Butterfly Effect: The Creative Process


'If anyone finds this,

it means my plan...

didn't work...

and I'm already dead.

- Evan?

- I think he's in here.

But if I can somehow

go back to the beginning

- all of this, I might be able

- Evan!

To save her.'



We're gonna be

late again.

When did you ever care

about getting to school on time?

We're putting up pictures

for parents' night.

Don't worry,

you'll have plenty of time.

Is Dad gonna come?

You know the answer to that.

Can't he just

come out for one day?

We've been over this 100 times.

It's too dangerous for him.

But Lenny said

his dad's coming,

and Tommy

and Kayleigh's dad...

Okay, I get the point.

But I'm not so bad, am I?


Okay, have a great day.

I love you.

I'll pick you up later. Gotta go.



Mrs Treborn, I need

to speak with you.

Can it wait till tonight?

I'm late for work and...

I think you really

need to see this.

Tommy, leave Lenny alone.

Don't make me send you

to Mr Voytek's office.

I was gonna show this

to the principal,

but I thought I should

talk to you first.

What is it?

Yesterday I had all the children

make drawings

of what they wanted to be

when they grew up.

Most of them made drawings

of what their parents did.

But this...

I don't understand.

Evan did this?

- Can I keep this drawing?

- Oh, of course.

Um, there is one more thing,

Mrs Treborn,

- I feel bad even mentioning.

- What?

When I asked Evan

about the drawing,

well, he couldn't

remember doing it.

I don't wanna go.

I don't like this place, Mum.

I think it's creepy.

I promise I won't

make any bad pictures.

You're gonna be fine, okay?

He just wants to do

a couple tests, that's all.

- Oh.

- You'll like him.

That's good.

You're doing great.

Just tell me he hasn't inherited

his father's illness.

I'm sure the test results

will come back negative.

But there's something else you can do

to monitor his memory.

- Anything.

- A journal.

Just have him write down

everything that he does.

- And what will that do?

- It could help jog his memory.

See if he remembers

anything new the next day.

These test results

will come back in a few days

- and we'll take it from there.

- Okay.

'Today Mummy is taking me

to play with Kayleigh and Tommy.

I will meet their father

and see what a real dad is like.'

Great, see you soon.


Evan, what are you doing

with that knife?

What happened?


what were you doing

with that knife?

I don't remember.

- Hey, Andrea.

- George.

Hello, little man.

Watch your step.

Thanks, George.

- Not a problem.

- Here's my work number

in case there are

any problems.

And please keep

an eye on him 'cause...

What, are you kidding?

We're going to have

a great time today, right, sport?

Okay, be good, kiddo.

I love you.

- Bye-bye.

- Bye, George.

Go long. Go on.

Right in the backyard.

Here it comes.

Evan, Evan, guess what?

Dad got a new video camera

and we're all going

to be in a movie.

That's right, Evan.

And you get to be the star.

I thought I was the star.

Hey, what did I tell you?

Now, Evan...

You have to promise

your bestest,

super-duper promise

that this will be

our little secret.

- You think you can do that?

- Um-hmm.

I'm r...

Where am I?

Where did we all go?

Calm down, kid, stand still.

I was just somewhere else.

How did I get here?

Quit acting like some damn retard,

or I'll call your mother

and tell her what a naughty

little sh*t you've been.



what happened?

The good news is

the results are negative.

I found no evidence of lesions,

haemorrhaging, tumours.

But you must have

something you can go on.

If I was to guess, I'd say

the blackouts are stress related.

But he's seven years old.

What kind of stress

can a seven-year-old have?

Plenty. Maybe he has

severe coping problems

about not having a father.

You said the last time

the blackouts occurred

he was visiting

his friend's dad.

Well, he has been pushing me

to meet his father

- and I've been putting it off.

- It's worth a shot, Andrea.

We can arrange

a controlled meeting.

A careful dose of sedatives

for Jason, some security,

Evan comes in

for a quick visit,

and with a little luck,

no more

missing father complex.

'April 15th.

Today I get to meet my father.

His name is Jason

and he's crazy.

I hope he lets me

call him Dad.'

You mean Dad lives here?

Not in this wing, actually, no.

Now if your dad seems

a little sleepy,

it's because

of the medicine, okay?


It'll just be a moment, okay?

It's okay. I won't bite.

You've seen pictures

of me, right?

Uh-huh. Mum says

I have your smile

and your hair.


He has to die!

It's the only way!

Jason, stop!


It's gonna be okay.

It's gonna be alright.

He's hurt bad.

Get a stretcher.

- Come on, let's get him out of here.

- I'm so sorry.

In sure and certain hope

of the resurrection

to eternal life,

we commend to almighty God,

our brother Jason.

The Lord bless him

and keep him,

the Lord make his face

to shine upon him,

and be gracious unto him

and give him peace. Amen.

Come on, where is it?

Damn, I know it's down here somewhere.

Tommy, I'm bored shitless

over here. What's up already?

Yeah, what are you

looking for, anyway?

Shut up, lard arse. And you,

hold your f***ing horses.

You know,

it's here somewhere.

We should go soon.

If dad catches us smoking

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Eric Bress

Eric Bress is an American screenwriter, film director and producer, probably best known for his work on the Final Destination series and The Butterfly Effect. He frequently collaborates with J. Mackye Gruber. His most recent project, The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, is in development. He also has another project in development Blindsighted[citation needed] with his writing partner J. Mackye Gruber. more…

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