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The screenplay for "Trip", the second short film we might try to shoot along with "Flame" in September

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Trip

  1. 1. Trip By Richard Lackey Richard Lackey Trevone Cottage 4A Main Rd St James Cape Town 7945
  2. 2. FADE IN: 1 EXT. STARS - NIGHT 1 ANIMATION We are moving backwards through space, stars flying past us into the distance. The MUSIC FADES IN and the credits roll. The movement of the stars slows and stops. CUT TO: 2 EXT. CLUB - NIGHT 2 CRANE, HIGH ELEVATION, WS The stars of a clear Cape winter night and TILT DOWN to WS. of a large industrial warehouse. We slowly swing around and DESCEND to the pavement below. The heavy hypnotic beat from the club gets louder, mixed with the sounds of night time city traffic. A queue of people line the sidewalk to the entrance of the club. TWO BOUNCERS stand in the doorway. We quickly PULL IN to the door past the bouncers as they admit A COUPLE into the club. For a moment the couple block our view and.. . CUT TO: 3 INT. CLUB - NIGHT 3 STEADICAM, WS The couple move out of shot and we float quickly across the dancefloor, bodies moving in time to the beat, a hypnotic display of light illuminates the crowd. We stop moving suddenly at the edge of the dancefloor. The MUSIC CUTS OUT. JASON is sitting on a couch with a GIRL. His CELLPHONE RINGS. NEW ANGLE Jason stands as he reaches for his phone and answers. Moments pass and his face takes on an expression of total disbelief and shock. He drops his phone. TIMESLICE We quickly track 360 degrees around Jason, frozen his phone in mid air. The background drops out completely, he is alone in darkness, we pull into the dark centre of his eye.
  3. 3. 2. CUT TO: 4 TITLE SEQUENCE ANIMATION 4 MUSIC CUTS IN We rush through a tunnel, a fast flowing labyrinth of fire and explosions as if the tunnel is collapsing around us, we stay always just one step ahead of being consumed by it. A light appears at the end of the tunnel, getting bigger, faster ... CUT TO: 5 INT. HOUSE, LOUNGE - EVENING 5 5 We quickly pull out from a TV screen into a room as if ejected from the tunnel, slowing suddenly almost to. a stop. The room is dark and smoky, oppressive. STEVE and ALEC are sitting in front of the TV mimicking guitar and drums to the Five Star Society music video which appears on the screen. Jason pokes his head around the corner. JASON We’re leaving in ten minutes. We pull into Jason’s face and follow in front of him (moving backwards) as he walks into his room (high speed). CUT TO: 6 INT. HOUSE, BEDROOM 6 He opens the cupboard door (normal speed) and pulls out some clothes, we then see him try on various outfits (high speed, time lapse). He puts on his original choice of clothes (normal speed) and walks out past the bathroom. CUT TO: 7 INT. HOUSE, BATHROOM 7 We leave Jason, and turn into the bathroom to find SABRINA. She starts putting on make-up etc (high speed, time lapse). She opens the door and walks out (normal speed). Steve runs past the camera, Alec follows shortly after. We pull in behind them. CUT TO:
  4. 4. 3. 8 INT . HOUSE, STEVE’ S BEDROOM 8 Steve and Alec pile into the room. Steve opens a drawer in his bedside table. He rummages around (high speed) and pulls out a small clear bag (normal speed), in it are some white tablets. He looks at them, smiles and closes his fingers around the bag. The MUSIC FADES OUT. FADE TO BLACK: 9 INT . HOUSE , BATHROOM - MOMENTS LATER 9 We hear the sound of RUNNING WATER. STEVE Jason. . . Jason! Jason lowers his hands from his face, we see his reflection in the mirror. He turns towards the door. Steve is leaning against the wall in the doorway with his hand stretched out, in the palm of his hand is a small white tablet. Jason looks at it, pondering. He picks it up and slowly puts it in his mouth. As his mouth closes, the MUSIC CUTS IN. 10 INT. HOUSE, HALLWAY 10 Jason walks out of the bathroom and down the stairs as Steve, Alec and Sabrina make their way toward the front door (high speed). They leave and the door SLAMS shut behind them. CUT TO: Note: In the following interior car shots, a different mirrored object will hang from the rear view mirror in each shot. Things should be not quite what they seem, a drugged out illusion of reality. The music will be directly from the studio recording, loud and clear. 11 INT. CAR - NIGHT 11 Steve is driving, Jason sits next to him, smiling, he turns to look behind him. In the back seat Alec and Sabrina move close to kiss. Just before their lips meet... CUT TO:
  5. 5. 4. 12 EXT. CAR - NIGHT 12 The car swerves around a corner recklessly. 13 INT. CAR - NIGHT 13 VARIOUS SHOTS Everyone is laughing, Steve shifts into high gear and steps on the accelerator. CUT TO: 14 EXT. CAR - NIGHT 14 We see the front wheel arch of the car and the road ahead, the road speeding past. CUT TO: 15 INT. CAR - NIGHT 15 Jason (slow motion) turning to Steve and speaking, all we hear is a deep moan. CUT TO: 16 EXT. CAR - NIGHT 16 We see the front end of the car, it is swerving and swaying as it accelerates. CUT TO: 17 INT. CAR - NIGHT 17 Alec and Sabrina laugh (slowed down) their eyes are red and bloodshot. 18 EXT. CAR - NIGHT 18 We see the passenger side of the car from the rear, the taillights in view. Jason leans his head out of the window shouting to a group of girls. The taillights glow bright red as the car slows down. CUT TO:
  6. 6. 5. 19 EXT. CLUB, CAR PARK - NIGHT 19 The car pulls into a empty parking spot. Everyone piles out. CUT TO: 20 INT. CLUB - NIGHT 20 The club is full and the dance floor is packed with sweaty, writhing bodies moving in time to the music. Through the crowd our four friends push their way towards the bar. 21 INT . CLUB, BAR - MOMENTS LATER 21 Steve approaches the bar, followed closely by Jason, and lastly by Alec and Sabrina. A few of STEVE’S FRIENDS are at the bar already and a PRETTY BLONDE GIRL stands with two GIRLFRIENDS a meter or so away. Jason stands next to her, gives her a quick glance. Their Ieyes meet, she smiles. The BARMAN asks for orders, Steve orders a paddle of tequila tots. MS TRACKING We move around the barman as he grabs the bottle (slow motion), and then high speed as he spins it in the air and pours the shots one by one. As he gets to the last glass ... XCU SLOW MOTION Tequila pours into the glass swirling, then a hand comes into shot, grabs the glass and... Steve, Jason, Alec and Sabrina clink their glasses, lick, down, bite and grimace and slam their glasses back down on the bar. The girl leaves the bar. Jason turns, she doesn’t look back. DJ (interrupts) The band will be up in five minutes... SLOW MOTION WRACK Focus from the glass to Jason, Alec and Sabrina leave the bar as tequila swirls into the empty glass. CUT TO:
  7. 7. 6. 22 INT. CLUB, COUCH 22 We follow Jason, Alec and Sabrina from the bar to the dancefloor. They walk past the blonde girl from the bar, standing talking to her friends. Jason stops, checks her out and accidentally knocks a glass of beer out a big guy’s hand, it falls onto her. She looks at him in disgust and runs off upset, The man looks at him angrily. CUT TO: 23 INT. CLUB, BAR 23 Steve and his friends clink their glasses, lick, down, bite and grimace and slam their glasses back down on the bar. XCU of the glass hitting the bar SLOW MOTION of tequila pouring into the glass, a hand comes into shot, grabs the glass and... CUT TO: 24 INT. CLUB, COUCH 24 Jason is now facing two large guys shouting at him. He quickly slides off the couch away from them and disappears into the crowd of moving bodies on the dance floor. The two guys move to follow him and stand scanning the crowd looking for him. CUT TO: 25 INT. CLUB, DANCE FLOOR 25 They spot him in the crowd and begin pushing through the crowd making their way towards him. Jason has forgotten about the two men, and is dancing with two young girls. CUT TO: 26 INT. CLUB, BAR 26 Steve and his’ friends clink their glasses, lick, down, bite and grimace and slam their glasses back down on the bar. XCU of the glass hitting the bar SLOW MOTION of tequila pouring into the glass, a hand comes into shot, grabs the glass and... CUT TO:
  8. 8. 7. 27 INT. CLUB, STAIRWELL 27 Alec pulls out a small bottle of pills from his pocket and takes two, giving one to Sabrina. They both take the pills. Sabrina smiles mischievously at Alec and takes him by the hand into the bathroom. We hear the door lock behind them. CUT TO: 28 INT. CLUB, DANCE FLOOR 28 Jason is dancing unaware that the two men following him now stand behind him. They tap him on the shoulder, he turns and... CUT TO: 29 INT. CLUB, BAR 29 Steve and his friends clink their glasses, lick, down, bite and grimace and slam their glasses back down on the bar. XCU of the glass hitting the bar SLOW MOTION of the last drop of tequila from the bottle drip into the empty glass. CUT TO: 30 INT. CLUB, STAIRWELL 30 The bathroom door bursts open and Alec holds a limp, unconscious Sabrina. He stops in the doorway, almost unable to stand and shouts for help. CUT TO: 31 INT. CLUB, DANCE FLOOR 31 The two men stare at Jason. Jason is frozen on the dancefloor unsure of what to do. CUT TO: 32 INT. CLUB, BAR 32 Steve leaves the bar, stumbling and laughing. He disappears into the crowd on the dancefloor. CUT TO:
  9. 9. 8. 33 INT. CLUB, DANCE FLOOR 33 Steve bumps into the two men that face Jason, the two men turn around and Jason runs. As the two men realize that Jason has escaped they run after him, pushing people out of the way. Steve follows. Two bouncers scan the dancefloor from the club entrance wondering what the commotion is about. They spot Jason and the two men, then Steve running towards them, they close in on the doorway as Jason approaches from the dancefloor. Jason, looking behind him as he runs, collides head on with the bouncers and stops as the others catch up. TWO MORE LARGE BOUNCERS appear. CUT TO: 34 EXT. CLUB, ENTRANCE 34 Jason, the two men chasing him, and Steve are thrown out of the club. Jason, and Steve run towards the parking lot, the two men chasing them. 35 EXT. CLUB, CAR PARK 35 Steve approaches the car, opens the door and gets in. Jason and Alec arrive moments later and bang the window for Steve to unlock the doors. The two men are fast approaching. CUT TO: 36 INT. CLUB, BACK ENTRANCE 36 Through the open door we see an ambulance pull up. Two paramedics rush in. Sabrina is now convulsing on the floor and Alec is in shock. CUT TO: 37 INT. CAR 37 Steve peels out of the parking lot leaving the two men standing in their dust. 38 EXT. CLUB, CAR PARK 38 The car screeches past the ambulance and disappears into the night.
  10. 10. 9. 39 EXT. CAR, MAIN STREET 39 Through the windscreen we can see the guys laughing, messing around. Jason leans out of the window shouting at some girls as they pass. We see reflections of the lights of town in the windscreen as they drive down the main street. 40 INT. CAR, INTERSECTION 40 Steve is laughing as he approaches a red traffic light, there is no one on the road in front of him. Instead of slowing down, he accelerates towards it. 41 EXT. INTERSECTION 41 CRANE, HIGH ELEVATION, HA The car races through the red light and onto a open stretch of highway. 42 EXT. CAR 42 We see the front wheel of the car swerving slightly, and the road rushing beneath. We hear the engine accelerating, shifting into fifth gear. 43 EXT. HIGHWAY 43 The car approaches in the distance and swerves into the oncoming lane of traffic. A large truck passes in the foreground, speeding towards the car, it’s horn blaring. 44 INT. CAR 44 Steve is still laughing, the headlights of the truck coming quickly towards him. Jason is not laughing anymore, he shouts and motions wildly for Steve to get out of the way of the truck now bearing down on them. Jason grabs the wheel at the last minute and wrenches it out of Steve’s hands. We see the headlights of the car catch the guardrail as it swerves off the road. The truck passes them, it’s horn blaring. 45 EXT. CAR 45 Following behind we watch the car swerve from the road and hit the guardrail. Moments later the guardrail ends and the car launches off the embankment, hitting the ground below at full force.
  11. 11. 10. 46 EXT. EMBANKMENT 46 From the ground below the drop we see the car launch from the embankment and hit the ground, stopping against the opposite slope almost instantly. The front of the car is a twisted mess. There is silence as we pass slowly over the front of the car, just the sound of the steam streaming from under the hood. We see the shattered glass and blood smeared windscreen. FADE TO BLACK: 47 INT. HOUSE, BATHROOM - EARLIER 47 The music fades and we hear the sound of RUNNING WATER. STEVE Jason.. . Jason! Jason lowers his hands from his face, we see his reflection in the mirror. He is surprised to see his own reflection and touches his face almost unsure if it is real. He turns towards the door. Steve is leaning against the wall in the doorway with his hand stretched out, in the palm of his hand is a pill. Jason looks at it, pondering. He refuses Steve’s offer. 48 INT. HOUSE, HALLWAY 48 Jason walks out of the bathroom and down the stairs as Steve, Alec and Sabrina make their way toward the front door (high speed). They leave and the door SLAMS shut behind them. CUT TO: Note: In the following interior car shots, things should be shown in absolute stark reality, in total contrast to how this sequence was first shot. The music playing in the car will be as if it was recorded directly from the small tinny speakers. We hear the music only quietly in the exterior shots. 49 INT. CAR - NIGHT 49 Steve is driving, Jason sits next to him, nervously, he turns to look behind him. In the back seat Alec and Sabrina move close to kiss. Just before their lips meet... CUT TO:
  12. 12. 11. 50 EXT. CAR - NIGHT 50 HA, WS, CRANE, HIGH ELEVATION The car swerves around a corner recklessly. We can see that they had cut off a car approaching the corner on the other side. The other car hoots it’s . .. horn loudly. CUT TO: 51 EXT. CAR - NIGHT 51 We see the man driving the other car shake his fist at them (slow motion) . 52 INT. CAR - NIGHT 52 MS Jason from the open window of the car, watches the guy as he curses them (slow motion). 53 INT. CAR - NIGHT 53 VARIOUS SHOTS Everyone is laughing apart from Jason, Steve shifts into high gear and steps on the accelerator. CUT TO: 54 EXT. CAR - NIGHT 54 We see the front wheel arch of the car, the road speeding past. CUT TO: 55 INT. CAR - NIGHT 55 Jason (slowed down) turns to grab his seat belt from over his shoulder, he is worried. CUT TO: 56 EXT. CAR - NIGHT 56 We see the front end of the car, it is swerving and swaying as it accelerates. CUT TO:
  13. 13. 12. 57 INT. CAR - NIGHT 57 Alec and Sabrina laugh (slowed down) their eyes are red and bloodshot. 58 EXT. CAR - NIGHT 58 We see the passenger side of the car from the rear, the tail lights in view. The tail lights glow bright red as the car slows down’. CUT TO: 59 EXT. CLUB, CAR PARK - NIGHT 59 The car pulls into a empty parking spot. Everyone piles out. CUT TO: 60 INT. CLUB - NIGHT 60 The club is full and the dancefloor is packed with sweaty, writhing bodies moving in time to the music. Through the crowd our four friends push their way towards the bar. 61 INT. CLUB, BAR - MOMENTS LATER 61 Steve approaches the bar, followed closely by Jason, and lastly by Alec and Sabrina. A few of Steve’s friends are at the bar already and a pretty blonde girl stands with two girlfriends a meter or so away. Jason stands next to her, gives her a quick glance. Their eyes meet, she smiles. The barman asks for orders, Steve orders a paddle of tequila tots. XCU of the glasses as the barman pours the shots one by one. As he gets to the last glass ... XCU SLOW MOTION Tequila pours into the glass swirling, then a hand comes into shot, grabs the glass and... Steve, Alec and Sabrina down their first shots. Jason looks embarrassed. The girl looks at Jason, she motions for him to go with her and her friends. They leave the bar together. DJ (interrupts) The band will be up in five minutes ... CUT TO: (CONTINUED)
  14. 14. CONTINUED: 13. XCU SLOW MOTION WRACK Focus from the glass to Alec and Sabrina as they leave the bar. Tequila swirls into the empty glass. CUT TO: 62 INT. CLUB, COUCH 62 Jason and the girl are getting on well. Alec and Sabrina arrive from the bar and Alec knocks a glass of beer out a guys hand as he passes. The man looks at Alec angrily. CUT TO: 63 INT. CLUB, BAR 63 Steve and friends clink their glasses, lick, down, bite and grimace and slam their glasses back down on the bar. XCU of the glass hitting the bar SLOW MOTION of tequila pouring into the glass, a hand comes into shot, grabs the glass and ... CUT TO: 64 INT. CLUB, COUCH 64 Alec is now facing two large guys shouting at him, Sabrina is embarrassed and leaves, making her way onto the dance floor alone. Alec quickly slips away from the two guys and disappears into the crowd of moving bodies on the dancefloor. The two guys move to follow him and stand scanning the crowd looking for him. CUT TO: 65 INT. CLUB, DANCE FLOOR 65 They spot him in the crowd and begin pushing through the crowd making their way towards him. Alec has forgotten about the two men, and has found Sabrina, they are dancing. CUT TO: 66 INT. CLUB, BAR 66 Steve and friends clink their glasses, lick, down, bite and grimace and slam their glasses back down on the bar. XCU of the glass hitting the bar SLOW MOTION of tequila pouring into the glass, a hand comes into shot, grabs the glass and...
  15. 15. 14. CUT TO: 67 INT. CLUB, DANCE FLOOR 67 Alec is dancing unaware that the two men following him now stand behind him. They tap him on the shoulder, he turns and... CUT TO: 68 INT. CLUB, BAR 68 Steve and friends clink their glasses, lick, down, bite and grimace and slam their glasses back down on the bar. XCU of the glass hitting the bar SLOW MOTION of the last drop of tequila from the bottle drip into the empty glass. CUT TO: 69 INT. CLUB, DANCE FLOOR 69 The two men stare at Alec. He is frozen on the dance floor unsure of what to do. CUT TO: 70 INT. CLUB, BAR 70 Steve leaves the bar, stumbling and laughing. He disappears into the crowd on the dance floor. CUT TO: 71 INT. CLUB, DANCE FLOOR 71 Steve bumps into the two men that face Alec, the two men turn around and Alec runs, grabbing Sabrina’s hand. As the two men realize that he has escaped they run after him, pushing people out of the way. Steve follows. Two bouncers scan the dance floor from the club entrance wondering what the,commotion is about. They spot Alec, Sabrina and the two men, and then Steve running towards them, they close in on the doorway as Alec approaches from the dance floor. Alec, looking behind him as he runs, collides head on with the bouncers and stops as the others catch up. Two more large bouncers appear. CUT TO:
  16. 16. 15. 72 EXT. CLUB, ENTRANCE 72 Alec, Sabrina, the two men chasing him, and Steve are thrown out of the club. Jason, Steve and Sabrina run towards the parking lot, the two men chasing them. CUT TO: 73 INT. CLUB - LATER 73 JASON is sitting on a couch with a GIRL. His CELLPHONE RINGS. Jason stands as he reaches for his phone and answers. Moments pass and his face takes on an expression of total disbelief and shock. He drops his phone. TIMESLICE We quickly track 360 degrees around Jason, frozen his phone in mid air. The background drops out completely, he is alone in darkness, we pull into the dark centre of his eye. FADE TO BLACK: THE END

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