EXT. COMMUNITY BLOOD BANK - NIGHT
PULL BACK from a neon red cross ablaze in the cold December
night to REVEAL an inner-city, store-front clinic. Trash and
leaves blow over wet, snowy pavement.
ANGLE ON a PALE FIGURE standing across the street. He looks
feverish and strung-out, in serious need of a fix. This is
JARED NOMAK, 20s. He starts towards the clinic.
INT. COMMUNITY BLOOD BANK - ENTRANCE - NIGHT
Potential DONORS sit in a waiting area, filling out forms,
leafing through informational material. A sign in the window
"Se habla Espanol". Others read: "YOU ARE MAKING A
DIFFERENCE", "GIVE LIFE", and "BECOME A PLATELET DONOR". We
overhear a bored-looking EMPLOYEE behind the information desk
quizzing someone over the phone:
Have you recently visited a tropical
country? Uh-huh? In the past twelve
months have you gotten a tattoo, non
sterile acupuncture, or undergone any
ear, skin or body piercing?
We MOVE PAST the employee to Nomak, waiting.
Nomak looks up. We get a better look at his face now - he
has a thin scar running from his lower lip down his chin. A
childhood accident, perhaps. A NURSE smiles and motions for
him to join her. She's carrying a clipboard.
Hi. We're ready for you now.
INT. COMMUNITY BLOOD BANK - HALLWAY - NIGHT
Nomak follows the Nurse into a dimly-lit hallway. We track
their progress in a convex safety mirror suspended from the
hallway ceiling as they pass all manner of medical supplies --
centrifuges, an apheresis device, etc.
(referring to her clipboard)
I see from your questionnaire that you
don't have any immediate next of kin?
Not that I'm in contact with.
Nobody to call in case of an emergency?
Does that mean I can't be a donor?
It depends. We came up with some
unusual results on your blood test.
Nomak follows the Nurse to a steel door were TWO SECURITY
GUARDS await them. Both look bored, paying little attention
to the monitor which offers a view of the examining room
beyond. There is also a small window with safety glass.
GUARD #1 opens the door, following Nomak and the Nurse
inside. GUARD #2 remains behind, manning the hallway.
INT. COMMUNITY BLOOD BANK - EXAMINING ROOM - NIGHT
The Nurse ushers Nomak into the room, indicating he should
sit in a kind of reclining dental chair with arm and
headrests. Nomak notices a security camera mounted above.