Story Treatment – Forgotten Memory A man wakes up from a bed with a painful headache. He gently gets out of the bed and walks outside the room. He walks through the hall way and goes to the kitchen and opens the refrigerator. This man is GEORGE and he takes out a bottle of water and drinks as if he was dehydrated. George finds a chair in the kitchen and sits down as if he’s exhausted. Then he realizes he does not have any memory from what happened in the past. He rushes back to the room where he woke up to find a clue about his lost memory. On the desk, he finds an iPhone, car key, and a pistol. He turns on the iPhone and sees one name saved in his contact list. The name is MICHAEL. George calls Michael to see if he can help George in any matter. Michael picks up the phone in a determined voice and asks George if he remembers anything. George replies he does not remember anything in the past and asks for help. Michael laughs hard and tells George the situation has changed now and he will call him back in the future. George tries to call Michael back but he does not pick up. George quickly takes everything provided and goes outside the house. He locates an old Honda Civic parked in the garage of the house and assumes the car key he has should be a match. He uses the car key and exits the house. After driving a couple of miles, suddenly five POLICE CARS surrounds George’s car and demands him to step out of the vehicle. George all confused, follows the instruction and gets handcuffed. One of the POLICE OFFICER opens the trunk of the vehicle and finds a multiple of dead bodies. George gets under arrest for committing murder. George explains to the police officers he lost his memory and he would never commit a murder but the officers do not believe him. George receives a phone call from Michael. Michael says if he likes his present. George cusses at him and says he better tell him what’s going on. Michael explains to George he is just doing what exactly George did to himself. Michael tells George to enjoy the rest of his life and turns off his phone. The police officer then asks a shocking question to George asking why he killed his wife and kids. George laughs and asks the officer if he’s talking to the right person. The officer tells George in a serious tone saying George killed his family using the pistol he was carrying and was trying to bury their bodies. George stops laughing and realizes what kind of situation he is in. Then the puzzle of George’s memory starts to match and remembers who Michael is.
George and Michael were partners in the FBI. One day, George received a phone call from a MAFIA which Michael caught for illegal drugs in the past. The mafia wanted revenge and he threatened George by kidnapping his wife and children. George asked the mafia what he wanted and he wanted George to set up Michael and his family to go to on a trip. George had no choice and he set up Michael to go on a trip. Michaelâ€™s family was murdered and Michael was severely injured.
1. INT. BEDROOM – MORNING
GEORGE wakes up in the morning with pain and does not have any memory about who he is and why he is in the house. He sees an iPhone, car key, and a pistol lying on the table. He turns on the iPhone and sees only one phone number saved and his name is MICHAEL. George calls Michael for help. GEORGE Hi, I somehow lost my memory. I believe your name is Michael. Can you help me? MICHAEL (Laughs hard) George! I’m glad you’re finally awake. Well, the situation now have definitely changed right my man? GEORGE I’m sorry, but I have no idea what you’re talking about. MICHAEL Of course you do. Well I can help you out. GEORGE Well is my name George? Who exactly am I? Where is this place? MICHAEL Well, first use the materials in front of you. They will be really helpful. I will tell you everything later my friend. Good luck. (Hungs up)
2. EXT. GARAGE, STREETS – MORNING
As Michael mentioned to use the materials in front of him, George quickly takes his iPhone, car key, and pistol outside to the garage. He finds an old Honda Civic and assumes the car key he has will match with that car. After driving a couple miles, George is suddenly surrounded by five POLICE OFFICERS cars.
POLICE OFFICER Freeze! Get out! Get out of the car, now!
GEORGE (Frightened) What did I do officer?
POLICE OFFICER Sir, we have been reported a murderer driving a Honda Civic in this area. GEORGE A murderer? I didn’t kill anyone! POLICE OFFICER Well we have to do a search on your vehicle sir. GEORGE But this isn’t my car! (Officer searches car) POLICE OFFICER (2) We’ve found three dead bodies in the trunk and a pistol on the driver’s seat. GEORGE What?! I told you this isn’t my car!! I have nothing to do with those bodies!! POLICE OFFICER
You’re under arrest for the crime of murder. GEORGE This is bull shit! This is all set up! POLICE OFFICER You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to have an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.
3. INT. POLICE DEPARTMENT – DAY
In the police department, George explained to the officer he lost his memory and he would never commit a murder. Officers don’t believe him and George receives a phone call from Michael. MICHAEL Hello George. How do you like my present? GEORGE (Shouts) Who the hell are you! Why the fu*k did you set me up? MICHAEL Oh, George. Don’t you get it? I’m just doing the same thing you did to me three years ago.
GEORGE What did I do to you? I don’t even know you! MICHAEL Oh you know me well George.
I can tell you that. We’ve been partners for years. Remember? GEORGE Huh? Partners? Partners for what? MICHAEL Oh yea-h. I realized I drugged you pretty hard. That way you will lose your memory for a part time. GEORGE You drugged me? MICHAEL Yeah, that way I could get my revenge by doing the same thing as you did George. And I think I’ve got my revenge. Enjoy the rest of your life George. Good bye GEORGE Wait, Michael. Wait!
As the officer sees George is done with his phone call. He comes up to him and asks George to sit down and confess. The officer tells George a shocking fact.
OFFICER Alright George, I will give you a chance. If you confess now, I will at least not Make you sentenced for life in prison. GEORGE Officer, I told you I didn’t kill those people. Why would I kill people I don’t even know? OFFICER
George, those people are your family. It’s your wife and kids man. What are you thinking? GEORGE (Looks obnoxious) Wait, what? Are you high officer? What the hell are you talking about? What do you mean those are my family?? OFFICER George, those people you killed are your family. Don’t you get it? You murdered your family with the pistol you were carrying. Plus you were trying to bury them. GEORGE (Shocked) (Tears falling from his eye) Are you saying.. I killed my wife. And my kids? OFFICER Yes. We got all the evidence George. Your finger prints from the pistol and it is confirmed that the bullet they found inside the dead body is the bullet from your pistol. George, just confess it.
Suddenly, the puzzle of George’s lost memory started to match and realized who Michael is. George and Michael were partners in the FBI. One day, George received a phone call from a MAFIA which Michael caught for illegal drugs in the past. The mafia wanted revenge and he threatened George by kidnapping his wife and children. GEORGE
What do you want from me? MAFIA It’s very simple. I’m not even asking for money or anything. GEORGE What exactly is it? MAFIA All you need to do is set up your partner Michael to go on a family trip to Laurel Log this weekend. That’s it. GEORGE What are you gonna do to my partner? MAFIA Oh, nothing much. I just want to say hello to my friend. GEORGE You promise me you don’t hurt my partner or my family? MAFIA I promise you George. Man to man. GEORGE Okay, then I’ll set up Michael and his family to come to Laurel Log this weekend.
George had no choice so he set up Michael to go on a trip. Michael’s family was murdered and Michael was severely injured.
Reflection I thought this assignment was pretty hard because coming up with a creative short story isn’t easy. Since the main criteria of the grading of this project is how creative the story is, I had to put in a lot of though and times to make it as creative as possible. I didn’t want to make up a typical story that everyone could write. I personally think the story I created feels like a short clip of a movie and I put a lot of time and effort. The easiest part was writing the dialogue. I wrote the dialogue pretty fast after I finished writing my short story. I think the dialogue is the easiest part of the assignment because you just need to be more specific from the content of the short story I created. Overall, I think this assignment gave me extensive knowledge of how to write creatively and how to create a dialogue of a story as well. I was worried in the beginning of class because this class had a lot to do with drawing and I’m honestly not good at drawing at all. I believe I learned a lot from this assignment and I hope I can keep it up from this course.