Exercises in style (18): Short film screenplay

FADE IN:

INT. ATTIC ROOM – NIGHT

    A small room with slanted ceilings, overwrought jungle-themed wallpaper, and a skylight. In the corners opposite the wall with skylight, a small bed and dresser. At the skylight stands handsome, dark-haired ELI ROSEFINGER (35). He looks mournful and his eyes are damp as he gazes at the full moon. Moaning can be heard from below. The moans come from LINDA WINGFIELD (29) – a woman of violent beauty, and ELI’s ex-lover.

         LINDA
Eli, my love! Eli… Eliiiii!
Please forgive me! I can’t
live without you…

         ELI
      (to himself)
God, oh God, I wish she’d
stop. I don’t know how much
longer I can take this.

         LINDA
Eliiiii! Eliiiii!

INT. HALLWAY – NIGHT

    A dimly lit hallway with several doors along its length. LINDA is slumped at the closed last door, her head down and one hand wearily clasping the doorknob.

ZOOM IN:

Linda’s tear-and-mascara-stained face. She shakes her head slowly, and hugs herself with her one free arm.

          LINDA
      (to herself)
What have I done? What have
I done? I’ll never forgive
myself.

INT. ATTIC ROOM – NIGHT

    ELI stands at the skylight, still watching the moon. The moon has risen and is waxing gibbous. LINDA’s cries are still heard below.

Suddenly, sections of wallpaper start peeling off into three-dimensional space: rainforest plants, flowers, insects, birds, and a monkey. However, ELI doesn’t move until a bright orange bird-of-paradise lands in front of his nose. At this, he inhales deeply.

          ELI
Ah! Her hair all those
mornings, when things were
still lovely and pure…

INT. HALLWAY – NIGHT

    LINDA has fallen asleep at the locked door. She is curled into the fetal position, and her face is a mess of inky tear streaks. The skirt of her chiffon dress spreads around her like a deflated hot-air balloon.

INT. ATTIC ROOM – NIGHT

    ELI is still at the skylight, staring through the now invisible new moon. LINDA’s calling has stopped. The room has been overtaken by jungle – greenery, bright colors, and animals are everywhere.

ZOOM IN:

Eli’s face. His eyes have an impenetrable, far-away look. His lips are shut, but his jaw is relaxed.

~ by kingzoko on December 6, 2015.

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