Mark is forced into going to community college when his plans fall through. He begins to experience a quarter life crises, until he meets a girl who shows him what he has been missing out on in his own town. It is a mix between Garden State and The Science of Sleep.
Synopsis:Mark, 18, is struggling with losing who he was, and what he wants to be. Caught in this in-between stage that is creating a quarter life crises. After high school he didn't get into a good college, which gave him two options; go to community college or join the Navy. He chose community college. The first day of school his girlfriend, who did go off to college leaves him a voicemail breaking up with him. He also forgets his wallet after waiting 45 minutes to get his book. To top it off he hits on a cute girl and gets rejected.
While at community college Mark meets a comical guy named Sinclair who begins to bring Mark out of his shell. He also meets a spontaneous girl named Liz who shows him another side to the city he has never seen.
The film takes place in Olympia Washington, which is a liberal city and the capital of Washington State. It has a lot of heart which this story surrounds itself with. Various places with in the city are captured, and the film reflects its artistic soul.
Mark has an interesting imagination that will play out throughout the script, and the art direction is a lot like The Science of Sleep. Most of the imaginary movies that play out in Marks mind are made out of cardboard, rear projection, and cellophane. There are numerous homages to classic films such as Taxi Driver and One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.
After meeting Liz they are caught up in the dilemma of the lack of time and the growing romance. Mark doesn't exactly know where they stand, whether he's in the friend zone or if they are romantically engaged. Liz is reluctant because she only has a year left of school before she moves onto a University, yet they take the chance anyway and then Mark starts to struggle with jealousy.
The year flies by. Their dates are exciting, such as going to an old roller rink to go rollerblading or going to a concert and joining the mosh pit. Liz has to prod at Mark to figure out what he wanted to do before everything fell through, and he finally tells her he wanted to be an actor. So she tries to get him to act out the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet on a playground. Eventually Mark gives in.
Before they know it Liz has been accepted to NYU, but doesn’t tell Mark. Mark finds out second hand through Liz's mother and gets irritated. They don’t speak, but it pushes Mark to fallow his dreams and he gets the lead in Romeo and Juliet. Liz comes but they still don’t get a chance to speak because she leaves early. Finally Mark realizes that he doesn’t want to hold her back, but the resolution leaves it possible for them to get together in the future not now because they are fallowing their dreams but possibly one day.
The main theme behind this film is the idea that it's not what you’re doing, but who you’re with. This script was loosely based on my own experience at community college and the people who helped shape who I am today.
This is a rough cut of the footage we were able to shoot. The sound isn't that great and it was thrown together quickly but this is just so you get the idea while a better version is being put together.