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The

Flamethrowers

Lena Smith, Drew LaMontagna, Brad Domash, Chris Maggio


Treatment


A
car
pulls
into
a
parking
lot
of
a
small
broken
down
bar.
 The
wheels
of
the
car
slowly
roll
over
the
broken
concrete
 of
the
bar
parking
lot,
making
a
cracking
noise.
A
 countryman
with
a
beard,
jeans
and
dirty
boots
gets
out
of
 the
pick
up
truck
and
opens
the
squeaking
screen
door
into
 the
dark,
drone
bar.
The
man
walks
past
dim
lights
and
a
 broken
jukebox
to
get
to
his
usual
spot
at
the
last
chair
at
 the
bar.
He
also
walks
past
an
out‐of‐place
man
sitting
at
 the
bar
in
a
suit,
without
even
noticing
him.
 Sitting
with
his
head
hung
over
two
empty
double
shots
of
 whisky,
he
hears
the
man
in
the
suit
going
on
about
his
 life.
He
then
hears
the
man
talking
about
how
he
has
been
 sexually
involved
with
his
secretary.
The
countryman
then
 looks
up
to
see
a
wedding
ring
on
the
suited
mans
hand.
He
 shakes
his
head
as
though
he
is
just
putting
it
off.
The
 suited
man
checks
his
watch
and
makes
an
excuse
to
why
he
 has
to
leave
and
exits.
 The
bartender
slowly
walks
over
to
the
countryman
and
gives
 him
a
smile.
He
asks
about
how
crazy
it
is
that
the
big
 politician
Gerry
Stratsford
is
playing
around
with
his
 secretary.
The
man
talks
about
how
he
does
not
care
about
 the
politicians
business.
 A
week
later
we
see
the
politician
sitting
at
his
oak
desk
 in
a
very
nice,
carpeted
ofDice.
He
is
going
through
his
 mail
when
he
opens
a
letter
that
puts
a
concerned
face
on
 him.
We
see
the
letter
is
a
blackmail
threat,
telling
the
 politician
that
if
he
does
not
pay
him
a
signiDicant
sum
of
 money,
he
would
go
to
the
media
with
his
secret
about
his
 secretary.
We
then
see
that
the
letter
is
signed
at
the
 bottom
as
“your
favorite
bartender.”
We
see
a
concerned
look
 on
the
politicians
face
as
if
he
is
wondering
what
to
do.
 The
politician
is
walking
through
the
crowded
streets
of
the
 inner
city
on
his
cell
phone
when
we
hear
him
talk
into
the
 phone
telling
the
bartender
to
meet
him
at
an
intersection
 in
a
secluded
area
in
the
country.
 We
see
a
black
car
with
tinted
windows
driving
through
 woods.
Gerry
is
looking
out
the
window
as
if
he
is
nervous.
 The
car
arrives
at
the
agreed
exchange
site.
The
bartender
 is
standing
in
the
road
with
his
truck
parked
a
little
ways
 behind
him.
Gerry
and
two
other
bodyguards
get
out
of
the
 car
and
he
is
holding
a
briefcase.
He
walks
up
to
the
 bartender
who
has
a
smile
on
his
face.
Gerry
proceeds
to
ask
 the
bartender
that
if
he
gives
him
this
money
the
bartender
 will
stop
blackmailing
him.
While
the
bartender
is
agreeing
 to
this
statement,
we
see
a
gun
raised
to
the
bartenders’
 head
and
hear
a
gun
bang.
Gerry
and
his
bodyguards
slowly
 walk
away
from
the
lifeless
body
and
back
to
the
car.
 Inside
the
car
one
of
the
bodyguards
looks
nervous
and
Gerry



assures
him
that
it
had
to
be
done
and
no
one
will
ever
 suspect
that
a
big
politician
would
ever
have
anything
to
do
 with
the
death
of
a
poor,
country
bartender.
 We
see
Gerry
walking
into
his
ofDice
building.
He
walks
into
 his
ofDice
and
sits
in
his
seat.
After
looking
into
space
 for
a
while
a
grin
arises
on
his
face.
He
calls
his
wife
and
 leaves
a
voicemail
telling
her
he
is
going
to
take
her
to
 dinner.
He
hangs
up
the
phone
and
smiles
as
if
everything
is
 perfect
and
he
is
out
of
the
clear.
He
kicks
his
legs
up
 onto
his
desk,
reclines,
and
switches
on
the
television
just
 to
hear
a
reporter
saying
that
Gerry
Stratsford
has
been
 accused
of
the
murder
of
Billy
Trace,
a
poor
bartender,
by
 an
anonymous
witness.
 We
see
the
bartender
asking
the
countryman
that
we
see
in
 the
Dirst
scene
to
give
him
a
ride
real
quick
because
his
 car
had
a
Dlat
tire
as
the
country
man
is
leaving
the
bar.
 We
see
the
two
driving
and
the
countryman
asking
the
 bartender
where
they
were
going.
The
bartender
reply’s
with
 a
passive
tone.
The
bartender
tells
him
to
stop
at
a
vacant
 intersection.
The
countryman
looks
confused
as
the
bartender
 gets
out
of
the
car
and
tells
him
to
wait
there.
The
 countryman
watches
the
bartender
walk
about
Difty
yards
from
 the
car.
We
see
from
inside
the
car
a
black
car
with
tinted
 windows
roll
up.
Three
men
get
out,
Gerry
Stratsford
and
two
 of
his
bodyguards.
They
talk
for
a
little
and
then
we
see
 the
bodyguard
shoot
the
bartender.
The
countryman
gives
out
 a
slight
cry
and
sinks
in
his
seat
as
he
sees
the
three
men
 get
back
into
their
car
and
drive
off.
 After
the
car
pulls
off,
the
countryman
runs
out
of
the
car
 and
to
the
bartender.
He
lets
tears
out
over
the
body
of
his
 friend
then
sees
a
pay
phone
and
runs
to
it.
He
puts
the
 quarters
in
and
dials
911.
In
a
shaken
voice
he
says,
“I
 need
to
report
a
murder.”
 We
then
see
the
face
of
the
politician
watching
the
news
 again
in
a
stunned
manner.
A
ruckus
outside
his
office
 brings
his
attention
to
the
door
when
police
burst
through
 and
tell
him
he
is
under
arrest
for
the
murder
of
Billy
 Trace.
 We
see
a
cop
putting
Gerry
into
the
back
of
a
cop
car
as
he
 tells
him
he
is
going
away
for
a
while.
We
see
the
blank
 expression
of
Gerry
looking
out
of
the
cop
window
as
the
car
 pulls
away
and
we
watch
the
car
disappear.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Screenplay


1

INT. ROADHOUSE BAR- DAY

1

A car pulls into the parking lot of a broken down bar. A dirty, bearded COUNTRYMAN gets out of his car and walks into a bar and walks past a broken jukebox machine and a man in a suit, politician GERRY STRATSFORD, who is clearly drunk and is mumbling to himself and, occasionally, the bartender, BILLY TRACE. GERRY I used to mean something! God damn politics got the best of me though. I mean, man, back in like ’77 or ’78 when I was just startin’ in this thing, nobody could stop me. People looked at me like a king! Of course, back then, we were looking at a different world. A civilized world, to say the least. People had to actually listen to politicians and people liked me. I loved the power and the attention. I just don’t feel like I get the same respect today. It is all because the Internet came around and people thought THEY could write the news themselves. It made everyone think that THEY knew it all. HA! No wonder this world’s so fucked up. (pauses) You remember the first time you used a computer...what’s you name buddy? BILLY It’s Billy. GERRY Billy. (pauses) You remember computer?

the

BILLY No, sir, I do not. GERRY

first

time

you

used

a


1989. It had a black screen with green letters and I didn’t even know what to do with the damn thing! (laughs) I didn’t really start using the thing til’ about 2000, though. Right after that Y2K shit. Would have been better if all the computers crashed anyway if you ask me. And Cell phones... psh! It was a workout just to carry one of those things around! Now you can access the world through a phone that fits in your pocket. And it seems no one can go more than five minutes without using one. Bill, you ever have one of ‘em things back in the day? BILLY (washing a glass cup) No, sir. GERRY I did. I figure, hey, I got some cash, might as well spend some of it on a toy. Didn’t think nothin’ of it. Figured it’d be a one time thing, then I’d be done. Never was really big into the whole technology blow up that everyone was raving about. (pauses) Looks like I was wrong. (pauses) Ain’t the only time I thought somethin’ like that. (laughs) Oh baby! Jen, Jen, Jen. (Billy looks up and then goes back to work) GERRY Figure, “Man, it’s just one time and Erin’s never gonna find out. Then it’ll stop.” And she never found out. But it never stopped. And you know what, I don’t give a fuck. If I wanna sleep with my secretary, then god damnit I will! I’m the fucking governor! (Countryman looks wedding ring)

at

Gerry

and

see


GERRY (raises eyebrows, suprised) Ahh fuck! There I go, rambling on to a complete stranger about my greatest secret. Fuck it doesn’t matter. It’s nice to talk about it to someone, even if it is a complete stranger. I can’t talk to anyone I know about it. (pause) What time is it? (looks at watch) Damn did it get late fast. My wife is gonna kill me. I gotta..I got... (pauses, slams down a 20, then stands up) Thanks a lot Billy Boy. Keep the change. (exits out of bar) (Billy walks over to Countryman and smiles) BILLY Wow! You believe that?! Big ol’ Gerry Stratsford is cheatin’ on his wife. What you think of that? COUNTRYMAN (groans) BILLY What you say? COUNTRYMAN Don’t phase me. politics.

I’ve never been one for

BILLY Yeah, you have never been one for much of anything besides drinkin’ and workin’. COUNTRYMAN And when did that become so wrong? BILLY Not wrong at all, (looks at the door) just


nice to know that for once we have something on hotshot Stratsford that could give us power over him a little. COUNTRYMAN Ha. We have no power, Billy. Just a load of useless information about some politicians skewed love life. BILLY Maybe you’re right. You want another one? COUNTRYMAN No, I thinks it’s about time for me to get back to my wife too. BILLY Ok. Sounds good. I’ll have one waiting for you tomorrow after work. COUNTRYMAN Can’t, Billy. Gotta go to my little girls play tomorrow. Maybe have one ready for me after that (with a smile on his face.) Gets up and puts some money on the counter. COUNTRYMAN Take it easy Billy. BILLY Yeah. The countryman exits the bar. 2

INT. GERRY STRATSFORD’S OFFICE – DAY

1

Gerry is sitting in his nice office at his desk. There are big windows that look out to a great view of the inner city. He sits in a big leather chair behind his huge oak desk. He is just finishing a phone call. A female in a suit, assumed to be his secretary, brings him his mail.


SECRETARY Here you go, sir. (smiles) GERRY Thanks...you. (smiles back) SECRETARY Should I clear the rest of your day? Maybe we can just lock the door and spend the rest of the day in here? GERRY I think I would like that. (with a smile.) Cancel my meeting with George. I just want to be with you today. SECRETARY Ok, I’ll go work on it. (Walks out the door.) GERRY Holy shit...Jen! Come back in here for a minuter. SECRETARY Yes handsome?.. GERRY (hesitant) Where’d you get this?

How long ago?

SECRETARY (perky) It was in your mailbox. Why? Is something wrong baby? GERRY (catches himself abruptly) Uh..no no, and don’t call me baby in public you know that, how many times am I gonna tell you that ‘till you get it through that thick skull of yours..damnit.


SECRETARY Oh...okay...

GERRY Clear the rest of my day still. I’m gonna be out of the office for the rest of the day. SECRETARY I thought we were going to hang out? GERRY Does it sound like I can hang out now? Something important came up. SECRETARY Ok. Are you sure everything is alright Gerry? You are acting weird. You can tell me if something is wrong. GERRY Everything is fine. And don’t talk to me like you’re my psychologist. You’re my fucking secretary. Don’t forget that. SECRETARY Okay...sorry. I Forgot that’s all I am to you. The Secretary exits from Gerry’s office. Once the door closes Gerry begins to the victim of a deep sweat as he loosens his tie in fear. He then slams the letter he received on the table along with his fists. GERRY (talking to himself) Shit!...Shit, Shit, Shit!! I going to do?! GERRY

What the fuck am


What the fuck am I going to do?! You really fucked yourself this time Gerry! Why couldn’t you just lay off, make it a one time thing and be done with it?? Fucking idiot! Damnit!! Gerry then proceeds to the window as hes slams both fists above his head against the window pain. The noise brings attention to another office member passing by his office. OFFICE MEMBER (from outside the office, concerned) Gerry? Are you alright in there sir? GERRY (tightens up his voice) Uh, (clears throat) Yes, yes fine. Fine thank you. Just some rotten kid outside throwin’ rocks at my winda’. Nothing to worry about!

OFFICE MEMBER

..Alright then..have a good day. GERRY (clears throat a second time)

You as well!

GERRY Damn it Erin! Will you please shut the damn door. SECRETARY Sure. Do you need me to “release some pressure” for you baby? GERRY That’s the last thing I need! What did I tell you? Stop calling me that! Get out and don’t forget to shut the fucking door behind you this time.


Gerry continues to pace back and forth deciding what to do with the situation at hand, as his bright white shirt begins to darken with a pale sweat. 3. Ext. Gerry Stratford On Sidewalk – Day Gerry walks through the crowded streets in a rush. He takes his phone out of his pocket and dials a number. GERRY Meet me at the intersection of Arendas and Hills. (Slight pause) Yeah, I’ll be there in a half hour, come alone. 4. Ext. Gerry Meeting Billy The intersection has nothing around it and is surrounded by woods. Gerry shows up in a black car with very tinted window as Billy’s car is parked in the distance. GERRY (Walking up to the bartender with a briefcase.) So if I give you this we’re done, right? You’ll leave me alone? I never want to see you or hear from you again. BILLY Yes sir. After this we’re done. I won’t need anything for the rest of my life with all this money. GERRY Well as long as you keep your mouth shut it’s worth it. BILLY It’s truly amazing how little it takes to take a powerful man like you to beg a poor bartender like me. I’ve never gotten the respect I deserve and now look at this. Gerry Stratsford himself. Begging and paying me money. Now give me the money you scum bag. GERRY


Take the money. But you’re the one that is true scum bag. (A gun rises behind Billy’s head. He cannot see it.) You need to blackmail a man to feel power. That’s not power. You are a poor bartender and you are going to die a poor bartender. The gun sounds and Billy goes limp. Gerry and his body bodyguards walk back and get into the car and drive away. 5. Int. Gerry and Bodyguard in Car - Day GERRY (To the nervous bodyguard.) Relax. The job is done. No one will ever expect me to be associated with this. He was just a poor countryman anyway. BODYGUARD I guess. It’s not even about getting caught. GERRY Listen, you did the right thing. You needed a little extra money for your baby girl to go to college. Now you have it. You did it for her. Don’t forget that. BODYGUARD Sometimes the end just doesn’t justify the means. GERRY Oo would you stop with that bull shit. The job is done. Get it out of your head. You can’t take it back now. The bodyguard just nods yes and looks out the window. 6. Int. Gerry’s Office - Day Gerry sits and stares out the window when a grin comes on his face. He reaches for the phone and types in a number. GERRY


Hey baby. How about we go to Morton’s tonight. I love you. Can’t wait to see you. He hangs up the phone, smiles, and kicks his legs up on his desk. He picks up the remote and turns on the TV. REPORTER And Gerry Stratsford has been accused of the Murder of Billy Trace, a poor bartender of Sherman County. This just reported by an anonymous witness. 7. Int. The Country Bar - Day Inside the bar the countryman seen in the first scene is leaving the bar. COUNTRYMAN Then I just left to go work on my truck. (Him and Billy laugh.) Ok Billy I think its about time that I get out of here before I get to drunk to drive back home. BILLY Ha. Like that has ever stopped you from driving home before. COUNTRYMAN Yeah. Well I’m stopping it this time. I’ll see you later Billy. BILLY Actually anyway I can catch a ride with you real quick? I have something to take care of and my car has been actin’ up. Something to do with the engine I think. COUNTRYMAN Yeah, I guess I don’t have anything to be doing. The two leave the bar and get into the car. 8. Int. Countryman’s car - Day


COUNTRYMAN So where we headed to? BILLY To Arendas and Hills. COUNTRYMAN What do you have to do there? There’s nothing there. BILLY (With a smile on his face.) Getting a payday. COUNTRYMAN Payday? BILLY You’ll see. Just trying to get back some of that money the government has been robbing me of. COUNTRYMAN Yeah, yeah.(With a smirk) I never know what you’re up to. BILLY (After a few seconds of silence) This is fine, just pull over here. Stay back here so they don’t see you. They told me to come alone. COUNTRYMAN Who told you that? What’s going on? BILLY I’ll be back in a second. They should be here soon. COUNTRYMAN Who is they?


9. Int. The Countryman’s Pickup Truck The countryman watches Billy get out of the car and walk about 200 feet from the car. A black car with tinted windows rolls up and three men with suits get out of the car, one holding a brief case. The countryman recognizes that the politician is the one from the bar. COUNTRYMAN What the hell is Billy doing with him? The countryman watches as Billy gets shot. He sinks down into the seat in a horrified panic, as if not to be seen. The black car pulls away. When it is gone, the countryman goes running toward the lifeless body. COUNTRYMAN Billy! (crying) Fuck! (Sees a pay phone and runs to it.) Hello? Yes, I would like to report a murder. 10. Int. Gerry’s Office - Day Gerry watches the television screen in a stunned manner. A noise outside of his door brings his attention to the door. Police then burst through the door. POLICE Put your hands on the desk! Don’t move! GERRY Officer what is the problem here? POLICE Shut up! Not another word! You have been charged with the murder of Billy Trace. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can be held against you in a court of law. GERRY Sir, you’re making a mistake!


POLICE We’ll see about that. Come with me sir. GERRY (Being lead out.) Mary (his secretary) call my wife and tell her what happened. Tell her to call the lawyer. Mary (Nervously) Yes sir. 11. Ext. Outside Gerry’s Office. – Day The police lead Gerry out of the office and place him in the car. POLICE Watch your head on the door. Gerry looks out the window with a hopless look. the car drives off into the distance and turns a corner.


Mood Boards


Costumes


 



Politician
























Bartender
 



Shot List


1


Number


Night‐
parking
lot
of
small
 broken
down
bar
 Night‐
parking
lot


Long


1


1
 
 2


2


1


Night‐
inside
the
bar


Medium


2


2


Night‐
inside
the
bar


Close
up


2


3


Night‐
inside
the
bar


Close
up


2


4


Night‐
inside
the
bar


Extreme
Close
up


2


5


Night‐
inside
the
bar


Medium


2


6


Night‐
inside
the
bar


Medium


2


7


Night‐
inside
the
bar


Close
up


3


1


Daytime‐
politicians
ofDice


Medium


3


2


Daytime‐
politicians
ofDice


Close
up


3


3


Daytime‐
politicians
ofDice


Extreme
close
up


3


4


Daytime‐
politicians
ofDice


Close
up


4


1


Medium


4


2


Daytime‐
crowded
streets
 of
the
inner
city
 Daytime‐
crowded
streets
 of
the
inner
city


4


3


Daytime‐
crowded
streets
 of
the
inner
city


Medium


5


1


Evening‐
secluded
woods
in
 Long

 the
country


5


2


Evening‐
secluded
woods
in
 Close
up
 the
country


5


3


Evening‐
secluded
woods
in
 Medium
 the
country


5


4


Evening‐
secluded
woods
in
 Medium
 the
country


Medium


Close
up


Pick
up
truck
pulls
slowly
into
 parking
lot
and
parks
 A
country
looking
man
exits
the
 vehicle
and
enters
the
bar
 Man
walks
to
last
seat
of
the
bar,
 passing
an
out
of
place
customer
 (well
dressed),
without
noticing
 Bartender
pours
2
shots
of
 whisky
and
the
man
begins
to
 easedrop
on
the
out
of
place
man
 The
country
man
over
‐hears
the
 man
speaking
of
his
affair
with
 his
secretary
 A
glimpse
of
the
wedding
ring
on
 the
mans
Dinger
 Well
dressed
man
announces
his
 exit,
and
leaves
the
bar
 Bartender
approaches
man
with
a
 smile,
and
tells
him
about
who
 the
man
who
just
left
 Country
man
acknowledges
how
 little
he
cares
 We
see
the
politician
sitting
at
his
 oak
desk
opening
mail
 The
politician
stumbles
upon
an
 umfamiliar
letter,
and
realizes
 that
it
is
a
blackmail
threat
 The
letter
is
signed
“your
favorite
 bartender”
 The
politician
shows
deep
 concern
and
fear
 The
politician
is
walking
 downtown

 Camera
zooms
in
on
politicians
 cell
phone
and
a
text
is
seem
on
 his
phone
 The
politican
gets
into
his
car,
 and
leaves
to
meet
up
with
the
 bartender
 A
black
car
with
tinted
windows
 is
driving
quickly
through
the
 woods.
Inside
is
the
politician
 with
a
nervous
look
on
his
face
 The
bartender
is
parked
at
the
 meet
up
site
waiting
for
the
 politician.
 The
car
arrives
at
the
site,
and
the
 politician
exits
the
car
along
with
 2
bodyguards
 The
politician
and
the
bartender
 converse
about
the
exchange



5


5


Evening‐
secluded
woods
in
 Close
up
 the
country


5


6


Evening‐
secluded
woods
in
 Close
up
 the
country


6


1


Daytime‐
politicians
ofDice


Medium


6


2


6


3


Daytime‐
politicians
ofDice


Close
up


6


4


Daytime‐
politicians
ofDice


Medium


6


5


Daytime‐
politicians
ofDice


Close
up


6


6


Daytime‐
outside
the
 politicians
ofDice
building


Close
up


6


7


Long


7


1


Daytime‐
outside
the
 politicians
ofDice
building
 Daytime‐
the
hallway
of
the
 politicians
ofDice


7


2


Daytime‐
outside
the
 politicians
ofDice
building


Long


7


3


Daytime‐
outside
the
 politicians
ofDice
building


Close
up


Medium


Suddenly,
a
gun
is
raised
to
the
 bartenders
head‐
the
bartenders
 face
is
shown
and
he
looks
 extremely
scared
 The
bartender
is
shot,
and
the
 politician
and
the
bartenders
 leave
the
scene
 The
politician
walks
into
his
 ofDice
with
a
grin
on
his
face
and
 sits
at
his
desk
 
 The
politician
kicks
up
his
feet,
 and
turns
on
the
television.
His
 face
turns
from
excitements
to
 fear
 The
news
report
is
shown,
 accusing
the
politician
of
murder
 and
relaying
the
entire
story
to
 the
public
 The
politicians
is
shown
in
 complete
shock
 The
police
are
shown
quickly
 parking
their
vehicles
(unsure
to
 the
audience
of
where
they
are
 exactly)
 The
police
are
shown
outside
the
 politicians
ofDice
building
 Police
are
outside
the
ofDice
of
the
 politician
preparing
to
enter
and
 arrest
him.

 A
full
view
of
the
ofDice
building
 shown
while
the
arrest
is
being
 made.
 A
blank
look
is
seen
on
the
 politician
face
as
he
is
seated
in
 the
cop
car,
and
as
the
car
drives
 away



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 We
choose
this
location
because
we
wanted
the
 bar
used
in
the
Dilm
to
look
exclusive,
and
wealthy.
 The
covered
walkway
before
the
doors,
make
the
 bar
look
fancy,
and
the
decorative
lighting
make
 the
bar
look
expensive.
This
location
served
as
a
 perfect
example
of
a
bar
we
would
look
for
as
the
 set
for
our
movie.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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Soundtrack


 
 
 



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Corrupt Politician