A1 Business and Technical College Writing a Film Script Paper.

FADE IN: COMPLICATION #1 CIGARETTE – SET-UP 1. INT. FOIBLE’S INC – NIGHT 1. A translucent, grey fog clouds the room; a tall, masculine figure vaguely visible behind the smoke. As he recounts to us his feelings on love and addiction, a woman’s manicured hand LIGHTS the figure’s cigarette. The FLAME reveals MADS (30), a disheveled man in glasses, as he takes a drag. 2. EXT. MARKETPLACE – NIGHT 1. Mads, now fully visible, RUNS through the crowded marketplace, bumping into and apologizing to people on the street. Suddenly, a CLOCK begins ticking; it sounds like a heartbeat. 3. INT. FOIBLE’S INC (OFFICE) – DAY 1. The CLOCK in the office is unusually loud. DR. CHOI, white lab coat, is with her latest patient, BREE, classy in a hospital gown. They are playing poker and, as a test, Dr. Choi attempts to make a bet with her. When Bree refuses and is uninterested in gambling, Dr. Choi knows that her procedure was a success, and smiles triumphantly. The clock STOPS ticking. 2. We go from Dr. Choi’s office, down the hallway where we see a grandiose portrait of FOIBLE himself, whose eyes seem to follow you. 4. EXT. THEATER – DAY 1. An advertisement for Foible outside of the theater, the same portrait depicted. GEMMA (30), cat-eye sunglasses, walks past it. 5. INT. THEATER – DAY 1. The theater is almost empty, a few couples scattered here and there. Mads sits alone in an empty row. 2. Gemma finds her assigned seat in the same row as Mads. They exchange meaningful glances, but neither introduce themselves. The movie begins. 6. EXT. THEATER – EVENING – LATER 1. Mads lingers outside the theater, Gemma notices and calls him over. He doesn’t frolic towards her, but it’s a close thing. 7. EXT. THE CITY (STREETS) – CONT. 1. Mads and Gemma walk around the city. They discuss the movie (Mads found it tedious, Gemma found it romantic). They talk about everything, and nothing. Until -COMPLICATION #2 BILLBOARD – SET-UP 8. EXT. THE CITY (BILLBOARD) – CONT. a. They reach a billboard that is advertising Foible’s Inc. It reads: What can’t be bettered today, will rot tomorrow. b. Gemma asks Mads what he thinks about Foible’s procedure. He admits that he is skeptical about it, but does not reveal that he works for the company. 9. EXT. GEMMA’S APARTMENT – CONT. . Gemma hums noncommittally, and reveals that they are at her apartment. She does not invite him in, but does smile as she CLOSES the door on him. 10. EXT. FOIBLE’S INC – DAY a. Mads OPENS his eyes, as if coming out of a daydream, to his friend & fellow Foible’s employee NEGAN (30s), grabbing the PENCIL out of his mouth. He offers Mads a real cigarette, which he takes but does not light. 11. INT. FOIBLE’S INC (FRONT DESK) . Walking past his desk, Dr. Choi notices the cigarette still in Mads’ hand. “I thought you quit smoking, Mads.” He is about defend himself when -CATALYST: “A” STORY QUESTION – WILL BOY GET GIRL? 12. INT. FOIBLE’S INC – CONT. a. Gemma enters Foible’s Incorporated. Mads is shocked when she walks up to the front desk and asks, not for him, but for an appointment. b. Gemma reveals that she has a bad habit she wishes to be rid of: falling in love. Mads is completely incredulous. c. Dr. Choi overhears Gemma’s situation and excitedly agrees to help her at Mads’ expense. Gemma follows Dr. Choi to her office to discuss more details, leaving Mads behind. PSEUDO-STOCK SHOT: COMPLICATION #3 FOIBLE THE MAD SCIENTIST – SET-UP 13. INT. FOIBLE’S LAB – DOCUMENTARY STYLE MONTAGE a. We are formally introduced to scientist, philosopher, and CEO, Dr. Foible. We learn that his objective in life was to find ways to fix society’s faults and vices — through science. His plan and procedure, while grandiose, was ultimately successful. 14. INT. MADS’ APARTMENT (LIVING ROOM) – DAY . Mads is with Negan, who encourages him to “go out there” and meet with Gemma again. Mads claims that, not wanting to seem like a stalker, he needs a plan and a valid reason to go see her. COMPLICATION #1 CIGARETTE – DEVELOPMENT 15. EXT. GEMMA’S APARTMENT – CONT. a. Gemma answers the knock on her door to Mads standing awkwardly on her front step, holding an unlit cigarette. He asks, “Do you have a light?” She doesn’t. She does, however, invite him in this time. 16. INT. GEMMA’S APARTMENT – CONT. . Mads sits coolly on an indoor-porch swing in Gemma’s living room; Gemma laughs and sits beside him. Mads asks her why she wants to get Foible’s procedure. Gemma asks him why he works for Foible if he doesn’t agree with his morals. a. Gemma reveals her troubled past love-life, mentions how she is sick of love but is hopelessly romantic. Mads reveals that he himself has his own vice — smoking, but has not gotten rid of it yet. Mads, then, asks Gemma if she wants to “get outta here.” 17. EXT. BRIDGE – CONT. . Mads and Gemma are standing on a bridge, above a slow river, ambient nature surrounding them. Mads explains that this is his favorite spot in the city because it isn’t actually “in the city.” a. Gemma finds it beautiful; Mads finds her beautiful and tells her so. Gemma tells him to, “shut up.” 18. EXT. RIVERBED/BRIDGE – VARIOUS: . We get various moments of Mads and Gemma on this bridge; their clothing, positions, and shadows constantly changing to indicate that they have met here on multiple occasions. They are seen in avid conversation, having a picnic, or simply enjoying each other’s company. The river continues to flow beneath them, slow as a steady heartbeat. 19. EXT. THE CITY (STREETS) – DAY . Mads is walking Gemma home, carrying a bag of her groceries. They are in the middle of an ‘argument’ about… something. COMPLICATION #3 BILLBOARD – DEVELOPMENT 20. EXT. THE CITY (BILLBOARD) – CONT. a. Suddenly, the billboard across Gemma’s apartment catches her attention, making eye contact with the 2-D Foible — and she announces that her procedure date is in exactly ONE WEEK. Mads’ bubble instantly bursts. ACT I TURNING POINT: “A” STORY QUESTION – CAN BOY KEEP GIRL? 21. EXT. GEMMA’S APARTMENT – CONT. a. Once they reach Gemma’s place, Mads puts down her groceries and makes up an excuse to leave. He pulls out a cigarette and places it in his mouth. b. Gemma tells him not to worry, that nothing will change, and that they will still be friends. Mads is not so convinced. c. Then, Gemma reaches forward and takes the cigarette OUT of Mads’ mouth. She places it INTO her own, lights it, and inhales. As she exhales, she surges towards Mads and KISSES him. COMPLICATION #1 CIGARETTE – PUNCH 22. INT. GEMMA’S APARTMENT (BEDROOM) – LATER a. Mads takes a long drag of his lit cigarette (finally), and reclines back on Gemma’s bed. Gemma’s head rests on his chest. The sense of indulgence is insurmountable. PSEUDO-STOCK SHOT: COMPLICATION #3 FOIBLE THE MAD SCIENTIST – DEVELOPMENT 23. INT. FOIBLE’S LAB – DOCUMENTARY STYLE MONTAGE a. Foible speaks passionately about the importance of not giving into temptations in order to lead a successful life. He gets weirdly biblical about it. b. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” 24. EXT. THE CITY (STREETS) – DAY . Mads is on top of the world; his demeanour screams “just-gotlaid.” Carrying a bouquet of flowers, he calls Gemma but gets her voicemail instead. 25. INT. FOIBLE’S INC (LAB) – CONT. . Gemma turns off her phone and apologizes. She is at Foible’s where Dr. Choi is running a pre-test scan in preparation for the procedure. They swap stories about their love lives; Gemma explains how she got “lost” in her last relationship and made her lose her sense of identity. She doesn’t want being in love to define her. a. Dr. Choi shares that: “love is a vice like no other,” but would not want to change it. Gemma contemplates. 26. EXT. FOIBLE’S INC – CONT. . Gemma walks out of Foible’s. Moments later, still carrying the bouquet, Mads walks into the building. Both missing the other by a couple seconds. COMPLICATION #4 DON’T MESS WITH CHOI – SET-UP 27. INT. FOIBLE’S INC (FRONT DESK) – CONT. a. Dr. Choi stops to smell the flowers, now in a vase,
set on the front desk. She notices the RED initial “G” written on the card attached, and hums to herself. 28. INT. FOIBLE’S INC (HALLWAY) – CONT. . Mads swipes through his messages to Gemma on his phone, his last couple texts were read but unanswered. COMPLICATION #4 DON’T MESS WITH CHOI – DEVELOPMENT 29. INT. FOIBLE’S INC (OFFICE) – CONT. a. Dr. Choi examines Gemma’s brain scans. She notes that Gemma’s “addiction” levels have been extremely high recently. She hums. MIDPOINT BARRIER/COMPLICATION #4 DON’T MESS WITH CHOI – PUNCH 30. INT. FOIBLE’S INC (HALLWAY) – LATER a. Dr. Choi stops Mads in the hallway. She accuses him of “fraternizing with a patient.” Mads deflects, but Dr. Choi brings up the fact that he is smoking again. She then implies that if he continues to “interfere with client well-being” that he will be fired. 31. EXT. MARKETPLACE – EVENING . Mads calls Gemma but, again, only gets her voicemail. He sees his reflection in a puddle and steps through it. 32. EXT. RIVERBED – CONT. . Mads skips a stone along the riverbed. The water splashes a pair of boots dangling off the bridge. Gemma sits upon the ledge of the bridge like a princess in a tower, Mads stands below her like the knight coming to rescue her. ACT 2 TURNING POINT: “A” STORY QUESTION – CAN BOY KEEP GIRL NOW THAT SHE IS SET ON HAVING THE PROCEDURE? 33. EXT. BRIDGE – CONT. a. Mads climbs up and sits beside Gemma. He tells her about Dr. Choi’s threat and, already knowing the answer, asks if she is still getting the procedure. Gemma, however, refuses to answer and starts an argument about boundaries. Mads counters that boundaries don’t matter if his livelihood is on the line. The two go back and forth until Mads claims that he is in love with her and, therefore, should not get the procedure. Gemma tells him that that isn’t a good enough reason, and leaves. IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE… GEMMA “CURES” HER “LOVE ADDICTION” 34. INT. MADS’ APARTMENT (BEDROOM) – DAY a. Wilted flowers on the bedside table, a card with the RED initial “G” torn off the bouquet. Mads’ phone RINGS, Dr. Choi’s name is displayed on the screen, but he ignores it. b. Mads tells us that the reason he hasn’t gotten the procedure himself is because he feels that his vices are a part of him and, without them, he’d lose a part of his identity — so who is he to stop Gemma from wanting the same? 35. EXT. MARKETPLACE – NIGHT . Mads solemnly walks past food stands, gift shops, etc. He sees a convenience store with a sign that reads: POWERBALL BUY NOW! He then notices Bree, former-patient-and-gambler, walking out of the convenience store holding what looks like a LOTTERY TICKET. He is about to enter the shop and confront her when -BARRIER #2 36. EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE – CONT. a. Negan grabs Mads by his shoulders. He tells him that Dr. Choi has been trying to contact him: “Something about Gemma and the test…?” Mads RUSHES past him. COMPLICATION #4 FOIBLE THE MAD SCIENTIST – PUNCH 37. INT. FOIBLE’S LAB – DOCUMENTARY STYLE MONTAGE a. Dr. Foible speaks on the power of vices. He explains that sometimes a bad habit is so strong that it has the power to overcome even his air-tight procedure. He then emphasizes the importance of having support from loved ones, should his science fail you. 38. EXT. MARKETPLACE – NIGHT . Mads, now hopeful, RUNS through the crowded marketplace, bumping into and apologizing to people on the street. Suddenly, a CLOCK begins ticking; it sounds like a heartbeat. CLIMAX: “A” STORY ANSWER – MAYBE? (AMBIGUOUS ENDING) 39. INT. FOIBLE’S INC (LAB) – CONT. a. A CLOCK is ticking. Dr. Choi is with her latest patient, Gemma. Wires are removed from Gemma’s head, and Dr. Choi helps her sit up from the operating table. b. Through the window: Mads, disheveled and out-of-breathe, watches as Dr. Choi speaks unintelligibly to Gemma. She motions for Gemma to look through the window at Mads. Gemma turns towards him; she makes no sign of recognition, but then, suddenly SMILES. The clock STOPS ticking. COMPLICATION #2 BILLBOARD – PUNCH 40. EXT. THE CITY (BILLBOARD) a. The billboard that once read: What can’t be bettered today, will rot tomorrow. Now reads, CROSSED OUT and rewritten in RED ink: even better, let’s rot together. FADE OUT. FOIBLE’S LAW FADE IN: INT. FOIBLE’S INC – NIGHT A translucent, grey fog clouds the room; a tall, masculine figure vaguely visible behind the smoke. If the smoke detectors were functioning, they would have gone off by now. MADS (V.O.) I don’t care what people say about cigarettes. How they say that it is bad for my lungs, my liver, my heart… I’m going to have my Marlboros next to my bed until the day that I die… It will be the last thing I see, the last thing I hold, the last breath I take — until I leave this earth. The figure pulls out a cigarette and places it into their mouth. A woman’s manicured hand LIGHTS the cigarette. The flame reveals MADS (30), a disheveled man in glasses, as he takes a drag. MADS (V.O) I think I feel the same way about Gemma. EXT. MARKETPLACE – NIGHT Mads, now fully visible, RUNS through the crowded marketplace, bumping into, and apologizing to people on the street. We don’t know whether he is being chased or not. MADS (V.O) Maybe he was right. It’d be better if you could make the worst parts of yourself all go away. (beat) I just don’t want to disappear along with it. Mads continues running, running, running. Suddenly, a CLOCK begins ticking. It sounds like a heartbeat. INT. FOIBLE’S INC (OFFICE) – DAY The CLOCK hanging on the wall is unusually loud. A DECKOF-CARDS is shuffled and set to the side of the desk. Tick, tick. DR. CHOI (40s), white lab coat, is with her latest patient, BREE (20s), classy in a hospital gown. In lieu of poker chips, there are shelled-peanuts piled between them. DR. CHOI How about we make this more interesting? Dr. Choi pushes her peanuts towards the middle of the desk. Bree worries one between her fingers until the shell breaks; she pops the peanut into her mouth. BREE This is already the most interesting doctor’s visit I’ve had. Two different hands: a full-house and a flush. It is not certain, yet, who’s cards belong to whom. Tick, tick. DR. CHOI I’m all in. As is my Christmas bonus, if you want. BREE I don’t want your money, Dr. Choi. DR. CHOI But I want yours. I mean you’ve got plenty to spare, don’t you? Bree looks at her cards: three 8s and two 4s, a fullhouse. She seems to contemplate the offer. Tick, tick. DR. CHOI (cont.) Unless, of course, you think you have a better hand than I do. Dr. Choi holds five cards, all of the same suit, but not all in sequence: a flush. Her poker face, however, does not reveal anything. Bree ultimately decides that Dr. Choi is not bluffing. Tick, tick, tick. BREE No… thanks. I don’t like gambling. The clock STOPS ticking. Dr. Choi places her cards face down. She searches Bree’s face for confirmation, then grabs Bree’s hands in her own. DR. CHOI (in awe) No. You don’t. Excellent, Bree. I’m proud of you. BREE Yeah… okay. But we can still play for peanuts. You know, I don’t think I’ve played poker in years. Dr. Choi smiles, triumphant. INT. FOIBLE’S INC (HALLWAY) – CONT. Out of Dr. Choi’s office, we go down a long hallway until we see a grandiose portrait of FOIBLE himself, whose eyes seem to follow you. EXT. THEATER – DAY An advertisement for Foible outside of the theater, the same portrait depicted. GEMMA (30), cat-eye sunglasses, walks past it. your character is going to get his/her/their fortune told– however your character would do that in the world of your script have 2 locations, one interior and one exterior, that we are seeing for the first time some dialogue and two characters we meet for the first time get up and through the fortune