Alejandro Joseph Serrano
Professor Garcia Productions.
English 102 Studios
8 May, 2019
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
[EXT. Dock of Maine– The sun is shining on a small town on the coast of Maine. Shops are open and the people lining the streets are enjoying the day. One man in a tuxedo, Steve Carell, is running down the street at breakneck speeds, stumbling over his new shoes. He eventually finds a store, WEDDING GIFTS INC. Just as he is about to enter, a man in wretched, ragged clothing (Jim Carrey) makes his way out of an alley and they both lock eyes.]
Jim- HEY! YOU THERE! WHAT THE HELL ARE YA DOIN?
Steve- What the-
[Steve gets decked in the face by Jim, knocking him unconscious. When Steve wakes up, we find him lying face up on a bench covered in a mangy blanket. Next to him we see Jim rummaging through a full trash can.]
Steve- What the…
Jim- AH! You’re Awake! Well get ready for storytime, sleepy head, cuz you’re in for a real doozy!
Steve- … What the hell is going on here? I was just about to grab a gift for my daughter’s wedding when you just beat the hell out of me for no reason!
Jim- Well, I wouldn’t say it was for no reason whatsoever. I’d say it was from God’s good graces that I smacked you around for a bit, cuz now I’m gonna tell you a delightful story of why the hell I’m here!
Steve- Oh dear God please don’t tell m-
Jim- It all started long ago…
[Transition from a closeup of Jim Carrey’s face where he looks like a decrepit old man and show him where he’s more middle aged. His clothes turn into those of a sailor, and he looks like he is about to set sail for one of his last major travels across the open sea.]
Jim [Narration]- I was but a younger version of me before I made my way upon the open sea. This was supposed to be my last job on deck, and then I could finally retire. [Camera pans to an older ship that looks like it would fall under the weight of the wind.] Everyone on that ship was prepared to make it across the arctic sea and make it back before anyone could sleep a wink; but that’s when things started to get gnarly bad!
[Transition to Carrey boarding the ship, and the next shot is of the ship stuck square in the middle of the ocean, no wind in the sky and very little oil in the rig. Jim and the Crew are stuck as far as they can tell. Pan to Jim’s face overlooking the ocean.]
Jim [Narration]- It was all supposed to go so well, but sometime’s things don’t go the way as plan. I remember the crew getting so pent up about the situation that they took a lousy albatross as a sigh of good hope. Now, I won’t lie to you and say that was one smarter ideas the crew had, but I had had my fill of that nonsense and took matters into my own hands. [Shot of Carrey shooting the albatross] But I guess the crew had to have been a little right, because what happened next was really nasty. There was a fog that engulfed our ship, and we couldn’t see farther than a few feet around the ship, but we did see one ship in the distance, and it stank rank of the supernatural…
I wanted to do a movie script of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner because I felt that the source material itself would really lend itself into a style that could really be exciting to see on the big screen. In scenes were the crew is stranded on the sea, the shots that could be done could really accentuate the feelings of claustrophobia when they are stranded in the fog of the sea, or how when they encounter Death and Life After Death the costumes and the actors could really do a fantastic job in bringing to life the full dreadfulness of the situation. Although my script focuses mainly on the less that exciting introduction of the poem, I feel like my interpretation really brings more audience investment when we see how the wacky tale of the Mariner begins; instead of just walking up and talking to the wedding goer, I thought it’d be more interesting if maybe the Mariner actually kidnaps him so that he can tell the tale. I also like to think that my faster pace within the script helps the audience get the the deeper substances within the source material, where later there will be extended scenes about how the crew dies suddenly and how they come back to life with the help of angels to steer the ship again. My interpretation is pretty effective in trying to get the poetic nature of the piece to really stick out more for the audience so that they can really see the amazing details that are within the poem. It is also important to note that my casting choices of Jim Carrey as the Ancient Mariner and Steve Carrel as the Wedding Goer are the best choices as Jim has pretty surprising range when it comes to more serious films and Steve is able to pull off the confusion on the part so well as he’s done many films where he finds himself in weird predicaments. This film is gonna rock everyone to the core, and I hope everyone enjoys it. Thank you and have a nice day.
Alejandro Joseph Serrano