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  •  We need a video to spell this out: (2+ / 0-)
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    Lynwaz, CuriousBoston

    Opening scene:  words against plain background, "Do you know what the Tides Foundation is?"

    Next scene:  Picture of Beck before blackboard with Tides on it, and then circle the word Tides in red.  

    Voice-over:  The Tides Foundation supports nonprofit groups in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Glen Beck believes they are at the center of the so-called liberal conspiracy.

    Run @ 15 seconds of video of Beck in his most outrageous rant about Tides.  

    Cut to mug shot of suspect in shootout with CHP.

    Voice-over:  Byron Williams was a big fan of Beck, and, according to police, made up his mind to do something about the Tides Foundation and the ACLU.  

    Cut to photo of CHP in shootout with suspect.  

    Voice-over:  The California Highway Patrol pulled him over for a traffic stop.  He got out, dressed in a bulletproof vest, and started shooting at the police.  They fired back and took him into custody.

    The police found a notebook in his car, that allegedly detailed his plans to go to the Tides Foundation and shoot as many people as he could, "to start the revolution."  

    Cut to split screen with two photos: On the left, the mug shot or Williams, and on the right, a shot of Beck in one of his hissy moods,

    Voice over:  "One is in custody, the other remains at large.  Enough is enough."

    Fade to black, close.

    •  very nice storyboard (1+ / 0-)
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      hope someone uses it.

      •  that one was easy. (0+ / 0-)

        The "Run for your Life" storyboard for health care reform was more complicated.  This one is done in a slightly humorous style rather than dramatic/tear-jerker (I
        f---ing hate "cry porn", it's exploitative as hell, and I will not go there), so viewers find it amusing and want to see it again.  

        Basically three people walk up the sidewalk to a medical building and are met by a slick middleman who hands them each a stack of paperwork, and then they have to run up the stairways carrying the paperwork (and not dropping any) in order to get to the doctor's office.  

        The guy on crutches drops some papers and falls over first, then the pregnant woman trips and falls in a blizzard of paper, but finally the one in the track suit makes it up the stairs and through the door to the doc's office.  Where he hands in the stack of paper and pants exhaustedly, and the receptionist smiles and says, "Glad you could make it.  The doctor will see you now."  


        Actually most of these write themselves.  I just go into a quasi-trance state and the whole thing rolls like a movie in my mind's eye.   And there's plenty more where those came from.  

        Now getting someone (DNC, I'm talking to you!) to hire me to write this stuff for their campaigns: that's not so easy.  I frankly suck at self-promotion, in part because I think it's smarmy.  Ideas stand or fall on their own merits.

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