Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Hypothetical Script

Int: Small Darkroom

1st shot -  fades in from black.
2nd shot - Small desklamp on shelf turned on. Close up (hand is illuminated) (SFX- Click)
3rd shot - Bible thrown down onto desk.
4th shot - Thrown open (bang SFX) writes LIARS in large red letters.
5th shot - Flicks through other pages - Lots of red circles - annotations
6th shot - Close ups of him fidgeting fingers and tapping his pen.
6A - Smooths his hair down from behind.
7th shot - Stop at a page in the bible and slams him hand down.
8th shot - Close up of the page and what is written and him ripping the page out
9th shot - Carefully folds the page up and puts it into a envelope.
10th shot - Cuts to him walking along a street at a long shot. It's raining.
11th shot - Over the shoulder shot of him looking at a church
12th shot - A shot from behind the murdery guy throwing bible pages behind him.

Black screen flashes with titles

A man is sitting in a small dark room which is partially lit by a desklamp he turns on. We see a close-up of his hands reaching down and bringing up a bible. We see his fingers brush over the cover before throwing it onto the table with a loud bang. We see him smooth back his hair from behind. Close up of his hands opening the bible to Exodus 11:1 (the plagues of egypt). There are lots of red ringed phrases and words. Close-ups of certain ringed words. Starts becoming faster - He takes a red pen and slashes X's  across some of the pages and rips some out until he comes to the page which describes the death of the children, on which he stops...  And writes "Death of the Firstborn" in large bold letters. He rips the page out and folds it carefully into an envelope which has "Mary" written on the front.

Black shot - Title of the Film

Then camera follows the protagonists feet up a pathway and stops at a door. You hear a letter being posted through the door and his feet turning and leaving. We see the door open when he's left and a heavily pregnant woman picking up the envelope. There is a close up of her shoulders and face as a reaction shot showing the cross.

Storyline - 

Our protagonist is the husband of the woman he eventually ends up leaving a message for at the beginning of the opening title sequence.

In the title sequence our protagonist is seen writing furiously in a bible, tearing it up and eventually selecting a page and writing "I Know" on it in red letters before carefully folding it into an envelope, on the front of which he writes "Mary".

"Mary" is a rather plain middle aged woman who doesn't look particularly interesting. She wears a small silver cross necklace.

Mary and the protagonist used to date but she fell in love with a vicar and left him. She's pregnant and our protagonist wants revenge on her for leaving him. So he plans to kill the child, according to "Death of the Firstborn" from Exodus.

He leaves clues like blood on the front door and a ransom note saying unless she gives up the vicar, he's going to kill her child.


This is what the Lord says: 'About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again.'
— Exodus 11:4–6
The tenth and final plague of Egypt was the death of all of the first born children in Egypt — no one escaped, from the lowest servant to Pharaoh's own first-born son, including first-born of livestock. Before the plague, God commanded Moses to inform all the Israelites to mark lamb's blood on the doorposts on every door in which case the LORD will pass over them and not "suffer the destroyer to come into your houses and smite you" (chapter 12, v. 23), thus sparing all the Israelite first-borns in households that followed the instructions. This was the hardest blow upon Egypt and the plague that finally convinced Pharaoh to submit, and let the Israelites go.
After this, Pharaoh, furious, saddened, and afraid that he would be killed next, ordered the Israelites to go away, taking whatever they wanted. The Israelites didn't hesitate, believing that soon Pharaoh would once again change his mind; and at the end of that night Moses led them out of Egypt with "arms upraised." [30]

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