The latest Play with the Prose challenge required us to write a story about a person or community of people no more than an inch tall. Interesting! Let’s see how this works…
|“Mr. Demopolous? Mr. Carter from the Vancouver Board of Labour is here to see you.”
Oscar Demopolous stubbed out his cigarette, reached into his upper left drawer for a bottle of Maalox and took a swig, then thumbed the intercom and replied, “Send him in.” He stood and greeted the man as he entered, then offered him a chair.
The investigator took his seat opposite the large desk. “I understand you were at the set during filming; tell me what happened.”
“Everybody knows the unusual story of the tiny Jankowicz’ family. It occurred to me a while back how wonderful it would be to hire them for our minatures filming — after all, they are 1:72 scale! CGI can do wonders, but every director likes live-action shots, of course.”
“I understand this, but let’s get to the incident…”
“Yes, yes. Well, we follow the strictest safety standards and always have a fire safety officer on set. We had been filming an exciting segment for our film 2013 with explosions and falling buildings and the like. It went exactly as it was choreographed. But at the end of the day, who would have known there was a cat hanging around the trailers?!”
The judges’ comments:
K: I rolled my eyes, but it was mostly in the good way. This could feel like a stupid nudge-nudge twist but it’s foreshadowed properly. BRONZE
P: Simple gag, fun results. The idea of a director using a miniature family for model shots is funny, and a cat would totally ruin a one inch tall human’s world. BRONZE
Alrighty — still on the medal stand: STANDINGS
- Once again I went with my first instincts: what would I hire people less than 1″ tall to do? Acting in miniture special effects shots!
- Oscar Demopolous is my shout out to Dino DeLaurentiis.
- Probably should have been the British Columbia Board of Labour, but that’s an extra word I couldn’t afford.
- I considered the old saw “Never work with aminals or children,” and the ending fell into place.
Pressure’s on to continue the medal streak, and looks like I’ll have to come up with a “halfway” good submission this week, too…