5th draft script


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5th draft script

  1. 1. THE STEPS<br />By Hanan Mohamed<br />5th Draft<br />15/03/11<br />EXT. – OUTSIDE THE TENT – NEARBY EPPING FOREST, KENT – EARLY AFTERNOON<br />We see a blonde girl fiddling with a camcorder, trying to turn it on before switching to the CAMERA POV – HAND HELD VIEW. A red dot begins blinking on screen with the word REC appearing next to it; it appears that she is filming them all. Behind her faint in the background we see that there are some blurry figures setting up a tent but in the meantime, KRISSY is filling the screen with her face and bubbliness as she begins talking excitedly into the camera.<br />KRISSY:<br />Hi guys, it’s Krissy! We’re doing a little video diary of our camping trip, Blair Witch Project but without the killing. <br />The camera swings unsteadily around the circle in Krissy’s amateur fashion, pointing up and around at the sky and trees aimlessly before we see Anna, who’s fiddling with the tent entrance and looks surprised at the sight of the camera. <br />KRISSY:<br />(sings out)<br />Guys, you gonna say hello? C’mon Anna!<br />ANNA: <br />(shy, ducks head down away from camera)<br />Hi.<br />Then KELLY bounces into the picture, her face taking up the entire screen as she grins whilst peering into the camera at us and starts running her fingers through her hair, adjusting it. <br />KELLY:<br />Hi people! You gonna make famous, you gonna make me a movie star?<br />KRISSY:<br />(humours her)<br />Yeah, of course, of course Kelly, alright then...<br />A sudden shiver runs down her back and she stops suddenly, still as her hands drop to the side. Her bright demeanour fades and she stares hard to the side, off screen to somewhere that the audience can’t see.<br />KELLY:<br />(looks uneasy)<br />No, Krissy, can you not....can you not feel that?<br />KRISSY:<br />(nonchalant)<br />Feel what?<br />KELLY:<br />It feels like something’s watching us. <br />Switch to DIRECTOR’S VIEW.<br />OCTAVIA:<br />(looks to the side then back at Kelly, amused)<br />What the hell? There’s nothing there.<br />KELLY:<br />(looks at Octavia, then at the camera, unsure of herself)<br />But...can you...can you seriously not feel that?<br />Switch to HAND HELD view.<br />KRISSY:<br />(laughing)s<br />No, seriously, there’s nothing there. <br />KELLY:<br />(looks at camera, to the side and goes stiff)<br />I’m gonna call Ricky. <br />She looks unnerved, frowning. There is a LONG SHOT of her as she walks away in the opposite direction of where she had been staring to a cluster of tall trees, a little hunched over as she takes out her phone to speed-dial her boyfriend and puts her phone to her ear. <br />KRISSY:<br />(raises brows at Octavia)<br />I told you she was gonna chicken out of this trip.<br />OCTAVIA:<br />Mhm.<br />KRISSY:<br />(giggles as the tent flap falls on Anna)<br />Oh no, oh no watch it!<br />Everyone’s giggling as the tent starts falling apart a little again, showing strange bumps as Anna tries to get out – when a cutting scream breaks across the sky, jarring and sharp making everyone jump, making the camera drop out of Krissy’s hand onto the ground where it lies for now unnoticed.<br />OCTAVIA drops everything and jumps to her feet, sprinting in the trees’ direction. The rest of the girls all get up swiftly to follow OCTAVIA, dashing after her as that terrible scream makes them think something must have happened to Kelly. They find her just within the outskirts of the forest, moving around restlessly wide-eyed as if searching for something while cradling her right arm to her chest.<br />KELLY:<br />(looks pained, through gritted teeth)<br />Something cut me.<br />The girls all crowd around her, talking over one another and their voices merging into one single tone of comfort as they all make ‘aww’ing noises of reassurance and patting her, staring at her arm and asking to see it. She raises it and there’s a wide cut on her forearm stretching down her wrist to elbow, which looks shallow but strangely long – and it’s bleeding profusely.<br />ANNA:<br />So much blood-<br />KRISSY:<br />That looks painful-<br />OCTAVIA:<br />Babes, come let me wrap it for you-<br />Switch to HAND HELD view.<br />A little distance away from a space within the trees, the foliage obscures our view as we watch the girls through the viewfinder on the camera. The red dot is still blinking, ominous as it keeps on recording and we can see them all gathered around wounded Kelly; but their conversation is obscured by the sounds of low, heavy breathing. We ZOOM in on the girls, focusing first on their arms and then moving lower down on their bodies-<br />They disappear out of sight as they leave the clearing.<br />Switch to DIRECTOR’S VIEW.<br />The girls are back at camp, but the fun-loving air has gone entirely as the girls plead with Kelly not to leave but at the same time help her to gather her things, talking over one another again.<br />KELLY:<br />(upset)<br />I’m going home.<br />KRISSY:<br />I’m sorry about what I said, please-<br />OCTAVIA:<br />Please stay Kels it was just a branch, it-<br />ANNA:<br />It was only a branch, don’t worry-<br />All the while Kelly only shakes her head, looking increasingly upset as she puts her things in her bag one by one and not meeting anyone’s eyes. About to try one last entreaty, KRISSY opens her mouth to speak but her gaze is drawn to the tripod – then the ground, then a look of pure confusion crosses her face.<br />KRISSY:<br />(pauses)<br />Guys, where’s my camera gone?<br />Switch to HAND-HELD view. We are watching them at a medium long – shot, and as the girls all look at each other bewildered the camera ZOOMS in gradually, shaking as the breathing grows huskier and faster, ZOOM, breath, ZOOM, breath, a low growl escapes-<br />BLACKOUT<br />