1 INT. TOWNHOUSE/STUDY - DAY 1
-EARLY APRIL, 1841
We are close on a PAIR OF BLACK HANDS as they open AFINELY WRAPPED PACKET OF VIOLIN STRINGS.
WE CUT TO the hands stringing a VIOLIN. It's not a highend piece, but it is quite nice.
WE CUT TO a wide shot of the study. Sitting in a chairwith violin in hand is SOLOMON NORTHUP; a man in his latetwenties. Everything about Solomon, his mien and manner,
is distinguished. But he, too, seems a hardy individual.
Someone who has known manual labor in his time.
Solomon begins to lightly play his violin, as if testingthe strings, their tuning. Satisfied, Solomon begins toplay vigorously. As he does, we make a HARD CUT TO:
2 INT. HOUSE/LIVING ROOM - EVENING 2
We come in on a lively affair. A dinner party is beingthrown within the confines of a fairly stately house. In
attendance are EIGHT COUPLES. All are WHITE and all are
FAIRLY YOUNG, in their early twenties. The men and women
are dressed in very fine attire. We should get the sensethat for the most part they are people of means.
The furniture has been set aside in the living room. At
the moment the couples are engaged in the dancing of aREEL.
The music they are dancing to is being played by Solomon,
having cut directly from the tune he was previouslyplaying. He plays with a light determination, and in noway seems possessed with empty servitude.
Solomon concludes the reel, and the dancers break intoenthusiastic applause, which is followed by personalthanks and congratulations from all. It should be clear
that despite their respective races there is muchadmiration and appreciation for Solomon's abilities.