Nowhere By Jonah Pritchett © Green Vinyl Productions First Draft - August 2010 Jonah Pritchett 2010 All Rights Reserved ON BLACK AUGUST (V.O.) (appearing on the screen) The following is a true story. Or at least, I wish it was. INT. APARTMENT - DAY We fade in. To AUGUST GRAYSON. A wannabee. A wisher.He stands, looking at pictures of his friends and family. The entire room is filled with film related artifacts and pictures. AUGUST (V.O.) I came into this world a failure. A calender. MARCH 1989. The calender falls of its nail. AUGUST (V.O.) In the middle, I am a failure. But hopefully, that will change. Another calender. March. The fifteenth is circled. 21 is inscribed onto the 4x4 square where events are supposed to be written. AUGUST (V.O.) Everyone has a story. A beginning, middle, and end. The beginning and middle may be the best and most significant, but I like to look at it as the end being the most memory-filled. Maybe that’s because it’s all you can remember. August walks to the front door of his apartment, and opens it. EXT. SAN FRANSISCO - DAY He begins to walk down the street, his hands in his pockets. His face blank. AUGUST (V.O.) Sometimes the most redeeming qualities in a person are the ones you can’t see. They are the ones that remain hidden until something bad happens. An accident. A critical situation. Then, those (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 2. AUGUST (V.O.) (cont’d) qualities appear. They seep out through your skin. It’s only in those times that you can really see a person. August pauses, both in walking and in talking. He looks at the road. There is a blank parking space. CUT TO: FLASHBACK - NIGHT A woman lies in a hospital bed, her eyes filled with tears. She is beautiful, even with a hospital gown on and tubes running everywhere. AUGUST (V.O.) Sometimes bad things happen to good people. An in those bad times, you begin to really notice facets and attributes you may not have noticed otherwise. SAM GRAYSON opens her eyes slowly. She is in pain. SAM (slowly) Hi. AUGUST Shh, shh. Don’t talk. SAM I have to. It’s all I have left. August strokes her hair and smiles. His eyes swell up with tears. SAM (CONT’D) I love you August Grayson. AUGUST I love you Sam Grayson. AUGUST (V.O.) It’s times of adversity that someone’s true colors begin to show. 3. INT. HOSPITAL - HALLWAY - DAY The hallway is dimly lighted. August is reading a magazine. A doctor walks over to him, a clipboard in hand, and a sad look on his face. August knows what this means. He rises quickly. DOCTOR I’m afraid the news is not good. Sam has a condition called Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It’s a type of cancer affecting her bone marrow and blood cell count. August throws the magazine across the floor and bursts out into tears. He puts his hands on his head and falls to his knees, sobbing. EXT. SAN FRANSISCO - DAY August looks up from the vacant parking spot and looks into the distance. He sits on a park bench next to him, his hands in his jacket pockets. INT. APARTMENT - DAY August is sitting at a dining room table with an empty notebook out in front of him. He taps his pen on the table. Finally, as if an idea suddenly popped into his head, he begins to write. Then stops. Grabs the page and rips it out, throwing it to the ground. He sets the pen down and lays back in his chair. He stands and walks over to the record player. He picks out an album, sets it on the player, and moves the needle on top of it. The music fills the room. It’s ’Imagine’ by John Lennon. He closes his eyes and lifts his hand off the needle arm. He leans on his arms against the table. The song continues as: CUT TO FLASHBACK - NIGHT In the same room, Sam and August dance to the same song. Sam puts her head against his shoulder and smiles. August smiles too, smelling her hair. Sam moves her arms around his neck. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 4. SAM This is perfect. This life. This song. This apartment. She looks around, smiling yet again. The song ends as FADE TO INT. APARTMENT - DAY The needle runs against the end of the record, making that scratching noise. August flips the switch to turn it off.
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