Early Draft Scene MTA Introduction

Below is an extract from the draft script for the first episode of MTA. Looking back the flavour is here but the quality improved so much through the rewriting process. But we all had to start somewhere and thank you to the people who saw this and saw potential.

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EXT. MONKTOUCHER ACADEMY

We see ARTHUR MONKTOUCHER standing awkwardly in front of a camera, a REPORTER by his side talking into it.

REPORTER

It is very well known that Pigspots sits at the very top of the pile when it comes to schools teaching the magical arts. Indeed, they were the only school dealing with that subject matter. That all changes today with the launch of Monktoucher Academey. With us now is the founder and principal of the new school, Arthur T Monktoucher.

The Reporter turns positioning the microphone between the two of them.

REPORTER (CONT’D)

Mr Monktoucher, what was your main reasoning for starting this new school? Surely there is nothing you can offer that will be better than Pigspots?

MONKTOUCHER

Pigspots is an almost impeccable organisation and we are not here to say otherwise. However it has one or two huge stains that make it less than perfect.

REPORTER

Stains? A lot of our viewers will be surprised to hear that. Can you elaborate?

MONKTOUCHER

Of course. One is the huge cost for a student to attend. Over a seven year course the fee is around 7,000 gold pieces, or roughly £250,000.

REPORTER

So how much will your course be?

MONKTOUCHER

Well, firstly our course only takes three years instead of seven, as really all the good lessons are taught within the first three years and the rest just tread water until you reach an unsatisfying conclusion.

The Reporter nods at the camera.

MONKTOUCHER (CONT’D)

And secondly the course will be free of charge for any who wish to attend.

REPORTER

Free? So how is this academy funded?

MONKTOUCHER

We are publicly funded by the various world governments.

REPORTER

Yes we had heard that rumour but when we approached the various governments none knew of this funding? What do you have to say to that?

MONKTOUCHER

You were speaking to the wrong people.

The Reporter looks at the camera at a loss for words.

REPORTER

I see. So what is the second stain you mentioned earlier?

MONKTOUCHER

The entrance exam.

REPORTER

The entrance exam? The one that proves a student has innate magical powers and can therefore be taught magic?

MONKTOUCHER

Yes, that one.

REPORTER

So anyone can come to your school to learn magic, even if they have no magical ability whatsoever?

MONKTOUCHER

That’s right. This is an all ability magical academy.

REPORTER

How will that work?

MONKTOUCHER

I don’t understand the question.

REPORTER

Well surely only those with magical ability can be taught magic?

MONKTOUCHER

It is that kind of elitist attitude we wish to combat with this school.

REPORTER

I don’t think it is elitist to suggest that you need magical ability to train to become a wizard?

MONKTOUCHER

Yes, and I am sure it is coincidence that only the rich have this so called innate magical ability.

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