Production value

 

TEASER:† 1970s Ė outside night

Train crashing in the dark Ė alien climbs from the train

 

Scene 1: Suburban home Ė day Ė contemporary time

 

Etab: exterior shot of a suburban house with the wind blowing an empty swing which squeaks. A 1970s muscle car is parked in front.

††††††††††† Interior shots of house, a TV that is on, broadcasting news about a train crash,

Master shot: Old man seated at table in a room filed with film editing equipment, models, posters, paints, and a projector.

††††††††††† He turns on the projector

††††††††††† Images of a train crash site in black and white with Empire State Building in background

††††††††††† Long shot of crumpled train site at the bottom of the hill Ė several frames.

††††††††††† Long shot of people on side of tracks, helicopter hovering over it.

††††††††††† Same shot turning to color

††††††††††† Zoom out to show this as an image on TV

††††††††††† Shot of Robert in front of the TV looking at the image, then he speaks into a walkie-talkie

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† This is mint.

††††††††††† We got to get down there get this on film

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Are you nuts?

††††††††††† They wonít let us anywhere near there.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† I know a way.

††††††††††† You call Carl and tell him to meet us at the water tower.

 

SCENE 2: small town Ė day

 

ETAB: Robert, carrying a camera, Carl and Ben on bicycles scooting through town, through graveyard and down hills

 

BEN:

††††††††††† This isnít right, Robert.

††††††††††† Billís mother died on that train.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Where is Bill anyway?

††††††††††† I thought he would be here.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Where do you think he is?

††††††††††† Heís at the funeral with his father.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† I wouldnít go anywhere with my old man.

††††††††††† Not even to a funeral

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Bill said he would meet us at the site after the funeral

 

CARL:

††††††††††† And if he doesnít come?

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Then weíll shoot the move without him.

††††††††††† This is production value we canít afford to miss.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† With all the police, theyíre not going to let us get anywhere near the train

 

CARL:

††††††††††† I know a way down there.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Doesnít anyone think this is a bad idea but me?

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† We have to go down where, he we want to make our movie

 

BEN:

††††††††††† But weíll get caught.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Not if I have anything to say about it.

††††††††††† No way Iím going to let the cops bring me home again.

 

 

SCENE 3: On a hill overlooking the crash site Ė day

 

ESTAB: Three boys with bikes looking down at the train wreck

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Itís worse than I thought.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Run the camera while the light lasts.

††††††††††† We donít want to miss any of this.

 

(Carl sets up the camera and looks through the view finder)

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Thatís strange.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† What is?

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Thereís a lot of soldiers down there.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† This is a disaster.

††††††††††† Someone must have called in the national guard

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Thatís not it.

††††††††††† Thereís a second train

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Are you telling me that two trains crashed?

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Thatís how it looks to me

††††††††††† And the second one is a military train, and itís in even worse shape than the commercial one.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Are you getting it all?

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Billís mom was in the military

 

CARL:

††††††††††† The Army reserve.

††††††††††† She goes Ė I mean went away Ė two weeks during the summer.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Could she have been on the other train?

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† What does it matter which train she was on?

††††††††††† This is mint.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† It matters because the news isnít saying anything about a second train.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† So what?

 

CARL:

††††††††††† So it means someone is trying to keep it secret.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Secret? Why?

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Maybe they were carrying something they donít want the rest of us to know about.

 

BEN

††††††††††† Which means someone will be very pissed at us if they catch us here.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Nobody is going to care what some kids are doing.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† They will if they see us with a camera

ROBERT:

††††††††††† No you, too?

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Itís bad enough when the cops bring me home

††††††††††† My old man will flip his wig if the army does.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Maybe we should leave before someone sees us.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Weíre not leaving while the light lasts.

††††††††††† This has production value.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† They seem to be looking for something down there.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† More bodies?

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† There werenít that many bodies to start with.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† With two trains, thereís no way to tell how many bodies there were.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Stop talking like that. Iím getting scared.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Theyíre probably looking for something that fell off the train.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† They must want whatever it was pretty bad because theyíre looking all over

 

BEN:

††††††††††† That means theyíll see us sooner or later.

††††††††††† Letís get out of here.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Iím not leaving until we get all this on film.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† I think Ben is right.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† I donít.

††††††††††† I think we should get closer

 

BEN:

††††††††††† And get caught?

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† They wonít catch us if weíre careful.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Yes, they will.

††††††††††† They might even think we have what theyíre looking for.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Well, we donít have it, do we?

††††††††††† Come on.

 

(Robert starts down the trail. Ben and Carl reluctantly follow,

Something moves in the bushes.

The boys stop.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† What was that?

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† I donít know. It canít be a soldier.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Maybe itís an escaped prisoner

 

BEN:

††††††††††† This wasnít a prisoner train.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Who knows what the military had on their train.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† I still say we should go back.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Iím not

 

(Robert starts off down the trail again)

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Where are you going?

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† After it.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Are you nuts?

††††††††††† What are earth for?

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† To get it in our film, naturally.

 

(They go down into rail road valley, and along the side of the tracks, and then they come upon a very strange stone formation)

 

BEN:

††††††††††† What the hell is that?

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Get it on film.

††††††††††† Itís mint

 

CARL: (operating the camera)

††††††††††† Itís weird

 

(a soldier appears)

 

SOLDIER:

††††††††††† Hey you kids, what are you going here?

 

ROBERT: (turning to face the soldier)

††††††††††† We came to see the train crash

 

SOLDIER:

††††††††††† This off limits.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Our friendís mom died in the crash.

††††††††††† We wanted to see where it happened, and take some pictures back to him.

 

SOLDIER:

††††††††††† You have a camera?

††††††††††† Give it here!

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† No way!

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Run!

 

(the three boys flee into the woods)

 

BEN:

††††††††††† What about our bikes?

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Weíll go back for them later.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† I think weíre in deep shit this time.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† I wonder if we can get a close up of the soldiers?

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Donít even think about it, Robert.

††††††††††† These guys are serious.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† So am I.

††††††††††† Think of the production value.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Iím think about what my old man will do when he comes to bail me out of jail.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† You said yourself these guys are searching for something.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† So?

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† So maybe we can find it first.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Then what?

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Get it on film.

 

CARL:

††††††††††† For what purpose?

††††††††††† Why do we need to get it on film?

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† So we can show it to Bill

††††††††††† It might cheer him up to thin something good came out of all this.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Something good

††††††††††† Whatever theyíre looking for has to be dangerous.

††††††††††† How can there be anything good in getting ourselves killed?

 

CARL:

††††††††††† I know Iíll live to regret this, but I want to go find whatever it is, too.

†††††††††††

ROBERT:

Do you remember which way it went?

 

CARL:

††††††††††† That way, I think.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Iím not following that thing.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Then go home.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Alone?

 

CARL:

††††††††††† If youíre going home, you doing it alone.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† All right, Iíll come with you.

††††††††††† But donít say I didnít warn you guys.

 

(The boys start climbing the hill)

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† If you were running from the authorities where would you go?

 

CARL:

††††††††††† To town and blend in.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† What if you couldnít blend in?

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Then Iíd go some place where I could lay low.

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Like the old quarry?

 

BEN:

††††††††††† Youíre not thinking about going up there?

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† I have to get it on film, and if thatís where itís going, Iím going there, too.

 

(an army helicopter appears over head.)

 

CARL:

††††††††††† These guys ARE serious

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† They really want it back.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† It? Donít you mean who?

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† I donít know, Ben

††††††††††† I have a funny feeling about all this.

 

(the PA from the helicopter squawks)

 

PA:

††††††††††† Come down off the mountain.

††††††††††† This is your last warning.

 

BEN:

††††††††††† This is not good.

††††††††††† What if they decide to gas us like they did in that movie.

 

(The helicopter swoops with the sound of hissing.)

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Run!

††††††††††† Weíll be all right if we get to the other side.

 

(They climb and get over the top, and then stop. Below them there is a space ship starting to take off)

 

CARL:

††††††††††† Are you seeing what Iím seeing?

 

BEN:

††††††††††† I donít believe it

 

ROBERT:

††††††††††† Donít just stand there, film it!

 

(shot of space ship rising Ė this eventually turns to a black and white film clip, which the old man is looking at on the screen with the projector going.

 

OLD MAN: (mumbling)

††††††††††† Itís mint.

 

 

 


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