Posts tagged ‘Production’

May 2, 2010

STAGE FRIGHT…A five-part serial drama

As part of the Professional Writing unit of my course we were required to write the script for a production of our choice…below is the opening scenes of a five-part serial drama Stage Fright…

 

INT.   LONDON PALLADIUM.   THEATRE DRESSING ROOM.   DAY 1.   EVENING

CLOSE ON LEILA ZIMMERMAN applying red lipstick as she gazes at her reflection in the mirror. She is wearing a black sequin dress and suspenders; the room is silent apart from the faint sound of jazz music playing from a speaker. She fixes her hair and sighs. The door opens and OLIVER WHITE struts into the room with a clipboard in hand.

OLIVER WHITE

Ok darling! Amber will be playing “Roxie” tonight as Bella still hasn’t showed. Just remember in the finale dance to stay back a few steps otherwise you are going to dwarf her! Apart from that the show will go on as usual, so just work your magic darling.

MARTINE ZIMMERMAN

Ok – will do.

OLIVER WHITE smiles then rushes out of the room fiddling with his headset. LEILA ZIMMERMAN pauses in deep thought for a moment, her eyes are watery, she reaches for her mobile phone and holds it to her ear.

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INT.   PENTHOUSE FLAT.   LONDON.   DAY 1.   EVENING

CLOSE on a mobile phone ringing loudly on a living room floor. Music as before. PAN along floor, muffled moaning can be heard.

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 INT.   LONDON PALLADIUM.   THEATRE.   DAY 1.   EVENING

UNKNOWN POV ON OLIVER WHITE walking briskly through the narrow corridors of the theatre. He arrives at the side of the stage and whispers to the cast whilst gesturing.

OLIVER WHITE

Curtain up in two minutes people!

ANGLE ON AMBER JONES standing centre stage with her back to the curtain in a confident pose. She winks at OLIVER WHITE and flicks her platinum hair. LEILA ZIMMERMAN is standing by his side watching. The music is building up.

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INT.   PENTHOUSE FLAT.   LONDON.   DAY 1.   EVENING

CLOSE on the living room floor, a black high heeled shoe falls to the ground with a thud. Muffled moaning can still be heard. Music as before.

CUT TO:

 

INT.   LONDON PALLADIUM.   THEATRE  STAGE.  DAY 1.   EVENING

AUDIENCE POV loud applause from the audience as the curtain goes up a fraction, revealing only the silhouette of AMBER JONES’ legs. A VOICEOVER with an American accent is heard.

VOICE OVER

Ladies and Gentlemen…put your hands together for the sensational…Miss Roxie Love!

CLOSE on AMBER JONES’ feet as curtain proceeds to rise. Loud, fast jazz music plays, the audience gets louder.

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INT.   PENTHOUSE FLAT.   LONDON.   DAY 1.   EVENING

Music continues. CLOSE on the black high heeled shoe, as second shoe falls to the ground. PAN upwards revealing the feet of a female, her legs are swaying.

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INT.   LONDON PALLADIUM.   THEATRE STAGE.   DAY 1.   EVENING

CLOSE on AMBER JONES’ feet the curtain rises revealing the silhouette of her entire body, music continues.

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INT.   PENTHOUSE FLAT.   LONDON.   DAY 1.   EVENING

PAN from feet upwards stopping at the neck, revealing rope tightly tied around it, music continues.

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INT.   LONDON PALLADIUM.   THEATRE  STAGE.   DAY 1.   EVENING

ANGLE ON AMBER JONES. Music has nearly reached a climax; the lights come on in sync. She seductively turns to face the audience.

SMASH CUT TO:

 

INT.   LONDON PALLADIUM.   THEATRE  STAGE.   DAY 1.   EVENING

SHOT of BELLA MORGAN hanging from a chandelier, her body is swaying. She is unconscious with blood trickling from her mouth. Music reaches a dramatic climax. Black out.

 

CUT TO TITLES AND CREDITS

 

INT.   VICTORIAN HOUSE.   CENTRAL LONDON.   DAY 2.   MORNING

UNKNOWN POV ON CHRISTINE WATERMAN frantically drinking coffee in her kitchen, she rushes through the hallway, the house is modern and immaculate apart from a bin bag of clothes on the hallway floor. She glances in the mirror by the front door and pauses for a moment , she runs her finger over her eyebrow then exits.

 

EXT.   BUSY STREET.   CENTRAL LONDON.   DAY 2.   MORNING

She runs in her heels towards the black Mercedes-Benz which is waiting outside her house and gets in.

 

INT.   MERCEDES-BENZ.   CENTRAL LONDON.   DAY 2.   MORNING

CHRISTINE WATERMAN

Argyll Street please.

DRIVER

Of course madam.

She stares out of the window sitting upright. Her mobile phone rings loudly, she pulls it out of her bag and looks at it, then puts it back. It continues to ring. The DRIVER catches her eye in the mirror. She looks down.

 

EXT.   ARGYLL STREET/INT.   BLOCK OF FLATS.   LONDON.   DAY 2.   MORNING

The car stops, CHRISTINE WATERMAN smiles at the DRIVER and exits. The block of flats is surrounded by yellow tape and policeman. Passers-by gather around the scene watching tentatively.  CHRISTINE WATERMAN shows her badge and walks through. UNKNOWN POV follows her into the building and inside the lift, CLOSE on her face, she looks emotionless.  She exits the lift, DC ANDREWS walks towards her, he has dark hair and piercing eyes.

DC ANDREWS

Christine – great to see you.

CHRISTINE WATERMAN forces a smile.

DC ANDREWS

We have a suspected suicide, a young woman in her twenties found hung in her kitchen.

CHRISTINE WATERMAN

Was she found dead on the scene?

DC ANDREWS

Yes, her cleaner found her this morning, it happened last night, still not certain on the time.

CHRISTINE WATERMAN

Has the body been identified?

DC ANDREWS

Yes her name is Bella Morgan. She –

CHRISTINE WATERMAN

–  Bella Morgan? The west-end performer?

DC ANDREWS

Yes that’s right.

CHRISTINE WATERMAN pauses for a moment thoughtfully. They are walking side by side towards the flat door. DC Andrews looks uncomfortable. She gets out a notepad and starts scribbling.

CHRISTINE WATERMAN

Right, we are going to need more security around the building, no doubt the press will hear about this any moment now.

DC ANDREWS

Ok – I’ll take care of that now.

DC ANDREWS walks away.

 

INT.   PENTHOUSE FLAT.   LONDON.   DAY 2.   MORNING

CHIRSTINE WATERMAN enters the penthouse flat, FORENSIC SCIENTISTS are hard at work. The FORENSIC MANAGER walks towards her.

FORENSIC MANAGER

Miss Waterman, good day.

CHRISTINE WATERMAN

How is it going?

FORENSIC MANAGER

The evidence so far suggests that this case is a suicide, however, I have something that just might be of interest to you.

He hands her a cellophane bag inside is a Polaroid photo of BELLA MORGAN on stage performing. CHRISTINE WATERMAN turns the photo over and in red ink is written, “The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be…Roxie.”

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INT.   LONDON PALLADIUM.   THEATRE STAGE. TWO DAYS EARLIER. EVENING

BELLA MORGAN is on stage playing the role of “ROXIE”. Loud, fast jazz music is playing, she turns seductively to face the audience and sings the opening line of the musical.

BELLA MORGAN

The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be…Roxie.

A camera flashes from the audience.

CUT TO PRESENT:

 

INT.   PENTHOUSE FLAT.   LONDON.   DAY 2.   MORNING

CHRISTINE WATERMAN stares at the photo then looks around the flat unconvinced.

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INT.   GEORGIAN HOUSE.   LONDON.   DAY 2.   AFTERNOON

CLOSE ON LEILA ZIMMERMAN sitting in her living room watching the television, her phone rings, she gets up and answers it but nobody responds.  She sits down and it happens again. A few seconds later three loud knocks are heard at her front door, she opens the door cautiously, but nobody is there.