“Boscutti’s Steve Jobs” Scene 133

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“BOSCUTTI’S STEVE JOBS” SCENE 133

 

2007 – SAN FRANCISCO MACWORLD CONVENTION – DAY

Steve Jobs, 51, steps backstage after introducing the first iPhone. After introducing a truly revolutionary product that will change everything.

He admitted to the Attendees he was so excited by the new iPhone, he hadn’t gotten a lick of sleep last night. He made sure everyone understood that Apple now owns the future.

His clicker had failed only minutes before the end. While Technicians scrambled backstage, Jobs charmed the Attendees with a story about the early days with Steve Wozniak, jamming television signals in the Berkeley University dorms, making trouble.

He left the Attendees with an indelible image of him and Steve Wozniak sitting around their first Apple I computer thirty years earlier. Wozniak is bearded with long hair, engineer glasses and pen in his shirt pocket. Jobs is staring down the camera, whispy goatee and black mock turtleneck.

Jobs left the Attendees in awe.

TECHNICIANS backstage freeze as Jobs lopes past. They’re expecting a lashing for the technical glitches only minutes earlier. But for once Jobs take it in his stride. He look up and breaks into a smile.

JOBS
Woz!

Wozniak turns around and meets his smile.

WOZNIAK
No sleep last night?

JOBS
No sleep for twenty of the last forty nights.

Wozniak grimaces.

On the way home, Wozniak will hear his mother’s voice in his head, saying, ‘See? That’s why he’s Steve Jobs and you’re not.’ Wozniak works pretty hard. But for twenty of the last forty nights he went out to dinner, not to the office.

Steve Jobs’ relentless quest to become Steve Jobs began when they were still teenagers and fast friends. Building circuit boards together, Jobs used to talk about the great people of history in a way you knew he wanted to be like them.

Or believed he already was.

“Boscutti’s Steve Jobs” Scene 132

An ongoing daily series of scenes for a Steve Jobs biopic.

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“BOSCUTTI’S STEVE JOBS” SCENE 132

 

2010 – SILVER MERCEDES-BENZ SL55 AMG – DAY

Move across the front of the sloped hood of Steve Jobs’ new coupe. Across the grill featuring a prominent 3-pointed star and intelligent headlights.

Jobs has always admired German engineering. His father had kept a black and white pinup of the first 1954 Mercedes-Benz SL Gullwing coupe on the garage wall. As a teenager, Jobs would tinker with electronics on the workbench, smiling up at the picture. Ultimately he and Steve Wozniak would piece together the first Apple computer in that garage.

Move around the front end of Jobs’ coupe. Behind the curved metal panel sits a 5.5L V8 capable of producing 510 horsepower and a top speed of one-hundred-and-fifty-six miles per hour. It hits zero to sixty in four-point-five seconds.

Move down the front end, past the driver’s door Jobs kept mostly unlocked. Surprising for such a private man running a company where secrecy is paramount.

Move around the rear panel to the empty license plate mount. Jobs famously never had license plates after he found a legal loophole that allow owners up to six months to register for a number plate. As long as Jobs renews his lease on a new model every six months, he figures he doesn’t need a number plate. It’s one less thing to worry about.

Move back to reveal the gleaming coupe parked in a handicap spot.

“Boscutti’s Steve Jobs” Scene 131

An ongoing daily series of scenes for a Steve Jobs biopic.

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“BOSCUTTI’S STEVE JOBS” SCENE 131

 

1989 – EAST BAYSHORE ROAD – PALO ALTO – MORNING

Jobs, 33, is hurtling down the road in his black Porsche 911 Carrera, heading east to Mountain View. Heading to Heidi Roizen’s house.

Jobs had been negotiating over the phone with Roizen only minutes earlier. As the CEO of T/Maker software company, Roizen had taken the call.

No one ever said no to Jobs. Roizen took the call even though she had learned the night before that her father had died suddenly while on a business trip in Paris. When she told Jobs what had happened, he told her stop working. Told her to go home. Told her he’d be right over.

When Jobs gets to her house, he’ll sit on the floor while Roizen sits on the sofa and weeps.

Jobs will ask her to talk about her father, about what was important about him, what she loved best about him.

Jobs’ knows what she’s going through. He lost his mother to lung cancer only a few months earlier.

“Boscutti’s Steve Jobs” Scene 130

An ongoing daily series of scenes for a Steve Jobs biopic.

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“BOSCUTTI’S STEVE JOBS” SCENE 130

 

2004 – THE HEMPEL HOTEL – LONDON – AFTERNOON

White orchids, minimalist appointments, soft sunlight, soothing. Main door opens and a YOUNG PORTER steps to one side and hands the key card to JONY IVE, 36.

IVE
Thank you.

Ive steps in and looks over the room with a soft smile. Porter heads to the walk-in wardrobe with Ives’ luggage.

IVE
You can leave the bags by the door, thank you.

Porter masks any confusion, lowers the bags by the door and steps out, closing the door behind him.

PORTER
Thank you, Sir.

Ive steps to the bed and sits down by the bedside table. Glances at the phone.

Ive is in London with Steve Jobs to open the new Apple Store in Regent Street. It’s the first to open in Europe. The largest in the world.

The softly spoken , thoughtful British designer has been Apple’s design chief since 1996. Jobs sees him more as a spiritual partner than a friend.

When the pair travel, it’s usually Ive’s job to choose the hotel. He chose The Hempel, a tranquil five-star boutique hotel with sophisticated minimalism that he thought Jobs would love.

Ive looks down at a small piece of lint on his trousers. Casually flicks it off with the back of his hand. The phone rings. Ives takes a deep breath, smiles wider and answers it.

IVE
Steve, hi.

He’s heard this before.

IVE
Really, Steve, you hate your suite?

He looks around his suite, knowing that Jobs’ suite is even more expansive.

IVE
You think it’s a piece of shit?

Ive doesn’t even have to ask why.

IVE
The flowers are shit? The curtains are shit too?

Ive shakes his head.

IVE
No, no, I haven’t unpacked.

Ive nods like he’s done dozens of times before.

IVE
See you downstairs in five minutes.

When Ive gets downstairs he will see Jobs berating a shocked YOUNG CLERK, bluntly telling him exactly what he thinks is wrong with the hotel.

They will find another hotel together.

“Boscutti’s Steve Jobs” Scene 129

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“BOSCUTTI’S STEVE JOBS” SCENE 129

 

1999 – JOBS FAMILY HOME – PALO ALTO – MORNING

SECRET SERVICE MEN are combing through the living room. Steve Jobs, 43, is watching them while eating a bowl of muesli.

President Bill Clinton will be visiting in the afternoon and at least three different people from the White House have asked Jobs where the living room furniture is. All of them think he’s joking when he says he doesn’t have any. Doesn’t even have a sofa.

Where will the President sit? Jobs has to go and buy a sofa and he doesn’t even know where to start.

Jobs and his wife, Lauren, have been speaking about living room furniture for the past eight years. They can never agree on a design. Jobs is too much of a perfectionist.

For most people, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to Jobs, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.

Jobs knows he’ll probably be rushed to the nearest Home Depot and choose the least ugly sofa. What choice does he have?

“Boscutti’s Steve Jobs” Scene 128

An ongoing daily series of scenes for a Steve Jobs biopic.

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“BOSCUTTI’S STEVE JOBS” SCENE 128

 

1999 – CHAMINADE RESORT & SPA – SANTA CRUZ – DAY

It’s the weekend. It’s Apple’s Top 100 meeting, a secretive annual retreat where the top employees meet to map out the company’s direction for the next twelves months.

Apple has corralled and sealed all twelve meeting rooms, sourced every available chair. Extra security is called in. Each meeting room had been double-swept for bugs beforehand. Food servers are forbidden from entering the rooms.

Jobs is at a whiteboard scrawling out one idea someone has called, erasing out another. TOP EMPLOYEES are spurring him on.

After he righted the company, Jobs began taking his top hundred people on a retreat each year. Nothing in those meetings was off-limits. Whereas Apple typically exerts control over the narrative behind its products, the Top 100 meeting provided an avenue for employees to could discuss and debate anything they want without fear of repercussion.

Jobs loves dissent. It isn’t just about new products and software. He didn’t flinch when someone asked why he wasn’t isn’t philanthropic. He told them it’ a fucking waste of time. Everyone’s jobs is too make money for the shareholders. What charity the shareholders might want to give their wealth away to is their choice, not Apple’s.

Jobs starts erasing more and more ideas with the consent of the group. Any idea he thinks is dumb he just crosses off.

JOBS
What are the ten things we should be doing next?

Employes throw up more ideas, more suggesting, jostling to get Jobs to write their idea on the whiteboard. Even before he launched the first iMac in 1984, Jobs said his job is to find the best possible people. A players hire A players. B players hire C players. Do you get it?

Apple only hired A players. Jobs told everyone that his main job at Apple is to make sure that the top hundred people are A+ players. And everything else will take care of itself. If the top people are right, it cascades down throughout the whole organization.

He personally oversaw the hiring of all top executives, and even some talented engineers or designers, calling them up directly to leverage his celebrity when necessary.

Jobs looks at the whiteboard. There are now just ten suggestions. Jobs taps the whiteboard.

JOBS
Right, these are our top ten things we’re going to work on for the next twelve months?

Employees nod, murmur. Jobs points to the first suggestion.

JOBS
From most important to least important.

Employees more vocal, more in agreement. Jobs turns back to the whiteboard.

JOBS
We don’t have time.

Jobs starts erasing the bottom seven suggestions.

JOBS
We can only do three.

“Boscutti’s Steve Jobs” Scene 127

An ongoing daily series of scenes for a Steve Jobs biopic.

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“BOSCUTTI’S STEVE JOBS” SCENE 127

 

2011 – JOBS FAMILY HOME – PALO ALTO – DAY

Close on a reproduction of Mark Rothko’s “White Cloud” painting in a large art book. Light shines off the page.

Move to reveal Steve Jobs, 56, in bed in a hospital gown, studying the luminous painting. He is gaunt, he is dying.

Jobs has spent the past year studying books of paintings by Mark Rothko, thinking of what could inspire people on the walls of the future Apple campus.

He closes his eyes. He can feel the light coming closer.