Pink (9/10/2013) 6
Dim lights, loud MUSIC blaring from behind a door. A thudding
At the end of the hall -- where the music is coming from -- a
few PARTYGOERS mingle by a door. The door opens. A YOUNG MAN
hands a SECOND YOUNG MAN a wad of cash in exchange for a Zip-
lock bag of PILLS. The SECOND YOUNG MAN eyes Andrew.
Andrew turns away, heads left -- to his own door. Hurriedly
opens it and slips inside.
7 INT. DORMITORY - ANDREW’S ROOM - NIGHT 7
A single. Drumsticks and drum pads scattered, biographies of
Bach and Coltrane on the shelf, posters of Louis Armstrong
and Charlie Parker on the walls. A TV is on, some sort of
music documentary. Andrew watches from his bed -- as, over
OLD AUDIO OF DRUMMING and old stills of a boy at a drum set --
By the age of ten, Traps the Boy Wonder
was wowing crowds all over America. By
his teens, Buddy Rich was well on his way
to becoming the stuff of legend.
TALKING HEAD #1
Like any truly great player, Buddy seemed
to have been born with music in his
blood. He grasped it intuitively, in a
way you and I just can’t.
TALKING HEAD #2
You check out the old stuff, man. You look
at those movies when he was a kid, his
Beat. Andrew takes it all in -- especially these words:
TALKING HEAD #2 (O.S.) (CONT’D)
You just can’t teach that. That kind of
You either got it or you don’t.
Andrew turns off the TV. We hear the party beat continuing
outside, muffled. He leans back and switches off his light.
WE FADE OUT.
8 INT. GEHRING HALL - NASSAU BAND ROOM - DAY 8
The same room we saw Andrew practicing in at night -- only now
it’s full of musicians. Mostly male, mostly first- and second-
years. This is NASSAU BAND, one of Shaffer’s lower-level jazz
ensembles. Because it’s Shaffer, the players are still first-
rate. A few third-years are here, too -- including a red-head
drummer with the body of a linebacker. RYAN CONNOLLY.