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Film Script: El Chapo in the Seventh Grade
written by Oakland Middle School Students
EL CHAPO IN THE SEVENTH GRADE
A drama for four speaking parts, approximate run time: 8 min
Note: Available for production with signing of production agreement, contact
© 2016 on behalf of the students, by Doniphan Blair, all rights reserved
Written by middle school students Juan del Toro and Andres Aguayo and other members of the Oakland Charter Academy's 2015-16 Yearbook/Movie Class, with assistance from Doniphan Blair
CHARACTERS (in order of appearance)
Ms. Durante, teacher
SCENE 1: FADE IN
INT. SCHOOL CLASS ROOM. DAY
Middle school class, 20 kids, looking at teacher, El Chapito, on left, Checke, on right. Camera tracks in during shot.
Stop talking, Chapito, and come here.
You know, Chapito, you got a bad grade on the grammar test.
I don’t care.
Now Chapito, you should care. You should get your grades up so you become a better person.
I am a good person, Ms. Durante, but it’s hard for me to study. I am from a poor place where it is very noisy.
Still, I WANT to study. I want to become president some day!
That is very impressive, Chapito, but if you really want to become president you will have to study.
OK. I will try harder.
That’s what I want to hear. I am sure you could become a very good student, Chapito. You just have to try.
INT. SCHOOL CLASS ROOM. DAY
Camera pointing from teacher's position towards back of the class all looking attentively to teacher.
El Chapo goes back to his seat next to his friend, Checke. Camera zooms in.
Forget that teacher, man. You’re not a good student, you're BAD, man.
You could become a leader, for sure, but of a cartel.
But I don’t want to. I want to study.
That’s stupid, man. Look, I aced that grammar test. I’ll help you.
No, man. To start a gang. You can be the muscle and I’ll be the brains. Let’s do this!
No, I want to become PRESIDENT!
Chapito, what did we say about talking in class?
BUT I wasn’t talking. It was CHECKE who was talking.
But I heard you with my own ears.
CHECKE (pretending to write in his book, whispering)
One day you will change your mind.
What the HUEVOS! I wasn’t talking, Checke WAS TALKING!!!
Chapito, behave yourself, or I will give you an F.
GODDAMN, Checke was talking, I wasn’t talking!
Chapito, stop swearing and behave yourself, or you will get detention.
WHAT THE DAMN, Daniel! OK, OK, I'm sorry Ms Durante, I will stop!
Thank YOU, Chapito!
Forget that stupid Durante.
Don’t be disrespectful, Checke.
What do you mean? She’s an idiot.
MS DURANTE (yelling)
INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY. DAY
In the school hallway, kids walking in background. One kid, Roberto, is standing around. Checke and Chapito enter screen left and right and meet.
C’mon Chapito, you and me, together we could run this school.
Naw. I just want to study, make something of myself.
Aw, forget you Chapito—one day I will become a cartel leader.
You? Get out of here. You could never be!
Yes, I could. I could be a cartelero!
ROBERTO (has been listening in back and enters)
Neither of you could.
What do you mean, if I can become president I can become a cartelero.
No, you won’t because I will stop you.
You? You’re a wuss.
You think so? My father is a policeman and so is my uncle.
You watch, one day you’ll be in jail. And I’ll put you there.
Shut up, or you’ll be dead.
Don’t talk about killing in school, Checke. Do it somewhere else.
MS DURANTE (who has been listening in, walks forward)
Boys, boys, what’s all this talk of killing?
You are only in the seventh grade. How 'bout ‘killing’ your math test tomorrow?
Yes, yes, Ms Durante, that IS what we were talking about — kill on the test.
CHECKE (whispering at Robert)
I’ll get you.
ROBERTO (whispering, louder)
No, Checke, I’ll get you.
EXT. IN FRONT OF SCHOOL. AFTERNOON
Stream of kids walking out. Roberto is in the back standing. Checke and Chapito meet.
Hey Chapito, time to get our gang going?
Don't be stupid, Checke. I just KILLED that math test and Ms Durante gave me a star, see!
A star? That's stupid!
You're stupid, Checke! Hey, Roberto, wait up, you wanna play 'Assassin's Creed?
You want to come too, Checke?
(Recommended) Boom Mic
Director: Teacher or, in older grades, student
Assistant Director: Helps students study and prepare for lines
Assistant Producer: Prepares sets
Location Scout: Any one
Sound: Holds Boom, if used
Makeup: Basic for teacher
Clapper: Clap stick unnecessary but, if available, use to start scene
Posted on Oct 17, 2016 - 12:22 AM