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The Obsessions of a Father

Script By: Mathew Nicolson
Science fiction


Hogarth Bartenstein is an ambitious man, with tunnel vision on his project to end all project. With such important work, there simply isn't time for the small matter of his son.


Submitted:Dec 27, 2011    Reads: 16    Comments: 1    Likes: 0   


1 CORRIDOR.

Lights flicker through the crack of an ajar door at the end

of the corridor. Ominous mechanical noises screech from

within.

CAMERA MOVES TOWARDS DOOR.

CUT TO:

2 LAB.

Hogarth Bartenstein works on a colossal machine (probably

cardboard on a chair), wearing welding equipment (or

goggles!).

A computer screen shows lots of details under the heading

"Temporal Transport".

THE CAMERA MOVES PAST THE SCREEN, to show a photo of a young

boy. - Hogarth's son, Victor. Next to it is a calendar -

December 2011.

He is interrupted by a knock on the door. He stops working,

and pulls up the visor.

VICTOR

Please, father... I'm so

hungry. The fridge is empty-

HOGARTH

Hush, now! Your father is busy!

He runs over and slams the door shut.

He uses a remote to switch on music, shutting out Victor's

pleas.

Eventually, he finished, and pulls up a mechanical

cloak. He holds it as if it is the most precious thing he

has ever seen.

HOGARTH

(stroking the cloak)

You're beautiful...

He throws it over himself, and wraps it tight.

HOGARTH

(completely mad)

Nobel Prize, here I come!

He disappears with a blaze of light.

A SHOT OF THE DOORKNOB SHOWS THE DOOR IS HIT BY THE FORCE.

A thud and tumble can be heard from the other side of the

door...

CUT TO:

3 STREET.

Hogarth appears, wearing his time traveling cloak. He looks

around, before scampering off to the shade.

He runs to his house.

CUT TO:

4 EXT. HOUSE.

He walks up the driveway, and goes to the front door. It's

locked. He fumbles for a key, and pulls it out, but the

door is jammed.

Hogarth turns, and walks round the house to the back

door. It opens with the faintest push.

CUT TO:

5 INT. HOUSE.

No lights are on, but he can see from the sunlight from

outside. He hears whimpering.

CAMERA SHOWS A CHRISTMAS TREE, AND A CALENDAR READING "MAY

2021"

He follows the noise, and arrives at the staircase. He

slowly ascends, the whimpering getting louder, now

accompanied with many coughs.

He reaches the top. A dirty and 16 year old Victor is lying

at the top of the stairs, looking on Death's Door.

This shocks Hogarth, but he hides from vision. Not that

Victor would notice, so rapt in his suffering.

Hogarth fails to hold back tears...

He holds the cloak tight...

CUT TO:

6 DARK STREET.

Without wasting time, Hogarth runs to the house.

CUT TO:

7 KITCHEN.

It is dark. Hogarth flicks a switch, but nothing

happens. He moves into the living room, where everything is

turned over.

CAMERA SHOWS A BEDRAGGLED CHRISTMAS TREE, AND A CALENDAR

WHICH STILL READS MAY 2021. IT HAS NOT BEEN CHANGED.

Worried, Hogarth makes his way to the stairs, but steps on a

card. He picks it up.

THE CAMERA SHOWS IT IS A SYMPATHY CARD...

CUT TO:

8 EXT. GRAVEYARD.

Hogarth exits the graveyard, distraught, and runs from

it. He drops the sympathy card.

It reads "Victor Bartenstein, 2005 - 2021"

CUT TO:

9 STREET CORNER.

Hogarth runs until he is out of breath. Frantically, he

pulls the cloak tightly one more time...

CUT TO:

10 LAB.

He appears with another blaze of light. It takes him a few

moments to recover.

The calendar reads "December 2011".

HOGARTH

Vic.... Victor... ?

Silence.

HOGARTH

Victor?!

VICTOR

(quietly, through door)

...Father?

HOGARTH

Victor!

He moves to the door, but stops and pulls out a remote. He

presses a button, and throws the remote to the ground. He

turns to the door, slowly opens it and runs through, as it

closes behind him...

CAMERA CUTS TO SCREEN. It reads "Temporal Transport

entering Permanent Termination".

CUT TO:

11 END CREDITS.





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