Living in Oblivion script
Synopsis: Living in Oblivion is a 1995 low-budget independent comedy-drama film, written and directed by Tom DiCillo and is also Peter Dinklage's debut role.

A battered 35mm movie camera stands alone on a wooden tripod

surrounded by blackness. Opening credits begin. An almost

imperceptible DOLLY in toward the movie camera. The dolly

forward continues throughout the credits ending in an EXTREME

CU of the camera's lens, filling the frame like a giant,

glass full moon. Fade to BLACK.

Suddenly a door opens directly in front of the camera, wiping

the lens and revealing the following scene in Black and White.

EXT. STREET. NYC. NIGHT

A quiet, deserted industrial street. It is over an hour before

dawn and the street is still cloaked in the heavy stillness

of night.

In the weak light filtering out of their battered van, BERT

and CYBIL -- the Craft Service Managers, finish setting out

breakfast supplies on a 6' table. They work in almost complete

silence, both nearly paralyzed with sleep. A cheap walkie-

talkie, lying beside a paper plate of soggy Oreos, sputters

and buzzes occasionally. Other items on the table include a

mangled banana, seven grapes, and a box of chocolate covered

donuts.

BERT:

What time is it?

CYBIL:

Four. Why?

BERT:

This milk is bad.

CYBIL:

(sniffs)

When did you buy it?

BERT:

Tuesday? I don't know. What's today?

CYBIL:

Monday.

(pause)

There's a deli on Broadway.

BERT:

Nothing closer?

CYBIL:

Nothing that's open.

BERT:

(sniffs the milk)

Is it that bad?

CYBIL:

I don't know. You're the one who

said it was bad.

At that moment a large truck grinds around the corner and

shudders to a stop in front of the building. Bert replaces

the carton of milk neatly beside the orange juice.

EXT. STREET. NYC. NIGHT. B/W

Amid low, one-word greetings, the CREW tumbles out of the

trucks and stands in a groggy cluster around the Craft Service

table. WOLF -- the Cameraman, assumes a place of prominence.

He wears a black leather coat, a black beret, and black

leather half-fingered gloves.

WOLF:

This is the worst fucking coffee

I've had in my life.

CYBIL:

Then don't drink it.

GAFFER:

What're we doing today?

WOLF:

(pulls out a wrinkled

callsheet)

"Interior. Living Room. Ellen talks

to Mom."

AC:

Any nudity?

CYBIL:

Yeah, you have to take your fucking

pants off.

AC:

I'll do it. I like Ellen.

GAFFER:

Yeah, she's a babe. She was the nurse

in that Richard Gere movie.

BERT:

I worked on that.

AC:

The shower scene.

WOLF:

Start with the 5K in the window. Run

feeders for three blonds into the

living room.

GAFFER:

Two people. Sitting? Standing?

WOLF:

Who fuckin' knows?

GAFFER:

(walks off)

"Ellen talks to Mom."

INT. CAR. NIGHT. B/W

NICOLE sits quietly in the back seat of a beat-up station

wagon. She glances out at the empty city moving past her

window and lets out a deep sigh.

JEFF, the young intern assigned as her driver, glances into

the rearview mirror.

JEFF:

Tired?

NICOLE:

No, I've been up since four. I've

got a big scene today and I'm kind

of nervous.

JEFF:

"Ellen talks to Mom."

NICOLE:

Have you read the script?

JEFF:

No. It's on the callsheet.

NICOLE:

Oh. Well, it's pretty emotional. I

tell my mother I never felt she really

loved me.

JEFF:

You're going to yell at each other?

NICOLE:

I don't know. I'm just going to go

with how I feel. Which is the scary

part. I'm very close to this

character.

JEFF:

Problems with your own mom?

NICOLE:

Yes. But she died before I, well

before we could reconcile...

JEFF:

You were great in that Richard Gere

movie.

NICOLE:

Thanks.

EXT. RESIDENTIAL HOTEL. NIGHT. B/W

CU sidewalk. A pair of women's orthopedic shoes enter the

frame and begin pacing.

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)Say it

Tom DiCillo

Thomas A. "Tom" DiCillo (born August 14, 1953) is an American film director, screenwriter and cinematographer. more…

All Tom DiCillo scripts | Tom DiCillo Books

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Translation

Translate and read this script in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss this Living in Oblivion script with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Living in Oblivion" Scripts.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 23 Nov. 2017. <http://www.scripts.com/script/living_in_oblivion_897>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!