Halcyon Days (Chapter I)

EXT. ROAD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MOUNTAINS – NIGHT Echoes of drifting wheels, to one side and to the other. A faint light is lit in the intense darkness. As we get closer, the light reveals the outline of the street, the rows of trees around it. It’s a winding road through a mountainous…

THEM (chapter IV)

EXT. OPEN FIELD NEAR THE ROAD – NIGHT Julia’s hood is removed. It’s Mason, still wearing his prison clothes, ragged, dirty. He drags her out of the car with her hands tied up. Then cuts the police tape as he drags her into the same open field where the police found the bodies. JULIA (struggling)…

THEM (Chapter III)

EXT. OUTSIDE JULIA’S HOUSE – DAY The beacons of the police cars illuminate both sides of the street. On the windows of the houses. On the trees and the grass on the frontyards. On the Chiaroscuro of the evening. The police car stops outside Julia’s house. Some neighbors look through the curtains of the houses….

THEM (chapter II)

INT. HOSPITAL DELIVERY ROOM – DAY Blurred light blue and white all around. The doctor picks up the baby and slaps him, the baby starts crying (no audio). JULIA (V.O.) I wish you could have been there to see this. Our daughter. Julia looks at the baby, smiling, exhausted on the delivery bed. (no audio)….

THEM (Chapter I)

OVER BLACK: “To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering“. – Friedrich Nietzsche. EXT. FARMHOUSE – DAY The wooden door opens, a FARMER (52) steps out of the old white house and walks into the front yard and into the cornfield. The sky grizzled. Shrouded in a dense fog that makes the plantation…

Baptism (chapter III)

EXT. PLANTATION FIELD – DAY The day is intensely sunny. The heat drawn in the tanned color of the skin of the people working the land. In the profuse sweat on their foreheads. Among these people is Elle, crestfallen, silent. Concentrating solely on plowing the earthen space in front of her. In the area surrounding…

Baptism (chapter II)

(WHITE NOISE) Images on the television screen. Explosions, protests, empty supermarket shelves, robberies, etc. Graphics on TV news: “Millions of people disappear in the blink of an eye.” “Collapse of civilization.” “Is this the end of the world?” INT. ELLE’S LIVING ROOM – DAY (WHITE NOISE stops) Elle watches TV sitting on the living room…

Baptism (chapter I)

OVER BLACK: “Before the end, angels descended from the heavens and in flames she left her grief behind…” Sara 12:2. INT. MOTEL ROOM – NIGHT Elle (26),beautiful, black top with rhinestones, black miniskirt and panties on her knees. She opens her eyes slowly, lying on the bed in the bluish room, partially illuminated by the…

The Arc (chapter IV)

EXT. SPACE NEAR THE SPACECRAFT – NIGHT James’ momentum carries him back to the entrance. He reaches with his hands as he approaches. Misses! His body spins on his axis. Starts to move away into space. Making a last effort, he grabs the handle with his foot. No friction causes his body to lean back…

The Arc (Chapter III)

(BACK TO PRESENT) EXT. DEEP SPACE – NIGHT The virtual parallel lines on James’ helmet finally line up. His eyes fixed on the horizon. A.I.Now, James. James presses the trigger, the thrusters propel him forward at high speed. At the distance, the space craft shines in the light of a nerby star. The thruters are…