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Two civilisations live peacefully, unaware of the other's existence, as superior beings play God.


Submitted:Mar 24, 2012    Reads: 11    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


1 CELL.

Batteratta [Bat] is shoved into the cell, and the doors
close behind him. He is wearing blue. He looks up, and
speaks directly to the camera. He looks feeble and weak.

BAT
How did this happen?

The ground shakes, and gunshots can be heard firing.

BAT
Oh?

He listens with interest.

BAT
(slightly happy)
They actually broke through?

More gunshots, screaming.

BAT
(back to resignation)
Fools.

He turns back to the camera.

BAT
We were such a peaceful people...
peoples... Now look what we're
reduced to. No better than
animals, slaying for our very
survival.

A semi-mechanical voice echoes through the walls.

VOICE
All hail the
Partnership! Insurgents shall be
pacified, all hail the-

An explosion cuts it short.

BAT
The Partnership will win. It
always wins - no contest. And
then they'll find a new world to
mold and destroy as their
play-thing.

He looks up at the camera.

BAT
And I will die.

CUT TO:

2 OPENING CREDITS.

CUT TO:

3 BLUE CIVILIZATION.

Caption reads "10 hours earlier"

In a rural area, various tents/sleeping bags are
assembled, along with various other signs of
civilization. In a shed, BAT wakes up.

He opens the door and looks out. Such a wonderful,
peaceful day.

Camera pans around and shows village activity. People
play in the burn - sit in the sun - and are generally
peaceful.

He wanders over to the CLIMBING FRAME set in the centre of
the fence, and looks out upon the empty landscape ahead of
him.

BLUE ELDER
(quite blind)
What do you see, son?

BAT
It's clear, sir. Nothing beyond
the fence.

BLUE ELDER
And our safety is secured for
another day.

CAMERA PANS BACK. IT PULLS THROUGH THE CLIMBING FRAME,
AND AS IT DOES SO THE BLUE VILLAGE VANISHES.

CAMERA PANS ROUND TO REVEAL RED VILLAGE.

TABNAR sits at the climbing frame.

RED ELDER
What do you see, boy?

TABNAR
Nothing in sight, sir. The fence
is the final boundary, as usual.

RED ELDER
Then we need worry not today.

CAMERA PANS BACK TO SHOW THE WHOLE CLIMBING FRAME.

Tabnar stands on it, looking out.

Bat fades into existence...

Neither of them see each other.

PAN TO:

4 DARK PLOTTING ROOM.

Screechy mechanical voices speak.

VOICE 1
Each civilisation has no idea the
other exists.

VOICE 2
The existential-shift works
perfectly.

PAN TO:

5 BLUE SHED.

BAT returns to the shed. His room-mate Shrim is there.

SHRIM
Why do you check the fence every
day, Bat? It's the same thing
every day.

BAT
Um... I'm not sure, to be
honest. It's just... I have this
feeling.

Shrim looks, interested.

BAT
That there's something over
there. I'd climb over it, but...

Shrim's interest turns to terror. He shakes his head.

BAT
Yeah.

PAN TO:

6 RED TENT.

TABNAR sits in the tent with his friend MIRSH.

TABNAR
I'm telling you, there's
something over the fence.

MIRSH
Tabnar, it's a fantasy. There's
nothing over there. If there
was, we'd see it, wouldn't we?

TABNAR
Well, yeah, but... I don't
know...

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7 DARK PLOTTING ROOM.

VOICE 1
It is time.

VOICE 2
Take it away.

CUT TO:

8 OBJECTIVE VIEW OF BOTH CIVILIZATIONS.

The fence vanishes.

Several shots of individual parts of the fence vanishing.

RED ELDER and BLUE ELDER stare at each other, in terror
and fury.

They both immediately hold up guns to each other, which
make gun clicky sounds.

BLUE ELDER
Get back-

RED ELDER
Leave us-

BLUE ELDER
Stand away-

BOTH ELDERS
I'm warning you-

They both fire their guns, and drop down dead.

BAT and SHRIM look out, in their blue clothes.

TABNAR and MIRSH look out in their red clothes, looking as
equally shocked.

THen there's a rush as they all retreat to cover. And the
machine gun fire begins.

Random people fire from tents, behind boxes and chairs...

IT's complete chaos.

Red people die, blue people die...

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9 SHED.

BAT and SHRIM run in.

BAT
I knew it! There's people there,
and they've been waiting for us.

He pulls out guns, and gives one to Shrim.

BAT
We need to fight.

CUT TO:

10 INT. TENT.

TABNAR and MIRSH run in.

TABNAR
I told you! They're real and
they're attacking.

He pulls out guns, and gives one to Mirsh.

TABNAR
We must destroy these monsters.

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11 EXT. TENT.

TABNAR and MIRSH run out, and begin fighting. Chaos
surrounds them. Mirsh is shot down.

TABNAR
Mirsh!!

CUT TO:

12 EXT. SHED.

BAT and SHRIM run out, and begin fighting. Chaos
surrounds them. Shrim is shot down.

BAT
Shrim!!

He looks up, and sees Tabnar on the other side of the
fence. Tabnar fires, but he's out of ammo.

Bat fires too, but is also out of ammo.

They both pull out knives, and charge at each other.

As they collide, they both vanish.

Nobody notices, as the bloodshed continues...

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13 DARK CORRIDOR.

Both Bat and Tabnar fall onto the floor. They stand up
quickly and point knives at each other.

TABNAR
What devilry is this?

BAT
You should know, your people are
behind it.

TABNAR
Don't lie to me.

A wheazy breath breathes around them.

TABNAR
Seriously, what is this?

BAT
I don't know!

TABNAR
Of course you do!

Tabnar raises the knife even more threateningly.

TABNAR
Tell me!

BAT
I'm telling you, I don't know!

Thud. Thud. Thud. THey fall silent.

A PARTNER emerges from around the corridor. It is masked,
robotic...

It scans them...

SHOT FROM PARTNER'S POINT OF VIEW.

CUT TO:

14 DARK PLOTTING ROOM.

Alarms go off, signalling alerts.

We finally see the PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL. THREE PARTNERS
sit at different heights, plotting.

PARTNER 1
Spacial malfunction-

PARTNER 2
Two units got through-

PARTNER 1
Deal with them-

CUT TO:

15 CORRIDOR.

PARTNER rasies its arm...

BAT
I think we should... run...

TABNAR
Yes...

THey both dart out a door.

CUT TO:

16 LANE (BANK LANE)

They run out, and run up the lane.

The PARTNER makes chase.

TABNAR
Wait-

He swivels round, and throws the knife-

It hits the PARTNER. It grunts in mechanoid pain, and
falls to the ground.

TABNAR
What was that?

BAT
It looked like... a robot...

They turn to each other again. Tabnar takes an aggressive
stance.

BAT
I think I know what's going on
here...

TABNAR
What?

BAT
Not here, we're too exposed. We
need to find somewhere else.

Bat begins walking off. Tabnar stays put.

BAT
Come on! It's us against them
now, we're on the same side, at
least until we find out what's
going on.

He takes the knife out of the dead PARTNER and gives it to
Tabnar. Tabnar takes it.

BAT
See? You can trust me.

He walks up the hill. Tabnar follows, reluctantly.

CUT TO:

17 STREET.

They walk along. They find somewhere to hide.

BAT
Let's wait here until nightfall.

He looks up.

BAT
If there is a nightfall.

PAN TO:

18 DIMLY LIT STREET, AT NIGHT.

BAT and TABNAR emerge from a building.

BAT
We didn't attack you! We're a
peaceful people!

TABNAR
Stop lying! One minute, nothing,
the next you're all over us! It
was clearly an ambush!

BAT
No, you ambushed u- oh.

TABNAR
What?

BAT
We were set up. Two
civilisations living in peace,
unaware of the other's
existence... Seperated by a
fence...

TABNAR
You took the fence away.

BAT
Someone took the fence away.

Thud. Thud. Thud.

They hide as a PARTNER passes.

BAT
They took the fence away. So we
would both think we were under
attack, and react.

TABNAR
So neither side is wrong, blue or
red?

BAT
Exactly.

They walk along a pavement.

TABNAR
So what do we do now?

BAT
Well... we have to find a way of
getting back, and tell everyone
about what we've discovered.

TABNAR
And how do you suggest we-

They vanish.

CUT TO:

19 RURAL AREA, BETWEEN TWO VILLAGES.

TABNAR
Do that- ... Oh?

CUT TO:

20 DARK PLOTTING ROOM.

PARTNER 1
Error! Error! They have
vanished!

PARTNER 2
Internal error! It originated
from... Control Sector C.

They both turn on PARTNER 3.

PARTNER 3
I acted from pity
logarithms. These acts are
brutal and cruel, I wanted to
find a way to stop-

PARTNER 1
Destroy it.

PARTNER 3 vanished before they can destroy him.

PARTNER 2
3 has escaped.

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21 RURAL AREA.

Fighting is still rampant. People shoot guns, die, shout.

BAT
We have to find a way to stop
this-

Tabnar climbs onto the climbing frame. he pulls off his
red jumper and waves it about.

TABNAR
STOP!

Several BLUE INFANTRY hold guns at him.

Bat throws himself in front of them.

BAT
No!

RED SOLDIERS also stop, curious about what's happening.

BLUE SOLDIER
What is the meaning of this,
Bat? Have you betrayed us?

BAT
You don't have to fight! We've
been set up. Neither of us are
the attackers, this whole
situation has been created so
each side thinks they're acting
in defence. BUt all of you,
think... Did anyone start the
attack?

TABNAR
What he's saying is true. We got
taken to the world of the
creatures that did this. They
took away the fence, and made us
aware of each side.

Soldiers from each side begin putting down their guns.

BAT
Good, good. Now we need to-

Both BAT and TABNAR vanish.

RED SOLDIER
It's a trick!

BLUE SOLDIER
They're playing mind games!

The fighting continues.

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22 DARK PLOTTING ROOM.

BAT and TABNAR appear.

They stand before the COUNCIL OF THE PARTNERSHIP.

PARTNER 1
You have been allowed to discover
more than any human before you.

BAT
What are you?

PARTNER 2
We are the Partnership.

TABNAR
And what does that mean?

BAT
Are you robots?

PARTNER 1
We are far more...

It takes off its robotic mask, to reveal a skeletal face
underneath.

FACE
Help... me...

BAT and TABNAR react.

FACE
Help...

PARTNER 1 puts the mask back on.

PARTNER 1
We were like you, but now we are
far more.

BAT
(in disgust)
Why are you doing this?

The Partners look at each other.

PARTNER 3 (NEW)
Fun.

TABNAR
You're monsters...

He pulls out his knife and runs at them.

FLASHING LIGHTS - TABNAR falls down dead.

Bat is horrified.

PARTNER 1
Take him away. Prepare
execution.

A PARTNER walks into the room.

FADE TO:

23 BATTLEFIELD.

Dramatic shots of fighting. The battle is nearly over.

Suddenly, PARTNER 3 appears in the centre of the
battlefield. He has the number 3 on his robot suit thing.

Soldiers stop, and stare at it in awe.

No dialogue, but PArtner 3 gestures and communicates with
them.

FADE TO:

24 CELL.

Bat sits, and listens to the fighting.

CUT TO:

25 FIGHTING IN CORRIDOR.

People, whatever colour, fire at Partners. Partners in
turn fire at people.

BAT
(V.O)
The third partner explained it to
them in ways we never
could. They now know who the
real enemy is.

CUT TO:

26 CELL.

BAT
But we don't stand a chance.

CUT TO:

27 DARK PLOTTING ROOM.

PARTNER 1
Emergency, emergency, base under
attack!

PARTNER 2
Destroy the world and you destroy
the people.

CUT TO:

28 EMPTY BATTLEFIELD.

SHOT OF SKY.

A single bomb falls from the sky. It gets closer and
closer...

It hits the climbing frame.

The screen turns white.

CUT TO:

29 CORRIDOR:

The screen flashes white, and all the soldiers vanish.

CUT TO:

30 CELL.

The screen flashes white, and Bat vanishes.

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31 DARK PLOTTING ROOM.

PARTNERS 1 and 2 stand over PARTNER 3.

PARTNER 1
Destroy it.

Flashing lights, and PARTNER 3 collapses.

PARTNER 2
This experience has been most...
pleasurable.

CUT TO:

32 END CREDITS.





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