Awaiting......each of us; a cold...dark...lonely place.
Deny its finality. Dride it's totality. Dread the enescapable
invitability......it will arrive.
The BLACK SILENT SCREEN senses this moment before a distant blues harp
introduces a contemporary band's cover of Blood, Sweat, and Tears' campy,
yet haunting, gospel, "And When I Die."
As the Introduction closes, RESONATES... A FLASH OF LIGHTING!
A CRACK OF THUNDER!
Int. ALEX'S BEDROOM - NIGHT - CLOSE - BED
An airline ticket is tossed INTO FRAME beside a suitcase; "ERO-AIR. FLIGHT
#180. New York City (JFK) - Paris, Charles de Gaulle (CDG.) Departure:
Thursday 13May. 16H25 - Arrival: Friday 14May. 05H40."
"And When I Die" Continues throughout the MAIN TITLES:
AN OLD TABLE FAN
swivals beside and open window. Outside, a humid spring THUNDER STORM drops
warm, ominous rain. The figure of a seventeen year old boy, ALEX BROWNING,
packing for a trip, passing the fan...
A Paris guidebook is tossed atop the plane ticket. CAMERA PUSHES IN ON THE
BOOK as the fans breezes flip throught the pages.
THE TABLE FAN:
turns, head swiveling away from the bed.
TIGHTER - THE GUIDEBOOK PAGES
stop flipping, REVEALING A GULLOTINE from the Reign of Terror.
As an American passport is dropped beside the guidebook...
THE TABLE FAN:
swivals, returning towards the guidebook on the bed.
THE GUIDEBOOK PAGES
FLIP. FLIP. FLIP. Alex's faint shadow continues moving about the room. The
fan head swivals away, allowing the pages to settle... upon a Louvre
masterpiece, Francisco de Zurbarans Lying-in-the State of St. Bonaventura.
CAMERA CREEPS IN, teasingly on the dark faced corpse. The pages begin to
turn once again.
TIGHTER, OMINOUS ANGLE - THE DESK FAN
There is more of a hint of conincidence as the blades whirl and head
swivels. The boys figure passes, blocking the breeze.
THE GUIDEBOOK PAGES
stop dead on... Jim Morrison's decorated tomb in the Cemetiere du Pere
Lachaise. A pilgrim has spray painted "This is the End." Which in fact, it
is... of the MAIN TITLE
CAMERA ADJUSTS, to fully reveal Alex Browning as he turns toward the bedroom
door. Alex is an average kid; handsome. A high school "everyman."
One the wall amongst Yankee and Knicks posters, hangs a pennant;
"Mt. Abraham High School, New York. The Fighting Colonials!"
Alex's mother, BARBARA, 45, walks in, excited and a bit anxious.
Tod and Georges dad just called,
he's picking you up at 10 in the morning.
Bus leaves the high school for JFK at
Barbara moves towards the suitcase to help him pack. Alex's father, KEN
BROWNING, 48 appears, leaning against the door threshold, smiling envoiusly
at his son.
My suitcase workn'out for ya
Alex nods and buckles it. Barbara reaches in to tear off an airline baggage
I.D. ticket attached from the previous flight.
Whoa! Whoa! Mom, you gotta leave
that on. It's like... the tag
made the last flight without
crashin' or anything, right?
So, it should stay on, or with,
the bag for good luck.
Where would you get a nutball
idea like that?
EXTREAMLY CLOSE - THE AIRLINE BAGGAGE MARKER
is torn away from the suitcase handle.
As Barbara picks up the suitcase to place it on the floor... a dozon old
baggage I.D. tickets spill from the outer compartment. She looks at Ken, as
if "you?" The guilty party shrugs.
I'm still here.
Barbara shakes her head as Alex smiles at his dad.
Seventeen and on the loose.
Ten days in Paris. In the
springtime! Live it up, Alex...