361MC – Animation First Draft Script

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The story begins with main character Lucy in her bedroom one evening, looking upset and sitting quietly on her bed with her hands in her knees. We pan to see different fitness posters on her wall in the background. Lucy then receives online messages, but chooses to ignore them. We zoom into the computer screen, which shows she has received many comments from other people regarding her looks and weight. It will become clear that this has been an ongoing thing and we will see Lucy get up and walk away from the laptop and begin looking at herself in the mirror. She holds different areas of her body and appears to study them. We will then go to a shot of what she see’s in the mirror, which is somebody much larger staring back at her. We then flip to close up of her face appearing very emotional. We hear the messages continuing to come through on her laptop. Lucy continues to look at herself in the mirror and begins to cry. We then zoom out to a wide shot of her bedroom.

Lucy later goes downstairs and sits down to have dinner with her family. We will show a close up tracking shot of each family member eating there dinner, apart from Lucy. Lucy looks incredibly uncomfortable and her family wonder why she is not eating her dinner but do not know the true extent of her problem. We show Lucy playing around with her dinner and not being at all interested in eating it. Fade shot to show time has passed and the rest of the family has finished eating. Tracking shot of all of the empty plates on the table as well as Lucy’s full plate. Lucy looks at her family and after making sure nobody is looking she scrapes her food into a bag she has under the dinner table. Close up of Lucy’s face looking very sad and guilty.

Later we see a close up of Lucy’s feet as she walks into the bathroom. She kneels down and places her hands onto the toilet seat. We see her face and a tear is running down her cheek. We then see her from behind whilst she is sick into the toilet. After wiping her mouth she cries heavily. She then sits down on the bathroom floor and continues crying and the shot then fades out.

We then see a close up of Lucy’s feet and a tracking shot upwards onto her body and see her face. Her body is dry, crackling and slightly bleeding. We see Lucy shaking as she is so weak and cold despite the layers of clothes she is wearing. Lucy takes out a pen and begins to write a diet plan onto a piece of paper, which states she will eat nothing for breakfast, some cucumber slices for lunch and just a bowl of lettuce for dinner. Lucy finishes writing her list, tilts her head to look at it and smiles and nods as if she is happy about how little she will be eating.

Later, Lucy walks into the kitchen. We see her get herself a glass of water. As she is pouring the water her mum walks up towards her and points at the dinner that is cooking on the stove. Lucy shakes her head as if to say she is not very hungry and walks out of the room. Her mum watches her leave, and has a worried look on her face.

Back in her bedroom, Lucy sips the water and then puts it down, gets up and begins to jog on the spot, getting faster and faster. She then begins to do star jumps and other various exercises. We see her take a large breath and look exusted. After sipping a little more water, she goes back to exercising but this time is faster and for a longer time. She suddenly stops and stumbles backwards and cannot keep her balance. We see the room spinning. Lucy tries to hold her head and stop but the room begins spinning faster. Lucy suddenly collapses to the ground and the shot then blacks out.

During the blackout, we hear the sounds of a hospital machine beeping for several seconds. This then slows down and eventually stops, and the sound of a flat line plays over

We then go to a shot, which indicates it is taking place 2 years later. Lucy appears in the shot and is sitting at the table with her family enjoying her dinner. She looks happy and healthy and is going through recovery.

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