We OPEN on a CLOSE UP of a young CHIMPANZEE as it sits staring back at us from behind bars.
I often sit and stare at them, wondering what lies behind those eyes.
TWO SHOT: On the left side of the panel stands a boorish looking ACADEMIC TYPE wearing glasses, a lab coat and a check shirt. He's making notes on a clipboard, looking towards the chimpanzee who's in the middle row of a stack of cages that lead off into the background. All of them contain other chimps.
Do complex machinations ever simmer to the surface of what passes for a brain in there?
TIGHT SHOT on the chimp as it eats a banana messily.
Or are they just slaves to their primal urges; eat, kill, fuck.
Angle on the lab worker looking over his glasses towards the chimp, disdain across his face.
I never get an answer.
By now I don’t expect one.
Similar to 22.2 but the lab worker is further down the row of cages in the background, checking up on the other chimps.
Instead I carry on observing. I carry on making notes...
Tight on the chimp as he grips the bars of his cage. He looks left, his gaze following the lab worker’s route.
...waiting for the day we rise up.