EXT. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AERIAL SHOT - DAY
Flying low over the massive sprawl of the city.
There are 2,762,500 cellular
phones currently operating in the
county of Los Angeles.
Local citizens on their cellulars.
A BUSINESSMAN IN A CROWDED RESTAURANT - simultaneously
devouring his lunch and conducting a heated negotiation over
CAMERA PANS THE RESTAURANT
A pretty woman at the next table also on her cell phone.
And beyond two more on theirs. Half the restaurant seems to
be talking and eating at the same time.
Even the waiter is in the corner anxiously taking a call
from his agent.
Forty percent of all households in
the city utilize one or more
EXT. DOWNTOWN L.A. STREET
A teenager on a skateboard weaves through traffic while
chattering on the phone.
He whips past numerous motorists at the light who are
likewise engaged in conversation.
OPENING CREDITS APPEAR
EXT. THE BALL PARK - DAY
The crowd cheers as the Dodgers score a base hit -- except
for those who are too busy on the phone to notice.
INT. DARKENED MOVIE THEATE
Packed with customers. At the crucial dramatic moment
someone's cell phone goes off. The audience voices its
disapproval, hooting as the owner of the offending device
dashes up the aisle to the lobby.
EXT. THE BEACH - DAY
Gorgeous sun worshippers -- and many of them glued to their
One couple mouth to mouth in an embrace, oblivious to all
around them -- until a cell phone rings. They immediately
terminate their lovemaking -- both of them reaching for
their cellular at the same moment. Nobody can afford to
miss a call.
An estimated 200 new units are
being added each day.
INT. MEN'S ROOM
A long line of gentlemen at the urinals. And one of them
using his free hand to punch up a number.
EXT. BEVERLY HILLS - HIGH SCHOOL - DAY
As the students swarm out, immediately switch on their cell
phones and launch into an update of the day's events.
INT. A LAP DANCING CLUB
As a frustrated young lady vainly tries to attract the
attention of her middle aged client by giving it her all --
only to find him oblivious to her charms and entirely
focused on his cellular call.
Despite the proximity of her bare breasts and the thrashing
of her long auburn hair across his face there is no
response. It's as if she's not even there.
HIGH ANGLE - ABOVE THE CANYONS
Perched here amidst the wilderness one of the giant dishes
that relay thousands of calls to a satellite station in the
ON THE SOUND TRACK we HEAR a cacophony of overlapping voices
-- idle babble -- crucial information -- and just plain
talk, totally unintelligible -- which quickly begins to take
on the quality of chirping insects -- as still more voices
join in and the volume rises to virtually engulf us.