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"I'm Only Sleeping." (Short)
by Cole Sattler (cjsattler92@yahoo.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy   User Review: ***
Very odd and trippy.


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"I'M ONLY SLEEPING." (SHORT)

FADE IN:

INT. THE CLASSROOM [SCENE 1] - DAY
                                                            
The Scene opens inside a class room, the camera comes up to
a boy showing him sleeping.
                                                            
                       TEACHER
Ian! Wake up! Ian what did I just
say?
                                                            
                       IAN
Uuuhhhh, somethin' about math, or
wait, am I in history?
                                                            
                       TEACHER
No, Ian we're in math class, and I
was just talking about this
isosolese triangle.
                                                            
                       IAN
      (He murmurs)
Whatever. Stupid triangles.
                                                            
                       TEACHER
Ian you have been disrupting my
class too much today, just go to
the office.
                                                            
                       IAN
Fine I'll go to the office.
                                                            
Ian walks out of the class room.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. SCHOOL OFFICE [SCENE 2] - DAY
                                                            
Ian is being confronted by the principal.
                                                            
                       PRINCIPAL
Ian you know you can't sleep in
class. Are you getting enough
sleep at home?
                                                            
Ian doesn't answer.
                                                            

2.

                       PRINCIPAL
You know this isn't your first
offense. Go wait in the front off
ice while I call your parents and
contemplate what to do about this.
                                                            
                       IAN
No. Not my parents. They'll kill
me if I get in trouble again.
Please don't call them I'll be
good I swear.
                                                            
                       PRINCIPAL
I'm sorry Ian this has happened
just too many times.
                                                            
Ian goes into the front office, sits in a chair and closes
his eyes.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. DREAM WORLD OFFICE [SCENE 3] - DAY
                                                            
Ian awakes in an empty office.
                                                            
                       IAN
What the? Where is everyone?
                                                            
Ian stands and looks around.
                                                            
                       IAN
What the heck?
                                                            
Ian walks out of the office and looks left and right.
                                                            
Goes into a hallway.
                                                            
Walks down the hall and looks in a class room.
                                                            
                       IAN
No one in the class rooms. What's
going on?
                                                            
Ian starts to freak out and run out of the hallway and into
another hallway, as he is running (the camera in Ian's
point of view) every thing starts to go fuzzy and then dark.
                                                            
 
INT. DREAM WORLD, SCHOOL HALLWAY [SCENE 4] - DAY
                                                            
Ian wakes up to see a young man, (about a senior in high
school) standing above him.
                                                            

3.

                       IAN
      (lying down)
Who are you?
                                                            
                       JAMES
      (Helping Ian up)
My names is James. And you are?
                                                            
                       IAN
Ian, my name is Ian.
                                                            
                       JAMES
How did you get here?
                                                            
                       IAN
All I remember is falling asleep
in my math class and now I'm here.
                                                            
                       JAMES
The same thing happened to me two
years ago, I've been stranded
here. It all happened when I fell
asleep in my English class.
                                                            
                       IAN
So you've been stranded here for
two years because you fell asleep
in class... Man, I'm doomed.
                                                            
                       JAMES
Yes, me and all the other students
who are stranded here.
                                                            
                       IAN
What! You mean there's more of
you!
                                                            
                       JAMES
Come with me I'll take you to meet
the others.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. DREAM WORLD CLASS ROOM [SCENE 5] - DAY
                                                            
James walks with Ian into what appears to be an empty class
room, in the corner you see five tattered stranded students.
                                                            
                       JAMES
Hello everyone.
                                                            

4.

                       GIRL
      (Scoldingly)
Who's that?
                                                            
                       JAMES
Guys, this is Ian, I found him
sleeping in one of the hallways.
Ian this is The Others.
                                                            
                       IAN
Uuuhhh, h-hi, I-I'm Ian.
                                                            
One of the boys gets up and shakes Ian's hand.
                                                            
                       BOY
Hello Ian
                                                            
                       IAN
...And your name is?
                                                            
                       BOY
Oh, our names are'nt important.
                                                            
                       IAN
Uumm okay, then what am I supposed
to call you?
                                                            
                       GIRL
      (Saying from where
       they were sitting)
Just don't.
                                                            
                       IAN
Sooo how can I get back to the
real world?
                                                            
                       BOY
You can't, it's not possible.
                                                            
                       IAN
What! I can't be stranded here
forever! I can't live in an empty
School for the rest of my life!
                                                            
                       JAMES
Well, what do you expect we do?
                                                            
                       IAN
Come on. There's gotta be a way
out!
                                                            

5.

                       JAMES
      (Furiously)
No! You can't leave!
                                                            
                       IAN
No! I have to, I gotta get outta
here!
                                                            
James grabs a book on a desk.
                                                            
You see James swing a book at Ian, he blacks out.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. DREAM WORLD CLASS ROOM [SCENE 6] - DAY
                                                            
Ian awakes in the class room and realizes he can't move his
arms and legs. He starts to squirm and scream.
                                                            
                       IAN
Get me outta here! Why did this
have to happen to me?
                                                            
The group of students come into the class room.
                                                            
                       IAN
What's going on? What do you want
from me?
                                                            
The students don't say a word, they just stare then leave
the class.
                                                            
Ian starts to squirm again, he starts to get feeling in his
finger.
                                                            
                       IAN
My finger! It can move! Come on
why wont the rest of me move?
                                                            
Ian looks at the ceiling still paralyzed, thinking why he is
there.
                                                            
                       IAN
Why am I here? I was a good kid, I
guess. This is bad, I'm either
gonna die here or live here with
those freaks. I'd rather die.
                                                            
The camera goes into an overview shot of Ian.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 

6.

INT. DREAM WORLD CLASS ROOM [SCENE 7] - DAY
                                                            
Ian, still laying there in the class room.
                                                            
He begins to squirm to see if he is still paralyzed. He can
move, but not very well.
                                                            
                       IAN
I can move! I can move! this is my
chance to get out of here.
                                                            
Ian gets up and slowly runs out of the class room into the
hallway he begins to get the rest of the feeling back in his
legs and goes into a sprint.
                                                            
He turns a corner and sees the students. He is cornered. The
students move in closer and closer into the camera.
                                                            
                                         FADE TO BLACK
                                                            
 
INT. REAL WORLD CLASS ROOM [SCENE 8] - DAY
                                                            
Ian then wakes up, he realizes he is in the school office
with everyone in it.
                                                            
                       IAN
      (Whispers)
Oh my god. I'm back.
                                                            
                       PRINCIPAL
Ian. I can see you now.
                                                            
Ian walks into the principals office.
                                                            
                       PRINCIPAL
Okay Ian, I talked to your
parents, we have decided to assign
you a Saturday school. I hope I
don't have to give you one of
these for this.
                                                            
                       IAN
Oh no, no I'm never sleeping in
class again.
                                                            
                       PRINCIPAL
Okay, good, thats good.
                                                            
The camera goes into a close view of the Saturday school
slip.
                                                            

7.

After he is assigned his Saturday school he walks out of the
office wondering what happened.
                                                            
                       IAN
Wow, what just happened? Was I
dreaming?
                                                            
Ian bumps into someone.
                                                            
                       IAN
Oh, sorry.
                                                            
The person turns around, it was James.
                                                            
                       JAMES
It's okay.
                                                            
Ian looks up in terror.
                                                            
                       IAN
No! No! Not again!
                                                            
Ian runs away. James watches in confusion.
                                                            
                       JAMES
Jees, what's with the freshman
this year.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            


THE END


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From Josh A. Echevarria Date 4/7/2008 ***
Really interesting concept. Make it longer. Its kind of predictable that he was dreaming and would wake up, so add some freak twists to it. A majority of the dialogue is believable and realistic. Try and stay away from writing in camera movements in the script unless its the final shooting script. But usually its up to the director and so camera movements shouldn't be it the script. Besides that I like what you have here. just expand on it.

From Pablo Date 5/29/2007 ***1/2
The interaction was good, albeit a bit predictable to someone who's seen enough horror shorts. Overall well done though.

From Michael Rojas Date 5/4/2007 ****
Cool and creative idea.

From Tom Date 2/15/2007 **1/2
It's really short, the interaction between real world & the fantasy world is crafted well, maybe you need to make it bit more longer.

From Zachary Date 2/13/2007 **1/2
Too short. It would be about 6, 7 minutes on film. Besides that pretty good.

From zudayyah alamin Date 2/6/2007 ***1/2
good movie for school kids to watch, would like to read more.

From Robert Leonard Wood Jr. Date 1/29/2007 ****
Wow, it was awesome i loved it. It seems like it would be an awesome movie to make. I would love to see this produced.


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