Saturday, December 8, 2007

Ox story

Angeline and I wrote out the beat script so that its a story hopefully we can work out the kinks sooner then later, and figure out how to put this on the screen. lets get this story locked. we should meet up tomorrow and discus this new story, and make a reel.


Long ago the human race believed that sacrificing foods would keep them in good favour with the gods. Although the food supplies dwindled to next to nothing their faith remained strong and continue pay their respects to the gods. Up in the heavens the celestial animals eagerly await their daily offering of food. The ox buts in the circle curiously as the other animals all look at the ox and push him away. The ox knowing he’s not included hangs his head sadly. The other animals spot a tiny fruit floating towards the heavens, each animal starving from the lack offerings selfishly decided that they will be the one to eat it. As the fruit drew near enough to grab the other celestial animal madly scramble for the fruit. I the epic battle the fruit flies from the scuffle and lands in front of the celestial Ox. The Ox being a large and powerful animal was extra hungry from the lack of offerings and excitedly stuffed the fruit in his mouth. The other animals were slightly annoyed by this and expressed theirs anger towards the ox. Knowing that the Ox wasn’t the brightest star cluster in the sky the angered celestial animals send the Ox down to earth to gather more food. The celestial Ox is forcefully booted out of the heavens and down to earth. A human child is playing a game in the human temple when he hears a rumble and witnesses the Ox Landing in the sacrificial pot, the Celestial Ox looks back up at the Heavens, sighs, and gets on with his duties while still chewing his fruit. He grabs the sacrificial pot to gather food in. Meanwhile the kid is frozen from amazement and watches the ox walk by him. He runs off in fear. While the Celestial Ox is searching high and low for some food to bring home, the kid from the temple returns with some friends to observe the ox from behind a pile of rocks. The Ox is still eating his fruit from the heavens. He finishes his fruit, and spits out the core behind him. The glowing core falls into a crack in the ground. The ground around the crack begins to glow. A massive tree grows from the ground along with a lush patch of other edible plants. The Ox is completely oblivious to this, and only turns to see the tree after a fruit has fallen on his head. The ox is shocked and baffled because he could have sworn that tree wasn’t there before. The starving humans are amazed at his celestial powers of the ox. The Ox gathers up all the food with his strength by shaking the tree. He piles the fruit in the sacrificial pot to an amazing height. The ox examines the pile of food that is teetering and tottering until finally one fruit falls into his open mouth. Happily, he starts to pull the bowl back to the temple creating a large furrow in the ground. The humans who observed this run off excitedly. Back at the temple, the Ox puts the sacrificial bowl back on the altar and turns to find a huge crowd of hungry people watching him. The humans are starving and want some of the food, but the ox pantomimes NO! It is for the celestial animals. The humans look super-pathetically starving and hungry, but the ox still says NO! Finally, an ultra-super-pathetically starving child with enormous eyes runs up and grabs a fruit and holds it close to his body. The ox demands the fruit back with his tail, and the kid looks even sadder and stuffs the fruit in his mouth, exactly like the ox did at the beginning of the film. -Flashback!!!- To the ox at the beginning of the film, feeling rejected the other celestial animals and booted from the heavens. He thinks and decides with a smile to give the food to the humans. With heaping handfuls the ox throws all the fruit to the crowd. He does this until he reaches back, and there is no more food to be given. The crowd of humans is still hungry and the Ox thinks to himself how I can feed these people. He spits out his fruit core that he has been chewing the whole time into the furrow that he made himself as he dragged the sacrificial bowl of fruit. The ground starts to rumble as the magic core begins to grow. The kid seeing this directs the Celestial Ox’s attention towards the sprouting tree and other newly grown foods. The ox seeing this realizes that his celestial magic can make stuff grow with the aid of a seed and hole in the ground. The ox immediately takes off to start growing food for the starving humans. The ox is happily in the field ploughing with a makeshift plough, floating along while chewing and spitting seeds out behind him. For every seed he spits his glow fades and the ox dips towards the ground until finally his glow fades completely and he crashes to the earth. He tries to keep ploughing, but it’s much harder now. The kid from the temple jumps onto his back and encourages him to keep going with the humans help. The plants don’t grow as fast, since he’s not a glowing celestial power is gone, As the humans and the ox work together in the fields, the ox’s colour changes to a more normal brown colour. Cut into the future the land now is lush with vegetation and the humans look much healthier. The kid from the temple is telling this story to a group of children while sitting beside the noble ox. While they’re talking, in the background, the celestial monkey sneaks in to steal some food. -the ox floats through most of the story, until he starts to lose his powers. (During credits: Kid asks ‘Where do baby ox come from?’ Ox and narrator share a significant look, and narrator says ‘That’s another story.’)

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