”I’m Ready” – Official film script - The short film inspired novel by Johan Storm.
We’ve been together for almost four years now. But she is still able to give me that butterfly feeling sometimes. I fucking love her. We’re sixteen. Ever since the seventh grade she has always been standing in my center stage. Before I knew her I was just an average teen who partied often and sagged his jeans. I sat in the very back of the class where I could nap and dream, just to fantasize about the girl I was obsessed with. The one who stole my heart and seemed to have kept it. I started taking chances. Week after week of wasted advances. I came to the conclusion, that love must just be an illusion. But I was strong, and that’s what in the end showed me that I was wrong.
She was far from your average teen. The quiet type who never made a scene. She had a tiny secret, but she always kept it. There was a boy that she was obsessed with. That boy was me. But there was no way I could see.
I tried not to stare, but it was so unfair. I swear it was impossible. The jealousy when she had conversations with other guys was unbearable. I wanted to tell her, and confess my love. When I finally spoke to her and asked her out, she said yes with no doubt. After a few weeks of tweaks we became a pair and I no longer felt average. I felt better than ever before, but lately I’ve felt a sudden need to explore.
Back then sex wasn’t a matter to any of us. But about fourteen months back I started thinking about it, a lot. And I realized the plot, that it’s easier and probably a bit more relevant to us guys. You know, I wasn’t always looking at her eyes. We started talking about it. She wasn’t upset but she came to the conclusion that she wasn’t ready for it yet. She wanted me to wait a few more months to let her think about it and then ask again.
At the moment I’m standing on my local subway station on my way to the gym. A train is filling up with passengers even though it’s pretty much full already, but that’s not my concern. I’m texting with her, she says she loves me. We say it to each other so often that it’s starting to loose it’s meaning.
Suddenly I remember, what she told me a few months ago. To ask her again. Well, I guess asking by texting her is a bit more comfortable than face to face. Even though that would probably be a better way to ask.
[Film Start/Part 1]_____________________________________________________________
“- Are you ready?” I don’t need to be more specific, she knows what I mean. Now I’ll just have to wait a few intense seconds whilst she is thinking. [Changed to “Are you ready to have sex” to make up for the cut out of the beginning and clear up the story]
“- I’m ready”, she replies. I can’t believe my eyes; I’m just standing here looking at it whilst the happiness is building up inside me.
“- But only if you get here in three minutes!”, she texts a second later. Is she serious?! I know her and yeah, she is! [Txt “1. Get a condom”] Before I know it I’m over at the nearest vending machine trying to get all the coins out of my pockets to be able to afford a condom. I’m dropping pretty much all the coins on the floor and realizing there aren’t any condoms left in the vending machine. [Panic situation cinematography] [Start of the intense song part in sync with end of slow-motion]
I’m quickly running towards the escalators. I know that there is a drug store not far from this subway station. They got to have condoms there. I’m running faster than I knew I could. Into the drug store, look quickly! Condoms, condoms, condoms… There! [Camera positioned in 2nd escalator going up the same direction]
I’m running out of the drug store whilst trying to press the condom down in one of the pockets of my tight jeans. [Txt “2. Run to her house”] Better hurry! According to my clock it was just 45 seconds ago since I stood at the subway platform. I know I’m a pretty decent runner. I might be able to make it to her house if I take that shortcut through the train yard.
I’m running down towards the old abandoned train station downtown. I’m happy and stressed at the same time, I can’t stand it! I have to say it out loud!
“- I’m getting laid! I’m getting laid! It’s really happening!”, I’m telling myself out loud. [Sound recorded afterwards] I haven’t been this excited since I first met her. I’m jumping over an empty cargo train to get down on the railway. I’m filled up with adrenaline, endorphin, excitement but also fear of not getting there in time. This might be the only chance I get in a really long time.
I can see the sun between those tall apartment buildings whilst I’m running on the railway. It’s actually a pretty beautiful day. But I don’t have room for those thoughts in my head right now. Got to keep on running. This railway feels longer than usual. [Switching between 55mm and 18mm frequently]
Here is the shortcut! I crouch down below an old railway carriage to get to the road on the other side. Whilst I’m crossing the fence to the road I remember something. I can’t go to her house looking exhausted with just a condom in my hand. I got to look like a gentleman. I have to bring some flowers! [Txt “3. Look like a gentleman. Bring flowers!”] There is a general store nearby that sells roses. Pretty expensive ones though! But it’s worth it.
I’m running in to the general store and to the left I see the flowers. Oh god these are expensive! I’ll take them anyways. [Glidecam following him] The shopping queue is short here so I don’t have to wait for more than a few seconds.
Getting back out from the store! I’m close now; I can see her apartment building right across the big parking lot! I’m using all my power I have left to run the last distance.
And here I am, [Show close up of condom and roses] outside her apartment building. With a condom and a bouquet of roses. Time to get lucky. [Txt “3. Get Lucky!”]
Written and Directed by Johan Storm - Acting by Henning Axelsson - Soundtrack by “Scott & Brendo” - Produced by Johan Storm - www.JohanStorm.com - Backstory inspired by the song “Sign Language” [Film Title [“I’m Ready”]]
”I’m Ready” the official short film: https://vimeo.com/77304653