1 INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT 1
BRAD SLOAN, lies in bed, staring anxiously up at the ceiling.
His wife, MELANIE, is asleep beside him. Moonlightilluminates the room. It is deathly silent, then we HEAR aNARRATOR’s voice.
Brad was lying in bed at 3AMwondering why he felt so anxious.
CLOSE ON BRAD as his mind wanders from thought to thought.
He scanned through all the possiblesources of his dread - as there
were many - until he seized uponthe Architectural Digest.
Brad winces as his memory is stirred.
2 INT. SACRAMENTO LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 2
TEN PEOPLE are gathered in a living room, drinking andchatting.
That night, he and Melanie had goneto a dinner party with some of herco-workers.
Brad spots an ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST on the coffee table.
notices the cover and picks it up.
ON ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST
Photos of some sleek modern house.
There was a photo spread of ahideous steel and glass monstrosityin Los Angeles.
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The page flips. The owner of the house, NICK and his LATINO
BOYFRIEND sit on the couch, grinning, in one of the photos.
Brad realized the home belonged toa college friend, Nick Pascale.
ON BRAD - he grimaces at the photo - a stricken look. *
The article stated he bought thehouse for nine million dollars and
put another two into it.
BACK AND CLOSER ON PHOTO OF NICK AND HIS HUSBAND.
Brad knew Nick had become
successful, but felt gut-punchednonetheless.
Brad tosses down the magazine. *
3 OMIT 3 *
4 INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT 4
As the other GUESTS, including Melanie, laugh and chat, Bradglumly stares into space.
This ruined the dinner party forBrad. He stared into space mostly.
GLIMPSES of the other DINNER GUESTS, talking and eating.
He realized the other people at thetable were mediocrities.
Underachieving beta males, livingin Sacramento, a secondary market.
Guys thinking they were big fish inthe most inconsequential of ponds.
Brad looks around at the others with a sour expression.
He felt contempt for himself andeveryone there.
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5 INT. BRAD’S BEDROOM - NIGHT 5
Brad rolls over in bed, restless and agitated. He picks uphis cell phone on the side table. It GLOWS to life.
Brad’s mind went to other successes
that pained him.
ON PHONE - MOMENTS LATER
We SEE Brad’s finger scroll across a SERIES of GOOGLE IMAGES
of Craig Fisher - a political wonk and talking head. Craig -
in a studio, posing with the President, getting interviewed.
There was Craig Fisher - who hadworked for the White House. He had
written two successful books and
was always on TV. He had alwaysbeen a self-confident know-it-all
and now life had affirmed his
delusions of grandeur.
We now SEE Brad’s fingers ZOOM in close on a PHOTO of Craig,
his WIFE and TWO DAUGHTERS all smiles, at an event.
ON BRAD - illuminated by the light of the phone, he grimaces.
He puts the phone down. He looks back up at the ceiling.
He thought about Jason Hatfield...
6 EXT. MANHATTAN STREET - DAY 6
JASON HATFIELD walks with TWO EXECS. An attractive ASSISTANT
intercepts him and they hop in the back of a waiting SUV.
...whose hedge fund had made himobscenely wealthy. That he was a
nice guy who was a philanthropistand had even given money to Brad’snon-profit somehow made it even
7 EXT. MAUI BEACH - DAY 7
A tan BILLY WERSTLER sits on the beach with TWO YOUNG SURFER
GIRLS, chatting them up.