7 minute script: The girl

7 minute short films

The girl

Revisions

28 September 09 – First Draft

By

Lisa Sinclair

“The girl”

EXT STREET DAY 1.

A woman is standing staring into nowhere. She is young, perhaps 17.

She’s breathing fine but stationary.

The road is busy, and there’s cars driving past at a rate of knots. They beep at cyclists riding by.

We don’t have to see the traffic. Sound FX is fine.

The traffic lights change and the traffic stops.

Many people are walking by, mostly ignoring the girl. Some glance back at her to see what’s going on.

As one walks by, a man called DAVID. He, too looks back at her just as she steps forwards — quite gracefully — and walks into the traffic.

DAVID moves as quick as he can, shocked by what’s going to happen, but he is far, far too late.

The car that hits her OUT OF SHOT doesn’t even have time to stop. There’s a thump with a simultaneous crack of glass.

We move with DAVID who sprints over to the girl who is on the road now. A bus managed to stop and is creating a break in the traffic.

DAVID is first to get to her. and there are people milling around.

The girl is bloody, there’s a massive wound on her head, where she struck the car windscreen. There’s far, far too much blood over her.

For a moment, she opens her eyes, and we…

CUT TO:

The girl’s POV.

DAVID comes into focus. Not unnaturally, he’s shocked, white as a sheet.

CUT TO:

DAVID POV.

GIRL

(slurred)

Are you all right?

She closes her eyes for the last time as the sirens begin to wail in the distance.

FADE OUT…

EXT STREET DAY 2.

DAVID is sitting on the kerb with a blanket around him. Someone has got him a coffee from one of the many cafes on the street. He’s drinking it, not caring that it’s a full-fat milk latte which will make him feel ill in approximately 45 minutes.

A police officer called STACEY sits down next to him. STACEY is in her 30s, blonde hair and has a manner that suggests she’s seen a whole lot, which isn’t far from the truth.

She nods over to one of the police who is OUT OF SHOT.

STACEY

You okay?

DAVID

Not really.

(beat)

Better than her.

STACEY

Yeah. Full fat, makes me fart.

She’s trying to break the ice somewhat.

DAVID

Same. I didn’t have the heart to tell him no.

STACEY

You do get nice people around the place.

Not often but.

DAVID

(disbelieving)

She just walked out into the traffic.

STACEY

Yes.

DAVID

But I knew there was something about her. Something really odd.

He turns to STACEY

DAVID

She was just standing there, staring at nothing.

STACEY

That’s what everyone has said. She didn’t say anything to you?

DAVID

When she was on the road.

He points with the hand that’s got the coffee in it, and drops the cup. It plummets to the ground and goes SPLAT, spilling coffee everywhere.

DAVID

I’m so sorry.

STACEY

That’s fine. It’s fine, really.

She rubs some of the coffee from her uniform with a tissue from her pocket.

DAVID

I wonder what she was thinking

CUT TO:

EXT STREET MORNING 3.

GIRLS’s POV.

She’s looking at something in a window across the street. She can’t quite make it out.

She stares, trying to make-out the details.

GIRL

(murmurs)

Is that a globe? With a lightning bolt in it?

She can’t make it out with the reflections on the glass. The sculpture is inside the foyer of a building.

She steps forwards, one step, two… more is revealed. She takes a third step and we are suddenly on our side and we bounce over the car with her.

FADE OUT

FADE IN

EXT STREET DAY 4.

We slowly focus on DAVID’s concerned face.

GIRL

Are you all right?

FADE OUT

Author: gotheek

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