Shot List – Contract

 

CONTRACT SHOT LIST

JAMES PARKES GEORGIA BALL

1.1

MASTER

It’s a cold winter’s day. The grounds are surrounded by finely sharpened blades of grass and skeleton trees. The branches whisper under the cover of the light winter-morning breeze.

1.2

EXTREME CLOSE UP

A decayed, shriveled leaf lets go from a nearby tree, falling gracefully to the ground.

1.3

MEDIUM

ALAN WATERS (aged 32) is a man who is tired. Bags under his eyes and the odd stray grey hair shows his relentless burdens.

1.4

WIDE/TRACK

He opens the rusty gate with a slow creak and pulls his black coat tighter around his frail body as he walks up to the grand stone church.

1.5

OVER THE SHOULDER

He pushes open the giant double doors into the:

2.1

OVER THE SHOULDER

Inside, there’s a spectral atmosphere amongst the rows of wooden pews.

2.2

CLOSE UP

An angel weeps from the stained glass window, above the altar.

2.3

OVER THE SHOULDER

In front of him, below the window, a table, two chairs, and a wooden chessboard is waiting for him. The pieces have already been moved, as if already in the middle of a game. The

left seat is occupied by black suit, red tie, and A leather briefcase sits man’s name is MR. CORAL.

a man wearing a full matching bowler hat. next to him. The

2.4

EXTREME CLOSE UP (LEFT SIDE OF ALAN’S FACE)

[DIALOGUE]

2.5

WIDE

Mr. Coral gestures for Alan to sit down, and Alan obeys. They stare at one another long and hard.

2.6

EXTREME CLOSE UP (RIGHT SIDE OF CORAL’S FACE)

[DIALOGUE]

2.7

CLOSE UP

Alan hesitates, then picks up a white pawn, pushing it forward, sending it to his death, as Mr. Coral takes it with a bishop.

3.1

MEDIUM CLOSE UP

Mr. Coral stands in Alan’s kitchen, with briefcase in hand. There’s tension in the air. Mr. Coral opens the briefcase. A dazzling golden glow emits from within. Alan leans in, but Mr. Coral snaps it shut before he catches a glance.

3.2

CLOSE UP

He offers a crisp sheet of paper. Alan snatches it, his eyes darting left-to-right across the page.

3.3

MEDIUM

Moments pass, until he wafts the paper in front of Mr. Coral, then throws it down on the counter defiantly.

SHOT

TYPE OF SHOT

DESCRIPTION

3.4

SHOT/REVERSE

[DIALOGUE]

4.1

MEDIUM

In the room directly opposite, Alan’s partner, LUCY (aged 30) is in the middle of sorting ironed washing into different piles. Her naturally beautiful golden flowing hair and deep blue eyes brighten the entire room.

4.2

CLOSE UP

She frowns as she hears Alan’s voice, pauses to listen, then shakes her head and resumes.

5.1

SHOT/REVERSE

[DIALOGUE]

5.2

CLOSE UP

Mr. Coral pointing to contract.

5.3

SHOT/REVERSE

[DIALOGUE]

5.4

WIDE

Silence. Alan glares at Mr. Coral, until he sighs, slowly picks up his briefcase and exits. Alan grabs the contract from the counter and follows him out the front door.

5.5

OVER THE SHOULDER

[DIALOGUE] Alan holds out the contract, but Mr. Coral shakes his head. [DIALOGUE] He tips his hat and leaves Alan standing dumbstruck at the door, contract in hand.

6.1

WIDE (LOCKED OFF)

[DIALOGUE] Alan is in the amber glow of the hallway’s lamp. It’s pitch black outside, with rain lashing at door. He stands with the telephone to his ear. [DIALOGUE] Alan slowly pulls the phone from his ear. Beth’s distant voice is heard from the speaker, but quiet and incoherent. Slumping against the wall, he drops the phone, leaving Beth speaking to thin air.

7.1

MASTER

A hospital room, with the shiny, unnatural surfaces decorated in grey and green.

7.2

MEDIUM CLOSE UP

Alan sits at a bedside, head in hands. There’s a single flower in the bedside vase, illuminated by the small lamp.

7.3

MEDIUM CLOSE UP

ALAN’S FATHER (aged 59) rasps through the machine, accommodated with beeps and exhalations. His pasty, greying face shows he’s at the end of days.

7.4

CLOSE UP

Lucy walks up behind Alan, putting a comforting hand on his shoulder.

8.1

TRACK/WIDE (EXT – WINDOW)

A small café decorated with menus on blackboards and home-made cakes and coffee. Alan and Lucy are inside, sheltered from the continued lashing of rain from the night before.

8.2

SHOT/REVERSE – MEDIUM

They sit, with hands around their small teacups and saucers, that gently breathe steam from the rim. [DIALOGUE] Pause. Alan appears conflicted. [DIALOGUE]

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DESCRIPTION

8.3

CLOSE UP

Lucy reaches over, pulls Alan’s hand from his cup and takes it in her own.

8.4

CLOSE UP (ALAN)

[DIALOGUE] Alan sighs, his breath shaking. [DIALOGUE] He pushes the coffee away. [DIALOGUE]

8.5

MEDIUM

He leaves. Lucy sighs and props her head up with elbow on table. She stares out of the condensed and foggy window to the dreary street. Suddenly, it all goes quiet.

8.6

WIDE

She looks back. Nobody there. The once busy coffee shop now empty. Nobody on the street either.

8.7

MEDIUM

Suddenly, a figure emerges from behind her. She closes her eyes, dreamlike. [DIALOGUE]

8.8

TWO-SHOT

Mr. Coral walks forward and takes Alan’s seat. [DIALOGUE] Lucy doesn’t respond. [DIALOGUE]

8.9

MEDIUM CLOSE UP

Mr. Coral leans in closer now, and whispers in her ear. He pulls back.[DIALOGUE]

8.10

WIDE

Then, he gets up, and leaves the room. Lucy snaps back out of her trance and the café returns to its busy state.

9.1

WIDE

The crisp contract is lying on the dining room table, next to a glossy black fountain pen. The dim light and the continued rain gives the room an eerie ambience.

9.2

OVER THE SHOULDER

Alan leans over the immaculate white sheet, eyeing it with dubiety. He picks up the fountain pen.

9.3

MEDIUM CLOSE UP

Alan pauses. His pen hovers over the paper. Alan holds his breath. It’s so quiet. You could hear a pin drop. As Alan leaves the pen suspended over the contract, three drops of black ink escape from the tip, staining the virgin page.

10.1

POV (ALAN)

Alan is home, dressed sharply in black, suitable for interview. Lucy stands opposite, with hands on hips and scowl on face. [DIALOGUE]

10.2

MEDIUM CLOSE UP

She wafts a piece of paper in front of Alan. It looks like the contract. Pause. But it isn’t. [DIALOGUE] Silence.

10.3

SHOT/REVERSE

[DIALOGUE]

10.4

TWO-SHOT

[DIALOGUE] There’s no arguing with that. Lucy folds her arms in defeat, but she tries to hide a glimmer of a smile.

11.1

CLOSE UP

Alan is lying on the luxurious king-sized bed within his classy, elegant suite of a room – paid by his recent employers. He reads the financial newspaper and sips expensive scotch from a crystal tumbler.

SHOT

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DESCRIPTION

11.2

MEDIUM

Lucy is with him, putting on a pair of expensive shoes and coat. She’s frantically texting on her phone. Alan notices, removes his glasses, and throws his paper down.

11.3

CLOSE UP (LUCY)

[DIALOGUE] But she doesn’t say it to his face. Alan looks confused.

11.4

CLOSE UP (ALAN)

[DIALOGUE]

11.5

WIDE

They exchange a kiss and she quickly leaves, closing the door behind her.

12.1

DOLLY-IN

Back in the church. Pieces are demolished across the board. Alan is losing.

12.2

MEDIUM CLOSE UP (ALAN)

[DIALOGUE] Alan looks up, fatigued and frustrated. [DIALOGUE]

12.3

MEDIUM CLOSE UP (MR CORAL)

’Do you have family, Mr. Coral?’, ’I did once…But that was a long time ago.’ [DIALOGUE]

12.4

CLOSE UP

Alan looks back down at the board, advancing his castle forward, directly in line with the black king. [DIALOGUE]

12.5

MEDIUM CLOSE UP

Mr. Coral also looks down at the board, pushing his king forward and destroying the castle. Mr. Coral looks Alan up and down, as if X-raying him.

12.6

SHOT/REVERSE

[DIALOGUE]

12.7

MEDIUM CLOSE UP

Alan rubs his chest uncomfortably, near his heart, and then holds it there, clutching, trying to maintain frame. [DIALOGUE]

12.8

CLOSE UP

Alan pushes his knight forward, galloping over a pawn and taking the black king. Mr. Coral raises his eyebrows, appearing genuinely surprised. Alan looks up from the board, and glares at Mr. Coral.

12.9

MEDIUM CLOSE UP

[DIALOGUE]

12.10

EXTREME CLOSE UP (LEFT SIDE OF ALAN’S FACE)

’I’ve made a decision…’

12.11

EXTREME CLOSE UP (RIGHT SIDE OF CORAL’S FACE)

A pause, and Mr. Coral’s face crumbles further into confusion. Alan takes the black king and pushes its crown, knocking it over.

12.12

CLOSE UP (KNOCKED OVER KING IN FG; ALAN WALKING AWAY INTO LIGHT IN BG)

Alan gets up from the table, and walks away, leaving Mr. Coral dumbstruck.

13.1

REVEAL/CLOSE-UP

Lucy is in the bathroom. She closes the cabinet full of cosmetics and medicine, and examines her shaken and distraught expression in the mirror. She presses her hand against the glass.

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DESCRIPTION

13.2

WIDE/LONG SHOT/LOCKED-OFF

Lucy takes a seat on the toilet lid and examines the pregnancy test clutched in her hand. She stares long and hard at the result, and then bursts into tears.

14.1

EXTREME CLOSE UP (CANDLE. PULL OUT)

A candlelit dinner, with Alan smartly dressed with black shirt, and Lucy, in a long royal-blue dress. The orange glow restores colour in Alan’s pale cheeks. A waiter briefly interrupts their moment, as he whisks away their finished dinner plates.

14.2

MEDIUM

Alan gestures for Lucy to close her eyes. With a swift motion, he pulls a small ring box from his pocket.

14.3

MEDIUM (LUCY)

Lucy opens her eyes. She gives a gasp as Alan leans in and presents the ring. [DIALOGUE] There’s an unspoken sentiment between them, and tears begin welling up in Lucy’s eyes. Lucy props a hand on her forehead, elbow on table, and she shakes her head slightly. Alan reaches over and takes hold of Lucy’s hand, and she looks back at him.

14.4

SHOT/REVERSE

[DIALOGUE] A long pause. The whole room appears to fall silent, despite fellow diners oblivious to their conversation. [DIALOGUE] The hope melts away from Alan. Shock. He drops Lucy’s hand, pulling away. [DIALOGUE]

14.5

CLOSE UP

Lucy reaches forward and takes Alan’s hand again. It’s not rejection.

14.6

WIDE

Lucy holds Alan’s hand. He leans forward and they share a kiss in the candlelight.

15.1

WIDE (FROM BEHIND ALAN – SILHOUETTED)

Alan is at the end of his bed. Spring sunlight seeps through the cracks of half-drawn curtains. There’s no mist outside now.

15.2

CLOSE UP (CONTRACT)

He stares at the contract, now signed with his name at the footer in black ink. He folds it carefully in two, creasing down the centre, and then stuffs it into his jacket pocket, uncaring as to whether it gets crumpled or not.

15.3

PROFILE

Alan stands, glancing out the window as he does so. He catches sight of something.

15.4

MEDIUM (MR CORAL IN SILHOUETTE. INSIDE ARCHWAY)

In the distance, outside his house, a tall man in black, carrying a polished briefcase and felt bowler hat. It’s unmistakably Mr. Coral.

15.5

PROFILE (ALAN)

Looking back at him, Mr. Coral tips his hat to Alan. Nervously, Alan clutches his chest once again. [DIALOGUE] Alan holds the stare for a moment. Neither of them move. Lucy enters the room. [DIALOGUE]

SHOT

TYPE OF SHOT

DESCRIPTION

15.6

WIDE

Alan turns around, facing Lucy. [DIALOGUE]

15.7

MEDIUM (FROM FRONT)

Looking back over his shoulder to the window, Mr. Coral has vanished, as quickly as he arrived.

15.8

WIDE

[DIALOGUE] She does. Alan takes her in arms.

15.9

MEDIUM

[DIALOGUE] Lucy’s ring – now on her finger – shimmers like the sun of euphoria in their longing, everlasting embrace. THE END

 
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