Let Me Tell You About My Dead Friend (Working Title)

Synopsis: The script for a trailer being made for a project for my Intro to Film class.
Genre: Comedy
Year:
2020
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Act 1

Alyx's house

Shot style:
Shot Reverse Shot

Camera is set on a closed door when a knock is heard. Open to look outside, it is revealed to be an older man that knocked with a bible.

Old man

Hello, can i talk to you about our lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Camera switches to our protagonist Alyx, a young man who obviously does not want to hear any of it. He begins to prepare a lie.

Alyx

Ah well you see we are Muslim in this household sorry.

Camera switches back to the old man who continues his speech, not being received by Alyx. Camera switches back to Alyx as the old man speaks showing a ghostly presence start to come near Alyx. Camera makes a final change to the old man, now visibly fearful of the presence.

Old Man

EVIL SPIRIT! GOD IS NOT IN THIS HOUSE! UNHOLY! UNHOOOOOLLLYYYYY!

The man screams as he runs away, the camera refocuses on Alyx and the ghostly presence becomes more human, introducing us to our second main character Silas.

[[Rust by El Huervo begins]]

Act 1 end

Act 2

Alyx's house

Scene starts with Alyx narrating about his life with Silas. The camera is focused on the two sitting on a couch watching tv.

Alyx (Narration)

For those who are uninitiated, I am Alyx. 21 year old college sophomore, yadda yadda you get the jist. And the guy sitting next to me is my pal Silas. Met back in high school and he has been dead for 6 months.

As Alyx speaks the camera shows a montage of the two in high school which cuts to Alyx crying at Silas' funeral and then back to the two on the couch.

Alyx (Narration)

Now you may be asking "Well how do you have a ghost for a roommate that ain't normal?" For one, you would be right but here we are. See it all started four months ago.

Cut to:

Alyx's kitchen

Shot style:
Tracking Shot emphasizing what Alyx is aware of in his environment.

Camera focuses on Alyx as he is making a bowl of soup and as he turns he comes face to face with Silas, causing him to drop his bowl and stumbles back and falls, surprised to see his dead friend.

Alyx

HOLY SHIT! SILAS?!

Silas

Yeah. You ok?

Alyx

No! You're dead!

Silas 

Yeah about that see, I kind of need a place to stay.

Alyx

WHY?!

Silas

Well...

Cut to:

After Life Main Station

[[Imagine a massive transfer line for a subway with each sign saying each religions and mythologies afterlifes.]]

Shot Style:
Over the shoulder shot

Camera is filming from over a ticket stewardess shoulder as she talks to Silas, clearly losing his patience trying to get entry into any afterlife.

Silas

Haitian Voodoo afterlife?

Stewardess

You do not have enough percentage in your ancestry to go to that one.

Silas

FINE! How about heaven?

Stewardess

Luckily that one is open to you.

Silas

Thank you! I would li-

Stewardess

That will be a 5 year transfer line and then at another terminal you will have to choose which heaven, each having a 10 year queue.

Silas

Silas, visibly angry, storms off back towards Earth.

Cut to:

Alyx's kitchen

Now back to where the two were in there conversation, Alyx gets back up mildly annoyed.

Alyx

Ok then, why didn't you just go back to your family's house?

Silas

Come on man, you know how religious they are, do you need to even guess how they reacted?

Cut to:

Silas' family House

Shot Style:
Wide shot 

The scene opens on Silas' family freaking out with noticeable difference between them and Silas, thinking he is an evil spirit. This leads to the family acting in hysterics, praying and asking God to take the evil spirit away. All while Silas just watches annoyed.

Cut to:

Alyx's kitchen

Alyx

Ok, you can stay here ok, just do any weird ghost shit deal?

Silas

Deal.

Act 2 End

act 3

Cut to:

The camera comes back to modern day, returning us to Alyx and Silas, Alyx's narration continues.

Alyx (Narration)

And that is how we got here today. If anything, it is like it was before just with a few changes. Like he can't touch anything.

Cut to:

Alyx's house

Shot style:
Wide Shot

The camera shows Alyx in the kitchen and Silas in the living room.

Silas

Hey can you throw me a soda?

Alyx tosses a soda over the counter that separates the living room and the kitchen. Silas is unable to catch the can as it passes through his hands and himself and collides with the couch.

Cut to:

Alyx's house

Alyx (NARRATION)

Or can't be seen or heard by people he doesn't want to be seen by.

Cut to:

Alyx's college

Shot style:
Close-up shot

Alyx is being bullied by another student which Silas is close to physically. If Silas was alive, he was close enough that the bully could feel his breath.

Silas

Man you're an asshole, ain't he an asshole. Screw this guy!

Cut to:

Alyx's house

Alyx (Narration)

And he is much needier than before.

Cut to:

Alyx's house

Silas is laying on the couch, over dramatically acting as if he was in distress.

Silas

ALYX! Please turn on the TV or I am gonna die again but this time by boredom.

Cut to:

Alyx's house

Alyx (Narration)

Even though living with him is so different than before, well... In all honesty, it ain't all that bad. 

Silas starts laughing hard, possibly at something that happened on the TV with Alyx also laughing as well.

Alyx (Narration)

It is just good to have my friend back.

Act 3 end

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