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Philadelphia Diary: an interactive script
by Bruce Graham, Michael Hollinger and Sonia Sanchez

A director starts the journey of filmmaking with a script as his roadmap, but like every interesting journey, filmmaking has its share of roadblocks -- and unexpected pleasures. The traffic jam, the wildflowers by the side of the road, the friendly (or not-so-friendly) waitress in the roadside dinerŠthese are the details of a trip, the stuff that a simple statement like "I took I95 from Florida to Maine" never captures.

We wanted to share with you the traffic jams and wildflowers (and pigeons and heat waves and macaroni) we encountered during the making of "Philadelphia Diary." We also wanted to share with you stories about the people, places, sounds and sights of the city that inspired us to make this film -- to start this journey -- in the first place. So we decided to combine the text of the "Philadelphia Diary" script with interviews, music clips, stories, and more. The result is this Interactive Script. We hope you enjoy the journey as much as we did.

If you've never read a script before, try reading the section called Anatomy of a Scene, below. If you're an old pro, you're ready to begin at SCENE 1

NOTE: Some material in this script may be inappropriate for children.


Anatomy of a Scene
How is a script written? There are very specific rules for how a script looks that make it easier to use. The description below is a guide to help you understand the script you're about to read, and help it come to life online.


Each scene has a number in sequence that appears at the top left...
SCENE 7
...which is followed by the location - both place and time - in all capital letters.
INT. KOWALSKI BEDROOM -- MORNING

We are introduced to a character by name (in caps), and we learn what they are doing at this moment via stage directions ...
SUSAN (SUZE) KOWALSKI, early 20's, sleeps soundly under the sheets. Her radio (features story about July 3- Welcome America on Morning Edition with Martin Wells) alarm comes on.

When a character has dialog, they are indicated by name in centered type and their lines, and sometimes more stage directions, follow...
SUZE
(to the radio)
Not today...

Since no new characters have been introduced since SUZE's last line, these stage directions need no character header...
She rolls over, reaching out for her husband. . .then sits up when she realizes he's not there.


Now that you know how to interpret the parts of a script, you're ready to dive right in to SCENE 1 ...

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