Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Teaser!

We have a first draft.... infact we have a second draft! Thanks to the scribe John Stanley we have an excellent script. Here's a taste;

FADE IN:

INT. UEL PSYCHOLOGY DEPT (LUKE'S TUTORIAL ROOM) - DAY

POV: close-up antiquated die on a wooden plinth with a glass dome over it.

LUKE (O.C.)

Now as some of you will know: this was presented to me by my last Faculty as a leaving present...

POV SWITCH: LUKE is standing behind his desk almost silhouetted against the bright summer sunshine outside.


LUKE

Someone, somewhere seemed to think it was a token of good luck which given the history of dice usage through the ages is something of a curious point of view.

O.C. There is the sound of a door opening. LUKE looks towards the sound.

POV SWITCH: CORIN enters, flustered with an apologetic look upon his face.

CORIN

I'm really sorry, Professor...

POV SWITCH: seated in an arc before LUKE'S desk are STUART, GINNY, KAYLA, Z, ADAM and ROHINI: there is an empty chair on the end.

LUKE

(straight in, deadpan)

...apologies unnecessary Mister Hargreaves: as a matter of fact your timing is just perfect:

CORIN looks puzzled as LUKE addresses the others.

LUKE

One empty chair, one tardy young man: so: what are the chances he'll take the empty seat available rather than pull one from the stack over there and sit quietly alone at the back?


Z

That depends...

CORIN remains standing uncertain how best to proceed.

LUKE

Mister...

Z

Z: just Z...

LUKE

...indeed...depends on what would you say?

ROHINI

On the kind of person he is.

LUKE

Quite possibly right, Miss Chowdra: and if he was the kind of person to leave everything to chance?

STUART

Then he'd be an idiot...

LUKE

(straight in, sudden)

Ssshhh!

Every one starts.

LUKE

(whispers)

Did anybody else hear that?

There is momentary bemusement for all concerned.

ADAM

(tentative)

Hear what?

LUKE

The sound...of several million devotees of "The Dice Man" drawing in their collective breaths at such a blunt castigation of their creed as that just supplied here by one Mister Stuart Hopkins: soon to be Graduate of this Parish.

STUART

I...




LUKE

(straight in)

Too late: Mister Hopkins the damage is done.

(to CORIN)

Mister Hargreaves: would you be so kind as to lift this glass dome and take the die in your hand.

CORIN puts his rucksack down, frowns to himself and does as he is told.

LUKE

Now: let us say you have three options...to sit there, take a new chair or remain standing...

STUART

What about just leaving?

LUKE

...that's also a possibility...

KAYLA

...or sitting on the floor?

LUKE

...and again: or simply do something not listed...so, Mister Hargreaves? Would you be so kind as to roll the die?

CORIN cautiously shakes the die and rolls it onto the desk. It's a four.

LUKE

It's been a pleasure seeing you, Mister Hargreaves: good day.

CORIN

(frowning)

But I don't want to leave.

LUKE

But the die says you must...and if you were "The Dice Man" then you would have little choice having turned your life over completely to decisions made rolling the dice.

Z

(impressed)

Fuck...seriously?

LUKE

Unpleasant profanity aside, Mister...

Z

...Z, just Z...


LUKE

...indeed, then yes: completely serious...

LUKE picks up a copy of "The Dice Man" by Luke Rhinehardt from his desk and tosses it towards Z: Z catches it and looks at the cover with interest.

LUKE

(sighs)

...times were every University Student in the known world had their copy or so it seemed: how many gave it a try as a lifestyle? Who knows...but if you're looking for a direct way into Chaos Theory, there are worse ways to try and live your life.

STUART

Yeah sure: if you fancy bringing society crashing down around your ears.

ADAM

What's so great about society?

STUART

(sarcastic)

Eh...it kind of keeps order for a start: I mean who the Hell wants to live in chaos?

Z

Whose order are we talking about?

ROHINI

Sounds like control...

Z

...exactly...

GINNIE

...but there have to be limits, right? Good and evil, right and wrong...

ADAM

...but who decides?

STUART

...that's why we elect democratic Governments.

LUKE cannot disguise his amusement as there is general disbelief directed towards STUART at this.

STUART

Well isn't it?

GINNIE

In an ideal world, then yeah: of course.

STUART

Thank you.

Z

How about you Professor? What do you reckon?

LUKE

Me?

All eyes turn to LUKE as he looks thoughtfully out at the day beyond the window for a moment.

LUKE

Ancient Civilisations: Egyptians, Greeks, Romans...all used to fear Chaos...blamed Demons and Gods for it whenever it struck. Some even believed that night time was the result of an ongoing battle between the Gods of Order and the Gods of Chaos that resolved itself in Chaos's defeat with each new sunrise...

LUKE pauses for a moment and then looks back into the room around the expectant faces.

LUKE

Personally?

(smiles enigmatically)

I've always loathed the idea of Order...

Z, ROHINI and ADAM express vindication.

LUKE

(quelling the noise)

But...why take my word for anything? Take a trip with "The Dice Man" there and see where it takes you.

STUART and GINNIE exchange glances.

LUKE

Oh and eh...Mister Hargreaves? Feel free to sit anywhere you wish.

This provides amusement for all as CORIN sits down in the empty chair beside ROHINI, somewhat embarrassed.

DISSOLVE TO:


That's all I can show for now... sorry it's difficult to keep the formatting.

More revelations in the next post.

4 comments:

  1. Evening all, John Stanley here...yes, he of the scriptwriting bit...now this is just a quick note to say "Hi" to all you Dice fans out in Blog Space and let you know that I'm haunting these pages...no, I'm not monitoring the feedback and comments to edit out the critical and yes, I am always open to good ideas from any quarter...hope you like the teaser script segment...happy rolling, JSx

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  2. Excellent start,,already captured my attention..cant wait for the next instalment,,,keep rolling!

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  3. I must say. That was extremely intriguing. I am certainly involved in the story now, and I demand you post more. I demand it!

    Much love,
    A fellow IndieTalk poster

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  4. Ah...but where would be the fun when the lights go down in the cinema and the film starts if you knew everything?

    Glad you're intrigued though Indie.

    JSx

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