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Katie Banks Brittney Semanick Austin Gardner


Preliminary Research After given two minutes to develop a story idea individually, we were told to pitch our ideas to the class. Random captains were chosen and took turns choosing whose ideas they thought would fit well with their pitch. Austin chose us because our ideas were very similar and seemed to blend well together. All of our ideas had a serious theme to them. While developing the idea we kept thinking to ourselves INDIE FILM INDIE FILM INDIE FILM. Our originally treatment stayed the same for the most part. The only big changes we made were character name changes, adding a few crucial scenes, and changing the name of our movie. This was an original idea we developed we didn’t really use any ideas from other books or films. Extra Notes: --For the Real-world location pictures we worked ahead and got 5 different location pictures as opposed to one location. (you okayed this via email, thank you!) --For the concept art we provided several different views of the same room so you can see what everything is.


Treatment Title: “Catechism” JACOB MORRIS is driving in his Jeep. The radio is blaring and he is singing along. He is about 17 or 18 years old. He has a younger looking face but with the start of a beard. He pauses at a point in the song where he doesn’t know the words as he eases his foot off the brake after he completes his stop at a stop sign. He accelerates into a 50 zone and as he goes, he picks back up with his singing. At a blind point in the road, where a large shrub obscures about 5 circular feet of vision, a man, CALEB CAIN, steps off the curb, right before Jacobs’ Jeep makes contact with him. We see from inside of the car the body of Caleb rise over the hood of the car and crash into the windshield. Caleb is lying on the hood of the car, bleeding. James parks and tears out of his car, frantically punching numbers into his phone. Caleb looks at Jacob and makes eye contact with him. He slowly closes his eyes and his body begins to relax. A very faint smile plays on his lips that you would have to be looking for to catch. Days after the accident, Caleb’s sister REBECCA CAIN goes into Caleb’s room to look for something. It is just the way any teenage boy would have left it. Clothes everywhere, posters adorning the walls and a beautiful computer set up for gaming. There is also a large crucifix above Caleb’s bed. She begins to rifle through his things in a way that only a sister could. She comes across a journal and flips through it vaguely, then begins to read it. She is shocked by what she reads and quickly closes the journal, walks to her room, and hides it between her mattress and box spring. She sits on her bed and takes a deep breath. She too has a large crucifix above her bed. Caleb’s funeral is held at an old, large, Catholic church. At the funeral there is a receiving line with Caleb’s parents and sister standing at the end. Jacob stands in line, looking as if he is ready to be attacked, obviously nervous about whether he should be in line or not. He gets up to the Caleb’s mom, MRS. CAIN, she just looks at him. She tells him that the good lord wanted Caleb back, and that he has a plan. She tells him that it is up to him now to live for the both of them. The look on Jacobs’ face conveys that he is taking it to heart.


Fifteen to twenty years later Jacob appears to be working at a local hotel. He is given the opportunity to be promoted at the hotel and turns it down showing no interest whatsoever. Jacob goes to his apartment to tell his girlfriend, ELIZABETH, that he turned the promotion down. Elizabeth does not understand why Jacob won’t live his life and take these opportunities. The argument ends with Jacob asking Elizabeth to leave for good. Jacob, full of graying temples and age lines, is sitting in his kitchenette, eating a microwave dinner. He is about to dig in when his phone starts ringing. He looks up at the phone as if he had never heard it ring before. He cautiously answers the phone, listens for a minute, and then agrees and hangs up. He covers his dinner with tin foil and puts it into the fridge. Jacob walks into a diner that is too loud and too bustling for a man who has led a life like him. Rebecca is waiting at a booth with her back turned to the door when Jacob walks in. He gets level with her, and sees that her face looks much older than it should. Her frown lines are sunk in very deep, and she has a permanent bluish purple ring under each eye. They order food from a bleached blonde, older waitress and being to talk. Both Rebecca and Jacob pick at their food, dancing around why they are both in the diner. Idle chitchat occurs asking about families and she introduces the subject of Caleb. She tells him how her parents recently deceased and how she is surprised they lasted this long after grieving for Caleb so long. She takes out the journal and she tells him that she found it in Caleb’s room the day after he died. She describes what it contains, and tells him that she felt ashamed of him back then and how her parents taught them that suicide landed you in hell, which is why she waited until they passed to contact Jacob. As they walk out of the diner after their meal, Jacob and Rebecca share an awkward hug and she presses the journal into his hands before she turns and walks away down the street. Jacob is back at his apartment. The light is low and the rooms is clean. There are no vestiges of a life living there except his own. He has no family pictures on the wall and nothing that really indicates who he is. He sits into his La-Z-Boy and opens the journal. He reads the journal as the shadows grow longer across the ground. He closes the journal and sinks back into his chair.


We see just the last page of the journal. Under Caleb’s scratchy, teen handwriting, we see a hand begin to write. It reads “Dear Caleb, After living my whole life trying to be good enough for you, I now wish that it had just been me that day.” And with that, the journal closes.


SCRIPT 1

IN T.

J A CO B

MO R RI S’ S

AP A RT M EN T

-

1

N IG H T

JACOB MORRIS is sitting in his apartment on his LayZ-Boy. He is picking at his TV dinner on his TV tray while watching the television set. The glow of the TV is shining onto his face. The telephone rings and Jacob turns his head wondering who would possibly be calling. He slowly gets up and walks over to the caller ID. He looks at the caller ID, (the audience can not see what the caller ID says), and picks up the telephone. Hello.

REBBECCA

Once Jacob hears Rebbecca’s voice he panics and hangs up the phone. Jacob is staring at the phone when suddenly it begins ringing again. It is Rebbecca calling again. Jacob answers the phone. Hello. 2

EXT.

THE

ACCIDENT

JACOB

-

2

DAY

[FLASHBACK] Jacob is driving his small jeep down a small town road. It is early morning, just after dawn, and Jacob is on his way to the high school. JACOB (bobbing head

to

rap

music)

Jacob stops at a stop light and his friend AMY pulls up next to him. AMY (beeps her Both Jacob down.

and

Amy

car

roll

horn)

their

windows

AMY (leaning out of car window) Hey! Am I gonna see you at Tommy’s tonight? You

know

Pick me eight.

JACOB I’ll AMY up

there

from

my

if

you

place

are! at


Both Jacob and Amy don’t notice that the stop light has turned green. A random person honks their car horn from behind them. JACOB (startled;

guns

his

car)

Jacob drives for a few seconds and as he picks up speed CALEB CAIN steps off of a curb right in front of Jacob’s jeep. Jacob has no time to think and Caleb’s body hits the windshield. Caleb dies instantly due to the impact. JACOB (jumps out of car yelling) O my god! O my god! No! No!

Amy’s car screeches as she slams on her brakes and she gets out of her car. AMY (slams car door and starts hysterically screaming) Th e sc e ne c lo s es w it h ar ou n d th e sc e ne .

3

INT.

CALEB’S

HOUSE

-

by s ta nd er s

cr o wd in g

MORNING

Caleb’s sister, REBECCA CAIN, begins to knock on Caleb’s bedroom door because they normally walk to school together. REBEC CA (yelling)

Caleb open your damn door, I need to use your printer! MOTHER (yelling from down stairs) Watch your mouth Rebecca!

REBECCA (ignoring her mother; opens Caleb’s door) (walks into Caleb’s room and heads over to his desk) REBECCA (as she turns printer on) Stupid slow piece of shit.

3


(She begins to print her paper and starts to snoop around. She stumbles across an open journal and begins to read it. After she reads an entry she quickly closes it and leaves the room, completely forgetting about the paper she had printed.) Rebecca leaves Caleb’s room and enters the hallway and heads towards her room. REBECCA (yelling down the stairs) Mom! I need a ride to school, Caleb left! Rebecca enters her room and stuffs the journal between the mattress and box spring of her bed. She walks over to her desk and zips up her backpack. She wraps her backpack around one shoulder and quickly leaves the room, shutting the door behind her. 4

EXT.

LARGE

CATHOLIC

CHURCH

-

DAY

4

It is a clear, sunny day with bright blue skies. Slowly, family members, friends, and others dressed in black make their way into the double doors of the church. 5

INT.

LARGE

CATHOLIC

CHURCH

-

DAY

The pews in the church are completely filled. All that can be heard are low whispers and mourns of the assembled people. A large framed picture of Caleb stands in the front of the church behind his shiny, white, closed casket. A beautiful display of multicolored flowers surround the casket. The chatter dies down as the PRIEST approaches the alter. PRIEST We gather here today not to mourn, but to celebrate the life of Caleb Cain. Caleb was an extraordinary individual that had great love for his family, friends, and had a special place in his heart for the animals on this Earth. Caleb has completed his time here and has entered a better place. He is now in the hand’s of our Lord.

5


Rebecca slowly stands up from her seat in the front row pew. MR. CAIN is clutching Mrs. Cain tightly as she is mourning onto his shoulder. Rebecca heads toward the alter and up to the podium to give a speech. Rebecca glances around at the audience and takes a deep breath before she begins.

REBECCA As all of you know, I am Caleb’s sister, Rebecca. We were pretty close considering our age difference. We shared almost everything with each other. There is no one to blame for what has happened to my brother. It was an accident, and we need to accept that. As Catholics, we are taught to forgive one another. This is what Caleb would want from you, forgiveness. Thank you.

Rebecca steps off the podium with a stoic expression on her face. Her back is set straight and she is walking back to the pew with purpose. Rebecca sits down next to her parents and they hug her. Her parents are still grieving, but Rebbecca is not. 6

INT.

THE

WAKE

-

6

AFTERNOON

Jacob enters the wake with his parents at his side. The room is very crowded. There is a line of people wrapped around the room waiting to talk to the Cain family. Alongside the Cain family is Caleb’s casket and the large picture surrounded by different flower arrangements that had been sent to the family. The line continues to move as well wishers move past the family. They stop to kneel in front of the white casket to write small messages along with their names on it. MR. MORRIS (guiding his son and wife towards the line) Are you sure you want to do this, son? Jacob takes his at his father.

I

eyes

don’t

off

JACOB really

the

casket

have

a

and

looks

choice.

The line continues to move along as the Morris family stands in silence. Eventually, it is time for the


Morris family to give the Cain family their condolences. Mrs. Morris and Mrs. Cain hug each other. MRS.MORRIS (to Mrs. Cain as they hug) We are so sorry. This has been really hard for us, especially for Jacob. As they are hugging Mr. Morris and Mr. Cain shake hands. Rebecca and Jacob exchange awkward stares. MRS. CAIN (turns to Jacob)

We have accepted that this was God’s plan for Caleb. JACOB (nods his head while holding eye contact with Mrs. Cain)

Caleb’s

MRS. life

CAIN was so

short

lived.

Mrs. Cain grabs onto Jacob’s arm tightly. He begins to draw away and then can’t help but stop himself. Rebecca frowns as she hears her mother begin to speak. MRS. CAIN (CONT’D) (in a slightly begging manner) Please just keep Caleb in your thoughts and prayers. The worst thing that can happen is for Caleb to be forgotten. Jacob’s parents grab onto Jacob to steer him along towards the casket. In the background Mr. Cain holds onto Mrs. Cain as she begins to sob uncontrollably. As the Morris family approaches the casket, Jacob hesitates to kneel down. He reads the inscriptions and hurriedly continues walking away, unable to kneel at the casket or write a message. Rebecca’s eyes were on Jacob as this all happened. 7

INT.

HOTEL

LOBBY

-

NIGHT

Jacob is standing behind the counter of a hotel lobby, he is in uniform. It is 15-20 years later and Jacob has a worn down look about him. He is just finishing checking in two guests. A younger college age girl named Melissa is working the counter with him.

7


JACOB Thank you for choosing Best Western and have a nice stay. Let me know if there is anything else that you need. Thanks.

COUPLE We Will.

After the couple disappears into the elevator, the MANAGER of the hotel comes around the corner. MANAGER Jacob, could I please see you in my office. I have an opportunity I would like to talk to you about. Melissa can watch the counter. Yes

sir.

JACOB

Jacob follows the manager down the hall and into the office. He slowly shuts the door behind them and takes a seat in a chair across from the managers desk. MANAGER Jacob, you have worked here a long time. I know that you haven’t shown any interest in a promotion in the past, but you’re a solid employee and you have seniority so I wanted to at least run it past you. OK.

JACOB MANAGER

A supervisor position has opened up at a nearby branch and I am willing to recommend you. The pay is much better, as are the hours. And, you won’t have to work as a desk clerk anymore. What do you say?

JACOB I don’t know. I’m not sure if I want to be a supervisor. MANAGER (confused and a little frustrated)


Jacob, you have worked here longer than any of our other current employees. That alone makes you perfectly qualified for the

job. Sure you will have a few more responsibilities, but nothing that you can’t handle. Did I mention that the job comes with a raise? JACOB Still, I don’t think it sounds right for me. MANAGER Jacob, come on. You are older than I am, so you really want to be a desk clerk your entire life? Stop holding yourself back. JACOB I’m sorry but I just don’t want the job. With that, Jacob quickly gets up and leaves the office, leaving the manager thoroughly bewildered. 8

EXT.

PARKING OUTSIDE

OF

JACOB’S

APARTMENT

-

DAY

8

Jacob pulls into the parking lot of his apartment in an older looking four door sedan. He parks and gets out of his car, still in his hotel uniform. He makes his way up the stairs on the outside of the apartment complex to the third floor. When he gets to his unit, he lets himself in. 9

INT.

JACOB’S

APARTMENT

-

9

DAY

Jacob enters the apartment through the front door and hangs his keys up on a hook on the wall, next to another set of keys. It is a small one bedroom apartment, but does not look like a bachelor pad. A woman, ELIZABETH, comes out of the bedroom to greet Jacob. ELIZABETH honey, (leans in and gives Jacob a quick kiss) you’re home early aren’t Hi

JACOB

you?


Yeah

I

guess,

how

was

your

day?

ELIZABETH It was a good day actually. I signed two new clients. That’s Was

JACOB great.

your

ELIZABETH day alright?

JACOB So so, I got promotion.

offered

a

ELIZABETH Wow! Jacob that is fantastic news. When do you start?

I

turned

JACOB it down.

ELIZABETH I don’t understand. (she frowns) Why would you do that? JACOB I just don’t think the job would be right for me. ELIZABETH Jacob, you’ve been working at that hotel for years, you deserve that promotion. I

don’t

JACOB think

so.

ELIZABETH But why Jacob? Why won’t you let yourself succeed? I know that you would do so well if you just gave yourself the chance but you won’t.

Jacob has a flashback to the accident. The blood, the body, the funeral. When he comes back to the present he appears distraught and border-line angry. JACOB Can we please just drop this. I told you that I don’t want the job and that’s that.


It is obvious that they have had this argument before, as the scene gets tense quickly ELIZABETH (also starting to get a little angry) You don’t make any sense to me. I try so hard to be supportive because I want you to be happy, but I can’t help you if you don’t want yourself to be happy. I

JACOB didn’t ask

for

your

help.

ELIZABETH (hurt by this last statement) You treat our relationship the same way. Every time I try to get closer to you you distance yourself from me. You have to let go of whatever it is that is telling you that you can’t be happy.

I

can’t.

JACOB I

just

can’t

OK.

ELIZABETH Just tell me what it is that is holding you back. There

JACOB isn’t anything

to

ELIZABETH You can tell me, I am Jacob you know that.

tell. here

for

JACOB I told you that there isn’t anything to tell. Jacob once again flashes back to the day of the accident. He sees the girl in the car the moment before, the people screaming, Caleb’s family. Just

ELIZABETH talk to me,

it

will

JACOB It won’t be OK. This isn’t

be

OK.

you


working. ELIZABETH What isn’t working? Jacob what are you saying. Us.

We

JACOB aren’t

working.

I’m

sorry.

ELIZABETH Jacob please don’t do this. If I said something to hurt you I’m sorry. I just want to help you. JACOB You can’t help me. It would be best if you just left.

Please

ELIZABETH Jacob...

Please

JACOB Liz, I

want

you

to

leave.

Liz leave the apartment bawling and confused. Jacob sits down at the kitchen table and puts his head in his hands. 10

IN T.

J A CO B

MO R RI S’ S

AP A RT M EN T

-

N IG H T

10

Continuation of Scene 1 (before the flashback). Jacob continues to listen to Rebecca speak on the other end of the phone. The audience does not know who is on the other line.

Okay,

JACOB I’ll be

there.

Jacob hangs up the phone, grabs his jacket, and heads out the door, leaving his dinner on the TV tray unfinished and the television on. 11

EXT.

DINER

-

NIGHT

11

We see the back of Jacob as he is walking into the diner. He enters the diner and starts looking around for Rebecca. The room is filled with several families enjoying their meals and engaging in friendly conversations. 12

INT.

DINER

-

NIGHT

12


HOST (cheerfull y)

Table

for

one

sir?

Jacob is very confused at the whole situation. He looks at the waiter confused as to why he is so cheerful and continues to look around for Rebecca. He spots a lady sitting in a booth alone in the back of the diner and assumes that it is Rebecca. JACOB (mumbling as he walks away) Um no. I am meeting someone.

Jacob heads to the back of the diner and once he reaches the booth he just stands there wondering if it is her. Rebecca is blankly staring out the window to the diner and not really paying attention to anything that is going on.

Rebecca?

JACOB

Rebecca turns her head towards Jacob and stares at him taking in his appearance. REBECCA (motions for Jacob to sit down) It’s been awhile Jacob,

please.

Jacob slides into the booth across from Rebecca. The two of them awkwardly stare at each other in silence. A waiter interrupts the silence.

What The two waiter.

WAITRES (cheerfully)

can

of

them

Coffee. Decaf

or

Regular.

And

I

get

look

two

startled

darlings? by

JACOB WAITRESS regular JACOB

WAITRES (to Rebecca)

for

you

you

miss?

sweetheart?

the

cheerful


Nothing

REBECCA for me.

Thanks.

The waitress collects their menus and walks away from the booth. So

JACOB wanted

you

to

meet

me...

REBECCA (Obviously avoiding his lead in) I was surprised to see your still living in the area. JACOB (shrugs his shoulders) Well ya know..

Do

REBECCA know why

you

I’m

in

town?

JACOB (shrugs his shoulders again) Uh, well I heard about your mom. How is your father taking it?

REBECCA My father’s been dead for ten years. JACOB (uninterest ed)

Oh... It’s

sorry

OK.

to

hear

that.

REBECCA

More awkward silence ensues. Jacob begins to shift uncomfortably in his seat and looks around. It is obvious that he is starting to regret coming to this meeting. Rebecca seems to notice Jacob’s discomfort and starts to talk. REBECCA I know how confused you must be right now and I’m sorry but this is something I have to do. JACOB (Looking more confused than ever) OK... if this is about


your brother...

It

REBECCA (interrupti ng)

is.

JACOB I’m sorry but I really don’t think I want to hear what you have to say. (begins to get up to Jacob

leave)

REBECCA please...

JACOB (beginning to get upset, but still reserved) No, I really don’t need this right now. It has been almost t h i r t y years since the

accident and not one day has gone by since where I have not been consumed by thoughts of Caleb and I think I’ve had enough. I’m sorry, but I’m leaving. REBECCA (yelling after him)

Jacob! No, please you need to hear this. (Jacob continues to leave) It wasn’t your fault! Jacob freezes and turns back to stare at Rebecca. By this point others in the diner are starting to notice the argument and try not to stare but the background noise begins to fade. REBECCA Caleb’s death wasn’t your fault and I can prove it to you. Please, sit back down. JACOB (obviously startled,

begrudgingly walks back and slides into the booth) Talk.


Now that Jacob is back in front of her, staring her down, Rebecca begins to lose confidence and hesitates. Talk

JACOB I’m leaving.

or

REBECCA (pulls a worn black journal out of her purse) This belonged to Caleb. JACOB (stares at the journal) OK. What does this have to do with me. This

was

REBECCA his journal.

JACOB OK, why haven’t I heard about this before? I hid it. Why?

Are

REBECCA it. No JACOB I don’t

one

else

knows

understand.

REBECCA (begin to tear up, looks away to wipe her eyes, looks back at Jacob, suddenly very serious) you a religious man Jacob.

JACOB No? Not particularly. Why, what does that have to do with your brother? REBECCA My parents are...were...strict Roman Catholics, and Catholics take the after life very seriously. You could almost say that they obsessed over it. Catholics believe in a set of very strict rules when it comes to where you will spend

REBECCA

your eternity. If certain rules are broken, the punishment is eternal

about


damnation.

(begins to tear up again, starting to loose control of her emotions) I... I just couldn’t bear the thought of my parents believing that Caleb was going to spend eternity in Hell. (tears have turned in to sobbing) I don’t know what else to say, you will have to read the rest for yourself. (slides the journal across the table) JACOB (just stares

at

the

journal)

REBEC (crying)

I can’t say anymore, I thought I could but this is too hard. Please just read the journal. Read it and know that I am so sorry Jacob, I truly am. I’m sorry. Rebecca quickly walks out of the diner covering her face and doesn’t look back. Jacob is left sitting alone, in shock, staring at the journal. He slowly reaches across the table, picks it up, puts it under his arm, and leaves without paying. 13

INT.

JACOB’S

LIVING

ROOM

-

NIGHT

13

Jacob is sitting alone at a desk in his apartment. The apartment is void of light except for one reading lamp on the table. The journal is open on the desk in front of Jacob. He slowly flips through the journal until he comes to the last page with writing on it. Jacob stops and reads the last page.

14

INT.

CALEB’S

ROOM

-

EARLY

MORNING

CALEB CAIN (Voiceover for what he is writing) I don’t know how else to say this except that I do not think that I was meant for this life.

14


Time and time again I have tried to make things work out but my efforts have been futile at best. I guess what I am saying is goodbye. I do not know if I will have better luck in the next life, but I do know that my time in this life is over. If anyone is to find this, please try not to mourn my death because death is what I want. 15

INT.

JACOB’S

LIVING

ROOM

-

15

NIGHT

After he finishes reading, Jacob leans back and begins to realize the magnitude of what he has just read. He flashes back to Caleb’s mom putting the pressure of Caleb’s life on him, and to all of the things he pushed away because of the accident: the promotions, Elizabeth. Jacob begins to cry. He then picks up a pen off of his desk. JACOB (writing in the journal) I wish that it would have been me who died that day.

Jacob sets down his pen, shuts the journal, and continues to cry.

16.


Mood Board for Diner

Mood Board for Jacob’s Apartment


Mood Board for Jacob’s Apartment


Promotional Movie Poster


Costumes


Costumes Continued


Shot List Scene

Shot

Description Medium shot: Jacob in his la-z-boy

Elements

1

1

Dark room, television on, jacob is the only one around

1

2

Long shot: Jacob walks to the phone

SFX: Telephone ringing

1

3

Medium close up: Jacob puts phone up to his ear. Hangs up.

Prop: Telephone

1

4

Long shot: Jacob standing and staring at phone. It rings

Prop: Telephone

1

5

Closeup: Jacob’s face, he asnwers Prop: Telephone

2

1

Medium closeup: Camera is in passenger seat. Jacob is driving and singing

SFX: Rap music playing in car radio

2

2

Long shot: Behind Jacob’s car. Stopped at a stoplight. Girl pulls up next to him

BG: Stoplight and two cars pulled up next to each other

2

3

Medium closeup: Space between next to one another at stoplight Jacob and Girl lean out windows to talk

BG: Cars are still parked cars. SFX: Car horn

2

4

Long shot: back behind cars as Jacob guns it. Same angle though

SFX: Screeching tires

2

5

2

2

POV: Driving down road and boy steps out and smashes into windshield.

SFX: Breaking windshield Windshield will completely crack

6

Long shot: Side of car can be seen, Caleb lies rolls off hood of car Jacob gets out

BG: Bright green forestry SFX: Jacobs car door slamming

7

Closeup: Back of Jacob’s head as he leans over Caleb.

BG: Not in focus, girl friends car SFX/BG: Girl screaming


Scene

Shot

Description

Elements

2

8

Hight angle/Zoom out: A group BG: People are slowly coming is forming in a circle around around Jacob and Caleb in the Caleb’s body street

3

1

Close up: A female hand knocking on a door

You can just see the hand the grain of the door SFX: Knocking

3

2

Close up: A female mouth, speaking

Just Rebecca’s mouth, calling to Jacob SFX: Knocking

3

3

Long shot: Rebecca stands at a door, hand posed to knock. She yells

BG: Mother yelling from downstairs

3

4

Wide shot: Jacob’s room. The door opens, Rebecca walks in. Door shuts. She heads to computer and turns it on

SFX: Door opening and closing BG: Jacob’s room with posters and crucifix on wall

3

5

Medium close up: Rebecca fiddles with computer and printer. Camera shows her from profile

SFX: Printer turning on, rolling chair creaking as she sits

3

6

Medium shot: Still from profile, Rebecca snoops while paper prints. Comes across journal.

Props: Journal

3

7

Close up: Rebecca’s eyes as she reads.

SFX: Turning pages

3

8

Close up: Journal slams shut

SFX: Journal closing Props: Journal


Scene

Shot

3

9

4

Description Long shot: Rebecca leaves Jacob’s room. Journal in hand Camera follows her into her room as she yells to mom. Stuffs journal under mattress, closes door on camera

1

Elements Props: Journal SFX: Door closing behind Rebecca as she exits

Extreme Long Shot: Outside a large, stone, Catholic church. Many people dressed in black enter church as more arrive.

BG: Sunny, clear skies, lots of trees and life

Extreme long shot: Inside of church. Camera zooms in as it moves up center aisle. Comes to rest behind front-left pew.

SFX: People whispering BG: Framed picture of Caleb and casket surrounded by flowers

Medium close up: Profile of Rebecca as she watches priest rise.

BG: Rebecca’s parents next to her. The church is packed all around her

5

1

5

2

5

3

POV Rebecca: Priest gives sermon. Calls Rebecca up

BG: Caleb’s casket and photo and flowers

5

4

Long shot: From aise, Rebecca stands at podium

BG: Casket, photos, and flowers

5

5

Medium close up high angle: From behind Rebecca, she gives speech. Walks to pew and sits

Props: Speech on paper BG: Filled church


Scene

Shot

Description

5

6

Medium shot: Rebecca sits staring ahead as her parents hold each other and cry

6

1

Long shot: Morris’ enter wake

Elements BG: People begin to rise and exit church BG: People standing around talking

6

2

POV Jacob: Surveys room, eyes follow snaking line to greet the Cain family.

BG: People dressed in black chatting

6

3

Medium Close up: Mr. and Mrs. Morris steer Jacob over to The line.

BG: People still chatting, the line moves around

6

4

Line containing the Morris family and other well-wishers moves forward at fast forward speed until Morris’ and Cains are in front of each other.

BG: People chatting, Casket and flowers in background

6

5

Medium Close up: Mrs. Cain and Mrs. Morris hugging.

BG: Cain family standing Before casket

6

6

Close up: Mrs. Morris talking in Mrs. Cains ear. Back of Cains head is visible

Women still hugging

6

7

Medium close up: Mrs. Cain speaks to Jacob

BG: Mr. Morris and Mr. Cain shake hands

6

8

Medium shot: Only Jacob and Mrs. Cain.

BG: The casket is framed by their bodies as Mrs. Cain grabs Jacob’s arm

6

9

Close up: Mrs. Cains hand on arm

Her nails are painted red

6

10

Medium shot: Jacob begins to pull away

His suit arm bunches so you can tell he is pulling

6

11

Close up: Jacob’s face. Looks startled and upset. He nods.


Scene 6

Shot 12

6

13

Description

Elements

Medium shot: Mrs. Cain releases his arm. The Morris parents steer Jacob away, Camera stays on Mrs. Cains devastated face.

BG: The line has come to a stop. The Morris family passes the casket

Long shot: People still streaming by. Jacob pauses at casket

BG: casket, photo and flowers

14

Close up: Camera pans the white casket with writing on it

BG: Flowers Prop: Casket BG: People moving about talking to one another

6

15

Long tracking shot: Jacob standing in middle of funeral parlor alone. Fades out

7

1

Establishing shot: Hotel lobby

BG: Jacob and Melissa at counter

7

2

Medium shot: Jacob helping couple POV shot from couple

BG: Standard oil painting that you find in cheap hotels Prop: Computer

7

3

POV Jacob medium shot: Looking at couple

BG: Front of hotel lobby SFX: Chattering in BG

7

4

Long shot: Couple in elevator. Doors close, pan to mananger Coming Around corner and follow Him up to service counter

SFX: Ding of elevator and of doors closing BG: Changes as manager walks

7

5

7

6

Medium shot: Manager tells jacob to meet him in office. Camera follows behind them into office

BG: Standard oil painting, Melissa doing her job

Long Shot: Jacob and Manager enter the office

SFX: Door closing

6

7

7

POV Jacob: Manager talks to jacob

7

8

POV Manager: Jacob responds

BG: Doorway

7

9

POV Jacob: Manager speaks

BG: Standard office

SFX: Chair creaking as manager leans forward


Scene

Shot

Description

7

10

POV Manager: Jacob responds

7

11

Medium high angle: Shows both men sitting on opposite sides of desk

7

12

8

Elements BG: Doorway BG: Standard office

Medium: Profile of men sitting across each other, Manager leans in. Jacob stands and camera pans to him closing the door behind him

BG: Standard office SFX: Door closing

1

High angle: Panning to follow Jacob’s car into his parking spot

BG: Empty parking lot

8

2

Long shot: Jacob getting out of his car.

SFX: Car door opening

8

3

Medium shot: Jacob shuts his car door. Camera stays on him as he starts up the stairs. Pedestal shot begins as climbs higher. He enters his apartment and closes the door

SFX: Door shutting, footsteps on stairs

9

1

Long establishing shot: Jacob’s apartment pan to him as he enters Liz comes up and greets him Leads him into kitchen.

BG: Plain apartment that reflects a woman’s touch. SFX: Jacob closing door

9

2

Close up: Inside of fridge, fridge opens and jacob pulls out a beer fridge door closes

FG: Ketchup and other fridge things line the door of the fridge

9

3

Medium shot: Liz sitting at table. Jacob goes to sit.

BG: Beige wall with a Clock and photo SFX: Pulling back chair

9

4

Close up: Jacob’s hands opening the beer.

SFX: Beer opening Props: Beer

9

5

Long profile shot: Jacob is at end of the table, Liz is seated perpindicular to him. They begin to talk

BG: Beige wall SFX: Clock ticking


Scene

Shot

Description

Elements

9

6

Medium close up: Liz’s face lights up as jacob tells her about job offer. She leans forward.

9

7

Close up Jacob’s face: Tells Liz he turned it down

9

8

Medium shot showing both Liz and Jacob. Liz sits back as she hears him. Conversation continues

Silence until she speaks

9

9

Flashback: Boy steps into car and smashes windshield

SFX: Cracking glass Muffled screaming

9

10

Flashback: Caleb’s body on the ground

SFX: Muffled screaming

9

11

Medium close up: Jacob comes out of flashback as Liz clears table while talking. Camera follows her as she sits back down at table. They talk.

9

12

Flashback: Extreme high angle showing people encircling Caleb’s body on the ground

9

13

Close up on Liz pleading

9

14

Medium profile shot of the two. Jacob tells her to get out. Camera follows Liz as she grabs her coat and exits apartment. Camera retraces her footsteps and finds jacob still sitting at the table

10

1

Close up: Jacob is standing at the phone . He agrees and hangs up the camera pulls back as he grabs his jacket and heads out the door. Camera pans to living room and Shows tv on and tv dinner sitting on tray

BG: Beige wall SFX: Chair creaks as she leans forward

SFX: Clink of dishes in kitchen sink SFX: Muffled screaming

SFX: Liz’s shoes walking out and the door closing

SFX: Clicking of phone being hung up SFX: Faint tv noise SFX: Door closing


Scene

Shot

11

1

12

1

Description

Elements

Long shot: Follows Jacob at a at distance as he turns into diner. Pan up to show diner sign

SFX: Diner door ding BG: Diner and snow on ground

Medium shot: Behind Jacob. Pans diner and rests on Rebecca. Comes back as host harrasses Jacob.

SFX: Diner door ding SFX: Loud diner chatter

POV Jacob: Looks at host. Ignores host. Walks towards Rebecca and looks down at her when he gets to the table

SFX: Loud diner chatter BG: Standard 50s diner

12

2

12

3

Low angle: Rebecca motions for him to sit and he does.

Props: Menus SFX: Diner noise

12

4

Profile medium shot of Rebecca and Jacob, head on of waitress. They give their orders

Props: Menus SFX: More diner noise

12

5

Close up: Jacob

12

6

Close up: Rebecca

12

7

Close up: Jacob

12

8

Close up: Rebecca

12

9

Profile medium shot of Rebecca and Jacob, head on of waitress, Jacob gets his coffee

Props: Coffee SFX: Cup on table

12

10

Medium close up from same angle

SFX: Diner chatter

12

11

Medium shot: Jacob rises and camera begins to follow his back. Rebecca calls to him.

SFX: Diner din

12

12

Close up: Jacob’s face. Pans back as Rebecca impores him


Scene

Shot

Description

Elements

12

13

Profile medium shot of the two. They continue to talk

SFX: Diner din

12

14

Close up: Rebecca’s purse, she pulls Props: Purse and journal journal out of her bag

12

15

Profile medium shot of the two. The journal is on the table. They talk.

12

16

Close up on Rebecca: She tells Jacob about their family and she tears up

12

17

Close up: Journal sliding towards camera

Prop: Journal

18

Medium shot: Camera follows Rebecca as she pats Jacob on shoulder and exits diner. Camera starts to pan back but Jacob is already up and in view. He exits as well.

SFX: Diner door ding

12

13

1

Close up: Journal. Camera pans back to reveal Jacob staring at the open journal. He flips to the back

Props: Journal

14

1

Medium shot: Camera is in front of Caleb as he sits at his desk. He is writing in a journal.

Props: Journal

Medium shot: Jacob leans back and cries. He picks up a pen

Props: Pen and journal

Prop: Journal

15

1

15

2

Close up of journal: We see Jacob’s hand writing

Props: Pen and journal SFX: Pen scratching

15

3

Medium shot: Jacob closes journal and cries. Fade out.

Props: Journal


Soundtrack

1. Main theme: 3 GymnopÊdies: No. 3 by Erik Satie (non-diagetic, non-commentative) This will play for the first time during scene 2 shot 5, right after the car makes impact with Jacob. It conveys the mood that I envisioned perfectly. Also, I like the contrast between the peacefulness of the music and how chaotic the scene it. It will also play again during the final scene when Jacob is reading the journal to tie the whole thing together. 2. Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean by Explosions in the Sky (non-diagetic, commentative) This song will play during the funeral scene. I chose it due to the somber mood, and I believe that it complements the Satie nicely. 3. I Fall in Love too Easily by The Bill Evans Trio (diagetic, commentative) This will play during the hotel scene. It is a jazz ballad so it is fitting music to be playing in a hotel and it also holds the somber mood of the previous pieces. 4. Don’t Be Cruel by Elvis Presley (diagetic, non-commentative) Playing during the diner scene. It fits with the diner scene but it is completely wrong for the film as a whole. This is what we are going for for this scene; we want it to feel as awkward as possible. 5. Don’t Feel Right by The Roots (diagetic, commentative) Will play during scene 2 shot 1 when Jacob is in the car before the accident. Will portray Jacob as a normal teenager by listening to hip-hop. Also the driving beat of this song will dramatically contrast with what is about to happen.


Concept Art


Real-World Scouted Locations


Storyboards


Scene 2 Shot 6: Wide angle long shot Jeep screeches to a halt and Caleb’s body is seen rolling off of the hood. Scene 2 Shot 7: Close up Jacob’s head as he leans over the body. Shot starts at the back of the head and moves to his profile.


Scene 2 Shot 8: High angle Shot from directly above the crash sight. Camera slowly zooms out as people gather around.

Scene 3 Shot 1: Close up A female hand (Rebecca) knocking on a bedroom door.

Scene 3 Shot 2: Close up Female mouth (Rebecca) speaking loudly.


Scene 3 Shot 3: Long shot Rebecca keeps knocking and yells into the room.

Scene 3 Shot 4: Wide shot Caleb’s room, door swings open and Rebecca enters and heads to Caleb’s desk.

Scene 3 Shot 5: Medium close up Profile of Rebecca fiddling with the computer and the printer.


Scene 3 Shot 6: Medium shot Rebecca still messing with printer, comes across journal.

Scene 3 Shot 7: Close up Rebecca’s eyes as she reads.


Scene 3 Shot 8: Close up Rebecca’s hand slams Caleb’s journal shut. Scene 3 Shot 9: Long shot Rebecca is followed into her room by the camera and stuffs the journal under her bed.


Scene 4 Shot 1: Extreme long shot The Catholic Church on a bright, sunny day. Scene 5 Shot 1: Extreme long shot The inside of the Catholic Church filled with people in every pew.


Scene 5 Shot 2: Medium close up Profile of Rebecca as she watches the priest rise from his seat. Scene 5 Shot 3: POV Rebecca approaching the podium for her speech.


Scene 5 Shot 4: Long shot Rebecca standing at the podium in front of the whole assembly. Scene 5 Shot 5: Medium close up high angle The back of Rebecca as she gives her speech in front of the assembly.


Scene 5 Shot 6: Medium shot Rebecca staring forward from her pew as her mother and father mourn. Scene 6 Shot 1: Long shot The Morris family enters the funeral home.


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