Westdale Rules

Opening scene filmed in the same way as the opening for Zombieland:
WESTDALE MID-DAY. CAMERA IS FOCUSED ON FLAG FLYING OUTSIDE.
“O CANADA” IS PLAYING IN BACKGROUND.
Narrator: Oh, Canada, I wish I
could tell you that this was still
Westdale,
CAMERA DRAWS BACK TO SHOW FRONT ENTRANCE OF SCHOOL, THEN
MOVES TOWARDS THE DOOR.
but I’ve come to realize you can’t
have a school without rules
CAMERA GOES SHAKY AS IF HAND-HELD IN FIRST PERSON POV, AS IF
CAMERA IS THE AUDIENCE AS A PERSON, MOVES TOWARDS THE DOOR
OF SCHOOL AND GOES INSIDE, SMOKE FILLS THE HALL,WALLS ARE
FULL OF GRAFFITI, GARBAGE STREWN ON FLOOR, KIDS MILLING
AROUND, SMOKING, WEARING CHAINS, GLARING AT CAMERA AS IT
MOVES DOWN HALLWAY, A COUPLE IS NECKING IN THE CORNER,
ANOTHER IS ARGUING. THIS IS A PIVOTAL SCENE SHOWING WHAT THE
SCHOOL WOULD LOOK LIKE IF THERE WERE NO RULES.
and there are no rules at Westdale.
SOMEONE RUSHES PAST AND OUT THE DOOR BEHIND CAMERA. SOMEONE
ELSE COMES SCREAMING DOWN THE HALL IN HOT PURSUIT.
No my friends this is now the end
of days – my days – teenage style.
CAMERA CONTINUES DOWN HALL, NARRATOR OPENS A STAIRWELL DOOR
– IT IS PUSHED VIOLENTLY BACK AS A BIG MALE STUDENT IS
BLOCKING ENTRANCE, WHILE HIS FRIENDS BEHIND HIM ROUGH UP
ANOTHER STUDENT.
It’s amazing how quickly things can
go from bad to total apocalypse.
CONTINUE DOWN HALL, A STRETCHER GOES PAST WITH A BRUISED
FEMALE MOANING ON IT. A COP HURRIES PAST AND CONTINUES DOWN
THE OTHER HALLWAY. ANOTHER COP WITH A STUDENT IN HANDCUFFS
COMES BY
And why did this happen? Well, it
all started out innocently enough –
with attendance. Students wanted to
be able to sign themselves out of
class and write their own excuses.
Man Oh man, did that open up a
whole new can of worms.
CAMERA SHOWS A COUPLE OF ANGRY, TOUGH LOOKING BOYS COMING
TOWARDS OUR NARRATOR AS HE MOVES DOWN THE SCHOOL HALLWAY
THE TOUGH GUYS BEGINS TO PICK UP SPEED AND CHASE OUR
NARRATOR DOWN THE HALL AROUND THE CORNER AND UP THE STAIRS.
OUR NARRATOR SPRINTS WITH NO PROBLEM UP THE STAIRS, BUT THE
ASSAILANTS GET WINDED AND STOP TO CATCH THEIR BREATH.

OUR NARRATOR GOES OUT OF THE STAIRWELL AND INTO THE 3RD
FLOOR HALLWAY. WALKS DOWN THE HALL, PASSING KIDS ALONG THE
WAY, SOME WALKING CONFIDENTLY WITH INAPPROPRIATE SLOGANS –
“I LOVE BEER” OR I HATE YOU ON THEIR SHIRTS, DODGES A
SKATEBOARDER, SOME COWER FURTIVELY PAST AND DUCK INTO A
CLASSROOM, A COUPLE IS NECKING IN THE CORNER.
When you don’t have to go to class,
why bother? Imagine the fun you can
have just hanging with your
friends.
SHOT OF NARRATOR HANDING OVER HIS LUNCH AND MONEY TO A
COUPLE OF THUGS IN THE HALL. THEY ARE CARRYING CHAINS AND
HAVE A BOTTLE OF BEER IN THEIR BACK POCKET. ONE IS
DISTRACTED BY USING A LASER POINTER TO HARASS A GIRL ACROSS
THE HALL. NARRATOR SPIES THE THUGS THAT WERE CHASING HIM
DASHES INTO THE ELEVATOR AS IT OPENS FOR A CARETAKER HE
BOUNCES OFF THE BACK WALL OF THE ELEVATOR. CARETAKER LOOKS
TIRED AND ANXIOUS, HE CARRIES A BASEBALL BAT ON HIS
TROLLEY. HE WANTS TO KICK OUT THE NARRATOR, BUT THE DOORS
CLOSE JUST AS THE THUGS SLAM INTO THE DOOR.
CARETAKER AND NARRATOR SIZE ONE ANOTHER UP. SINCE OUR
NARRATOR LOOKS LIKE A “LOSER” IN THIS NEW PARADIGM, THE
CARETAKER BECOMES RELAXED. THE ELEVATOR MOVES UP THE FLOORS.
Caretaker: Looks like you could use
a hand up.
Narrator: yah, can’t remember the
last time I was able to eat my own
lunch. What is wrong with these
people?
Caretaker: It all starts with
respect.
They show respect for the school by
not throwing garbage around, in
fact, picking it up! by not
tagging, by not breaking windows,
this means that you give a damn
about your school and are proud to
be a Warrior
SHOTS OF STUDENTS PICKING UP GARBAGE, PUTTING THEIR GARBAGE
INTO TRASH CANS, COLLECTING RECYCLABLES, CHANGING THEIR MIND
ABOUT GRAFFITI, STOPPING A STUDENT FROM BREAKING WINDOW,
GETTING SMALLER KIDS TO
When kids have respect for
themselves and their education –
the sky is the limit.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 3.
SHOT OF STUDENTS IN CLASS DOING COOL STUFF, WALKING UP TO
GET THEIR DIPLOMA, AT UNIVERSITY,ON VARIOUS JOB LOCATIONS IN
PARTS OF THE WORLD (IF POSSIBLE)
When they respect themselves, they
respect others – the entire world
is a better place
SHOT OF STUDENTS HELPING ONE ANOTHER – TUTORING, MENTORING,
BREAKING UP A FIGHT, PUTTING THEIR CIGARETTE OUT, TAKING OFF
THEIR HATS, COACHING A BASKETBALL, ETC. SOME SHOTS OF
STUDENTS HELPING THE PLANET – RAISING FUNDS FOR VARIOUS
CAUSES – WORKING IN THE COMMUNITY WITH YOUNG KIDS, WITH OLD
FOLKS, RAKING LAWNS, WORKING ETC.
Narrator: and isn’t that what it is
all about? A better life for us,
for our community, for our planet?
LAST SHOT OF ALL STUDENTS LAUGHING BEING TOGETHER THEN
CAMERA GOES OUT FOR A REALLY LONG SHOT OF KIDS & SCHOOL,THEN
WESTDALE COMMUNITY, THEN HAMILTON, THEN THE WORLD AS IT
SPINS

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