These pygmy zebracorns did not make the final cut for the film, “The Romantic Fiction of Maude Green.” Although they are quite photogenic, ultimately, they were not square peg in a round hole enough for such a charging role.
Photo and pygmy zebracorns by Ana Traina ~ 2011
Photos and sculpture by ana traina ~ 2012 ~
This is so so exciting, Islwyn is just a few steps away before she is ready to be cast…
This is an excerpt from my screenplay, entitled, “The Glass Tank”. I hope you enjoy!
A brief synopsis ~ JACK ROBES seems to have everything, a beautiful house, wife and three beautiful boys. Yet he struggles with a failed career ( once a very promising physicist at MIT) and a drug addiction. Then one day, just when Jack thought he couldn’t get any lower and on the verge of ending it all, CLAIR, a woman who is beautiful, independent, mysterious and full of life, appears at his front door… While their tragic pasts intertwine, JACK finds himself on a downward spiral, gasping for air… He searches for a way out, his fragile reality is shattered, and CLAIR is the only one who can piece it back together.
INT. PENGUIN HOUSE – CENTRAL PARK ZOO
Jack and all the kids sit, in the dark, huddled together watching the penguins strut their stuff. Cary gets up and runs over and body slams the glass.
Look at that guy, he’s so funny.
They all laugh at Cary.
You used to come here when you were a kid?
Yeah… I lived just around the corner. It was my special place.
Questions, questions, you got a lot of questions…
Tell us dad…
… Cause I read this book once…
It was called Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
What happens to Mr. Popper…
Well, Mr. Popper was a man who struggled to be something more. He was a simple house painter who had never left his hometown, even for vacation. But he couldn’t, you see, because he had a family to support and a business to take of care of. But Mr. Popper had a dream of being an explorer like the great Admiral Drake and travel to places like the Antarctica…
Jack does not blink as he watches his shoe-less MOTHER walk into the penguin’s tank and then recklessly plunge into the icy water…
The penguins noisily scatter in a tizzy and a huff… Yet able to get on with their day on shore.
At first Jack’s MOTHER seems peaceful as moon vines begin to grow, wrapping and tangling their tentacles around her abandoned body.
Then realizing that she is caught, she begins to struggle for survival…
Jack is a lone witness as she loses her fight for life, and tiny bubbles escape her nostrils… She gasps, frozen in death’s icy grip… She lifelessly floats, inside the glass tank…
The penguins are mournfully silent.
Mark taps Jack’s shoulder… Jack blinks… and she’s gone. Just the whimsical penguins remain in their merry gossip and their wonderfully comical play…
And… Sometimes people go away.
John taps Jack’s arm.
Jack squeezes Mark and John…
And sometimes people die even when you want them to stay with you for ever and…
Jack kisses John’s forehead.
But Mr. Popper was always true to his dream… and never, never, never gave up — and one day, after many years, and all his troubles, and after countless letters to his hero —
He went, right? To Antarctica?
Is that when you first got the idea to be a scientist?
I think so.
How many pages was this book?
Oh, it was a pretty good sized book.
Like how many pages would you say?
Oh… a hundred and sixty-eight…?
That’s five more than my Greek Mythology book?
Cary body slams the glass again.
Me too. Let’s go.
They all stand holding hands and walk outside…
EXT. CENTRAL PARK ZOO
The sun is setting. The clock starts to chime…
Hey, let’s go watch the clock…
They all quickly run over to the clock, they stare up at it as it chimes it’s last chime for six o’clock.
Now that’s cool.
They toodle around the park. They pass the little lake where you sail the toy boats. They pass Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter…
Hey guys we have to go this way if we want to get something to eat.
They all turn and start walking.
INT. TAVERN ON THE GREEN – NIGHT
The kids are finishing up their meal with a whole mess of desserts. Cary has chocolate everywhere as usual and is pretty happy about it. Jack looks out the window, past his reflection to the twinkling tree lights. A huge bubble forms in the air, inside we see Clair dancing… The bubble bursts and the image of Clair shatters, liberating her very essence into the air as violet smoke.
It’s like Christmas here… I love Christmas.
Jack smiles to himself.
I have a friend who hates Christmas… can you believe that…
He must be like the Grinch’s cousin…
Jack coughs with amusement.
Dad, did you know that John has a girlfriend —
She’s just a friend.
Cary takes some of Mark’s dessert.
She wants to go dancing with you.
And kiss you all up…
Cary takes some of John’s dessert.
(clapping his hands)
Yeah lots of kisses. I like kisses.
No… Dad, I don’t think I want to marry Mom anymore when I grow up…
Well, that’s a very healthy choice.
What?… It smells so fresh —
Jack takes a napkin, dips it in water and wipes Cary’s face.
Dad, are you ever going to go back to being a scientist?
Jack shifts in his chair.
I’m going to try, I’m going to try really hard.
Jack plunges his spoon into Cary’s ice cream, and eats it with gusto.
photo by ana traina ~ 2012 ~
The Little Red Lighthouse by Ana Traina ~ 2010 ~
Here is one of my favorite excerpts from the screenplay, JUICY, that I wrote with Pam Widener! I don’t think I have ever had a better time writing!!
EXT. LITTLE RED LIGHTHOUSE – MAGIC HOUR
Ulysses stands on a rock near the river. He pulls an urn
out of the box from Carole’s closet.
He opens the urn, takes a moment to look inside. He
smells his father’s ashes, then scatters them in the
wind. He pauses for a moment, then takes a breath and
puts the lid back on the urn.
Ulysses turns around and walks back to the lighthouse to
join his friends, Izzy, Lulu and PETE (6 feet tall, red
hair and freckles, not a big talker). They’re drinking
Red Bulls and smoking a joint. Ulysses sits next to Izzy
and puts his head on her shoulder. Pete hands him the
It’s so perfect here.
And the sky is freaking my freak, it’s so
How’d you know about this place?
His dad used to take him here.
When I was a kid I used to love this book
about a gray bridge and a little
lighthouse. I had no idea it was a real
place until my dad brought me here.
Pete nods in deep understanding.
Wow. It’s perfect. Wow.
Ulysses takes a long hit from the joint. He holds it for
a minute in contemplation. He exhales… laughs.
My nana is going to be so pissed at me.
She’s going to have to deal.
Mm mm mm…
They sit in silence for what seems to be a long time.
I just gotta tell somebody before I bust.
They all look at Lulu. Lulu looks at Ulysses.
I’m like crushing on your uncle so badly.
Izzy bursts into laughter. Ulysses is horrified.
He’s like fucking fat. I mean, he’s my
uncle but he’s–
No. He’s like, juicy. Yeah. Juicy.
Now Izzy’s grossed out. Pete is perplexed.
What are you talking about?
I mean he’s like, juicy. I just want to
squeeze him. And he’s deep. It’s written
all in his eyes. His waters run deep.
Damn Lulu. He’s way too old for you.
Pete nods vigorously. They drop off into silence for a
You know, I really liked your dad. …A
Pete nods at his own statement. Ulysses puts a hand on
his shoulder. Pete nods some more.