INT. DFO PRODUCTION OFFICE – DAY
A pair of sleazy Hollywood producers are fulfilling their investor-mandated office hours. One – DARKEST TIMELINE ZACK MORRIS – appears to be hard at work, depositing royalty checks, opening and closing manilla folders, and making notes on a post-it pad. The other – RIKKI-TIKKI-DEADLY – is lounging on the couch, staring up at the ceiling and frowning. Eventually, DARKEST TIMELINE ZACK MORRIS notices.
DTZM: Hey, buddy. You look down.
RTD: [looks up at him] Oh. Yeah.
DTZM: Need a little pick-me-up? Maybe a screening of Dr. Zhivago?
RTD: No thanks, I already tried that. Didn’t help.
DTZM: How could you be down on such a lovely day? What’s the matter?
RTD: [glances out the window at the perfect Los Angeles weather] I don’t know. I was just thinking about that documentary we were watching…you remember, the about all the stupid people taking over the world?
DTZM: That wasn’t a…
RTD: [interrupting obliviously] Anyway, I’ve just been kind of ruminating about how stupidity runs rampant in our society…
DTZM: That’s been true throughout human history, though.
RTD: …and how much further our society would have progressed if as a species we valued technical intelligence more highly than social intelligence.
DTZM: But that’s changing! Look at some of the richest and most powerful people in our society at the moment – Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook…you can’t claim those guys don’t recognize the value of technical intelligence. And Bill Gates has shown that you can emerge from a position of that kind of power without losing your humanity.
RTD: Yeah, I guess.
DTZM: You know what you need? You need to do something creative.
RTD: [groans] Come on, you know I hate that stuff.
DTZM: I’m not talking about doing actual work. I’m talking about coming up with ideas! And then getting credit for whatever actual work gets done!
RTD: [brightens] I mean…I do like being given credit for things.
DTZM: Tell you what. Anthology series’ are becoming all the rage these days. Why don’t you come up with a topic for one?
RTD: A topic?
RTD: And that’s all?
DTZM: Sure! We’ll let the PA’s handle the rest.
RTD: Hmm. Okay. Um…
Some time passes.
RTD: I got it! How about…”down”?
DTZM: Like, a descent into depression…
RTD: No, no, nothing that specific. Just…things with a title that contain the word “down”.
DTZM: I love it! Although…that sounds more like the topic for a deejay to work with.
RTD: You mean, like, on the radio?
RTD: No, no. Radio deejays have to do actual work. Like, playing records and stuff.
DTZM: Oh yeah, you’re right.
RTD: So “down” it is. All right, all right.
DTZM: I’ll make some calls.
RTD: Me too. I’ve got a good feeling about this, I really do. When’s award season again?
Today’s topic is “down”. We’re looking for songs that contain the word “down” in the title, or heavily feature the theme of a descent. I’ll get us started with a DOUBLE SHOT from Morrissey and the Decemberists. The topic is pretty rich, so please don’t go too wild with lousy music just to fit the theme. Have at it!