First Draft March 1993
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Copyright 1993-1995 by Dennis Bergstrom
INT. INSIDE PUB - EVENING
TIGHT ANGLE ON oil painting of a fishingboat.
We can HEAR THE SOUND OF PEOPLE TALING AND OF A RADIO PLAYING FOLKMUSIC IN THE B.G.
SLOW PULL BACK TO REVEAL that we are behind the counter in a small pub somewhere in England.
PAN along the counter to the RIGHT. We PAN past SEVERAL PEOPLE sitting at the counter drinking beer. In the b.g. we can see the door of the pub.
ANGLE ON DOOR as the door swings open.
Denise is about nineteen years old. She has red hair, green eye and is pretty in an unusual way. On her forehead a scar is visible. It looks like she's been crying.
INT. INSIDE PUB/COUNTER - EVENING
She approaches the counter.
REVERSE SHOT of Denise's mother ANN who is standing behind the counter. Red-haired as her daughter, she's about 45-50 years old.
INT. KITCHEN - EVENING
EXT. THE OPEN SEA - DAWN
WIDE ANGLE of the sea, the rising sun, and a fishingboat.
The COLORS OF THE SUNRISE are breathtaking. It's a clear morning, there is a little haze in the air.
EXT. FISHINGBOAT - DAWN
Standing against the rail is BRAD; he is around 22-23, has brown hair and is about average in height. He's wearing the typical fisherman's outfit and an old lifejacket.
He looks out to the open sea, his eyes locked on something beyond the horizon. He looks sad and is obviously somewhere else in thought.
MONTAGE of the hectic fishing business. As the day passes the sky gets darker and darker.
EXT. THE OPEN SEA - DAY
WIDE ANGLE ON THE FISHINGBOAT as huge, dark storm-clouds roll in from below the horizon.
Big waves hit the fishingboat. The wind gets stronger and rain starts to fall on the fishingboat and its crew. The boat is now rocking back and forth on the waves, exposed to the forces of nature.
EXT. FISHINGBOAT - DAY
ANGLE ON CABIN as Brads father tries to hold a steady steady course through the bad weather.
Big waves flood the deck, the crew heads for the cabin.
Suddenly a huge wave knocks Brad flat on the deck. He swallows water and starts to cough. When the water goes back to the sea again the current drags Brad towards a port in the rail.
Brad's father Aron orders a crewmember to take over the wheel. Aron gets out of the cabin but is forced back in again by the wind and the water. He quickly gets a rope from the cabin and tries to throw it to Brad.
The wind is now very strong and the rope lands too far from Brad to reach.
Another wave hits the deck. This times Brad is dragged over the edge, into the raging ocean. He SCREAMS as he goes.
ANGLE ON Aron as he screams Brad's name.
ANGLE ON DECK as the fishermen try to get Brad out of the water One fisherman has a lifebuoy in his hands.
EXT. THE OPEN SEA - DAY
WIDE ANGLE ON THE RAGING SEA and the fishingboat. The sky is almost covered with towering dark stormclouds. At the horizon the sun still struggles to send its last rays into the awakening storm.
The small emergency lights of Brad's lifejacket illuminate his face with a faint red glow.
ANGLE ON Brads face.
He's starting to chill down. We can see that his lips are bluish. Brad shuts his eyes, he's very sleepy, on the edge to unconsciousness.
Synching with the song we can hear LOUD CRIES OF SEAGULLS.
PULL BACK/UP TO REVEAL some SEAGULLS circling above Brad. In the distance, at the horizon the sun is almost gone behind the dark clouds.
We do a SLOW ZOOM at the sun, letting the brightness fill the view until the songs ends. Then WHITE OUT.
CLOSE on a snowdrift on a hill.
RAISE CAMERA TO REVEAL that we are on top of a SNOWCOVERED HILL in a vast beautiful winterlandscape. In all directions there are other snowcovered hills and lots of snowcovered trees. The sky is filled with white fluffy clouds and the sun sends it rays into the hazy air. The small valleys between the hills are in shadows, interrupted by tiny rays of sunlight.
SLOW PAN TO THE RIGHT revealing more of the beautiful landscape. Far away, below us, we can see A FROZEN RIVER, winding through the landscape, its banks occasionally flanked by trees.
We can see a SMALL FIGURE SKATING on the river.
Synchronzing with the song ("only me skating FAST"), we MOVE VERY FAST down the hill, into the valley and over the river.
EXT. THE RIVER - DAY
We speed behind the skater, then moving alongside and finally moving before the skater, all the time holding the skater in view.
It is Brad, but not in his fisherman's outfit, but in casual clothes. It looks like Brad really enjoys being here, he smiles to himself.
PULL BACK/UP to reveal the Shadow!
Not far away, UNDER THE ICE, there is a Shadow the size of a man following Brad as he skates. The Shadow has two red dot, like eyes, in the front. It moves fast and is likely to catch up with Brad.
EXT. THE FROZEN POND - DAY
Brad reaches A FROZEN POND, where the river ends at one side and starts again, a little wider on the other side.
He makes A SMALL PIROUETTE, turns around and catches a glimpse of the Shadow! Brad stumbles and falls on the ice.
The shadow is closing in.
Brad stands up, trying to reach the shore.
Brads POV as the ice under his skates begins to break, first thin little lines, then bigger ones.
ANGLE ON the Shadow under the ice closing in.
ANGLE ON Brads face. He is real scared now.
Brads POV as the cracks under his skates are getting bigger and bigger.
ANGLE ON Brad as the ice breaks apart, sending him deep down into the cold dark water. He disappears under the ice.
ANOTHER ANGLE on the Shadow as it speeds towards the open hole in the ice.
EXT. THE OPEN SEA - DAY
The Shadow breaks the surface. It's Brad in his fisherman's outfit! Brad has apparently swallowed some water. He coughs and gasps for air.
BRAD'S POV as a wave wash over him.
All goes black.
It's DARK so we don't know yet what is happening.
Suddenly the darkness is LIT UP and a young man stands here telling Brad to get up. Although we don't know this yet, the young man is DAVID, Brad's late brother.
The darkness is LIT UP again. This time it's Aron, Brad's father, telling Brad to wake up.
Then in rapid order there is Denise, Brads former teacher, Brad's father again etc. all of them telling Brad to wake up.
TILT UP as a huge CELLDOOR opens, sending bright light into what we now can see is a prison-cell.
A GUARD, dressed as in medieval times, comes in and drags Brad from the floor. We now see that Brad is dressed as in medieval times too and has his hands tied together befre him , His clothes are in rags and he looks dirty.
INT. COURTROOM - DAY
Brad is pushed by the guard into a HUGE COURTROOM.
In the middle of the room behind a table there are a judge and a jury. The judge is looking down, reading something from a book.
Accused before the bar stands Denise. Her hands are tied before her, her clothes are in rags and she looks dirty.
The Judge RAISES HIS HEAD, facing Denise.
He LOOKS EXACTLY like Aron, Brad's father, only meaner.
The Judge nods to a guard in the far end of the room. The guard opens two huge doors. Outside we can see a big pond.
Another guard PUSHES Denise in front of him, through the doors and onto a small landing stage, where a hooded man stands waiting.
THROUGH THE OPEN DOORS we can see the hooden man tying a long rope around Denise's waist. He ties the other end of the rope to a small ring on the landing stage.
Synching with the song, ("I question your innocence") we can see the hooded man pushing Denise into the pond. Denise struggles with the rope that ties her hands together. Synching with the song, she sinks under the surface. ("What say you good people/Guilty Guilty Guilty").
Brad lunges forward and before the guard can react, Brad races out through the big doors, out onto the landingstage.
Brad dives into the water, after Denise.
ZOOM INTO the dark calm water.
For the flow of the story we must cut the sound of the helicopter in the song at this point
EXT. OUTSIDE DENISE'S HOME - DAY
We PULL BACK/UP TO REVEAL that the surface belongs to a small pool of water in front of Denise's home (though we don't know that yet). The house is located just beside the pub.
With someone's POV we move closer to the FRONTDOOR of the house.
On the door is a sign saying ANN, PHILIP AND DENISE WILKERSON. The door swings open like someone unseen is opening it.
INT. HALLWAY - DAY
We still have someone's POV as we move slowly (to sync with the song) inside the house. On both sides of the hallway we can see doors to different rooms but apparently we're heading for the big livingroom. We move to the doorway of the livingroom.
REVERSE SHOT OF DOORWAY. Semi-transparent, Brad is standing there, his hair and clothes are damp as from the rain.
INT. LIVINGROOM - DAY
We PULL BACK TO REVEAL a worried Denise walking back and forth in the room.
We synch with the song as Denise LOOKS AT A CLOCK hanging over the doorway where Brad is standing.
Brad walks into the livingroom but Denise can't see him. He tries to talk to her but she can't hear him. Brad moves his hand before her eyes to get her attention but to no success.
INT. LIVINGROOM/CHEST OF DRAWERS - DAY
Denise walks up to a chest of drawers. The top of it is covered with photographs.
She picks up a photo.
INSERT OF PHOTOGRAPH:
The photo shows Denise, Brad and David, Brad's late brother. David and Brad have soccer outfits on. They have a number and their names (Brad Philips/David Philips) printed on the front of the T-shirts. David holds a football in his hands. Denise stands in the middle holding Brad and David over their shoulders. They are all smiling.
BACK TO SCENE.
Denise puts down photo and walks to a window which is facing the village's small harbour. She opens the window.
We can hear THE SOUND OF WAVES AND THE CRIES OF SEAGULLS.
Outside we can see the stormclouds over the sea, rain creates a haze in the air.
INT. LIVINGROOM/MIRROR - DAY
To the LEFT of the window hangs an OLD MIRROR, almost the size of Brad.
Brad walks up to it and looks into the mirroe
ANGLE ON MIRROR as Brad looks at his semi-transparent reflection and touches the surface. The reflection gets distorted.
Instead of Brad there's a middle-ages LADY looking AT HIM, also touching the surface of the mirror. She has red hair and a scar on her forehead. She looks like how Denise is going to look in 40-50 years.
EXT. CLEARING - DUSK
Brad, no longer semi-transparent now, emerges in a SMALL CLEARING in a greenish forest. In the distance, mist is slowly drifting beneath the trees. It's a very weird eerie place.
In the middle of the clearing A PATH splits up in two, the two goes in different directions.
Brad looks at the BACK OF THE MIRROR, which stands leaning against an old oak tree. Through the back of the mirror we still can see some of the livingroom.
EXT. PATH - DUSK
The Future Denise starts to dance along one of the two paths. She makes gestures with her arms to Brad to follow.
With a last look at the back of the mirror, Brad follows along the small path.
EXT. HILL - DUSK
Brad reaches a small hill. At the foot of the hill, beside a small, winding countryroad, a huge tree stands in solitude. A big pool of water is in the middle of the road. We can see raindrops rippling the surface. The road looks muddy.
The folkmusic FADES OUT. The Future Denise stops at the very edge of the hill facing the small road.
ANGLE ON TREE AND ROAD as a small car drive into view from the right.
FAST CUT TO ANGLE ON Brad's face. He closes his eyes.
FAST CUT TO ANGLE ON Brad. He covers his ears with his hands and screams.
FAST CUT TO ANGLE ON Brad in the water. Covering his ears, he screams.
FAST CUT TO TILT ANGLE ON Brad on the hill. He's still screaming and covers his ears with his hands.
FAST PULLBACK to the wreaked car and the tree.
We PAN ALONG the car to the RIGHT.
First we see the backseat. Brad is sitting here, blood on his face, apparently unconscious.
We CONTINUE THE PAN to the RIGHT, PULLING BACK/UP until we can see the front of the car.
With her face covered in blood from a wound on her forehead. Denise sits unconscious in the driver's seat. In the passenger-seat to her left. David sits dead. The trunk of the tree has pressed the left front of the car inward, creating a deathtrap for David.
We hold this scene for some time, then DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. THE OPEN SEA
ANGLE ON BRAD lying facedown in the water.
The darkness is gradually sprinkled with bright stars. We are in space, the Earth is very small. Following the song we car HEAR ASTRONAUT COMMINCATION. We don't see Brad yet but we suspect he's out here in the darkness.
A glowing object is moving fast from LEFT to RIGHT.
PULL BACK TO REVEAL Brad standing looking at the object. What he is standing on we cannot see.
When Brad turns his head to the RIGHT to follow the object, he sees an enormous bright light.
Brad starts walking towards the light in SLOWMOTION.
Following the song we can HEAR A MALE CHOIR.
We circle Brad, TILTING THE CAMERA. We ZOOM IN on his face, blurring the b.g. out.
IN MIX we can see
THE ACCIDENT in slowmotion with the car slamming into the trunk of the big tree.
THE PHOTO of David, Brad and Denise from the mantelpiece.
BACK TO SCENE:
ANGLE ON Brads face.
We can see that tears are trickling down Brads cheeks. Brad halts and turns his head slowly, looking over his left shoulder.
The b.g. is now clear, revealing the distant Earth, but Brad's head is BLURRED OUT.
We can see huge stormclouds forming in Earths atmosphere over the American continent. The clouds move out to sea.
Synching with the song, we can see Aron's fishingboat. It's dark and the storm is fierce. A searching mounted on top of the cabin is touching the waves, seaching for Brad.
BACK TO SCENE:
Brad's head is now back IN FOCUS.
Again we can HEAR A MALE CHOIR.
Brad turns his head and starts walking again towards the bright light.
Suddenly a football bounces against Brads legs. In the bright light stands a young man. It's hard to see his face in the light but we catch a glimpse of DAVID'S smiling face. Brad runs to greet his dead brother and they hug each other.
WIDE ZOOM OUT as the two brothers disappear into the bright light, walking beside each other, talking gesturing vividly.
Suddenly: From nothing to almost EARSHATTERING we hear THE SOUND OF A HELICOPTER.
The bright light becomes THE SEARCHLIGHT OF A COASTGUARD HELICOPTER, turning away from the camera and coming back again.
We can HEAR RADIO COMMUNICATION from the coastguard helicopter.
DISSOLVE FROM SEARCHLIGHT TO
THE BRIGHT UPCOMING SUN and the sea. The storm is gone. There is faint mist hanging over the calm sea.
Suddenly the coastguard helicopter flies into the scene from below. We can see it while it speeds away into the sun.
We hold the scene until the helicopter is gone and the only thing we can see is the blazing sun.