As the car moves off, James puts his free hand between Catherine's
INT. FILM STUDIO - JAMES'S OFFICE - NIGHT
James studies storyboards for an automotive battery commercial
which are spread out over a broad architects' table. He makes
notes on each panel of the boards with a sharp pencil.
As we move around him, we reveal his secretary Renata sitting and
watching him intently from the vantage point of her corner chair,
her hand poised to write down anything he might say in a small,
From her point of view, we watch James from behind as he works.
Every movement he makes - bending over to correct a panel,
manipulating the pencil, touching the sharp point of the pencil to
his lip, straightening up again - provokes a different tiny
response from Renata, so attuned to him is she.
But he says nothing to her, and she remains poised and vigilant.
EXT. FILM STUDIO PARKING LOT - NIGHT
James settles into his car - a boring American four-door sedan -
running through his control-panel routine like a pilot before
driving off. This time his routine ends with the switching on of
the windshield wipers because it has begun to rain heavily.
EXT. RAINSWEPT ROAD - NIGHT
Driving home from the studio, James hits a deep puddle at 60 miles
an hour and suddenly finds himself heading into the oncoming lane.
The car hits the central reservation with a thump and the offside
tire explodes and spins off its rim.
INT. JAMES'S CAR - NIGHT
In the car, James fights desperately for control.
EXT. RAIN-SWEPT ROAD - NIGHT
The car hurtles across the reservation and, bouncing and slamming
down on its suspension, heads up the high-speed exit ramp. Three
sedans are barreling down the ramp right towards James.