Film Opening | Script

After writing a plot for the entire movie, we developed the opening into a script that would cover the required 2 minutes. We wrote it in Celtx, using the industry standard format.


INT. BEDROOM

FADE IN FROM BLACK, CAMERA LOW:

MAIN CHARACTER in bed, alarm clock on the bedside table
showing 4:59 AM. A few seconds later, clock shows 5:00 AM
and the alarm starts beeping. MAIN CHARACTER reaches for the
alarm and turns it off within a couple of seconds.

NARRATOR (MAIN CHARACTER)
Every morning is the same. For 7
years, 4 months and 21 days, I’ve
been living a different life. A
life of solitude, perhaps somewhat
similar to that of a grizzly bear
by the frozen lakes of the Yukon.

WORM’S EYE VIEW:

MAIN CHARACTER gets out of bed and puts on his slippers. The
slippers were on the floor, perfectly aligned (right in
front of the camera).
Aerial shot:

He proceeds to make his bed.

 

INT. HALLWAY

MEDIUM, PAN:

There is a dusty, crooked cork board on the wall, with
cut-out newspaper articles (“MISSING”), receipts, and photos
of a woman in her late 20s. A handwritten note is in the
middle of the cork board. As the camera is panning and the
cork board disappears from the frame, MAIN CHARACTER walks
back towards the bedroom, with a bath towel wrapped around
his waist.

NARRATOR (MAIN CHARACTER)
The world is just a series of
flashing lights and static noise. I
can see it, I can hear it, I can
smell it. But I’m just a bystander,
not sensing the days going by. I’m
not there.
That rainy autumn day is when the
volume got turned down.

 

INT. BEDROOM

OVER THE SHOULDER:

MAIN CHARACTER is buttoning up his shirt, while looking in
the mirror. Looks himself in the eyes. He does everything
automatically.

NARRATOR (MAIN CHARACTER)
Two minutes ago, I got out of the
shower.

MEDIUM, PAN:

The camera is panning from right to left and we can see the
alarm clock behind the MAIN CHARACTER, showing 5:11 AM.

NARRATOR (MAIN CHARACTER)
In exactly five minutes, my toast
will be ready and I will sit down
to eat. This is just another
ordinary morning.

 

INT. KITCHEN

LOCKED-DOWN SHOT, WAIST LEVEL:

There is a toaster on the kitchen counter. As soon as two slices of bread pop out, MAIN CHARACTER walks into the frame, his back towards the camera, and picks up the toast.

CLOSE UP:

MAIN CHARACTER drops the two slices of bread on the plate.

NARRATOR (MAIN CHARACTER)
Perfectly crisp. I remember when
she used to bring me breakfast in
bed. Scrambled eggs. Bacon.
Pancakes. Lately, I had to get used
to the austere taste of salty
butter.

WIDE:

MAIN CHARACTER grabs the plate and walks to the table. A
wall clock is noticed in the background, showing 5:16 AM.

EXTREME CLOSE UP:

MAIN CHARACTER is spreading butter on the toast using a
butter knife. The sound of the knife against the
almost-burnt toast is clearly audible.

NARRATOR (MAIN CHARACTER)
Ever since she left me that note, I
fell through a black hole. After a
few months, I gave up hope. Today,
I breathe your oxygen, I eat your
food. I am very much like a
vegetable on life support,
witnessing life without
participation.

MEDIUM:

MAIN CHARACTER is washing the plate and knife. An old photo
of him and his wife is on the counter. His back is facing
the camera, and you can notice his arms moving as he does
the dishes. He then puts the plate & knife on the drier.

 

INT. BAR

MEDIUM:

The bar is empty, MAIN CHARACTER walks in and sits on a bar
stool. BARTENDER is pouring a glass of whiskey.

MEDIUM CLOSE UP:

MAIN CHARACTER
Single malt, neat.

BARTENDER smiles at him while cleaning a glass with a towel.

BARTENDER
As usual.

BARTENDER hands him the glass he previously poured. Right
when the glass hits the table, the screen goes black. The
title of the movie comes up on the screen, in red letters
resembling the digits of a digital clock. The letters are
flashing as a beeping sound (like that of the alarm clock)
is audible.