Whiplash script
Whiplash (2014)
Synopsis: Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor known for his terrifying teaching methods, discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing the young man's life. But Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and his sanity.

Andrew takes in the sight. You can tell he’s attracted to her

-- but he’s too nervous to do anything. A beat later, he

enters the theater.

4 INT. MOVIE THEATER - MOMENTS LATER 4

Andrew spots a 53-year-old man seated near the front. This is

his dad -- JIM. Mild-mannered, soft-spoken, average in every

respect. Has the eyes of a former dreamer.

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A smile between the two of them. Andrew hands his dad the

Raisinets, hands him the drink. Routine. The movie hasn’t

started yet. As they exchange items-

JIM:

You ok?

ANDREW:

Sure...

A beat.

ANDREW (CONT’D)

He had me play today.

JIM:

And?

Andrew shrugs. It’s clear what that means.

JIM (CONT’D)

You still have other options.

ANDREW:

What do you mean?

JIM:

It’s good to be open-minded. When I was

your age I thought I’d have a book deal

at 23. Then that changed to 30. Then 40.

ANDREW:

Right... And that didn’t upset you?

Jim shrugs, keeps his eyes down. He has a tendency to look

down when talking. The lights dim. The previews begin.

ANDREW (CONT’D)

I mean, it has to do something to you.

JIM:

(another shrug)

I don’t know. Why? It’s just life.

(pause)

There’s other things to care about.

Friends. Romance...

Andrew takes it in. Especially the last part.

JIM (CONT’D)

At my age you get perspective.

ANDREW:

I don’t want perspective.

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Jim smiles. A moment.

Just then a MOVIEGOER squeezes into the row to head to a

seat further down -- and bumps against Jim and his bucket

of popcorn.

JIM NEYMAN:

Sorry.

The Moviegoer doesn’t say a word. Andrew watches. Takes

it in.

5 OMITTED 5

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6 INT. DORMITORY - HALLWAY - HOURS LATER 6

Rusty elevator doors squeak open. Andrew steps out -- into a

grimy, green-walled hallway.

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Damien Chazelle

Damien Chazelle was born on January 19, 1985 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Whiplash (2013), Whiplash (2014) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016). more…

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