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BIRD FEEDING

A 5-page comic script by Ayal Pinkus.

Revision Fri Nov 10 17:22:33 CET 2017.
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Cold winter. Father walks with his two-year-old daughter, making sure she's safe on the street. They stop to feed the birds. They end up not having enough bread to feed all the birds, and, father guilt-ridden, they walk along.

STORY OVERVIEW

A five-page wordless short story about taking care of others, and the natural limits in being able to. The theme is reflected in father taking care of his daughter, trying to also take care of hungry birds in the winter, the daughter and the birds only taking care of themselves, seagulls failing to do so because of their fear of humans.

This script is released under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License , which means artists are allowed to modify and use this script without having to pay a fee.

PAGE-BY-PAGE BREAKDOWN

  1. A father walks on the sidewalk with his two-year-old daughter. It is winter, cold and father and daughter are dressed accordingly.
  2. Father and daughter stop and take out plastic bags full of bread cut into pieces. Doves flock to their feet, hungry as hell because the cold of winter.
  3. Father and daughter are surrounded by doves on the ground, seagulls circling them, slightly afraid and very afraid of humans.
  4. Father empties the last bag of bread crumbs at their feet as the doves eat there. As father and daughter walk away, the seagulls dare to move in and they plunge into the crowd of doves, pick the last bread and leave again.
  5. Father and daughter shuffle along. The seagulls have gone, taking all the bread, and the doves are walking away, leaving a hungry seagull in the middle, looking questioningly at the father, who, feeling sorry for the seagull, turns his attention to the safety of his daughter.

CHARACTERS

Father: The Father
Daughter: The two-year-old daughter. She can walk, but does so unsteadily, and she doesn't see the dangers of traffic just yet, so the father watches her every second.

PAGE ONE - THREE PANELS

PANEL ONE (010_010)

Cold city streets in winter. In the distance, a father is walking with his two-year-old daughter, dressed for the cold. father is carrying a bag. He's carefully watching her every move to make sure she's safe on the sidewalk, even though there is relatively little traffic, he knows an accident happens in a fraction of a second.

PANEL TWO (010_020)

Father carefully guides daughter, who finds every detail on the street interesting. She's studying a blue bicycle.

PANEL THREE (010_030)

Father guides his daughter, who is looking around her, while father is looking around, making sure there's no danger approaching his daughter.

PAGE TWO - THREE PANELS

PANEL ONE (020_010)

Father and daughter have stopped and father is opening a plastic bag filled with pieces of bread.

PANEL TWO (020_020)

Birds come flocking to them from everywhere.

PANEL THREE (020_030)

Doves flock to the bread crumbs at their feet, hungry as hell because the cold of winter.

PAGE THREE - THREE PANELS

PANEL ONE (030_010)

Father and daughter are surrounded by doves on the ground.

PANEL TWO (030_020)

Daughter is holding a smaller bag with bread crumbs and carefully eating the bread crumbs herself.

PANEL THREE (030_030)

Seagulls are circling them from a safe distance, afraid of humans.

PAGE FOUR - THREE PANELS

PANEL ONE (040_010)

Father empties the last bag of bread crumbs at their feet as the doves eat there.

PANEL TWO (040_020)

Father carefully guides his daughter away from the crowd of doves on the ground.

PANEL THREE (040_030)

The seagulls dare to move in and they do so vehemently. Diving in aggressively, they plunge into the crowd of doves, picking the last bread and quickly leaving again.

PAGE FIVE - FOUR PANELS

PANEL ONE (050_010)

Father and daughter shuffle along, his head turned at the birds.

PANEL TWO (050_020)

On the ground, all the birds have gone. All the bread is gone. One hungry seagull is left standing in the middle, looking questioningly at the father.

PANEL THREE (050_030)

Father looks apologetically at the seagull.

PANEL FOUR (050_040)

The seagull looks at the father and daughter. Father has turned his attention to the safety of his daughter as they walk away.

THE END