We brainstormed potential movie plots/genres that we all liked. We searched different movies and compared their plots. We really liked the plots of “No Country For Old Men” and “The Departed.” We did a rough draft of our potential plot, edited it, and wrote our treatment.
INT. Larry’s Laundromat – Dusk
We see Jim, a lower class man in his late 30’s who is the manager at the Laundromat, closing up the store for the night. All of a sudden, he finds a brown paper bag in the corner of the store. He wails to the garbage can to throw it away, but he hesitates. His curiosity gets the best of him, and he opens the bag. Inside the bag he finds an abundance of money. He looks all around to see if anyone is watching him, and he puts the bag under the main counter at the front of the store. All of a sudden there is a knock at the door, and we see a sketchy group of 5 men standing at the door in suits. Jim walks to the door to see what they want. JIM Sorry, we’re closed. You’ll have to come back tomorrow KEITH We left some clothes in the dryer here earlier today, and we need them now. JIM I already checked all of the dryers and I didn’t find any clothes. Sorry, you must be mistaken. KEITH Well maybe you made a mistake. Can we please come in and check? JIM No, sorry. Come back tomorrow. The men leave and Jim goes on with his managerial duties. 2
EXT. Parking Lot – Night
We see Jim lock up the store and walk to his car. He gets in his car and adjusts his rear-view mirror. He starts his car and drives off.
INT. Jim’s Car – Night
We see Jim driving his car home after work. He constantly checks his rearview mirror to see if anyone is following him. All of a sudden we see a car pull up behind him and the car follows him for 10 blocks. His palms begin to sweat and he becomes very nervous. He stops at a stoplight and the car pulls up next to him. We see the same group of men that came to the store in the car. They roll down the window. KEITH Pull over! (He pulls out a gun) JIM What do you want from me?! KEITH You know what we want! All of a sudden the light turns green and Jim takes off. The men try to follow him, but Jim makes a sharp right turn and loses them down an alley. Jim gets to his house, pulls in the driveway, and runs inside. 4
INT. Jim’s House – Night
We see Jim get inside his house and frantically lock the door behind him. Then enters his wife, SARAH. SARAH Is everything alright? JIM Yes, yes. Everything is fine. SARAH Jim, I can tell something is wrong, what is it? JIM
(Walks up to Sarah and puts his hand on her shoulder) Sarah, I promise you that everything is fine. It was just a very long and stressful day at work. I’m just going to go upstairs and go to bed. SARAH Okay, if you say so. Goodnight, see you in the morning. JIM Night. Jim waits for Sarah to leave the room, and then he sprints up the stairs to their bedroom. 5
EXT. Outside Jim’s House – Day
We see Jim shut his front door, and leave for work. He gets in his car and drives off. He acts like nothing happened the night before and is ready for another day at work. 6
EXT. Outside Larry’s Laundromat – Day
Jim pulls up to the Laundromat and sees the same group of men that were at the store before standing outside. The men are still wearing the same suits from the night before, as if they had camped out at the store all night. He gets out of his car and walks up to the store’s door where the men are standing. KEITH Well, you said we could come back tomorrow, so we’re here, bright and early waiting for you. The name’s Keith by the way. I don’t think we ever had a proper introduction last night. JIM I’m Jim
(Pulls out his key and begins to unlock the front door) Jim unlocks the door and we see the men charge the door and force themselves inside. 7
INT. Inside Larry’s Laundromat – Day We see all 5 men frantically search the store, but they find nothing. The entire store is completely ransacked and looks as if a tornado went through it. Keith storms up to Jim who is standing at the front counter. KEITH Where is it?! JIM Where is what? KEITH You know exactly what I’m talking about. You’re hiding it aren’t you! You want it all to yourself, but guess what, it’s not yours! JIM I have no idea what you’re talking about. What do you think I took? KEITH (Pulls out his gun) Our money, you jackass! JIM (Backs away) Sorry, but I never found any money in the store. I’ll let you know if I do. Would like to leave your information with me in case I find it? KEITH
I swear on my mother’s grave, may she rest in peace, if we find out you’re lying, consider yourself and your wife dead. The men storm off; get in their car, and leave. At the same time, Jim’s part-time employee, TOMMY, walks up to the store and gets stared down by the group of men. Tommy is a teenage stoner with long hair wearing a tye-dye t-shirt, ripped jeans, and sandals. He walks up to the counter to greet Jim. TOMMY Whoa dude, what happened up in here? Who are those suits man? They look like something out of like the Men in Black. JIM (Walks over to the broom closet and picks up a broom and dust pan. He hands it to Tommy.) Nothing don’t worry about it. Just go clean this place up. TOMMY Man, I don’t know how you’re so calm right now. I’d be buggin if I was you! JIM Now I’m going to leave you in charge for a few hours, Tommy. I have some business to take care of. I want this place spotless by the time I get back. TOMMY Word, man Jim goes to the counter, takes the paper bag full of money he found the night before, and leaves the store. He walks to his car, gets in, and speeds off. Almost immediately, the car full of the 5 men pulls back into the parking lot. They walk inside and find Tommy sitting in a haze behind
the counter eating a pepperoni pizza all be himself. He has Jimi Hendrix, “Purple Haze”, blaring in the background. KEITH Where the hell is Jim?! TOMMY Oh hey suits, you’re back. KEITH (Pulls out gun) I am going to ask you one last time, where is JIM?! TOMMY Woah, woah. No need for violence, peace and love, bro. Jim bugged out, and took some brown bag with him. Those bags are so bad for the environment, man. I don’t know why people still use those things. The men all turn to each other to talk. KEITH That son of a bitch! He lied to us! He has our money! RANDOM MOB MEMBER What should we do boss? What’s the plan? KEITH We’re going to find that motherfucker and his pretty little wife too. (The men all snicker and laugh) RANDOM MOB MEMBER Good plan boss, good plan.
KEITH (Turns back to Tommy and puts the gun to his head) Where does Jim Live? TOMMY I don’t know, I don’t know! (Keith cocks the gun and puts it back to Tommy’s head) KEITH Last chance, punk. Where does Jim live? TOMMY He lives at the corner of Drury Lane and Muffin Street KEITH Nice try, but we know our nursery rhymes, wise guy. Give us the address! (Shoots gun at ceiling) TOMMY Holy shit, man! Not cool! Alright, he lives at 1476 Wilmington Drive. KEITH We’ll be back, count on it. The men leave and Tommy goes back to listening to Hendrix and eating his pizza like nothing happened. TOMMY (To himself) Suits, always tryin’ to start some war. Learn to love, it’s the key to happiness.
(Takes bite of pizza) 8
EXT. Outside Jim’s Home – Day We see the mob’s car squeal up outside Jim’s house. The men rush to the front door and pound on it. Sarah answers and is confronted by the men. SARAH Oh Hello. Are you men from St. Paul’s church down the road? I thought I sent in my check last week for the charity benefit. Did you guys not get it? KEITH Ma’am, where is your husband SARAH Oh you don’t need to speak to him, I’, the one that takes care of the church business in this household. KEITH We aren’t from the damn church, lady! (Pulls out gun) Now where is your husband! SARAH Oh my god! What did he do? What do you want? Who are you? KEITH He has something of ours that we need back. Now once again, where the hell is he? SARAH He’s at work down at Larry’s Laundromat. KEITH
We’ve already check there. The stoner boy told us Jim already left and then he gave us his address. SARAH (To herself) Gosh darn it, Tommy! (To the men) Well, I don’t know where he is, but if I see him, I’ll let you know you men came by. KEITH No, that’s not good enough. You’re coming with us! The men grab Sarah and walk her to their car. The men duct tape her mouth shut and throw her in their trunk. Keith leaves a note taped to the front door for Jim. He gets in the car and they drive away. Jim shows up not even 30 seconds after the men leave with his wife. He walks up to the front door, peels the note off, and reads it. JIM (Reads the note out loud to himself) Dear Jim, We have your lovely wife in our custody. She’s quite beautiful, good job lad. I just might take a stab at her myself, literally. If you ever want to see this pretty lass again, you will meet us at Tower Park at 5p.m. tonight. Oh and p.s. don’t be surprised if you find a few pigs after you. We may or may not have called them regarding the murder of your little stoner, Tommy. Hint, we did! We can’t believe you would kill him, Jim! Poor little guy. Anyway, can’t wait to see you at 5! Sincerely, your local Irish mob. AKA Keith and those other guys. Jim checks his watch, and it says 4:30. He has 30 minutes to get to Tower Park. We then hear sirens in the distance.
Jim looks around and immediately sprints to his car. He gets in and speeds away. 9
INT. Larry’s Laundromat – Day We see the men pull up in their car. Only Keith gets out this time. He goes up to the store and walks up to the counter. Tommy is still sitting there with an empty pizza box, but he has switched to a Bob Marley album this time. He is startled by Keith’s arrival and stands up. TOMMY Hey Suit! Where are all your little sidekick suits? KEITH They’re waiting for me out there. I just have something real quick. TOMMY Alright, alright. Do you need to wash your suit or something, man? KEITH Well, I just might need to after this. (Pulls out gun from inside jacket, and shoots Tommy in the head) Tommy falls to the ground, lifeless. Keith puts his gun back in his suit and walks out to the car.
INT. Jim’s Car – Day We see Jim recklessly driving his car. He is paranoid and is constantly checking his rearview mirror. All of a sudden, we see red and blue lights flash and 2 cops are hot on his trail. JIM (To himself)
God damnit! POLICE (From megaphone) Pull over! This is the Police! You must pullover, or else! Jim makes a couple of sharp turns to try to get rid of the cops, but it’s no use. They are still tailgating him. Jim is very nervous and keeps shifting his eyes to watch every mirror in his car. He finds a narrow street and turns down it. The turn was so sharp that the cops couldn’t keep up and 2 of them collide. Jim continues on. Jim comes close to hitting a group of pedestrians. 11
EXT. Tower Park – 5 p.m. Jim pulls up to the park. He checks his watch, and realized that he arrived with 30 seconds to spare. We see the mob in their car as well, on the other side of the park. The mobs gets out of their car and walks over to Jim. Jim gets out of his car and walks towards them. They meet on the middle of the basketball court. KEITH Well, well. Look what we have here lads. Well if it isn’t Jim, our dear local laundromat worker. He has us on quite a rampage today. We even got to kill a stoner. It was quite an eventful day, right fellas? (The men all nod) Well Jim, what do you have to say for yourself? Do you want your wife back or do you want the money? Hmm decisions, decisions. The other members of the mob go over to the car and take the wife out of the trunk. They bring her close enough for Jim to see her. They take the duct tape off her mouth. SARAH
Jim, what the hell have you gotten yourself into? I should divorce you for this! JIM But Sarah, this is all one big misunderstanding! I can explain! KEITH Yeah Jim, please explain to us all. I mean you obviously found our money, hid it, lied to us about having it, and then went on the run. Now we set you up, and the cops are going to take you away. I mean we run this town, the cops work for us Jim. We hear sirens in the background. But I must say, you have potential. Those moves you had back there remind me of some of our own. Join us and you can be one of us. JIM Why in the hell would I ever want to be in your mob? KEITH The way I see it you have two choices. One, go to jail or two, join us. Weâ€™ll make you rich and powerful. The cops pull into the park. They all get out and walk over to Keith. Keith greets RANDY, one of the officers. KEITH Hey there, Randy. I see you found our litte pow wow and our friend Jim here. I see he gave you boys quite the chase RANDY
Yeah, Jim has quite good driving skills. He even got two of our cars to collide. KEITH We were just discussing with him about joining our mob. He hasn’t given us a straight answer yet. Would you mind telling him what his sentence would be if he plead guilty of murder? RANDY Well, since the mob makes all of our decisions they would probably give you the death sentence. KEITH So what’s it going to be Jim? Join us or die? JIM I’ll join you, but only if my wife is free. KEITH Fine by me. Boys, let the lass go. The men let go of the wife and she runs over to Jim. KEITH Well then its settled, Jim is now one of us lads! The screen fades to black. The words “Two Months Later” appear on the screen. 12
INT. Inside of a car – Day We see men dressed in all black with guns in hand. It is the mob and Jim is with them. The van pulls up to a local bank. The Men put on their masks and wait to get out of the van. KEITH So lad, you ready for the first hit? JIM
Itâ€™s funny, Keith. I used to be one of those people over there walking into the bank just to find out that their bank account has little to not money in it, but now I have so much money the bank canâ€™t even control it. The van door slides open and the men put on their masks and walk out. The screen fades to black.
Shot List Scene 1
Description Long Shot: Jim cleaning up the Laundromat at the end of the work day and finds a bag of money
Elements BG: Washers, Dryers Props: Mop, Bucket, bag of money, trash can
BG: Front door, parking lot, washers, dryers Prop: bag of money BG: Parking Lot, Cars Prop: Car keys BG: Car interior, rearview mirror BG: road, cars, stoplight
Medium Shot: Mobsters knock on the front door of the Laundromat as Jim puts the money under the counter and Jim tells them to leave Long Shot: Jim walking out to his car from the store and getting in his car Close Shot: Jim driving and checking his rearview mirror Medium Shot: Mobsters pull up next to Jim at a stoplight and speeds off Long Shot: Jim runs into his house and his wife asks him what is going on
Long Shot: Jim walking out the door of his house to go to work Long Shot: Jim pulls into the parking lot of the Laundromat and the mobsters are waiting for him at the store Long Shot: The mobsters get in the Laundromat and look around/search the place
BG: Jim’s house, front door, foyer Prop: table, mirror BG: Open front door Prop: Car keys BG: Parking lot, Laundromat, Cars
BG: washers, dryers, door Prop: Guns Long Shot: The mobsters leave the store and Tommy BG: Laundromat, is walking in Parking Lot Medium Shot: Jim grabs the bag of money and leaves BG: Laundromat, door the store Prop: Bag of Money Long Shot: Tommy sitting in the store, Mobsters come BG: Laundromat, desk in and hold him at gun point Prop: Gun, Chair Medium Shot: Mobsters all turn to each other and talk BG: Laundromat Prop: Guns Medium Shot: Keith holding a gun to Tommy’s head BG: Desk, Windows Prop: Gun Point of View Shot: Keith shoots the ceiling of the BG: Ceiling Laundromat Medium Shot: Tommy telling Keith information BG: Desk Prop: Gun Long Shot: Mobsters leaving the Laundromat BG: Parking Lot, Front Door, Windows Medium Shot: Tommy sitting in his chair behind the BG: Desk, Wall desk taking a bite of pizza Prop: Pizza box, pizza, chair Long Shot: Mobsters car pulls up to Jim’s House BG: Car, Yard, Street
Medium Shot: Sarah talks to the Mobsters at the front door Long Shot: Mobsters pulling Sarah to their car
Medium Shot: Sarah in the trunk of the car
Medium Shot: Keith taping a note to the front door
Long Shot: Mobster’s car speeds off Long Shot: Jim’s Car pulls in the Driveway
Medium Shot: Jim Walking up to his front door Point of View Shot: Jim reading the note
Long Shot: Mobster’s car pulls into the parking lot of the Laundromat Long Shot: Tommy behind the counter of the store as Keith walks in
Medium Shot: Keith shoots Tommy
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Long Shot: Tommy dead on the ground Medium Shot: Jim Driving his car Close Shot: Jim looking in the rearview mirror and sees blue and red lights Long Shot: Jim makes a sharp turn and 2 police cars collide Long Shot: Jim Pulls up to Tower Park Long Shot: Jim and the Mobsters walk over to eachother
Long Shot: Mobsters get Sarah out of the trunk of their car Medium Shot: Keith and Jim talking
Long Shot: Police cars pull up to the park Long Shot: Randy, Keith, and Jim talking
Long Shot: Men dressed in black in a car with guns
Medium Shot: Keith and Jim talking
Long Shot: Men walking into a bank
BG: Yard, Door Prop: Gun BG: Car, Yard, Street Prop: Gun BG: Car trunk Prop: Duct Tape BG: Front Door Prop: Note BG: Car, Street, Yard BG: Garage, House, Driveway, Car BG: House, front door BG: Front Door Prop: Note BG: Laundromat, Parking lot, Cars BG: Desk, Front Door, Windows Prop: Gun BG: Washers, Dryers Prop: Gun BG: Floor BG: Car Interior BG: Car interior, rearview mirror BG: Police cars, street, buildings BG: Trees, Car BG: Trees, Basketball court Prop: Guns BG: Trees, Car BG: Trees, Basketball Court BG: Trees, Cars BG: Trees, Basketball Court BG: Car interior, men Prop: Guns, Masks BG: Car interior Prop: Guns, Masks BG: Bank entrance, car door Prop: Masks, Guns
Soundtrack 1.)Dropkick Murphys- Shipping Out to Boston -We will have this song playing as the credits begin to roll. 2.) AC/DC-Highway to Hell -We will have this song playing during the car chase between Jim and the police towards the end when Jim is going to the park. 3.) Jimi Hendrix- Purple Haze -We will have this song playing when Tommy is in the Laundromat by himself, when he is interrogated by the mobsters. 4.) Bob Marley- Could You Be Loved -We will have this song playing when the mobsters come back to kill Tommy. 5.) Michael Jackson Ft. Rockwell- Somebodyâ€™s Watching Me -We will have this song playing when Jim is leaving the Laundromat in his car in the beginning, and he keeps checking his rearview mirror.
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This is a shot from the street of the Laundromat.
This is a shot of the inside of the Laundromat.
Another shot of the inside of the Laundromat.
A picture of a person doing his laundry.
This is a picture right before jim closed for the night.
Wrong Place, Wrong Time The scene opens at dusk at a Laundromat. JIM is doing his regular closing routine and he finds a paper bag. Jim is a lower class man in his late 30’s who has worked at this Laundromat for 10 years. He takes it to the garbage can where he intends on throwing it away, but his curiosity takes over. He opens the bag to find a large sum of cash. He looks around to see if anyone is still in the store, but finds no one. He then stashes the money under the counter and goes on with his duties. Then, a sketchy group of men in black suits knock on the door. Jim goes to the door telling them the store is closed for the evening and that they have to come back in the morning. They insist on coming in, because they tell him they left their clothes in the dryer. Jim tells them he didn’t find any clothes left in any machines. The men then leave and go back to their car. Jim finishes up closing the store up and walks out to his car. He gets in his car and starts to drive off. He notices a car behind him that had been following him for the past 10 blocks. He tries to lose them by speeding up and taking random detours through town, but the car is still following him. The car pulls alongside next to him at a stoplight and the same sketchy guys from the store are in the car. They tell him to pull over and pull out a gun. The light turns green and Jim makes a quick right turn down an alley. He loses them and safely makes it back to his house. He rushes inside and locks the door behind him. His wife, SARAH, greets him at the door asking him what’s wrong. He insists that nothing is wrong and goes upstairs and goes to bed. The next day, he acts like nothing happened and heads off to work. When he arrives, he finds the same group of sketchy men waiting for him at the door. The men force themselves inside and ransack the Laundromat. The men don’t find their money and think Jim knows where it is. Jim insists he has no idea what they are talking about. While the men are leaving, the part-time sales clerk, TOMMY, walks in asking what’s going on and Jim tells him nothing is wrong but he has to go. Jim walks in with the paper bag full of money and takes off in his car. The men come back and question Tommy, and he tells them he has no idea what’s going on but he saw Jim leave with a paper bag. The men immediately know that it is their money and they find out where Jim lives and they go to his house.
The men show up at his house, and his wife answers the door. They pull out guns on her and ask her where the money is. She tells them she has no idea what they’re talking about and they kidnap her and put her in the trunk of their car. They leave a note telling Jim to meet them at a park at 5p.m. to negotiate and that the cops are now after him for murdering Tommy. The men then go back to the Laundromat and kill Tommy. The men call 911 giving them Jim’s license plate number telling them Jim is the one who killed Tommy. We see Jim driving in his car not knowing what to do or where to go. He eventually goes back to his house and finds the ransom note. He realizes he has 30 minutes until he has to meet up with them. We hear sirens in the background and Jim gets in his car and speeds off. The cops quickly catch up to him and he realizes he is now on the run. He makes sharp turns to try and lose the cops and get to the park in time, but the cops are still on his trail. He turns down a narrow street and two cop cars collide. He gets to the park with 30 seconds to spare. The men get out of their car and confront Jim. He throws them the bag and says he doesn’t want to be on the run anymore. The men tell him he has potential. They offer him a spot in their mob. They tell him he can become rich and powerful and that no one will be able to mess with him. The cops show up and talk to the mob. They tell him it was all a big misunderstanding and that Jim is one of them now. The cops tell him that he and his family will be protected for life. The words 2 months later are flashed on the screen. We see Jim and the rest of the mob pulling up to a bank with guns. They put on their masks and we hear Jim say how funny it is that he used to be a common person with no money in his bank account, and now the bank can’t even control how much money he has. The masked men walk into the bank and the screen fades black.