Short Animation "Title Pending"
Jones The Pirate - Jones is a middle aged man. He works as a janitor at a local highschool, his life is dull and uneventful. Jones` only fun is at night after all the school children have left, he puts on his favorite music and sweeps the floor, dancing and skipping around.
Every human being is full of goals, wishes, dreams, creativity. Whether they are an aspiring actor, or in our case, an old janitor. Jones is looked down upon by absolutely everybody. His job is mundane, and he is expected to go about it in a similar manner. At night, Jones dances and bebops around with his broom whilst cleaning. It makes him feel young again, a time for him to release. One particular night as he is going about his cleaning, the intercom buzzes in and reminds Jones that he is a janitor, and this "fun" is not what he is being paid for. Reluctantly, Jones goes back to sweeping in a dull and boring fashion. A light catches his eye in the otherwise dim hallway. Someone has left the door to the theater storage closet open, light is pouring from it. Jones makes his way to the closet to turn off the light and close the door. There in the middle of the room is a chest, a pirate's chest. Jones looks at the chest and "hrmph's", shuts the light. A second later the light comes back on, Jones looks around to be sure he is alone and slowly enters the closet, approaching the chest. He very carefully opens the chest, and his eyes grow wide. Inside is a pirate hat, a sword, and a couple other odds and ends. Jones, with life and wonder sparked inside, dons the pirate's hat and grabs the sword.
Jones is cast into a daydream, where he finds himself living the life of adventure he has always longed for. He finds himself aboard a ship, he is overjoyed, amazed, awestruck...all of which comes to an abrupt halt when the first cannonball hits his ship. Startled, Jones looks peers out to see that he is under attack from an enemy vessel! Jones stands tall and barks orders to people who simply are not there. Jones immediately mans the nearest cannon, setting it off and scurrying to the next. Looking out to the enemy ship he can see their smiling faces, standing at the ready to attack him and his men. Jones ducks an incoming cannonball as his ship pulls up alongside the enemy. He places his sword in his teeth and gives the order to board the enemy ship. Running and jumping, he lands on the enemy deck in front of one of the pirates. He immediately cuts him down, not noticing that the pirate is in fact, a cardboard cutout, now lying crumpled on the floor, he moves to the next, slicing through him like a hot knife through butter. Through the haze of battle, Jones spots the enemy captain, standing proudly on the bridge. Jones, dead set on his fate, makes his way towards the captain, cutting down cardboard men as he goes. He approaches the captain, motions towards him that he himself holds this captain's fate in his hands. The captain...stands still, showing no emotion...as he IS cardboard mind you. Jones takes this as an insult and raises his sword to put a stop to his ruthless enemy. It is at this moment that a cannon ball hits the mast and the sail falls down, covering both Jones and the enemy captain. The screen grows dark and the dust of battle settles.
Jones is struggling underneath the sail, trying to get free. He eventually pokes his head out, ready for a fight, and looks around to find himself back in the storage closet, sword in hand, yet in his janitor garb. The storage closet is an absolute disaster, cardboard pirates strewn about, along with general clutter. Jones pulls the sail down, uncovering the enemy captain, which is no very obviously a cardboard cutout as well. Jones, a bit confused, slowly stands up, removes the pirate hat, places it and the sword back into the chest, and begrudgingly goes back to the hallway and grabs his broom, just as the intercom beeps again, with the voice telling Jones to be sure to lock up before he leaves for the night....
(note: There will be NO speech in this short animation, save the voice coming through the intercom)