GOOD IN THE 'WOOD
VIRTUAL strolls thru REAL Hollywood


Good in the ‘Wood - Introductory jaunt

“Head on a Swivel”
A look at what’s out there / look out for what’s out there

 

INT. DONUT TIME - BACK IN THE DAY

BANJO nods to the older, non emoting woman behind the counter and points two fingers at the glazed, then one at the Long John Cruller in the back of the case.

She rings him up.

  • COUNTER WOMAN
  • $3.00

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. SAME DONUT SHOP - NOW

The pleasant voice of a polite young woman behind the @TrejosDonuts counter snaps him back to life.

  • YOUNG COUNTER WOMAN
  • Actually - those (Glazed) are Low Riders and that (Long John) is a Machete.
  • BANJO
  • Giddy-up.

She rings him up.

  • COUNTER WOMAN
  • $7.50

Banjo is totally preoccupied by the double-live gonzo interaction he just had with RACCOON & SLIPS - a couple of homeless ‘kids’ from the neighborhood.

In Hollywood - Raccoons bite

An ever so slight Cheshire Cat grin appears as he reflects on the ballsy move of just going with the case of mistaken identity.

BANJO: Observationalist - easy going - believer in happy accidents. Explorer - totally knows the city - loves to get lost in it. Helpful - gets it - one good deed at a time.

EXT. BEHIND HOLLYWOOD HIGH SCHOOL - EARLIER

While cutting through the back street where tour busses chill, someone recognizes him.

  • RACCOON
  • What the f*ck’s goin’ on, man?
  • BANJO
  • (throws spaghetti at the wall) Dancin’ between the raindrops.

Slips laughs - he can relate.

  • RACCOON
  • You’re the dude that shot my knuckles!

Uh oh -  

  • BANJO
  • That was some crazy shit.

Raccoon maniacally laughs as he flashes the nicely photographical ‘fuck' & 'love' tattoos on his hands.

  • SLIPS
  • Crazy  shit.

These guys were live-wires - innocent and interesting at that particular moment, but admittedly capable of roaming the neighborhoods of Hollywood @TheHollywoodScene as drugged out, territorial menaces. Mental note: head on a swivel.

EXT. SANTA MONICA BLVD. - REAL TIME

Banjo steps out of the donut shop and as if on cue, a nicely timed series of lights takes him across Highland Ave., then to the other side of Santa Monica Blvd. There, at the end of a small alleyway next to the mass of lockers @PublicStorage, he makes his way towards @SteveTurnerLA. Behind him, he hears a loud HONK and someone screaming a creative litany of not normally combined swear words. 

INT. GALLERY - MINUTES LATER

As he walks in, Banjo says hey to the Director JON @JonKeeBong, who is sitting at the front desk.

  • JON
  • (smiles) Hey hey -
  • BANJO
  • Good to see ya.

Fresh artistry + powerful stories seemed like the perfect way to wash down that earlier interaction.


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In Hollywood - the art of the deal is to deal on the art

INT. GALLERY - CONTINUOUS

Banjo points to the series of works in the front room.

  • BANJO
  • Those super long continuous brush strokes are quality with a K, eh?
  • JON
  • (smiles) There’s a nice surface tension to them, yes.

EXT. SANTA MONICA BLVD. - SHORT TIME LATER

With fresh zip in his step, Banjo makes back toward the intersection. At the gas station @Mobile1, a white van pulls up and a GUY IN MIRRORED AVIATORS leans out the passenger side window.

  • GUY IN MIRRORED AVIATORS
  • (to Banjo) Hey man - you interested in a home theater system or maybe a @GoPro?
  • BANJO
  • (smiles) All Good.

Banjo scampers toward Highland Ave.

  • BANJO
  • (to self) Always a white van.

Just as he makes his way to the corner, he hears the screaming chorus of oncoming sirens. From the left, a police car approaches, while an ambulance flies through from the right. Each off to their own emergency. So Hollywood.

Unfortunately, it all happened so fast that Banjo missed the pic.

  • BANJO
  • (to self) Argh!

He thinks back to earlier in the week when he wasn’t able to capture that guy who was straddling his bicycle while chasing a rolling glitter ball around a busy intersection.

  • BANJO
  • (to self) WTF bro?

As he ziggies across the street towards the new @Walgreens, he digs his hand in the bag of donuts and picks off a chunk of the Machete.

  • BANJO
  • (mouth full) Damn - that’s good.

Looking around, Banjo can’t help but notice all the changes. Most sad is that as Hollywood builds itself up, it’s losing one of it’s signature assets - a clean view of those beautiful hills.

On the other hand, what was once so grim is now oh so ‘Gram. HIgh-end boutiques @JustOneEye, interesting eateries @Spoonfed.LA and the new Metropolitan Animal Specialty Hospital @MashVet now share the streets with tents, box huts and a growing number of encampments.

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In Hollywood - it's cold out there

INT. A SECOND GALLERY - MOMENTS LATER

Banjo ducks into @RegenProjects. He checks out the new exhibit of repurposed materials. Then, at the front area, he reads the exhibiting artist’s bio.

  • BANJO
  • (to the NEW GUY behind the counter) Fastball down the middle.
  • NEW GUY
  • Yeah, she’s great.
  • BANJO
  • (points to bathroom) May I?
  • NEW GUY
  • Of course.

Note: One of the most difficult things to do in Hollywood is to walk in somewhere and take a pee. With the growing homeless situation, every store and restaurant window has some sort of No Public Restroom sign.

Tip: If you are nice and look at the art / read the literature thoughtfully, you can usually dance over that mountain.

EXT. BATHROOM - AFTER

  • BANJO
  • (to the New Guy) Gracias.

EXT. SANTA MONICA BLVD. - CONTINUOUS

In front of a new construction area, a HOMELESS GUY WITH DOGS is sitting in front of a colorful, multi-panel canna-lifestyle series of chill out posters. He is arguing with a DOG WALKER.

  • DOG WALKER
  • Eat my dick asshole - why you gotta be blocking the sidewalk?
  • HOMELESS GUY
  • Eat my asshole dick - there’s plenty of room.
  • DOG WALKER
  • Your dogs are scaring mine.
  • HOMELESS GUY
  • F*cking grow a pair.

Banjo shakes his head - all this development has left a lot of people angry.

He lets out a sigh, then has a bit of a nostaglic moment as he takes in the site of the laundromat used in the movie“Tangerine”. Damn, that final scene was a tear-jerker. Well done Sean Baker @LilFilm.

Again, Banjo thinks about how far things have come. For forever, this strip was known as the place for elicit pickups - just ask EDDIE @EddieMurphy and HUGH @HughGrantOfficial. Now, seedy’s become scenie.

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