SEQ. 05 - PROLOGUE
The Focus Features logo appears on screen and we slide INTOthe “O” in Focus.
Stock dissolves from 35mm to 16mm. BLACK & WHITE. GRAINY,
like OLD DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE.
Experiment 208, day 20...
INT. SCIENTIST’S LAB - DAY
We see an early incarnation of a MACHINE (this will be theinner brain of the FABRICATION MACHINE). We see the
scientist, in a white coat.
We pull back to see the Scientist is playing a complicatedMULTI-LEVEL 3-D chess game on a MULTI-LEVEL GAME BOARD with
the MACHINE. The Scientist makes an elaborate multi-level
move. The Machine reaches an arm out into the chess game butthen malfunctions and strews the game everywhere.
We pull back further to see the back and legs of theDICTATOR, with black-uniformed soldiers flanking him. The
regime’s emblem can be seen on the uniforms.
Please. Give it a chance.
We’re on the machine, which is clicking and jerking as itmalfunctions.
One more. That’s all.
He turns to leave. We hear the clicking of boots as thesoldiers accompany him out.
We see the scientist’s dejected face as he comes towards thecamera to turn it off.
INT. SCIENTIST’S LAB - NIGHT
The grainy footage rolls again; we see the scientist movingaway from the camera (having just turned it on).
The lab is shadowy, late at night. We see his worktable for
the first time, covered with discarded sketches, a furiouslyfilled-in journal, and pieces of failed machinery (the flooris also similarly littered). The TALISMAN sits on the
worktable. Nearby is a small old-fashioned tiny little box.