EXT. HILLTOP - DAY
The hilltop is lined with corn. Golden and brown. Shimmering
in the morning heat.
There’s a structure in the distance...
EXT. FARMHOUSE - DAY
A FARMHOUSE built from old lumber. There’s no cattle or
livestock in sight. Unusual for this fertile land.
INT. FARMHOUSE, DEN - DAY
APRIL (8) gazes out the window pane. Nervous, eager, sweet.
She has a HEARING AID in one ear.
She’s focused on a TOOL SHED one hundred feet away, isolated
under a crooked apple tree.
Her eyes drift from the shed to her older brother WILL (10)
who stands outside. He sticks his tongue out. She ignores
him. This is their dynamic.
EXT. SHED - DAY
April picks weeds outside the shed. She pockets a PURPLE IRIS
and wipes dirt on her sweater.
Will plays nearby with a GOLDEN RETRIEVER. It wears a MUZZLE.
EXT. DRIVEWAY - DAY
April empties the weeds into a tin TRASH CAN. She places the
lid back on the trash slowly, ensuring that it doesn’t make
even the slightest sound.
EXT. PORCH - DAY
Will approaches the front door. The retriever follows closely
behind. He motions for the dog to “stay”.
Then slips a pair of disposable SHOE COVERS over his feet
INT. FARMHOUSE, BEDROOM - DAY
Will’s mother, MIA (30s), holds a RED CRAYON to her lips. She
has lovely green eyes and auburn hair. She balances a LAUNDRY
BASKET next to her PREGNANT BELLY.
She stands before a CALENDAR on the wall, charting each day
of her pregnancy. She crosses off another day and hands the
crayon back to -
Will, who colors in a NEW DRAWING. His hands dig loudlythrough a tin of crayons.
Mia waves her finger. Will freezes, reprimanded for the
He reaches under his parent’s bed for a pair of oversized
WINTER GLOVES. He places the gloves over each hand, then
quietly resumes his search.
INT. FARMHOUSE, HALL - DAY
Mia walks past April and collects her dirt-stained sweater
into the laundry basket.
INT. FARMHOUSE, LAUNDRY ROOM - DAY
We follow Mia to the WASHER AND DRYER. The machines have been
She empties the basket into the washer. Adds water and soap.
Lightly stirs the clothes with her hands.
Mia stops momentarily. The purple iris floats in the water.
An idea strikes her - she leans over to a MARKER BOARD
labeled BABY NAMES and adds IRIS to the list.
A hand cuts the frame, immediately crossing out IRIS.
JOHN (40s), the patriarch of the family, shakes his head. An
MP3 PLAYER plays MUSIC in his headphones that wecan’t hear.
John points to another name on the list: HOLLY. Mia playfully
purses her lips. He places a comforting hand over her bump.
John puts one of his EARBUDS into her ear. Our world is
filled with MUSIC - maybe a song from when they first met.
INT. FARMHOUSE, LIVING ROOM - DAY
John & Mia slow-dance through the living room, very much in
love after all these years.
They both wear SHOE COVERS on their feet. And as they move
together about the house, a theme materializes in the
Every inch of wall and floor has been
painstakingly covered with THICK PADDING. Sometimes FOAM,
sometimes WOOL INSULATION. Too ugly to be an aesthetic
choice. Must be product of necessity.
INT. FARMHOUSE, DINING ROOM - LATE AFTERNOON
Mia sets the table. All of their plates and cutlery are
plastic. She gestures to John to gather the children for
INT. FARMHOUSE, UPSTAIRS - LATE AFTERNOON
John tops the stairs. He opens a DOOR, labeled “Will” in
Will sits at his desk, finishing his drawing. John MIMES an
eating motion. Will acknowledges.