5 minutes)

9 Medium shot of the yard and pool from outside the screen door. (10 seconds)


WOMAN (off): Well, are you going to stand there all day?

HILLARY (off): Meow.

10 POV of the child watching the kitten as it leaps up onto the screen door and begins clawing its way up. (10 seconds)

WOMAN (off): Damn that cat. She's going to tear another claw off.

HILLARY (stuck on the door): Meow.

11 POV of child staring at the cat stuck on the door. (5 seconds)

12 Dissolve to soft focus POV shot of child running through sunlight across the yard, toward the pool and around it. Tinkling of toy piano in the background. (15 seconds)

WOMAN (off): Well, are you going to stand there all day? I told you already, no pool for a week.

13 Close up, slow-motion shot of toy piano sinking through the water of the wading pool to the bottom. (30 seconds)

WOMAN (off): You have to learn how to treat your toys right.

BABY DOLL (off): Waaah.

14 Close up, slow-motion shot of toy doll sinking through the water of the wading pool to the bottom. (5 seconds)

15 Close up of doll's closed eyes popping open under the water. The doll thrashes back and forth under the water. (5 seconds)

16 POV of the doll's eyes on the sun blazing the water's surface as it surges back up through the water. (2 seconds)

17 Close up of doll surfacing, sound of a woman yelling. (2 seconds)

18 Medium shot of small dog jumping into the water, grabbing the doll in its mouth as it bounds through and leaps out at the far side of the pool to run off across the yard. (50 seconds)

WOMAN (off): Lulu, you come back here with that doll!

19 Dissolve to POV of child staring out the screen door at the pool. (10 seconds)

WOMAN (off): You may as well stop pouting because you're not going outside. You keep standing there acting like the world has ended and I'm going to send you back to your room and then you'll really have something to pout about, young lady.

20 POV of child staring at the kitten stuck on the screen door. (2.5 seconds)

21 POV of kitten staring out the screen door at the back yard. (2.5 seconds)

WOMAN (off): All right, that's enough. You're going to your room.

22 POV of kitten watching the woman's hands as she unhinges its claws from the screen door, turns and tosses it across the room toward the kitchen door. (5 seconds)

23 POV of child staring out the screen door at the yard as the door closes. (1 second)

24 Dissolve to medium shot of the child's room. Pan in toward the window which opens out onto the yard and pool. (2 minutes)

25 POV of child staring out the screened window at the yard and pool. Toy piano sounds. (2 minutes)

26 Close up of the toy piano on the floor beneath the window, the child's foot idly banging up and down on its keys as the child stares out the window. (5 minutes)

WOMAN (off): What, are you trying to make me crazy?



THE END

NOTE: Idyllopus is sorry to report that we have not yet been supplied any shots from the film to accompany the authorized text version of THE POOL, but we are promised they are forthcoming.

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