2nd Meeting with Dad… (part of script)

Today I met up  with my dad to show him what I have done on the script so far, its not completely finished yet, but I wanted to see how well he could translate what I had written. It was quite difficult because for the actors I would need it int English spoken Egyptian which essentially done with pronouncation.

(Please Note: This was copied from my CELTX file so formatting might be quite right)

EXT. morning, highstreet

Man walking down the street listening to his mp3 player and from what we can see on the screen he’s trying to learn Arabic.

MP3 PLAYER

Good Morning.

JOHN

Good Morning.

He waits at the bus stop for a little bit, whilst blurting out Arabic words repeating after the mp3.

MP3 PLAYER

What is your name?

JOHN

What is your name?

MP3 PLAYER

Hi, my name is…

JOHN

Hi, my name is…

 

People start to stare at him because he’s talking to loud.

MP3 PLAYER

How are you today?

JOHN

How are you today?

MP3 PLAYER

Where is the toilet?

JOHN

Where is the toilet?

A bus pulls up and he gets on it. He pays for a ticket and walks down the aisle of the bus. He finds a seat at the back and sit down. He continues to listen to his mp3.

MP3 PLAYER

Please may I have some water?

JOHN

Please may I have some water?

He looks over at a group of Egyptian guys and there having a conversation between themselves.

He’s curious to see what he’s learnt so he tries to listen in on the conversation.

Egyptian 2

…well if he’s being so irritating then why don’t you just tell him to leave you alone,

Egyptian 3

Well he keeps following me round the store each time I go in what am I supposed to do?

Egyptian 1

Turn around and scare him, just shout random Arabic at him, that’ll scare him off haha.

Egyptian 2

What then the paranoid freak has a reason to call the police haha.

Egyptian 3

Shut up you asshole haha.

John listens to a bit more of the mp3 before heading over towards the group and sitting in front of them. He turns around.

JOHN

Good morning, how are you?

Egyptian 1

Fine thank you, yourself?

JOHN

Yeah fine thanks.

He starts to panic because he can’t think what to say next. So he pulls out and starts to go through his book to figure out what to say what he wants to say next.

Egyptian2

(whispers) Whats he doing?

Egyptian 1

(whispers) I don’t know, maybe we should just speak english?

Egyptian 3

No, lets have some fun haha

Egyptian 3

Very complex and very fast Arabic speaking. (Then calls John a yakhmar = son of a donkey)

He just blankly stares at him trying to follow what he’s saying but it unsuccessful for the most part. John looks through his book to try and figure some of it out, whilst the other to silently laugh behind him.

JOHN

I know the donkey is furry as well

The group look blankly and burst out laughing.

Egyptian 2

What the hell did he just say, hahaha?

Me and my dad translated up to just before where I’ve written ‘complex arabic speaking’. Half the problem is going to be finding some Arabic/Egyptian actors that are also good at speaking English as well. Here are the translations done so far though.

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