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The Set
by Ryan (rmclare445@gmail.com)

Rated: PG   Genre: Comedy   User Review: ****


This screenplay is copyrighted to its author. All rights reserved. This screenplay may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of the author.



THE SET

INT. HERMON'S CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
The screen is dark while names and titles fade in and out.
Then the sound of Mr. Hermon's voice is heard as he gives a
lecture. The scene slowly fades in and Hermon is visible at
the front of the classroom giving his lecture. The students
in his classroom seem mildly uninterested.
                                                            
                       HERMON
Okay, guys. We're coming up on
the due date for your short films.
Now, for those of you who have
gotten all of your shooting done,
you're in good shape. Those of
you who've procrastinated,
however... Well, you should get
going. Just remember, 10-15
minutes in length, any genre... Go
wild.
      (Looks at Tim,
       Jack, and Donnie)
Within reason... Just get it done
in time to show it at the
premiere.
      (Bell rings)
Okay, good luck. Delleker! Hey,
Tim! I'd like to speak with you.
      (Goes to his desk
       and sits down)
                                                            
The class shuffles out and Tim sheepishly approaches the
desk. The last student leaves and...
                                                            
                       HERMON
How's your project coming, Tim?
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Akwardly)
Oh, uh... It's... It's coming
along fine.
                                                            
                       HERMON
      (Skeptically)
Do you have any footage?
                                                            
                       TIM
What?
                                                            
                       HERMON
Footage... Do you have any?
                                                            

2.

                       TIM
Oh, well... Not per se, but I-
                                                            
                       HERMON
Okay, shut up. You are far behind
your peers. You need to get your
butt in gear if you want to
finish.
                                                            
                       TIM
But I-
                                                            
                       HERMON
      (Interjecting)
Listen, I needn't remind you that
your grade in this class is
slipping. Miserably. If you
don't get this done, I'll have no
choice but to fail you. And while
that in itself isn't something I
have reserves about, I don't want
to have to see you in summer
school.
                                                            
                       TIM
There's a summer school for Vis
Comm?
                                                            
                       HERMON
Believe me, not my idea. Now
listen, get it done, okay?
                                                            
                       TIM
Alright, fine.
                                                            
                       HERMON
Oh, and nothing like your last
little stunt, okay?
                                                            
                       TIM
What was wrong with it?
                                                            
                       HERMON
      (Suddenly angry)
Everything! It was profane,
suggestive, and it had absolutely
no plot! You almost cost me my
standing at the theater and worse,
my job!
                                                            
                       TIM
What? Why?
                                                            

3.

                       HERMON
There were children at that
premiere!
                                                            
                       TIM
Well-
                                                            
                       HERMON
I had several complaints! Those
kids were negatively affected in
so many ways! Some of them went
home saying words like-
                                                            
OUTSIDE
                                                            
Shot suddenly goes to the outside, between the shoulders of
Jack and Donnie.
                                                            
                       DONNIE
What do you think's going on in
there?
                                                            
                       JACK
      (Shakes his head)
Nothing good.
                                                            
BACK INSIDE
                                                            
                       HERMON
-and she still hasn't recovered!
Now I have to review all of the
movies before we show them! Do
you have any idea how infuriating
that is? I get 70 or so films
every semester! And I'll be
frank, some of them suck! You
wouldn't believe the crap that
some kids come up with!
      (Exhales deeply)
Just get it done. And please,
don't screw it up.
                                                            
                       TIM
Gotcha.
      (Turns to leave)
                                                            
                       HERMON
      (Sighing)
Tim...
      (He is holding a
       camera)
Forgetting something?
                                                            

4.

                       TIM
Oh. Right.
                                                            
                       HERMON
Tim... You DO have something,
right?
                                                            
                       TIM
Duh. What do you take me for?
                                                            
 
EXT. THE IN 'N' OUT BURGER - DAY
                                                            
Tim, Jack, and Donnie are sitting at a table outside.
                                                            
                       TIM
Alright. We need an idea.
                                                            
                       JACK
      (Brooding)
...
                                                            
                       TIM
What?
                                                            
                       JACK
That stupid Mr. Hermon, man.
Thinks he's a freakin' hotshot. I
hate him.
                                                            
                       TIM
Jack, you hate everyone.
                                                            
                       DONNIE
He's not that bad-
                                                            
                       TIM
Shut up, Donnie. Look, we need an
idea.
      (Silence)
Anyone?
      (...)
                                                            
                       DONNIE
What if we-
                                                            
                       TIM
Donnie? What are you about to
say? Think to yourself, is it
stupid? Would I like it? Or not?
                                                            

5.

                       DONNIE
      (Thinking)
...
                                                            
                       TIM
Okay, then. Jack?
                                                            
                       JACK
      (Briefly thinking)
I got nothin.
                                                            
                       TIM
Great. Now what? We have to get
this done.
                                                            
                       DONNIE
I've got it. We could make a
movie about making a movie using
these exact situations and using
ourselves as characters.
                                                            
                       TIM
That... Is just the worst idea
I've ever heard...
                                                            
                       JACK
Yeah, Donnie. There's really no
interest. Besides, it's not as
original as it may sound.
                                                            
                       TIM
Maybe leave the thinking to us,
huh?
                                                            
                       DONNIE
But you guys weren't thinking of
anything.
                                                            
                       TIM
Shut up, Donnie.
                                                            
                       JACK
Everyone chill. Let's think. What
genre do we want?
                                                            
                       TIM
Comedy?
                                                            
                       JACK
Too hard. We're not actually that
funny.
                                                            

6.

                       TIM
Horror?
                                                            
                       JACK
Ugh. Overdone. Besides, it's
hard to make horror not suck.
                                                            
                       DONNIE
Romance?
                                                            
                       TIM
Oh, hell no. How about action?
                                                            
                       JACK
Probably our best bet.
                                                            
                       DONNIE
We could make a war movie.
                                                            
                       TIM
Oh, really?
                                                            
                       DONNIE
Sure, it could be about World War
Two. There could be some guy in
Germany who questions the
authority of the Nazis right
before being drafted. Then he has
to go to-
                                                            
                       TIM
Donnie, that's ridiculous.
                                                            
                       DONNIE
Why?
                                                            
                       TIM
Do you want a list? We don't have
those kinds of resources, for one-
                                                            
                       DONNIE
Well, if-
                                                            
                       TIM
Shut up, Donnie! You are out of
your element! Now, where were we,
Dude?
                                                            
                       JACK
Let's just figure something out,
okay? Maybe Donnie'll have a good
idea or two.
                                                            

7.

                       TIM
Fine, Donnie. Anything else?
                                                            
Just then, David Whiteman shows up. He walks up to the
table with a snide, prickish look on his face.
                                                            
                       DAVID
      (Pompous)      (Hitchcock)
Well hello, Tim Delleker...
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Surprised)      (Hitchcock)
David! David Whiteman...
                                                            
                       DAVID
      (Looking at others)
I see you have your Podunk little
morons with you.
                                                            
They glare at him.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Well Tim, shouldn't you be out
making another utter failure of a
movie before deadline?
                                                            
                       TIM
Shouldn't you.....
                                                            
                       JACK
Shouldn't you be off with your
lover Stephanie?
                                                            
                       DAVID
Stephen and I are not-
                                                            
                       STEPHEN
Hey, David. I got you the power
strawberry nirvana because I know
how you-
      (Notices them)
Oh. Hello...
                                                            
                       DONNIE
Heh heh. Hey, Stephanie.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Shut up, Donnie!
                                                            

8.

                       DONNIE
      (Shrinking)
Okay...
                                                            
                       DAVID
Anyway, Delleker... I just came
by to inform you that your ass is
grass come May. I probably don't
need to be a psychic to know how
bad your movie's going to suck, so
it's not like I'll have any
competitio-
                                                            
In mid-sentence, Tim gets up and holds David and begins
strangling him with wild, fierce eyes. Jack and Donnie try
to pull him off while Stephen panics in the corner. Then
Tim Walks over to Stephen, who is cowering in a corner. Tim
beats him voraciously.
                                                            
                       DAVID
      (Shot to him
       holding face)
You hear me Delleker?
                                                            
Waves appear and the scene disappears and we can see Tim
staring angrily off into space.
                                                            
                       DAVID
      (No longer in pain)
You hear me Delleker?
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Looks up and
       exhales)
Yeah...
                                                            
They walk away.
                                                            
                       DONNIE
What do we do?
                                                            
                       TIM
Shut up, Donnie...
                                                            
 
INT. TIM'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Tim is sitting comfortably in a beanbag chair with the phone
receiver wedged between his shoulder and ear. He is using
one hand to eat some random snack food and the other to fill
out some mysterious notepad.
                                                            

9.

                       TIM
      (Taking a bite)
I dunno, man...
No, I haven't gotten around to it,
yet. We still don't have
anything...
Yeah...
Haha. No...
Okay, verb?
                                                            
Jack is pacing at his house with a phone receiver.
                                                            
                       JACK
Uh... Driving?
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Writing it in)
Driving...
                                                            
                       JACK
      (Pausing)
You think we can pull this off?
                                                            
                       TIM
Yeah, we can work well under
pressure. Name?
                                                            
                       JACK
      (Sighing)
I dunno. Bill Clinton.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Writing it in)
Clinton.......
                                                            
                       JACK
We might just make idiots out of
ourselves...
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Pensive)
Probably.
                                                            
                       DONNIE
Hey guys!
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Surprised)
WHAT THE-
                                                            
                       JACK
Relax, I just opened the line.
We're on a three-way call.
                                                            

10.

                       TIM
Jack....
                                                            
                       DONNIE
Hey, Tim! Have you come up with a
good idea yet?
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Aggravated)
No, Donnie....
                                                            
                       DONNIE
Well, I have an idea.
                                                            
Jack's perspective. We hear small person phone garglemesh
in regular talk followed by loud, aggravated phone
screaming. Jack recoils.
                                                            
                       JACK
Okay, guys. C'mon. Tim, let's
just finish this.
                                                            
                       TIM
Noun?
                                                            
                       JACK
Lead pipe.
                                                            
                       TIM
Adjective?
                                                            
                       JACK
Hot.
                                                            
                       TIM
Place?
                                                            
                       DONNIE
Shang-hai!
                                                            
                       TIM
Shut up, Donnie.
                                                            
                       JACK
Canada.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Writing)
Canada...
                                                            
Shot zooms out. Tim flips up a slitted piece of paper. His
eyes get wide. He has Mad Libs.
                                                            

11.

                       TIM
You guys, we're ready.
                                                            
 
EXT. SCHOOL FRONT LAWN - DAY
                                                            
Tim, Jack, and Donnie are standing around inconspicuously
after school. They have their backpacks on and are
apparently just hanging out. Donnie is doing something
weird off to the side.
                                                            
                       TIM
So you two got some people to do
this?
                                                            
                       JACK
Yeah.
                                                            
                       TIM
How are they?
                                                            
                       JACK
Just keep in mind, Tim... We got
on the ball pretty late.
                                                            
                       TIM
Jack, how are they?
                                                            
                       JACK
Really... Late....
                                                            
                       TIM
But Jack, can we work with these
people?
                                                            
                       JACK
Yes.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (...)
Okay. Auditions at Donnie's
house, right?
                                                            
                       DONNIE
Yup!
                                                            
                       TIM
Okay.
      (Exhales nervously)
                                                            
 

12.

INT. DONNIE'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
They are in Donnie's darkened living room. The three are
standing in the center addressing the people on the couch.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Awkward)
Okay... Good turnout.
                                                            
The people on the couch are bored or preoccupied.
                                                            
                       TIM
Alright, who's gonna be first?
                                                            
Cut to Wyatt
                                                            
                       WYATT
Hi, I'm Wyatt Bunsen.
                                                            
Cut to Claude
                                                            
                       CLAUDE
Claude Rodstein.
                                                            
Cut to Dorry
                                                            
                       DORRY
Dorry Dodd.
                                                            
Cut to Peter
                                                            
                       PETER
I am Peter Glueson.
                                                            
Cut to the three
                                                            
                       TIM
Okay, do your worst.
                                                            
Cut to Wyatt
                                                            
                       WYATT
Okay, this is a monologue from the
Godfather. Michael, played by Al
Pacino has just-
                                                            
                       TIM
Just do it.
                                                            
                       WYATT
      (Coughs)
Oh. Okay. Um.....
      (Pauses)      (In a New
            (MORE)

13.

                       WYATT (cont'd)
       York-Italian
       accent)
Kay, what do you want from me? Do
you expect me to let you go? Do
you expect me to let you take my
children from me?
                                                            
Cut to Claude
                                                            
                       CLAUDE
      (Singing)
I wanna heal,
I wanna feel,
Like I'm close to something real.

I wanna find something I've wanted
all along...
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Interjecting)
Claude! Claude, this isn't a
musical! There's no need to-
                                                            
Claude is continuing through.
                                                            
                       CLAUDE
      (Singing)
Somewhere I belong!
                                                            
Cut to Dorry
                                                            
                       DORRY
This is an excerpt from the play,
Wicked. Elphaba has just-
                                                            
Her words fade into muffled sounds and romantic music plays.
Glitters appears. Zoom slowly on Donnie's smitten
expression. Zoom slowly to Dorry's act. Dorry doesn't
notice him.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Muffled)
Donnie, what do you think?
                                                            
Donnie's dream is ended by a swift smack upside the head.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Annoyed)
Donnie, I said, what do you think?
                                                            

14.

                       DONNIE
      (Smitten)
She's marvelous...
                                                            
Cut to Peter
                                                            
                       PETER
Yeah, I'm not gonna do anything.
                                                            
Cut to Wyatt
                                                            
                       WYATT
      (Continuing)
YOU HEAR ME KAY??? YOU WON'T TAKE
MY CHILDREN FROM ME!
                                                            
Cut to Claude
                                                            
                       CLAUDE
How'd I do?
                                                            
Cut to Dorry
                                                            
Just more of the sparkly, muffled, enchanted stuff.
                                                            
Cut to Peter
                                                            
                       PETER
      (Silence)
                                                            
Cut to the three. Tim and Jack look at one another
nervously.
                                                            
Cut to Wyatt
                                                            
                       WYATT
So?
                                                            
                       TIM
That was fine.
                                                            
Cut to Claude
                                                            
                       TIM
Uh, very... Enthusiastic.
                                                            
Claude grins. Cut to Dorry
                                                            
                       DONNIE
      (Interjecting and
       applauding)
Amazing! Perfect!
                                                            

15.

Tim hits him. Cut to Peter
                                                            
                       TIM
Yeah, not bad.
                                                            
 
INT. DONNIE'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
They're all just kinda sitting there. Lazy and immobile.
Jack is sprawled on the couch. Donnie is up doing whatever.
Tim is going over some notes.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Sighes)
Now what?
                                                            
                       JACK
Now we decide who makes it.
                                                            
                       TIM
Jack. Four people came. They all
made it.
                                                            
                       DONNIE
I hope Dorry made it.
                                                            
                       TIM
Shut up, Donnie.
      (Sighs)
I just don't see how we're going
to make this work, Jack.
                                                            
                       JACK
Relax. It will work. We can do
this.
                                                            
                       TIM
I hope you're right.
                                                            
 
EXT. A SCHOOL EXTERIOR - DAY
                                                            
The cast and crew are clumped outside. Tim is addressing
everyone from the front of the clump.
                                                            
                       TIM
Hello, everyone. I'm glad to see
we all made it. Today we will be
shooting scene one, which takes
place-
      (Gestures around)
In a schoolyard. Any questions?
                                                            

16.

                       WYATT
      (Very nervous)
Um, I have to use the facilities
and I-
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Points)
Port-o-potties over there.
      (Wyatt exits)
Any other questions?
      (Silence)
Okay. This is Freddy... Uh...
                                                            
                       FREDDY
Just Freddy.
                                                            
                       TIM
Okay. Freddy here will be
shooting the behind-the-scenes
reel. By his own choice.
Seriously, he saw us setting up
and ran over here to ask if he
could film behind-the-scenes. So
we let him. Any questions
concerning Freddy?
                                                            
Donnie raises his hand.
                                                            
                       TIM
Does it concern Freddy, Donnie?
                                                            
Donnie shakes his head.
                                                            
                       TIM
Well, you missed your chance. Any
other questions?
                                                            
Freddy raises his hand.
                                                            
                       TIM
Does it concern you, Freddy?
                                                            
                       FREDDY
Bathroom?
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Points again)
Port-o-potties over there.
                                                            
Freddy runs off.
                                                            

17.

                       TIM
Now, are there ANY other
questions?
                                                            
                       DONNIE
Oo! Right here!
                                                            
                       TIM
      (To Donnie)
What?
                                                            
                       DONNIE
Can I-
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Interrupting)
No. Okay everyone, let's just get
to work.
                                                            
 
EXT. A SCHOOL EXTERIOR - DAY
                                                            
Fade in. This is as seen through Freddy's camera. There is
a digital frame and a REC thing at the top. It is hand-held
and sloppy. The sound quality isn't great. Etc. We can
see Tim staring annoyed at it.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Annoyed)
Is it ready?
                                                            
                       FREDDY (OS)
Okay, yeah.
      (His hand flashes
       across the frame)
It's good to go.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Sarcastic)
Wonderful.
                                                            
Tim gets up and walks around the camera to the crew on the
other side. The camera follows him the whole way. Tim gets
behind a seen camera. (It is a small, digital, standard
Harmon-issue camera). Actors are getting ready in front of
him. Donnie is among the actors. Jack is standing near
Tim, observing everything. The camera (Freddy's) get really
close to Jack's face.
                                                            
                       JACK
      (Reacting)
Whoa. Get that thing out of my
face, Fred.
                                                            

18.

Camera backs up and swings around to the side of the scene.
It's really a ghetto setup.
                                                            
                       TIM
Alright, go.
                                                            
                       DONNIE
No, Tim. You have to say action!
                                                            
                       TIM
Shut up... Action.
                                                            
Wyatt has his back turned to the visible camera. Dorry
(Samantha) is also in the shot.
                                                            
                       WYATT
      (Acting)
Samantha! Get me the president.
He has to know about the-
                                                            
                       TIM
Stop!
                                                            
                       DONNIE
No, Tim. You have to say-
                                                            
                       TIM
Well, I said stop, Donnie! Wyatt!
Your back is to the camera! you
can't just-
      (Looks over to
       Freddy)
Would you stop that?
                                                            
Back to normal camera. Freddy slinks away and Tim turns
back to Wyatt.
                                                            
                       TIM
Okay, Wyatt. Unless otherwise
instructed, you need to face the
camera. Okay?
                                                            
                       WYATT
      (Uncomfortable)
Uh-huh.
                                                            
                       TIM
Also, you need some more emotion
to that. This is an action film,
so-
                                                            
Wyatt turns to the camera.
                                                            

19.

                       WYATT
      (Shouting)
Samantha! Get me the preside-
                                                            
                       TIM
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wyatt, what are
you doing, buddy?
                                                            
                       WYATT
Oh, well you said action so I-
                                                            
                       TIM
Wyatt, you have to take it into
context, man. I said it was an
action film, so-
                                                            
Wyatt turns to the camera again but Tim grabs him and turns
him around.
                                                            
                       TIM
Context, Wyatt. Context.
                                                            
                       WYATT
Right. Okay. Sorry. I guess I'm
just kinda nervous is all.
                                                            
Back to Freddy cam view. He is further away and to the
left.
                                                            
                       TIM
It's fine, man. Just-
      (Looks at Freddy)
Freddy, I'm going to hurt you in a
second.
                                                            
3 HOURS LATER...
                                                            
Tim and Jack are packing up. It is the end of the day. They
are grim. Donnie approaches them. The sun is setting.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Sighing)
I have a bad feeling about this,
Jack.
                                                            
                       JACK
I know.
                                                            
                       TIM
I mean, in three hours we got
nothing done.
                                                            

20.

                       JACK
I know.
                                                            
                       TIM
At least we were able to get Wyatt
to stop crying.
                                                            
                       JACK
Yeah.
                                                            
                       TIM
It's gonna be a long week.
                                                            
Fade out.
                                                            
 
EXT. A SCHOOL EXTERIOR - DAY
                                                            
They are clumped once more. Tim is addressing everyone
while holding up some tape. The mood is pleasant. Freddy is
filming. But the view is normal.
                                                            
                       TIM
Wow. This is a good day,
everyone. After all of that work,
we've finally finished shooting.
We finished just in time. Now, we
don't have the best footage, we
don't have the best anything. But
we pulled it together. And it
looks like I'm gonna pass Vis
Comm!
                                                            
There is clapping and cheering. They all wrap up and leave.
Tim puts the tape in a bag slung over his shoulder.
                                                            
                       TIM
Donnie, Jack, you coming?
                                                            
                       JACK
Nah, I gotta drive Donnie back
early.
                                                            
                       DONNIE
      (Ecstatic)
I'm going to my piccolo recital!
                                                            
                       TIM
Okay. I parked in the back. See
ya.
                                                            
                       JACK
Bye.
                                                            

21.

Tim walks off to the student parking lot. He walks to the
far corner. Then he's approached by someone.
                                                            
                       SOMEONE
Excuse me, you're in frame.
                                                            
                       TIM
What?
                                                            
                       SOMEONE
You're in frame.
                                                            
The shot zooms out to reveal a very, very nice set being run
by David and Stephen.
                                                            
                       DAVID
      (Shouting)
Get out of my shot, dork!
                                                            
                       STEPHEN
      (Shouting)
Yeah, tool!
                                                            
Tim approaches them. He sets his shoulderbag down on some
nearby crate.
                                                            
                       TIM
What's all this?
                                                            
                       DAVID
Stupid, Mr. Hermon let us use all
this cool stuff to shoot our
movie. We're on the final scene
right now.
                                                            
                       TIM
What?
                                                            
                       STEPHEN
Yeah, so get lost, toolface!
                                                            
                       TIM
Toolface?
                                                            
                       DAVID
Just get out of here, loser.
                                                            
                       TIM
Fine.
                                                            
He looks around and kicks down a box or something.
                                                            

22.

                       DAVID
Real mature, man.
                                                            
Tim leaves and forgets the bag. The following is seen
through Freddyvision: Tim is at his car, a rusty Toyota
Corolla. He kicks the bumper and it rolls forward. He
reacts and smacks the hood. He stands there panting. He
looks over to the camera.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Shouting)
Freddy, I'm gonna kill you!
                                                            
Freddy flees and fade out.
                                                            
 
INT. TIM'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Tim is sitting on his couch, watching TV. A story comes on
about David and Stephen.
                                                            
                       NEWSCASTER (OS)
-coming up tonight. The story of
a man who defied death when he was
attacked by a Doberman on anabolic
steroids.
                                                            
Shot on the TV.
                                                            
                       NEWSCASTER
But now, the story of two high
school teenagers who are living
their dreams.
                                                            
Tim reacts.
                                                            
                       NEWSCASTER
David Whiteman and Stephen
Tortellini were just two average
children in Garth Hermon's visual
communications class at Sorago
High School.
                                                            
Segue: The two are on a couch of an interview room.
                                                            
                       DAVID
      (On TV)
Yeah, what can I say? We were
just two average guys.
                                                            
Back to news desk.
                                                            

23.

                       NEWSCASTER
These young cinematographers, with
the kind help of Mr. Garth Hermon,
have finished what's likely to be
the Bay Area's greatest high
school film of the year.
                                                            
Segue: This shows the set they were shooting on.
                                                            
Tim becomes annoyed and throws something at the TV.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Shouting)
Stupid!
                                                            
Phone rings.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Picking it up)      (Shouted)
What?
...
Mhm.
...
Okay, be over in five.
                                                            
 
INT. DONNIE'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Tim enters the living room where the other two are. He sets
his backpack down on the sofa and goes to the other two at
the computer.
                                                            
                       TIM
Okay, let's edit this thing.
                                                            
                       JACK
Alright. Get the tape.
                                                            
Tim rummages through his backpack and emerges surprised.
                                                            
                       TIM
It isn't here.
                                                            
                       JACK
      (Cautious)
Where is it?
                                                            
                       TIM
It's okay. I left it in my
shoulder bag.
                                                            

24.

                       JACK
You mean your man purse?
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Stern)
Yeah... That thing. I'll just go
back to my house and get-
      (Pauses)
                                                            
                       JACK
What?
                                                            
                       TIM
      (...)
                                                            
                       JACK
What have you done now?
                                                            
                       TIM
What do you mean, "What have I
done?"
                                                            
                       JACK
      (Loud)
We left you in charge! Are you
telling me you lost it?!?
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Shouting)
Hey, don't look at me like some
incompetent-
                                                            
                       JACK
      (Shouting)
But you ARE incompetent. What's
worse, you do nothing but take
Donnie and me for granted! Putting
your own ideas before ours and-
                                                            
                       DONNIE
      (Interjecting)
Guys! There's no need to figh-
                                                            
                       BOTH
      (Shouting)
Shut up, Donnie!
                                                            
                       JACK
      (Shouting)
Where did you leave it?
                                                            

25.

                       TIM
      (Shouting)
Where did YOU leave it?
                                                            
                       JACK
      (Shouting)
What?
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Shouting)
I don't need to take this! I'm
out of here.
                                                            
Tim leaves slamming the door behind him.
                                                            
 
INT. TIM'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Tim is on his cell phone, pacing. The phone is ringing on
the other end.
                                                            
                       DAVID (On Phone)
      (Picking up)
Hello?
                                                            
                       TIM
Hey, David, I didn't happen to
leave a shoulder bag on your set
earlier today, did I?
                                                            
                       DAVID (On Phone)
You mean your man purse?
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Sighing)
Yes...
                                                            
                       DAVID (On Phone)
As a matter of fact, you did...
                                                            
                       TIM
Great, could I just-
                                                            
                       DAVID (On Phone)
However, I don't believe I have it
any more...
                                                            
                       TIM
What? What'd you do with it?
                                                            

26.

                       DAVID (On Phone)
Well, I left it in Mr. Hermon's
class. So it'll be there for you
tomorrow.
                                                            
                       TIM
What? But it's supposed to be
done tomorrow!
                                                            
                       DAVID (On Phone)
      (Devious)
Oh, that's right. Looks like
you're screwed!
      (Laughs)
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Shouting)
You-
                                                            
David has already hung up.
                                                            
 
EXT. OUTSIDE HERMON'S ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Tim is outside with a ski mask and dark clothing. He is
bent outside Harmon's door.
                                                            
                       TIM
Brrr...
                                                            
He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a steak knife.
                                                            
                       TIM
Let's see...
                                                            
He jiggles it around for some time before becoming
frustrated and throwing it on the ground. He then kicks the
door which recoils open. It was unlocked the whole time.
                                                            
                       TIM
Nice to see my tax money is put to
good use.
                                                            
He walks inside.
                                                            
INSIDE HERMON'S ROOM
                                                            
Tim pulls off the ski mask and spy music plays. He begins
searching the room. He gets to the control room. He looks
inside to find the satchel. He looks inside and dumps it's
contents. No tape.
                                                            

27.

                       TIM
Where is it?
                                                            
                       DAVID (OS)
Gotcha.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Turning surprised)
WHAT THE-
                                                            
David and Stephen are standing, cross-armed in the aisle.
                                                            
                       DAVID
      (Holding the tape)
Looking for this?
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Serious)
Give it back, David.
                                                            
                       DAVID
      (Mocking)
"Give it back David!" Hah. Look
at this guy.
                                                            
                       STEPHEN
      (Laughing)
Oh, you'll get it. You'll get it
when Hermon finds out you snuck
into his classroom.
                                                            
                       TIM
Just give me the tape.
                                                            
                       DAVID
I don't think so, moron. Face it,
you lost.
                                                            
                       JACK (OS)
Give him the tape!
                                                            
Jack, Donnie, Wyatt, Claude, Dorry, and Peter are all
standing in the doorway with their arms crossed.
                                                            
                       DONNIE
      (Tough)
Hand it over.
                                                            
                       DAVID
What the?
                                                            

28.

                       JACK
Alright, guys. Looks like we're
gonna have to make him hand it
over.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Whoa! What are you doing?
                                                            
OUTSIDE
                                                            
Shot suddenly goes to the outside, between the shoulders of
Peter and Wyatt, who are standing guard.
                                                            
                       WYATT
What do you think's going on in
there?
                                                            
                       PETER
      (Shakes his head)
Nothing good.
                                                            
BACK INSIDE
                                                            
David and Stephen are tied to a chair and everyone (except
Peter and Wyatt) is present. Tim is holding the video.
                                                            
                       TIM
Alright. Thanks guys. So much
for you contribution. You may go.
Meanwhile...
      (Turns to Jack and
       Donnie)
I'm sorry, guys. I did take you
for granted. But it won't happen
again.
                                                            
                       JACK
I'm sorry, too. You aren't
incompetent.
                                                            
Manhug.
                                                            
                       DONNIE
      (Moved to tears)
Awww... Guys, I-
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Calmly)
Shut up, Donnie...
                                                            
They separate. The music begins...
                                                            
 

29.

INT. DONNIE'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
MONTAGE
                                                            
Shot of a cable being hooked into a USB port. A CD going
into a drive.
                                                            
They edit the movie on the computer.
                                                            
Blah, blah, Tim smacks Donnie, blah, blah. Segues...
                                                            
Shots to be decided...
                                                            
Finally, they are done. They are all asleep. The camera
pans up to reveal it is 6:04 AM.
                                                            
 
INT. DONNIE'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
6:04 AM smoothly fades into 4:23 PM.
                                                            
Tim, with his head against the keyboard, stirs first. He
lumbers off. He walks out of the bathroom with a flushing
sound and checks the time.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Screams)
                                                            
                       JACK
      (Waking up)
What?
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Running in and
       shaking him)
Jack! It's 4:30! 4:30!
                                                            
                       JACK
      (Puzzled)
Huh?
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Smack the living
       crap out of him)
We have to be at the premiere in
thirty minutes!
                                                            
                       JACK
      (Clutching his
       face)
What???
                                                            

30.

Fast vaudeville plays as they fast-forward their way through
getting ready. They kick Donnie awake, who is in footie
pajamas.
                                                            
The Ferris Bueller racing music comes on.
                                                            
OUTSIDE
                                                            
They run out Donnie's front door (Donnie still in footie
PJ's) and through some backyards. Exact replica of the
Ferris Bueller scene. David plays Jeanie, Stephen plays
Mrs. Bueller. Harmon plays Mr. Bueller.
                                                            
IN THE CINELUX
                                                            
They make it to the Cinelux on time. They rush through the
lobby.
                                                            
 
INT. CINELUX THEATERS - NIGHT
                                                            
The boys are staring up at the screen. Their movie is
playing. It ends and people clap and cheer. They're happy.
The scene pauses. It fades away into an extremely similar
scene but the boys are wearing formal attire.
                                                            
The three get up and get out of the theater. They enter the
hallway. A dolly rig follows them backwards.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (Walking)
Okay, I guess I owe you an
explanation... You remember that
idea Donnie here pitched to us at
In 'N' Out? The one about a movie
within a movie? Well, we decided
to go with it, after all.
                                                            
                       JACK
So you just watched a movie...
                                                            
                       DONNIE
...about a movie...
                                                            
                       TIM
...about a movie...
                                                            
Shot freezes and zooms out of a TV in Donnie's living room.
The three are standing around it.
                                                            
                       TIM
...inside of a movie.
                                                            

31.

                       DONNIE
Based on a true story.
                                                            
                       TIM
      (...)
Shut up, Andrew.
                                                            


THE END


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From Ryan Clare Date 2/3/2011 ****
I thought this was very funny! Great work for a high school script.


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