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Getting It Right By Doing It Wrong By Tyler Barrett

Tyler Barrett tdbarret@indiana.edu


TREATMENT In up-state Michigan, one of the most diabolical crime duos resided. There names were Ben Hunter and Terra (her last name never revealed). The couple lived together in their luxurious town-home right on the banks of lake Michigan. Growing up Ben and Terra were High School sweethearts and seemed to be a perfect match made in heave. After several years of marriage Ben and Terra had fallen on hard times; with the stock market crashing and Terra losing her job it was time for a different path in their lives. Ben searching for what would be able to make his life not just more interesting but more prosperous turns into amateur crime making. He starts with small time petty crimes like stealing purses from old ladies, does a couple of drug sells, and even pulls off a grand theft-auto here and there. While doing all of this Terra is trying to make her income doing it the old fashion way and takes up a job at the towns local diner. Ben would tell Terra that he was doing "odd-jobs" by doing a lot of physical labor jobs such as construction. Once Ben starts to become a seasoned professional at what he does, the local crime mob starts to take an interest into what he is doing. Ben is soon abducted by the mob and threatened that he will either have to work for them or ultimately be killed. With no other choices Ben starts working for the Saganaw crime mob and is instantly a huge success. After so many late nights, and numerous hours Terra starts to get suspicious of what Ben is really doing. Terra decides to do a little bit of investigative work and discovers what her husband has been doing. She is surprisingly not upset, but wants in with Ben’s work. Terra is so tired of working the worthless grind of being a waitress and has also been wanting to seek some thrill. Ben refuses to let her join, so Terra threatens to leave Ben and go to the authorities if he does not allow her to tag along (this is where the marital problems start to happen). Once Ben shows Terra the ropes of robbery, Ben and Terra become one of the most notorious Bank robbing crew in the Upper portion of Michigan. Making The Saganaw crime mob extremely happy the head boss pleased he offers them a high-ranking position in the mob. The gladly take it. After months and months of robbing, and planning Terra convinces Ben that they no longer need the mob and that they have all the tools they could possibly need to continue their own operation. After long considerations Ben decides that paying the mob boss for what they do is no longer needed. (CONTINUED)


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Once Ben and Terra go on their own the start running into problems right off the bat. This is where their marital status starts to go wrong. Ben gets so flustered with Terra he eventually leaves her due to her lazy nature. He was tired of doing all the work and her reaping all of the benefits. After months a part Ben continues to rob bank after bank which gives Terra motivation to get her skills back and hopefully win over her man. Eventually they run into a bank at similar times and have the plan of individually robbing the bank. Ben beats Terra there, so Terra cons her way into letting her help. They get away. After getting away Ben realizes that no matter how psychotic Terra is, she is the ying to his yang. He looks past all of her flaws and re-evaluates his marriage with Terra. They work things out and start to become an awesome team again. After more months of contimplations they realize that their lives would be so much more happier if crime would have not played such a huge part. From here Ben and Terra get ready for the biggest show down of their lives and prepare themselves to take down the Saganaw crime mob. Crime might be luxurious but it is no way to live life properly so they come down to blows with the crime mob to hopefully take down the organization that ruined their lives. SCRIPT: EXT. BANK - MIDAFTERNOON A NEWSREPORTER holds a microphone as she interviews KATIE, a 28 year old girl who is clearly shaken up. NEWSREPORTER We are at Saganaw Local Bank where twelve people were just robbed at gun point by two strange assailants. Katie, what happened? KATIE Well, I was just going to deposit my pay check, and then it happened. INT. BANK - MIDAFTERNOON A large white bank bustles with the movement of mid-afternoon deposits and transfers, with a tone of general mundane in the air. Suddenly the doors burst open and an armed gunman dressed in black comes running inside. This gunman is BEN HUNTERS, and he sports an old woman’s mask. He points his gun directly at the cashier

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BEN HUNTERS Move away from the counter! Get on the floor now! Ben quickly swivels his gun around the bank. BEN HUNTERS Everyone on the floor now! I am here for the banks money not yours. Ben points the gun at the cashier. BEN HUNTERS I know the panic button is on left below the drawer, I will shoot you right between your squinty eyes if you even think of pressing it. The CASHIER with light square glasses nods slightly; anxiously. BEN HUNTERS Now, I want you to take a step towards the safe. The cashier takes a slow step back towards the large steel safe. Ben takes a big gulp. The doors burst open again, and this time a thinner female gunman TERRA runs inside, she too has an old womans mask on. TERRA Everyone... what the fuck? Ben turns around and stamps his foot. BEN HUNTERS Fucking-Ah Terrah, what the hell are you doing here? Terra becomes flustered. TERRA I’m just trying to rob this bank, and you? BEN HUNTERS We agreed that I would have the Southside Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays, why do you keep following me around?

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4. TERRA Ben, you know it doesn’t have to be like this and all, with us fighting. I miss you baby.

A couple laying on the ground exchange confused looks. BEN HUNTERS TERRA, why do we have to talk about this all the time! I want to be free to see other people, and I need my space! TERRA Ben, but we work so well as a couple, wouldn’t it be so much easier to rob this bank together? The cashier begins to move around on the ground and wiggle her way over to the panic button. BEN HUNTERS I just don’t think we can be together, not here not now. TERRA But baby, remember all of those nights after a big steal? Remember all of that love we made? Terra goes into hug Ben, and see’s the cashier moving. Terra raises her gun into the ceiling and shoots a round into the ceiling. TERRA Not a move bitch! BEN HUNTERS Terra, you stabbed me in the leg with a fork when I had a half chub after passing out watching Showgirls on VH1. TERRA Baby, I’m the only one you need for an erection. BEN HUNTERS And 14 text messages a day! TERRA Baby, I’m just letting you know I miss you.

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BEN HUNTERS Whatever, lets finish this job. Ben turns his attention to the cashier and throws her a black bag. BEN HUNTERS Open the safe and fill it. Terra looks suspiciously at Ben. TERRA I saw the way you looked at her. Are you trying to make me jealous, huh? BEN HUNTERS No, don’t even start that. Not now, not here. TERRA To late. Hey bitch! The frightened cashier looks back at Terra. TERRA Yeah, I’m talking to you. You think you’re gonna steal my man by wearing that slutty little blouse of yours and trying to eyefuck him when I’m standing right here. BEN HUNTERS Terra, stop it now! Terra fires off another round into the ceiling, and begins to cry a bit. TERRA I only follow you around because I love you Ben. I miss robbing together. I miss us. BEN HUNTERS Thats upsetting. Hey, hurry up with the cash. The cashier is having trouble with the lock. BEN HUNTERS Just slow down and concentrate. This will all be over very soon.

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TERRA Why didn’t you respond to my poke on facebook? BEN HUNTERS I don’t have time for this, I never want to see you again. TERRA Well, you should have thought about that before you made out with my sister last week! BEN HUNTERS What? TERRA Don’t act stupid. I saw you too in your apartment. BEN HUNTERS You were spying on us? Thats illegal! TERRA And you grabbed her boobs! You never liked my boobs that much! BEN HUNTERS Terra this is ridiculous. TERRA Were they better than mine? Terra grabs Ben’s hand and puts it on her boob. BEN HUNTERS Hows the cash coming? The Cashier is stuffing the almost full bag with money. CASHIER Almost done! TERRA I just want to be loved Ben! Ben looks hopelessly at a CUSTOMER lying on the floor. TERRA Say I’m a bird.

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BEN HUNTERS Did you just quote the Notebook? Terra makes a bird noise and begins twirling around. BEN HUNTERS Fuck my life. The cashier returns to the front of the desk with a the black bag of money. CASHIER Here, its all full. I couldn’t fit anymore. Ben walks up and picks up the bag. He notices that the panic button is flashing. BEN HUNTERS Fuck. Terra we need to get out of here now. TERRA What happened? CASHIER Im soo sorry, please don’t hurt me. TERRA Did the bitch press the fucking button? BEN HUNTERS Terra just leave her alone. We need to get out of here now. Terra points her gun and begins storming towards the cashier. Ben steps in front of her and grabs Terra. BEN HUNTERS Terra, lets focus now. Terra tries to resist, but Ben pulls her in closer so that they are face to face. TERRA Ben, do you love me? Ben screws up his face and kisses her. She goes in hard and uses too much tongue. A MOTHER shields her YOUNG SON from seeing the couple kissing. Ben grabs her boob. Ben pulls away to talk with the cashier.

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BEN HUNTERS When did you press the button? CASHIER I dunno, probably two minutes ago. BEN HUNTERS We have two minutes and fifteen seconds to get out of here. We can’t leave here looking like this. They both look down at their clothes and then look over at a couple lying on the ground. BEN HUNTERS We need your clothes and car keys. Actually everyone throw your keys into the middle of the room. We see Terra’s pants drop to the ground above the couple now in their underwear. Terra points to her underwear. TERRA See Ben, look right here. Its your name. EXT. BANK - MIDAFTERNOON A group of cop cars all pull into the parking lot outside of the bank. INT. BANK - MIDAFTERNOON Ben and Terra both look at the flashing lights of cop cars outside of the bank. BEN HUNTERS Ok baby, lets do this. TERRA Does this mean we are back together again? Ben grits his teeth. BEN HUNTERS Lets just get out of here first. Now everybody move! Everyone in the bank all stands up at the same time, and Ben and Terra run towards the back entrance to the bank.


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EXT. BANK - MIDAFTERNOON The cops are all stationed outside guns pointing from their cars. One cop yells on a microphone. COP Come out now with your hands up! The couple who gave Ben and Terra their clothes now walks out of the bank. They are dressed in all black and are carrying a black bag. Two cops simultaniously tackle them. EXT. BANK BACK EXIT - MIDAFTERNOON Ben and Terra run out of the back exit with everyone else and get into a car. INT. CAR - MIDAFTERNOON Ben starts up the car. TERRA But baby this is your car. BEN HUNTERS Yeah, and they think that we stole their car, and everyone else has someone else’s keys. TERRA Wow, its a complete clusterfuck. BEN HUNTERS Kinda like us. They both take off their old people masks. Ben looks at her and smiles. They share a quick kiss. Ben touches her boob again. TERRA We are so going Facebook official. EVALUATION: Writing this project was very enjoyable. It gave me the chance to not just explore what I like to do, but as well try and grab influences from some of my favorite movies. I ran into a couple of problems. I did not want to make this (CONTINUED)


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movie so original that it seemed similar to other box office hits. I needed to find a way to make a problem between Ben and Terra so the audience wouldnt just write off the entire script. I problem I did have was that I wanted to have the entire movie to be full of twists and turns, as well as full of excitement. So by starting the movie off as the couple together and in love, full of promise and then instantly dropping it to them on hard times searching with new means to find themselves to get more excitement was a tough task. Then Ben starts crime and sort of leaves his wife behind while she lives a crappy normal life. By doing this I was hoping to develop some anguish with Terra that would make her a little bit suspicious. Obviously she turns into a super criminal as well, but then the couple has to find a way to make thier new life of crime work into a relationship. This movie is about much more than crime, love, revenge, and how to just make a relationship work is also incorporated. Obviously its not normal to make a criminal relationship work but then again movies are not always normal. I wanted to make a movie that the audeince would think is predictable, but after watching it they would not have seen the movie taking the turns it did. It was a tad difficult, and obviously this cant be the full version of the movie but maybe with more time, editing and some advice I could make this great.

T-206 Project 1  

This is my T-206 script project called "Getting It Right By Doing It Wrong". Enjoy!

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