THE SCREEN IS BLACK.
A CAMCORDER IS TURNED ON - OFF (MAIN TITLE APPEARS) - ON -
A VIDEO IMAGE GLOWS TO LIFE
A hand blocks the lens, adjusting the camera, getting it set up. Then TED sits down in a chair, facing the camera.
He is intelligent, troubled, intense - both unconventional and charismatic. He wears a gray pull-over sweater and blue jeans.
TED I am a sick man. I think it's
my liver, but I refuse to see a doctor... from spite. I am a spiteful man. I've been living like this for a long time. I used to work in the building department, but I don't now. I was a bad civil servant. I was... uncivil...spiteful...
INT. APARTMENT - NIGHT
A gloomy basement apartment. The basement window has burglar bars. A prismatic snowflake ornament hangs on the window. Five tiny cacti line the window sill. There is an antique day bed directly below the window. Sparsely furnished; it's the kind of room where someone could wait for Godot.
Ted sits in a chair; the video camera rests on a small table. His sense of style is idiosyncratic - he thinks that he has a sense of style, but no one else does.
VIDEO IMAGE - TED As seen through the camcorder: