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Running (Short Film)
by Hunter (dizonhunter@gmail.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Drama   User Review: ***1/2
A film depicting two stories about Katharine Lasse, her reality, and her description.


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RUNNING (SHORT FILM)

FADE IN:

EXT. FIELD - DAY
                                                            
KATHARINE LASSE, a skinny, pale high school freshman is
walking through the field with PETER GRANT, a friend of
KATHARINE.
                                                            
                       PETER
Are you sure you wanna do this?
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
      (Emotionless)
Yes, I'm sure.
                                                            
PETER and KATHARINE sit down in the field.
                                                            
                       PETER
Who brought you into the cult?
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
Carter Lasse.
                                                            
                       PETER
And who is Carter Lasse?
                                                            
KATHARINE bites her lip and looks down anxiously.
                                                            
                       PETER
      (Sympathetically)
Do you want to quit?
                                                            
 
EXT. ROAD - DAY
                                                            
KATHARINE is on her knee. She looks at a house across the
road. She tries to run but falls. She stands up and limps
towards the house.
                                                            
 
EXT. FIELD - DAY
                                                            
PETER and KATHARINE are sitting in the middle of the field.
KATHARINE looks as if she will cry.
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
      (Holding back
       tears)
Carter Lasse is my father.
                                                            

2.

KATHARINE wipes her eyes.
                                                            
                       PETER
I...
                                                            
PETER clears his throat.
                                                            
                       PETER
      (Monotone)
Describe your father.
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
Tall. Skinny. He has a short fuse.
                                                            
As PETER is talking, he studies KATHARINE in shock.
                                                            
                       PETER
Did he hurt you?
                                                            
 
EXT. FOREST - DAY
                                                            
KATHARINE is running through a forest. She trips and hurts
her ankle. She tries to get up but fails. She grunts as she
hits the ground. She looks at her ankle and hears a stick
breaking. She pulls herself up off the ground and starts
running.
                                                            
ROAD
                                                            
KATHARINE runs through a forest and ends up at a road. She
limps forward and takes a knee. She checks her ankle out.
                                                            
 
EXT. FIELD - DAY
                                                            
PETER and KATHARINE are sitting in the field. PETER is
trying to hold back his emotions. KATHARINE is tearing up.
                                                            
PETER clears his throat.
                                                            
                       PETER
Maybe we should sto--
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
      (INTERUPTING PETER)
Yes... He hurt me.
                                                            
                       PETER
Katharine...
                                                            
KATHARINE wipes her eyes.
                                                            

3.

                       PETER
Maybe we should sto--
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
No, Peter. I want to finish this.
                                                            
                       PETER
Are you sure?
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
Yes. Next question.
                                                            
PETER'S eyes begin to tear up.
                                                            
                       KATHARINE (O.S.)
Peter.
                                                            
 
EXT. FOREST - DAY
                                                            
KATHARINE is standing over a river. A red cloud of blood is
in the stream. She sticks her hand in and pulls out a knife.
The camera PANS across the forest, showing no human life.
She stands up and looks around. She starts running through
the forest, dropping the knife.
                                                            
Camera ZOOMS IN on knife.
                                                            
 
EXT. FIELD - DAY
                                                            
KATHARINE and PETER are sitting in the field. PETER wipes
his eyes, trying to hide his emotions.
                                                            
                       PETER
Did you meet anyone?
                                                            
KATHARINE knods.
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
      (Monotone)
Yeah. Shelby.
                                                            
                       PETER
Where is Shelby?
                                                            
KATHARINE shakes her head.
                                                            
                       PETER (Cont'd)
Katharine?
                                                            
 

4.

EXT. FOREST - DAY
                                                            
KATHARINE is standing over a dead body with a bloody knife.
Tears run down her face as she stands up. KATHARINE gets up
and starts walking.
                                                            
                       CULT MEMBER
Katharine! Shelby!
                                                            
KATHARINE looks up and starts running. She reaches a stream
and puts her knife and hands in the water, washing away the
blood.
                                                            
 
INT. FIELD - DAY
                                                            
KATHARINE and PETER are in the field.
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
She's... gone.
                                                            
KATHARINE begins crying hysterically.
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
Carter killed her!
                                                            
PETER looks in shock and KATHARINE pulls herself together.
                                                            
                       PETER
Did you tell the police?
                                                            
KATHARINE nods her head "yes."
                                                            
 
EXT. FOREST - DAY
                                                            
KATHARINE is holding SHELBY'S hand as they run down a hill.
SHELBY is clutching her stomach. SHELBY is breathing
extremely hard.
                                                            
                       SHELBY
Katharine! I'm tired! Can we stop?
                                                            
KATHARINE lets go of SHELBY'S hand. KATHARINE looks around.
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
Right here's good.
                                                            
KATHARINE grabs Shelby.
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
Hold still for a second.
                                                            

5.

KATHARINE moves SHELBY's hair from her forehead.
                                                            
                       SHELBY
What are you do--
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
      (Interrupting
       Shelby)
Do you trust me?
                                                            
                       SHELBY
      (Scared)
What are you doing?
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
Quiet.
                                                            
                       SHELBY
Katharine!
                                                            
KATHARINE takes a knife out of her pocket. SHELBY tries to
run, but KATHARINE grabs her and holds her still.
                                                            
                       SHELBY (Cont'd)
Katharine!
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
Shh...
                                                            
KATHARINE puts her over SHELBY'S mouth.
                                                            
                       KATHARINE (Cont'd)
You talk to much.
                                                            
SHELBY struggles and tries to break free. KATHARINE tries to
stab SHELBY, but SHELBY elbows her in the stomach. SHELBY
sprints from KATHARINE.
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
      (Calm)
Don't run! I don't wanna hurt you!
                                                            
KATHARINE starts running after SHELBY. KATHARINE is faster
than SHELBY.
                                                            
RIVER
                                                            
SHELBY grabs her chest and stops. She is having an asthma
attack. She checks her pockets for an inhaler. She doesn't
find one. She looks back and sees KATHARINE walking, holding
her inhaler.
                                                            

6.

                       KATHARINE
      (Sad, Sarcastic)
Wow. My own sister runs away from
me. I'm hurt Shelby.
                                                            
SHELBY starts breathing heavy.
                                                            
                       SHELBY
You're not my sister.
                                                            
KATHARINE walks forward towards SHELBY, calmly. SHELBY tries
to run away. SHELBY falls flat on her stomach. She turns her
body over and crawls towards a tree. KATHARINE stomps her
foot in front of her.
                                                            
SHELBY tries to struggle but KATHARINE overpowers her.
SHELBY starts crying. KATHARINE puts her hand over SHELBY'S
mouth.
                                                            
                       KATHARINE
You're crying.
                                                            
KATHARINE tries to hold in a laugh. SHELBY looks into her
eyes. KATHARINE'S facial expression changes from happy to
sad.
                                                            
                       KATHARINE (Cont'd)
God, Shelby!
                                                            
KATHARINE walks back and starts crying. SHELBY starts
crawling away. KATHARINE turns around and walks towards
SHELBY.
                                                            
KATHARINE flips SHELBY over and puts the knife against her
neck. SHELBY shakes her head "no."
                                                            
                       SHELBY
I won't tell anyone, please don't.
                                                            
KATHARINE smiles and shakes her head "no.", with tears
running down her face. She slashes SHELBY'S throat and walks
away. CAMERA FOCUSES on KATHARINE sitting by SHELBY'S foot.
She stands up.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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From Dave Neil Date 4/18/2013 ***1/2
Good writing. Covered a lot in the six pages. Very visual and well paced.


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