Ella sorts out Hollywood




EXT. CAFE - AFTERNOON

Ella is enjoying a BEVERAGE on the patio of an outdoor Cafe. She’s enjoying something on her phone. Possibly taking selfies.


She notices a STREET PERFORMANCE going on with view of her. She snaps a few photos and takes some video.


Her check is dropped off at the table. She reaches down to grab her purse as the waitress walks away and discovers that her PURSE is missing.


She immediately goes into a panic.


See walks out of the patio toward the middle of the Promenade street and looks around. All she sees is people. Full of skepisism, everyone can be a suspect.

She’s greeted by the voice of...


MICHAEL SAINT. Hansom. Mid to early 20’s.


MICHAEL SAINT

Is everything ok?


ELLA

No someone stole my purse.


She looks upon Michael’s face. He’s very hansom, her eyes reveal she thinks so too.


MICHAEL SAINT

Devastating but not surprising. Do you mind if I help you look for it?


ELLA

(skeptical)

I don’t know?


MICHAEL SAINT

Don’t worry I’m harmless.

(off her look)

Look if it makes you feel any safer I’ll let you carry my gun.


She’s taken back.


Michael flashes his DSLR CAMERA.


MICHAEL SAINT (CONT’D)

Its not an actual gun but it does shoot.

He flashes her a smile and begins to put the CAMERA STRAPS around her neck. He’s close, she flusters a bit thanks to his hansom face.


ELLA

Thanks but...


MICHAEL SAINT

Come on. Sometimes it takes a lowlife to find a lowlife.


Ella lead by Michael’s first step finds herself walking with him.


MICHAEL SAINT (CONT’D)

So how long have you been in LA?


ELLA

How’d you know I’m not from here?


MICHAEL SAINT

The same way you can pick out the true art lovers at an art gallery. By the way they look at everything around them as if they’re seeing it for the first time. To you all the LA air is still fresh, the city still holds some sort of Imperial Romanticism and the people are all walking art exhibitions.


ELLA

Yeah this place is amazing.


MICHAEL SAINT

So it seems at first.


ELLA

What’s that mean?


MICHAEL SAINT

I bet its always been your dream to live here right?


ELLA

Yeah.


MICHAEL SAINT

Well there’s a reason we dream with our eyes closed.


ELLA

(defensive)

And what’s that reason?


MICHAEL SAINT

Because when our eyes are open they reveal the true reality of what we’re really seeing.


ELLA

I guess it all depends on a person’s perspective. Because you can still go to sleep to nightmares and wake up to the joys of reality.


MICHAEL SAINT

I guess you could look at it that way.

She stop. Questioning her trust of Michael.


ELLA

Why do you call yourself a lowlife? And why exactly is it that you want to help me?


MICHAEL SAINT

I know how it feels to have what’s valuable stole. It also happened to me when I first arrived to Hollywood.


ELLA

How does that make you a lowlife?


MICHAEL SAINT

Because I knew the person and let it happen.


ELLA

Why.


MICHAEL SAINT

It was me.


ELLA

I don’t understand?


MICHAEL SAINT

I had a bit of a habit

(putting finger on his nostril and snorting)

If you know what I mean. My first month here.


She gives him a look.


MICHAEL SAINT (CONT’D)

I know. You’re wondering why I told you that? Well. You know the best way to earn someones trust?


He looks her in her eyes.


MICHAEL SAINT (CONT’D)

By making yourself vulnerable.


ELLA (V.O.)

I don’t know if it was vulnerability but he definitely made himself interesting.


MICHAEL SAINT