FLG's Friend: I have a great idea for a movie.
FLG: Really? What's it about?
Friend: A Samurai movie set in modern London.
FLG: Like Le Samouraï?
Friend: No, that's a French gangster film. I'm talking about a movie with sword fights and stuff.
FLG: Um, where can a sword battle take place in modern London? Is this post-apocalyptic or something?
Friend: No, it's present day. They fight in parking garages.
FLG: Parking garages?
Friend: Parking garages.
FLG: With swords?
FLG: What's the plot?
Friend: I'm basically ripping off the Godfather.
FLG: Could be worse. The Magnificent Seven was a rip off of The Seven Samurai, and nobody seemed to care.
FLG: I've always wanted to make movies.
Friend: I didn't know that. What about?
FLG: No idea.
Friend: Then why would you want to make movies? You need an idea to make movies.
FLG: Oh, I have an idea, but not for a movie. Only a scene.
Friend: What's your scene idea then?
FLG: The camera is focused on two people talking in an old bar. Think the 21 Club in New York or Harry's New York Bar in Paris.
Friend: I've been to Harry's. Talking about what?
Friend: The two people talking. What are they talking about?
FLG: It doesn't matter.
Friend: Of course it matters. The camera is focused on them. How long does the conversation last?
FLG: Long enough for the scene.
FLG: The key is in the door, which is in the background and slightly out of focus. First, a priest, a rabbi, and a shaman walk in. Then, after a sufficient pause, a man walks in with a duck. A few moments later, a horse walks into the bar.
Friend: I get it. Those are all setups. How do you do the punch line?
FLG: No punchline. That's it. The conversation ends.
Friend: But there has to be a punch line. Do the two people at least acknowledge the priest, rabbi, duck or horse at the end of the conversation?
Friend: That doesn't make any sense at all.
FLG: Much like sword fights in London car parks.