The five stages
an original screenplay
fine arts college, Hampstead
TITLES OVER BLACK SCREEN
As the titles appear the sound of ’wet’ crying can be
heard. The sound is bridged into the next scene.
INT. EMILY’S BEDROOM.NIGHT
A desktop screen. The google search bar is being typed
a big sniff
WRITING ON DESKTOP
How to get over an ex boyfriend
A range of options appears
EMILY BROWN HAIR 18 YEAR OLD GIRL, SILM BUILD, PRETTY, IN
LECTURE HALL WITH PSYCHOLOGY BOOKS ALL OPEN AROUND HER
LOOKING BORED. WE CAN HERE LECTURES VOICE OF SCREEN
TALKING ABOUT THE KUBER ROSS MODEL 5 STAGES OF GRIEF.
EMILY’S FACE LIGHTS UP
Lecturer: When an individual
experiences a great loss they
normally go through the 5 stages
of grief this model was presented
by Kuber Ross
Intention:scene cuts and emily then decides that she will
use the five stages to get over her ex boyfriend. Maybe a
friend would be useful here
Emily attaches an a3 paper on the wall. On the front in
large letters is the title depression. Underneath is a
list of depressing activities.
Emily steps back and we see the wall is filled with four
other similar posters all relating to the stages. Images
of her boyfriend with red crosses on it can be seen on the
wall as well.
Black screen appears with in bold words ’Denial’
Emily turns up at her boyfriends house wearing yellow to
represent denial. She is calm and acting like nothing has
happened. She rings on the door bell.
Rings doorbell again
and rings again
Emily looks at her watch to indicate time going by.
Sam opens the door
...I thought you were at
You are late for our date!
Come on, lets go! We’re going to
miss the movie. Popcorn or pik n
Stop Emily! We broke up
It was a dream idiot! Hurry up
(looking confused) uhhh.. goodbye
Emily goes home and ticks denial off her list
Black screen appears with in bold words ’Anger.’
Intention: Emily runs around her room wearing red to
depict anger. Her task is to get rid of everything in her
room that has any relation to Sam and put it into a box
picks up jumper
ah this can go in the box
rips up photographs of them together
ha! this can too!!
Collects all the teddys he’s ever got her
opens her cupboard and throws his t-shirts and shoes on
Perfect! more for the box!
Collects phone charger and tooth brush
She rings Sams doorbell.
Sam answers the door
Again! what do you want?
Emily throws the box of things at him and then runs away
I hate you! i dont need you
anymore! Im so happy we’re over!
Your a liar you told me you loved
me and couldn’t be without me and
then just went and broke up with
me. (whilst screaming this she is
throwing his belongings at him)
Sam tries to reply and argue his point over whilst Emily
is screaming at him but is unable too. Audience will hear
Uh, but, come on, emily, calm
(looks at her watch, calm again)
Thankyou for that, goodbye.
Sam looks very confused and puzzled
Emily ticks Anger off her list on the wall when she gets
Black screen appears with in bold words ’Baargaining’
EXT. SAMS WEDNESDAY RUNS - DAY
Emily follows Sam on his wednesday morning run. She runs
along next to him
i will give you all my life
savings, every penny i have saved
and give it to you. Take me back.
i need you. take my credit card,
take my wallet for all i care! i
Throws her money, credit cards and whole purse at him
your being ridiculous, your
really scaring me now
looks at her watch
thank you for that. Goodbye
walks away and ticks bargaining off her list when she’s
Black screen appears with in bold words ’Depression.’
INT. KITCHEN - DEPRESSION SCENE
Emily is in her bed, she turns the light off
*2 days gone by* appears on the screen.
She is sitting on her bed with her Depression list in
front of her, as she does each task she ticks it off the
2 days gone by appears on screen
Ticks 2 days in the dark off her list
(Eats ice-cream) ticks off list
(Watches jeremy kyle) ticks off list
(Watch notebook) ticks off list
(Watches 5th episode of friends) ticks off list
(Don’t answer phone) ticks off list
ticks depression off list which is now covered in
Black screen appears with in bold words ’Acceptance.’
EXT. OUTSIDE SAMS HOUSE - ON FRONT PORCH- ACCEPTANCE
Intention: Emily goes to his house to get closure. She
looks very clean and fresh with her hair all nice. Sam is
hesitant to open door, shown through seeing his shadow
through the window
(FLINCHES AS HE OPENS THE DOOR)
Look Sam, im over you, its fine
ive realised why its not working
i get you now. Goodbye forever
Emily starts to walk away
Emily stops walking
Please dont go. I made a mistake!
you have made me realise how much
i love you
No Sam. You were right. Stop
being neurotic. I have accepted.
I have accepted. Its over sam.
Ok. I have accepted.
Maybe you could use this now..
its no use to me anymore.
Hands sam her lists
Sam looks at her with tears in his eyes
NO EMILY! come back i love you!!!
grabs emilys arm
pushes him off her and walks away
Intention: Sam calls emily numerous times on her mobile as
she is walking away, Emily hangs up the phone every time
INT. BEDROOM - LAPTOP SCREEN RECORDING
Emily searches on google ’how to get over a psycho ex