The Stills

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*** This script is for a mini series I am directing at my school ***

It's been four months since the virus appeared. It all starts the same: bloody coughs, fever, fatigue, paralysis and eventually...death. Olivia and Cooper are all that's left from both of their families and are desperate to find a refuge. They stumble across what looks to be an abandoned high school but much to their own joy it is inhabited by a group of people trying to make it in these tough times. They agree to join this group but soon after their arrival things begin to go wrong.

Submitted: November 28, 2011

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Submitted: November 28, 2011

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Fade In:

EXT. DESERT OUTSIDE OF A LAS VEGAS HIGHSCHOOL - AFTERNOON- ESTABLISHING

Two teenagers are walking towards the school. They are dirty and appear to have been walking for a while. There is a girl, OLIVIA, wearing a black winter coat, red scarf, hat, and ratty shoes and jeans, and a boy, COOPER wearing a blue plaid hat, ripped shirt and ripped jeans. They seem comfortable with each other as they walk and are both carrying backpacks. OLIVIA is carrying a radio which is most of the audio at this time.

SFX: Static radio playing; “This brings the death-toll to the highest number we've ever seen... There are little known survivors out of the colony... All we have left is hope..."

The batteries in the radio die and OLIVIA hits it with her hand and gets mad before throwing it down. COOPER picks it up and runs up behind her. They arrive at the HIGHSCHOOL campus.

Cut to:

EXT. HIGHSCHOOL CAMPUS- AFTERNOON

OLIVIA and COOPER walk up in front of the gym. COOPER hands OLIVIA the radio knowing she would want it back.

OLIVIA

(Takes radio and sighs)

The batteries are dead.

(Looks at the school and then to Cooper)?I wonder if we could find any in there. Think there's any people in there?

COOPER?

(looks over at the school and starts walking towards the door)

Only one way to find out! C'mon.

OLIVIA

(Follows him towards to doors and stops a little)

Man; my feet are killing me, I feel like I'm going to die.

COOPER?You can't die, that's why I call you Liv. Nothing can stop you.

OLIVIA

(Laughs wryly)

I hope you're right, Cooper.

Cut to:

INT. HIGHSCHOOL HALLWAY- AFTERNOON

OLIVIA

Hm; where do you think people will be?

COOPER

(Shrugs)

As they look around an older teen begins to walk up behind them. He is scruffy looking with brown hair and a small beard. He's wearing a plaid shirt, jacket, and beanie cap with faded jeans. His name is MARSHALL and is the leader of the survivor group camping at the school.

MARSHALL?

(stern yet cautious tone)

What are you doing here?

OLIVIA and COOPER jump in a startled fashion and turn around.

COOPER

W-we were looking for survivors...and now we've found you.

OLIVIA?

(grabs his sleeve) ?

Coop, it's okay.

(Looks at Marshall)

We're sorry to barge in like this. We've just been traveling for so long, the batteries in our radio died and we are trying to get to the other survivors.

MARSHALL

(Looks at Cooper suspiciously)?Are you the only ones?

COOPEROLIVIA

Yes

MARSHALL?

Come with me.

(he turns to walk out into the quad)

What are your names?

OLIVIA

I'm Olivia and that's Cooper.

Cut to:

EXT- HIGHSCHOOL QUAD- AFTERNOON

There are several people with sleeping bags and the quad is set up like a camp.

MARSHALL

We've been here for a few weeks now... You're welcome to stay awhile, as long as you can help. (Follow me)

(Points off to the right at a group of people with sleeping mats)?You can find a sleeping area there.

(Motions over to a man sitting by a table covered in random items)?We usually just trade with him for whatever we need, he drives a hard bargain.

COOPER

You guys really seem to have something working here.

MARSHALL

In a time like this it doesn't hurt to be organized.

OLIVIA

Truer words were never spoken.

COOPER?

What if I said you were the most beautiful girl I've ever seen?

OLIVIA?

Is that what you say?

COOPER

No, I just wanted to see if you'd agree.

OLIVIA

(shakes head)?Coop, you're a hoser.

(turns to MARSHALL)

Thank you for your hospitality. It's great to see how this has brought people together. I think we'll stay here a few days.

As OLIVIA is talking to MARSHALL a young boy, who appears to be a little shy. He's wearing a zipped up jacket, dark pants, black shoes and a bandana. His name is JAMIE and he is MARSHALL's right hand man.

JAMIE

Hey MARSHALL, there's some water damage over by the track...

(He looks over to OLIVIA and COOPER)

Oh- Hi- You're new. My name is JAMIE--

OS: INARA, MARSHALL's younger sister, yells for MARSHALL to come to her assistance.

MARSHALL

Duty calls. I'll check up on you later. JAIME would you mind getting them settled?

(walks off)

JAMIE

So, I don't believe I got your names.

OLIVIA

Olivia

COOPER

Cooper

JAMIE

A pleasure. (pulls out chocolate bar and begins eating it)

JAMIE points a spot on the stage.

JAMIE (cont'd)

You two can take the spot over there.

(walks over to the far side of the quad.)

OLIVIA

Sounds good.

JAMIE

I know it doesn't look like much but it's working for us…for now anyways.

COOPER

You don't seem too hopeful.

JAMIE

It is what it is, it'll have to end eventually.

They walk over to their allotted place and put down their belongings. MARSHALL comes back with his sister, INARA, who is wearing a long sleeved shirt, pants and ratty shoes.

MARSHALL

Good, you found a place to sleep.

INARA

(to MARSHALL)

Who are they?

MARSHALL

They've come to stay for a few days. That's OLIVIA and COOPER.

COOPER

I just love being talked about like I'm not here.

OLIVIA

Coop, hush. Nice to meet you.

INARA

You too.

(she looks over at JAMIE and smiles)

Find anything good today?

JAMIE

No, not yet. Still hopeful though. Gonna go look inside inna bit.

MARSHALL

Why don't you take them with you? It'll give them a job.

COOPER

Job?

JAMIE

We all have jobs. I go and look for things that may be of use to us.

OLIVIA

Sounds practical.

MARSHALL

It is.

INARA

I'd like to go along sometime.

MARSHALL

Not today, INARA. Maybe later. I have something else for you to do.

JAMIE

Do you guys mind going inside with me?

COOPEROLIVIA

Let's go.

JAMIE

Great, c'mon. We'll catch ya later,MARSHALL.

(they walk off)

Cut to:

INT. HIGHSCHOOL HALLWAY- AFTERNOON

They walk through an empty school hallway, there are open classroom doors, turned over chairs and tables scattered about. They walk into a classroom at the end of the hall. The tables in the room are on their sides and there are a few chairs here and there.

COOPER

Something about a messy hallway doesn't feel quite right.

OLIVIA

(Looking around the room)

I know what you mean.

 

COOPER

(To Jamie)?So what exactly are you looking for?

JAMIE

Anything of use really.

[FOR EXTENDED EDITION]

COOPER

Define, "of use"

JAMIE

Anything that could help us.

COOPER

So if I were to find a playboy...?

JAMIE

If you think you could use that, I guess.

OLIVIA

Shut up, COOPER.

[END OF EXTENDED EDITION]

OLIVIA

(looking through the desk drawers)

I found a roll of masking tape.

(removes tape and throws it to JAMIE)

JAMIE

I'm sure we could use that.

They continue looking around the room and after picking out a few select items they leave the room and walk out into the hallway.There is a large window looking out into the parking lot, they walk over to look out and stop befogging doing so.

 JAMIE

We don't come up here much, to be honest. No one likes coming in there.

OLIVIA

Why not?

As OLIVIA and JAMIE are talking, COOPER walks over to the window and peers out into the parking lot

Cut to:

EXT. HIGHSCHOOL PARKING LOT- AFTERNOON

There is a man wearing a lab coat and gas mask at the far north end of the parking lot. He is looking over at the front of the school.

(VO) COOPER

Hey, who's that dude?

(VO)JAMIE

Huh, I dunno never seen him before

Then he appears to be aware of them looking down at them and looks up suddenly. He continues to watch them as the camera returns to them.

Cut to:

INT. HIGHSCHOOL HALLWAY- AFTERNOON

OLIVIA

Okay, that's creepy.

COOPER

He's looking at us.

JAMIE

How can you tell?

COOPER

Well…he's looking at this general direction.. I think he knows we're looking at him.

OLIVIA

Then how about we stop looking at him and get out of here? This place is giving me the creeps.

(Walks away from window and towards the camera to the end of the hall)

JAMIE

I guess MARSHALL will want to hear about this.

Cut to:

EXT. HIGHSCHOOL QUAD- AFTERNOON

MARSHALL and INARA are out in the quad talking with other people and whatnot. JAMIE, OLIVIA, AND COOPER come on screen and approach MARSHALL.

MARSHALL

(looks at Inara)

I'll be right back.

(walks over to OLIVIA, JAMIE, and COOPER)

Hey guys, find anything?

JAMIE

Um, we found some tape and--

COOPER

There's some guy creepin' in the parking lot.

MARSHALL

What?

JAMIE

Uh, yeah, I was going to be a little more discreet than him but…there's someone out in the parking lot.

MARSHALL

Let's go take a look, hm?

(walks off towards door)

JAMIEOLIVIACOOPER

(Look at each other and walk off after MARSHALL)

INARA

(notices MARSHALL leaving and follows)

Wait, Where are you goin'?

(stops and watches from the door)

 

Cut to:

EXT. HIGHSCHOOL PARKING LOT- AFTERNOON

The parking lot is completely empty.

MARSHALL

Okay, where's this so called creep?

JAMIE

I dunno… I guess he left.

OLIVIA

He was here, I swear.

COOPER

We saw him.

MARSHALL

(sighs)

Okay, look, until he poses a threat to our safety, we don't need to be concerned. Let's go back inside.

(walks backs to the school)

INARA, what are you doing here?

INARA

Look.

(she points up to the skywalk where the creeper dude is standing.)

He's there.

MARSHALL

(looks up at him)

Is he watching us?

OLIVIA

Yeah…he kinda does that.

COOPER

Creeeeepy

MARSHALL

Just ignore him for now. Maybe he'll go away.

(walks off)

INARA

Or kill us...

JAMIE

What do you suppose he wants?

COOPER

To kill us?

OLIVIA

Unlikely. He doesn't seem too threatening…

INARA

For now.

COOPER

(looks up at skywalk-- he is gone now)

Hey, where'd he go?

The all look at each other and then back to the skywalk.

POV from the creeper dude now from the other side of the area. They walk away.

Fade Out:

Roll credits

[End of Episode 1]


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