The Chase

OPENING SCENE

PAN ONTO DOORS AT FRONT OF WESTDALE HIGH SCHOOL, HAMILTON,

ONTARIO (FALL MORNING)

Doors open and two boys emerge (both 15-17, middle class

clothing, jeans, t-shirts/sweaters, canadian).

Main Character and his friend walk out of the school, just

after the morning bell rings.

Friend #1: Glad that’s done with.

Main Character: Tell me about it.

Friend #1: So when is this bus

coming?

Main: (looks at his watch) Um looks

like right ab- (looks up at bus)

RIGHT NOW! (shouted)

*Main points at bus and panics*

*Both characters run and jump off steps*

*camera pauses* *title appears*

END SCENE

BACKGROUND OF CHARACTERS AND SCHOOL FADES, TITLE STAYS AND

OPENING CREDITS APPEAR.

FIRST SCENE

GO BACK TO FROZEN SCENE OF CHARACTERS JUMPING, FINISH THEM

LANDING

Characters begin sprinting for bus

MOVE TO SHOT OF CHARACTERS RUNNING FOR BUS FROM BEHIND

CLOSE UP: MAIN

Once characters realize that bus is no longer within reach,

they begin pulling up and slowing down.

WIDE OF CHARACTERS FROM FRONT

F1: Well…what are we going to do

now?

Main: We have to catch that bus

somehow! We can’t wait for another

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

 

CONTINUED:                                              2.

one, I need something from that

driver!

F1: And how do you plan to do that?

We can just wait for it to come

back around, right?

Main: NO! We need to cut it off as

soon as possible.

F1: What do you need?

Main: Don’t worry about it, we

just0 need to catch that bus!

F1: Fine then maybe we should go to

the bus station to get a map?

Main: Good idea

SCENE FADES TO BLACK

SECOND SCENE

BLACK FADES IN, SHOT OF CHARACTERS WALKING THROUGH STATION

FROM BEHIND (INDOORS) (GREEN SCREEN)

CUT-IN: CHARACTERS WALK UP TO CLERK

Clerk: How may I help you?

Main: Yeah we’re here to-

*Characters begin talking simultaneously, confuse clerk,

their words aren’t discernible*

CLOSE UP: CLERK GIVING RUDE FACE TO BOYS. SUDDENLY BECOMES

HAPPY AND SMILES.

Clerk: Well for starters that it is a common misconception,

but Mexico and Spain are not located near each other. (Pulls

out globe from desk and points out both Mexico and Spain.

Then turns back to F1 and hands him the bus schedule.)

Main: Thank you

Clerk: Oh and by the way.

Pauses and leans in.

Clerk: That pencil you couldn’t

find. You dropped it while you were

walking down the stairs from art

class.

(CONTINUED)

 

CONTINUED:                                              3.

CLOSE UP OF MAIN CHARACTER LOOKING CONFUSED.

CHARACTERS WALK OVER TO TABLE, OPEN UP MAP

MAIN: Look here, the route runs

here, and crosses over at fumbuck

creek.

F1: Why are you being so anal about

this? Anyway, the most

time-efficient place to meet the

bus is downtown.

Main: HOW COULD I MISS THAT?!

F1: Okay (said in long winded tone)

Main: Let’s skiddaddle

*Leave through rear doors

THIRD SCENE (DIRTY MIKE AND THE BOYS II)

DOWNTOWN SETTING, DAY TIME, GRUNGY AREA

BOYS WALK INTO AREA WITH HOMELESS MAN

HOBO: Could you spare some change?

Boys: No, sorry

Hobo: But wait, I’m no ordinary

Hobo

I’M BIG DIRTY MIKE! I don’t have my

boyz with me, but I’m still Big

Dirty Mike

*Whiteboard rolls into scene, Big Mike grabs red marker*

Hobo: You see, I have these points

to ponder that i think you should

stay for..

Main: Okay (said with a long tone

and an odd face)

Hobo: Alright, so here are my

points to ponder: 1) What is life?

2) Why?

*Main leans in to friend*

Main: This guy is crazy… He’s

wasting too much of our time. Lets

get outta here. (whispered)

(CONTINUED)

 

CONTINUED:                                              4.

*While Dirty Mike was explaining his points to ponder, Main

and Friend 1 slowly sneak away. Dirty Mike notices and

chases after them.*

*Front shot of the Main and F1 slowly running down the

street with dirty Mike quickly running after them*

Friend 2 enters

F2: Quick hide in here!

*F2 pulls Main and F1 into building to hide*

*Closes Door*

F2: What are you guys doing in this

part of town?

Main and F1: What are we doing down

here? What are you?!

F2: I volunteer down here

*Main and F1 look around and realize that they’re at a soup

kitchen for the homeless*

Main: Oh…

F2: yeah I was just finished my

shift, what are you guys doing down

here?

Main: Well, we skipped school to

take a bus, but we missed it and I

really need something from the bus

driver, so we decided to

*Bus drives by as hes finishing his story*

Main: go to the bus station and

find out where we could catch the

bus, and ended up here.

F2: Guess you’re in luck then!

Main: Why is that?

F2: My dad was a bus driver for 10

years, I used to ride with him on

he bus. You’ve known me since

kindergarten how do you not know

that?

*Main looks around awkwardly*

Main: Must have uh……slipped my

mind.

SHOT FADES OUT.

 

5.

SCENE 4

Main: Here we are, finally!

*Steps into bus and sees the driver. Gives driver a big hug*

Main: There I’d say that was worth

a day of exhaustion wouldn’t you?

*Sounding very unpleased*

F1: Let’s just sit down.

SCENE 5

*Boys get off bus*

Main: Oh my gosh!

F1: What?

*Main turns around to watch the bus pull away*

Main: My Backpack!!!!

*Characters turn and run to get the bus*

SHOT FREEZES. MOVIE ENDS.

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