GOOD IN THE 'WOOD
a VIRTUAL stroll thru REAL Hollywood

Look around - construction cranes dominate the skylines of most MAJOR CITIES, while new well-funded chains occupy the high-rent store fronts. Towns once known for their UNIQUE FLAVOR are quickly being SANITIZED of their individuality.

HOLLYWOOD has been accused of following SIMILAR SCRIPT.

The once flat and sprawling landscape gets more vertical each day. Traffic is such a hassle, many rarely leave their neighborhood. The cost of living has skyrocketed and the DIFFERENCES between the haves and have nots is becoming MORE PRONOUNCED.

Where you once had to break into the business, now YOU ARE THE BUSINESS. Social Media has become a direct path to SUCCESS & FAME.

For Banjo, HOLLYWOOD is always THE STAR.

He believes success here comes from big IDEAS, a POSITIVE attitude and CREATIVE problem solving. He uses walkabouts to showcase the INSTAGRAM hustles of his interactions, serve up an ASSIST to cohorts and champion THOSE LEFT BEHIND by the gentrification boom.

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In Hollywood - find your point of view

What’s GOOD IN THE ‘WOOD is inside Hollywood outside - a series of Instagram-fueled ADVENTURES that strip the tinsel off the town. THE HOLLYWOOD SCENE meets @TheHollywoodScene #420Friendly

 

Episode 1: “Never Break Stride

 

EXT. GARDEN - MORNING

A RED DOOR is surrounded by jasmine and bougainvillea. The NEON TITLE CARD reads HOLLYWOOD, CA.

The door opens - the game is on.

EXT. HOLLYWOOD - CONTINUOUS

BANJO steps on to the sidewalk and immediately SMACK a guy on a Bird scooter sucking a vape pen bangs into his shoulder.

The Hollywood Neon Title Card shorts out.

Banjo’s unharmed but the guy bounces off a shrub on to the ground. He quickly raises his arm to indicate to his live YouTube audience that he's okay.

  • SCOOTER GUY
  • (to camera) Be careful out there.
  • BANJO
  • Get your head out of your screen.

They each take off in different directions.

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. AIR BNB PARTY HOUSE - STRIDES LATER

A wasted homeless guy about the same age as the scooter guy is sitting on the small patch of grass surrounded by script pages and more than a few smashed liquor bottles.

  • HOMELESS GUY
  • (to Banjo) I just f*cked your mother.

Banjo pulls out his phone and quickly checks the local @HollywoodUnlocked and @NextDoor headlines. Good pal and musician SANJAY @SanjayParekh is unloading alkaline water from his sweet ‘65 Mustang. Their namaste mornings are being seriously challenged as the homeless guy starts calling them racists.

Banjo raises his eyebrows, Sanjay shrugs.

  • BANJO
  • Stick on the ice, baby!

He dials up Country DJ @ElizabethCookForSheriff on SiriusXM and takes off down the street, passing the new multi-unit, multi-use properties sandwiched between the few remaining apartments screaming for an overhaul. Sensitive to the moment, he wishes there were better solutions to help the homeless in his neighborhood.

  • ELIZABETH COOK
  • (in Earbuds) Hey y’all... whaddaya say we butter up this morning’s biscuit with some fresh Southern jam. Take it away you son of a legend HANK III @SheltonHankWilliamsIII.

As “Crazed Country Rebel” starts playin’, his Earbuds beep with a call from the Designer of the 2DANs @FartSavesWorld.

Groovin’ along, he answers.

  • DAN (V.O.)
  • Can’t believe that worked.
  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds). Ain’t always pretty, but it sure is beautiful.

EXT. GOVERNMENT BUILDING - SHORTLY THEREAFTER

Banjo dashes across the street in front of the always busy post production studio @Picture.Head, where he spots a pair of flip flops and remote controlled dildo oddly paired together. He steps past it, while simultaneously snapping a photo. Or two.

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In Hollywood - you’ll run into your fair share of dildos

  • DAN (V.O.)
  • Still... kinda crazy -

When he picks his head up, he spots someone who looks just like Sanjay coming at him from the other direction. It’s music Producer YETI @YetiBeats - fresh off a long night in his Himalayan Studio.

  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds). Guess that’s why they still write love songs.
  • YETI
  • Amsterdam - with Doja... in like an hour. 
  • BANJO
  • (pointing to Yeti) #Mooo!
  • DAN (V.O.)
  • 💯

Yeti and Banjo quickly embrace each other on the move - neither losing a step.

EXT. MIDDLE OF BUSY STREET - CONTINUOUS

Banjo ziggies his way between the multitude of cars that have stacked up at the red light. Dan’s other line beeps.

  • DAN (V.O.)
  • One sec.

EXT. SIDE STREET - ONGOING

Dan clicks off just as Banjo’s call waiting also beeps. He switches over while gliding past beauty festival creators @Beautycon.

  • CLIENT (V.O.)
  • Can I read you something?
  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) I’d like to thank The Academy...

He listens to the opening salvo of a smart idea served up incorrectly. As CLIENT @ArtTender77 continues to get amped, Banjo rolls up on ALI @FakihFadi standing outside his cafe. They exchange exaggerated grins and puffed out, tough guy chests. As Banjo passes, Ali hands him the yummiest looking ethnically authentic breakfast pastry.

  • ALI
  • Mama’s specialty - enjoy!

Without breaking stride, Banjo does a 360 degree pirouette - raising the pastry in salute to Ali’s mama - mouthing thank you as he turns his attention back to the client finishing the reading of the letter.

EXT. DANKY HOTEL TURNED SLIGHTLY LESS DANKY APARTMENTS - MOMENTS AFTER

  • CLIENT (V.O.)
  • (finally finished - breathing heavy)

Banjo jumps on the moment of silence.

  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) Think you’re slidin’ off the log on this one.
  • CLIENT (V.O.)
  • Huh?
  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) Feels like a short-sighted way to play the long game.

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It’s Hollywood - don’t be a sucker

  • CLIENT (V.O.)
  • Sometimes I just wanna -
  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) Don’t! Tickle their nuts a little - describe how much easier their life will be if they tried it this other way.
  • CLIENT (V.O.)
  • (deep breath) I suppose.

Banjo and the Client hear Dan beeping back on Banjo’s other line.

  • CLIENT (V.O.) ...continued
  • Thanks for walking me off the ledge.
  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) Giddy-up.

Banjo clicks back to Dan.

EXT. INFAMOUS APARTMENT BLDG. - LESS THAN A MINUTE LATER

Banjo approaches the modest garage area that a city-wide fire bug set ablaze during an arson spree a few years back. He shakes his head thinking how scary that was and how lucky those people were.

  • DAN (V.O.)
  • That was Jin - @Starbucks App is down - people are freakin’.

Across the street, he watches the mayhem of the upscale mommies lined up to drop their kids off at the new Charter @StratfordSchool

  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) It’s all a clown show.

As he makes his way to the curb, Banjo thumbs open his Instagram. Actress DAWN @OhDawnAnderson is playing eyebrow and smiling games, Chef MEGAN @ChefMeganMitch is servin’ up somethin’ yummy and the musician MOBY @Moby just posted another picture of himself with hair from back in the day.

EXT. CROSSWALK - CONTINUOUS

  • DAN (V.O.)
  • People are looney.

Banjo nods a subtle approval as cars on both sides stop to let him cross. He hangs back for an extra spilt second and is glad he did - some asswipe texting while driving flies right in front of him.

  • BANJO
  • (at car) Really brah?!?

Banjo puts the phone back in his pocket and makes his way into the street.

EXT. PUBLIC POOL - SECONDS LATER

From the other sidewalk, the new public pool comes into view. Empty now, but the prep for Summer sports and recreation is already under way. Across the way, the Spiritualist Center looks on without judgement.

Up ahead, Banjo sees DJ. Hard to miss with that huge Raiders tattoo on his head.

  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) New York, huh?

Banjo waves to DJ.

  • DAN (V.O.)
  • Set for new James Brown show.

DJ - Danny James Moore - has lived on the streets of Hollywood for over 20 years. While most people come to LA to chase their dream, DJ came to escape his nightmare. On walkabouts, he and Banjo seem to cross paths a lot and have shared more than a few stories about life on the streets.

In Hollywood - staying clean can be a challenge

  • DJ
  • (to Banjo) Hey brotha.
  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds and to DJ) Give the drummer some.

DJ smiles as he SCRATCHES himself. Banjo pretends not to notice.

  • DAN (V.O.)
  • Not that James Brown - football guy.
  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) NFL - very nice.
  • DAN (V.O.)
  • Remembered me from our NBA days.

Still moving, Banjo hands DJ the breakfast pastry from Ali’s mama. DJ peers into his hands, then looks up with a grin. They point to each other as Banjo picks up speed -

  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) Baller!

EXT. TREE COVERED STREET - CONTINUOUS

  • DAN (V.O.)
  • Not sure what I’m gonna do yet.

As Banjo is thinking about how quickly things change on the street, he notices a hose hooked up at the far edge of a freshly cleared lot. He thinks maybe DJ could use it to spray himself down. He exhales a large breath - he can do better than that.

  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) Just steer into the skid.
  • DAN (V.O.)
  • And its not James Brown anymore, it’s Boomer Esiason.
  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) Good thing you don’t really know either one.

Banjo comes across another tasty little nugget and stops to take a picture. Or two. It’s another example that nicely showcases the duality of the evolving Hollywood landscape.

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In Hollywood - you need to decide how you want to get there

  • DAN (V.O.)
  • Funny guy.

EXT. ROW OF PRODUCTION HOUSES - CONTINUOUS

Banjo notices a text on his phone from his equipment entrepreneur pal JAKE @Downtown.Hockey. It reads: Help!

  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) Ever wonder how those guys way up in those construction cranes go to the bathroom?
  • DAN (V.O.)
  • Nope.

They laugh as Banjo strides by a massive new construction next to the LGBTQ experimental theater @CelebrationThtr.

Banjo texts Jake back: Your last IG Post felt angry.

EXT. COLLISION REPAIR SHOP - CONTINUOUS

He passes the shy homeless pirate guy and returns his sheepish nod.

A text comes back immediately from Jake. It reads: Frustrated.

  • DAN (V.O.)
  • What happened with WriteOutMan?

EXT. CROSS WALK - ONGOING

  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) Ha! Referenced a recent @Variety article about a writer’s room doing damage control after the show’s star went off the rails.
  • DAN (V.O.)
  • Real life - I like it.

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Banjo suggests Jake employ a more positive and light-hearted direction. He texts: Fluffy dogs & puppy clouds.

EXT. OTHER SIDE OF STREET - SOON AFTER

He stands for a moment outside one of those restaurant spaces that never makes it. Crazy how so many spots just take off and some never get off the starting line. A car HONKS just as Jake’s🖕! text comes through.

  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) I was like remember how in “Elf,” when the new book needed to be great, they brought in the magic man - Actor @PeterDinklage.
  • DAN (V.O.)
  • Love that movie.
  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) WriteOutMan's an on-call Scribe who cleans up script messes created by abhorrent off-screen behavior.

EXT. TRAFFIC ROUNDABOUT - CONTINUOUS

  • DAN (V.O.)
  • Smother your Smollett.

Banjo shields his face and holds his breath as the STREET CLEANER sweeps by.

  • BANJO
  • (coughing - into Earbuds) Rub out your Roseanne.

When the haze clears, he notices a construction blockage up ahead -

  • DAN (V.O.)
  • Like adding the Actor Harvey Keitel’s @HarveyKeitelPics fixer character from “Pulp Fiction” to the writer’s room.

Seems the front stairs of that old apartment building finally collapsed. A RESIDENT stares at the rubble.

  • BANJO
  • (to Resident) Damn dawg.

He immediately bounces in a different direction. Again, thinking of DJ - how’s he supposed to ever clean up his act if he can’t even clean up?

EXT. OLD COMMUNITY GARDEN - NOT MUCH LATER

He shakes his head as he passes the community garden @LAGardenCouncil recently turned into upscale live-work lofts. An old GTO driven by RODNEY Bingenheimer chugs by.

  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds looking at driver) Mayor of the Sunset Strip.
  • DAN (V.O.)
  • Who’s that?

Banjo comes up on an older dude who looks like he just took a big hit of pot.

  • BANJO
  • (into Earbuds) Rodney on the ROQ.
  • DUDE
  • Rodney!

The dude accidentally exhales sending out a plume of smoke.

Dan still doesn’t know what he’s talkin’ about.

EXT. SIDE STREET - AFTER

Banjo turns the corner. As he gets to the edge of a hedge, he walks by two street hustlers getting ready for their morning shift.

In Hollywood - how you prepare is how you perform

  • HUSTLER 1
  • (to Banjo) How you doin’ honey?

Banjo smiles and nods.

  • HUSTLER 2
  • (to Banjo) A date might get you to slow down a little.
  • BANJO
  • (to Hustlers and accidentally in Earbuds) No thank you.

EXT. BUSY STREET - MOMENTS AFTER

There’s a break in traffic, so he quickly darts to get across - still responding to the Hustlers. On the way, his phone lodges loose from his pocket and almost comes out.

  • BANJO ...continued
  • (to Hustlers and accidentally in Earbuds) Later.

Quick hands keep the phone from hitting the ground and the journey continues unencumbered.

  • DAN (V.O.)
  • Later.

Dan hangs up.

Unfazed, Banjo’s pace is fast as he strides past gated driveways, roots growing through sidewalks, a blinking traffic sign...

EXT. DRIVEWAY - SPLIT SECOND LATER

As if a jungle cat spotting prey, Banjo changes course and maneuvers effortlessly up a short driveway to a garage filled with junk. There’s a toilet piled high with cleansers and surrounded by construction items. Still in motion, he snaps a picture, or two, and is back on his merry way.

Banjo also Instagrams pics and quips under the alias KID PORCELAIN - toilet whisperer @ToiletsInTheWild.

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It’s Hollywood - dream baby dream

Guinness World Records thinks his huge collection of abandoned toilet pics, vids and musings is too weird, but the United Nations cherish his contributions to World Toilet Day - true story.

EXT. FARMER’S MARKET - A SHORT TIME AFTER

The pace is fast - the strides are long and the breathing is easy as he approaches the West Hollywood Farmer’s Market. He thinks to himself how good a falafel sounds.

EXT. INTERSECTION - CONTINUOUS

Banjo makes his way through at the same time as LA’s original scooterist HOLLAND @HollandMacFallister. They pass without interacting - then Holland turns around and yells:

  • HOLLAND
  • (waves arm) Hey! Good to see you.

Banjo smiles and gives him a hey-how-do-you-do arm motion back.

A uniquely dressed @HomelessInLosAngeles guy sneezes as Banjo passes.

  • BANJO
  • Gazuntite.

The guy acknowledges the sentiment, then begins to reminisce about the LA sport’s scene.

In Hollywood - people respond to a passionate pitch

Banjo wonders where he showers. 

Up ahead, the freshly painted wall of the flagship @GuitarCenter comes into view. Banjo ducks into the first of three alleys.

EXT. FIRST ALLEY - RIGHT THEN

He motors through the back of the Mexican restaurant @ElCompadreRestaurant - taking in the smell of brown weed coming through one of the nearby apartment windows. He punches up Elizabeth Cook again - she chimes in almost immediately.

  • ELIZABETH COOK
  • Other day, I was in @Walgreens tryin’ to get me some of them old people sunglasses - you know the ones -

Banjo crosses the street.

EXT. SECOND ALLEY - STEPS LATER

  • ELIZABETH COOK ...continued
  • You put 'em over your own glasses to block out your hangover - I mean sunlight.

He comes out the other side into the driveway of @LosAngelesFireDepartment and nods an approval to the Fireman pulling a sled of weights.

  • BANJO
  • Nice.

The fireman holds up his hand to say thanks while bending at the waist to catch his breath.

  • ELIZABETH COOK ...continued
  • I mean they were like $30 and I was like when did Cocoons®️ get all boujee?!? I wonder if Singer / Songwriter @NikkiLane77 was thinkin’ bout that when she wrote “Send the Sun.” Take it away Nik -