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“The Kick-Ass Diva” Pitch

September 13, 2012

I’m having my students pitch their short film projects this week, and I’ve decided to use their deadlines for a project I’m planning to shoot next summer.  In their pitches, they had to introduce their story and characters in 90 seconds. So here’s mine:

The “Kick-Ass Diva” sings like a bird and strikes like a cheetah. She draws the bad guys to her shows, then takes them down like the skilled mercenary she is. Is she a singer who moonlights as a spy? Is she a secret agent disguised as a soprano? Who cares, she’s the Kick-Ass Diva.

The Diva begins crooning her song (“I Can’t Lose for Losing You”), and eyes Peter Voltok in the audience. As she sings, an invitation drops on his table: “Meet me backstage.” A raised eyebrow from the Diva confirms that yes, it’s from her.

Backstage, the Diva and Voltok raise a glass, but Voltok sees her watching him too closely. He looks at the rim of his glass and sees a thin residue – acid! The Diva catches his hesitance, and throws a roundhouse kick his way, but he deflects and sends her flying against the wall. He lunges, but she’s already moved. As they struggle, she begins listing off his international atrocities.  He doesn’t deny, and smiles at a few. His final sin: he didn’t tip the band.

They continue blow for blow, until he gets the upper hand and takes one of their broken celebration glasses to her throat. Before he can deliver the death blow, the Diva belts a C above high-C, shatters the glass, and the force of her vocal waves sends a shard deep into his chest. A quick blow lodges it into Voltok’s heart. He drops his $3 tip from his chest pocket and breathes his last. The Diva takes the tip, straightens her dress, and quietly goes back to her drink.

It’s a very rough concept of what will probably be a four-minute movie. What’cha think? I’ll post more about the Diva in a bit.

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