The Philosophical Pimp

The Philosophical Pimp

Written by

Matthew Zeitoun & Neil Ghazaii

00:00–00:04

Opening Credits

00:004–00:14

Fade In

We open to various instant film shots of Paterson

Streets where people hang out outside, dealers, people bbqing, the breath of the city.

NOTE FOR COLOR PROCESSING POLAROID 600 INSTANT
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MONTAGE CUT REF

LAST SHOT OF MONTAGE CUT HOLD FRAME ON SIDE SHOT CRAPS GAME

FROM STILL TO MOTION, PHOTO BECOMES A FILM

Camera goes about face, through the sea of Jordans and Nikes we see a clean pair of gators stagger into frame. The backs of the goons part for the gator / velvet pant clad figure.

Enter Socrates, taking long drags off a newport through a gold cigarette holder.

Horrid drawing of shot

CUT TO CU ON BEAT OF CIGARETTE DRAG,

LEAVE NEGATIVE SPACE ON LEFT

Length of cigarette in continuity terms is possible joke, shoot both.

00:14–00:21

Man walks into left frame and shakes Socrates’ hand.

Complicated handshake.

Socrates doesn’t look at man while giving handshake.

Nando: “Ayo socrates was good my nigga?”

Socratez: “ What is good? Is there any good without bad? Could it just be an artificial construct of how to act as a human?

Man1: Ayo you always on one my nigga. What the fuck?.

Socrates eyes are fixed on the craps game, takes another long drag of a cigarrette.

Narrarator: But Socrates was never on one… with the universe

Hardcut to black

Fade back in

Somewhere in the hood, side camera shot of parked car, Socrates is in the driver seat smoking his eternal cigarette, hoe approaches car.

!Hoe is out of focus coming into car. SHOOT LOW APERTURE.

Hoe gets into car camera pushes in to this framing,

SOCRATES DOES NOT LOOK AT HOE DURING THIS ENTIRE SEQUENCE

Hoe: Here is your cut daddy

Socrates grabs the cash.

Hoe: Whats wrong sugar?

CUT TO

The bottoms of the nose are highlighted by the embers of the long cigarette drag

Socrates: What does this paper really mean? Tell me when it all comes down, what is this paper gonna do for you, or me, or the common man? We have presidents we’ve never seen on these paper bills. And this is supposed to be a way to trade with people that happens to mean something. But what does that entail?

Hoe: Baby what is you on about?

Socrates looking down at the bills

Socrates: These bills are what they are, paper. They hold no real value but the paper they’re printed on. People will be out here selling TV’s just to eat, jewelry, clothes, nice cars, all that shit will mean nothing once the people finally wake up.

He shuffles with the paper a bit.

Socrates looks at the money perplexed, looks back into the rearview which bounces back to the hoe.

Socrates (OS): How’d you only get six hundred dollas?

We peer upon the hoes reaction, shes unsettled we aren’t sure if Socrates is about to go gorilla.

Socrates: You know that ain’t nothing for this track.

Hoe: Yes daddy, I know.

Socrates: But do you know it though? What is it to know bitch?

Hoe: I uh..

Use this somehow

Socrates: And where did you attain such knowledge? Through the doctrine or recollection or through a form of sensory experience, because one of those mothafuckas is as unreliable as this motherfuckin buick.

Hoe: Doctrine of who?

Socrates: Nevermind bitch, get yo’ ass out this mothafuckin car, I don’t care if its snowing I want you out there hoeing.

She exits.

Hard cut

00:30–00:40

Narrator: but its the only life hes ever known… supposedly

Camera cuts to eyes moving left to right, shot of money being counted, shot of rubix cube being solved with one hand, pull back to wide shot of room

Socrates enters the room and puts something in a drawer.

Camera cuts to rubix cube slamming on the desk completed.

Camera pans from desk to Socrates’ belt booms up to Socrates with cigarette drag and is transfixed.

Socrates: What’s the count.

Rubix: A little better than usual.

Socrates: That don’t tell me shit whats the motherfucking count.

Rubix: bout’ 65 and change from Market, 220 from Belmont, 4–5 down the hill can’t be for certain

Socrates takes a long drag of a cigarette takes a deep breathe as the clock reaches 12.

Socrates: The only certainty is uncertainty.

RUBIX looks up from the money Socrates has already left.

Hard Cut

Camera outside of building, Socrates leave building

00:40–00:48

put your hands right here it means i can believe in you the same way you believe in me

00:49–00:53

and the only chance he’ll ever get,

daddy i’m hawnngryy,

im hungry too bitch.. For answers.

00:53–1:00

to break free, from the shackles of existential doubt

You see these hoes will transcend with the time, a playa can keep his castle but the castle is ultimately made of sand my brotha, we’re drifting into the ocean of our own mortality

1:00–1:06

Nigga is you crazy.

Am I crazy? Or am i the only one that sane?

*Glaces over to the hoe in the passenger seat* music cuts

Change my diaper bitch. cut 2:05 crowns of glory

(shocked silence for a beat) Note- ?!?! wtf?? NEEDS REVISION

Music Continues

1:06–1:16

hey man, thats playa-dough (plato). new pimp on the block.

you know he an empiricist right? (Music cut)

Nah he just a rationalist.

1:16–1:21

Shots of boer reflecting in the city streets

Lots of fades taxi driver ref https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGTY-7e3iT0

Dissolve to a closer dissolve / cut 0:20

Slow mo shot of tear rolling down his cheek but a stone face expression

1:21–1:31

do you know skinny black?

Skinny black used to spin records over local, last one

went platinum,

even if he does listen to what we got we still dont know what he gon do,

this dog got him some tricks mane

1:31–1:40

dj rapping,

skinny this is the man i was telling you about

this here the man?

Just give me a chance to get my voice heard

1:40–1:47

Maybe when I’m slapping these hoes its really like im slapping society.,

keep hustling keep flowing

1:47–1:51

make me sang like you do meant the world to me

1:51–1:57

Being arrested/ you in charge i want to hear you say that. you my partner,

im in charge.

1:57 — :2:04

everybody got to have a dream

2:04–2:14

dancing to anderson paak ?

music change on “And good riddance.”

,

See I pimp therefore i am

It makes no sense that I am, when in fact i am not, for who is being tricked but the tricks on track but tricks are for kids and kids are the future, but if the future is nonexistent and all there is the now where does that leave us hoe, WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE US

Music cuts

Nigga it is four o’clock in the morning if you dont take your questionin ass to sleep im gon knock you out my damn self

*takes cigarette in one drag

I’m sorry keisha.

2:14–2:16

https://youtu.be/NsqEGFrqvCM?t=174

music cont

The Philosophical Pimp vo

logo fade in

2:16–2:21

It aint about the size of the dog in the fight.

its about if the paradox exists that this hypothetical dog is both alive and dead at the same damn time.

end 3:26 of the bottle

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