In the Midst of Night

Overview

Status: Finished
Production Date: February 19 2009 - April 12 2009
Length: 36 min.
Director(s): William Mok
Camera Man/Men: William Mok
Scriptwriter(s): William Mok
Video Editor(s): William Mok
Genre: Drama/Suspense

Synopsis

     An average hardworking man comes home one night to find in his house a dead body.

Characters (10)

Gavin - Gavin Wong.  Average hardworking man. Honest but kept to himself.  Very skeptical of things in general.

Alaina - Alaina Fong.  Gavin's friend. Caring but talks a lot.  Very trusting of people; believes things easily.

Asee - Asee Thao.  Gavin's other friend. Lives for the moment. Easily mistaken for having darker intentions when he has none to begin with.

Simon - Nathan Cline.  Long time enemy to Gavin and his friends.  Happens to work at the same place as Gavin. Very nosy, comic relief.

Nathan - Simon Lal. Simon's closest friend. Does whatever Simon says.

Sara - Sara Shijo.  Office manager in charge under Boss.

Boss - Ashleen Lal.  District manager in charge over Sara.

Ava - Ava Peng.

Alex - Alex Ajayi.

Peter - Peter Seto.

Script (20)

Scene 1: Summer End (Finished March 5 2009) #

-- Low view from grass, slowly pan up to show Alaina, Asee, and Gavin walking along levee. --
Gavin: How much longer? We've been walking kind of far already.
Alaina: It should be around here somewhere.  There's supposed to be a meteor shower tonight!
Asee: Alright! I can't wait!
-- Cut to low angle of them arriving and standing at edge. --
Gavin: Well, here we are.  See anything?
Asee: Oh I see - no wait - ah I was just seeing things.
Alaina: You just have to be patient. I'm sure it'll come.  The paper said so.
» A short pause before Gavin interrupts. Gavin and Alaina respond somewhat hesistantly at first.
Gavin: The forecasters could be wrong.
Alaina: Well... they could also be right.
Gavin: Most of the time they're wrong though.
Alaina: (sigh) You can't always doubt everything Gavin.  Life gets boring otherwise.
Asee: Hey guys - let's not fight already.  It's our last night together; let's make it worth while.
Alaina: Asee's right - let's not argue.  I still can't believe we're finally out of school, starting to work for ourselves and all.
Gavin: Makes you wish you were still in school sometimes.
Alaina: I guess... I'm more excited though. It's just different.
Asee: Hey don't forget I'm still stuck in school for another year. Not everyone graduates you know!
» Moment of silence as they all watch the sky. Gavin who shakes his head, looking down as he speaks. Alaina sighs and looks away from the sky.
Gavin: (sigh) I - I'm sorry.  I just don't think-
Alaina: "Don't think" - you just never-
Asee: Shh! Guys - Look!
» All three look toward the sky; bright flash lights up them against the dark sky behind them.
-- Cut behind the characters, dark against a bright sky, dimming down after shooting star passed. --
Alaina: That was beautiful.
Gavin: ... Looks like I was wrong afterall.
-- Fade to black. --

Scene 2: Day 1 Morning (Finished March 14 2009) #

-- Close up to clock ringing at 6:30. --
» Gavin slams it to turn it off, tired.
-- Cut to faucet. --
» Gavin lets it run and starts brushing his teeth (off camera).
-- Cut to cereal on shelf. --
» Gavin grabs it.
-- Cut to bowl on counter. --
» Gavin fills it with cereal, then pours milk.
-- Cut to table. --
» Gavin sits alone, eating ceral, looks bored.  Gavin glances up at clock.
-- Cut to clock on wall, ticking at 7:30. --
-- Close up angle of Gavin, sighing and continuing with his cereal. --

Scene 3: Day 1 Work (Finished March 28 2009) #

-- Cut to stapler on desk, papers get stapled. --
Boss: Welcome to your first day at D.A.H. Enterprises.
-- Packet handed out to Gavin, then move on. --
Boss: I am your district manager, and I would like to congratulate everyone for making it this far.
-- Pan across workers listening intently. --
Boss: It was not an easy process, to choose between you all, though none of you had anything particularly interesting to choose from in the first place.
-- Cut to face room of workers listening. --
Boss: However, we have narrowed you all down to the few that remain here today.
-- Closeup on Gavin confused at his packet. --
Boss: Before you get too comfortable, I would like to remind everyone that we expect nothing but the best.  You have all been assigned to a 7-day work week and work from morning to midnight.  No excuses. 
-- Show packet is blank. --
-- Cut back in front of Gavin. --
» Gavin as he raises his hand slowly, but gets scared and drops it on the ground.
Boss: Excuse me! Put your hand down!  I am in the middle of speaking and am not accepting questions!
-- Cut sideways to show Nathan and Simon snickering in the distance at Gavin. --
Boss: Now as I was saying, before I was so rudely interrupted...  Note here that this here is not a permanent position.
-- Cut to clipboard in Boss's hands. --
Boss: Over the next month, your work and progress will be observed and evaluated.
-- Pan over employees' faces. --
Boss: After that, only one of you shall stay and the others will, fortunately, be gone.
-- Cut to Boss without showing face, then pan to Sara in the corner. --
Boss: I will now turn the floor over Sara, your office manager.
» Boss walks across in front of Sara to leave hurriedly.
» Sara watches Boss leave awkwardly, then steps forward.
Sara: Alright, like mentioned previously, I am the office manager, so I will be the one evaluating you all and determining who gets the final position.
-- Pan across blank faces of the employees. --
-- Cut back to Sara, awkward in the silence. --
Sara: Um, don't worry though.  I'm not as strict as the district manager; she's just a bit crazy.  If you all just do your work, you'll be off just fine.
» Sighs of relief from the rest of the employees.
Sara: Okay, end of meeting.  Now get to work!
-- Fade to ground, feet shuffling by. --
-- Cut to Gavin sitting at his desk, writing. --
» Simon steps into view.  Gavin notices and turns to face him, then surprised.
Gavin: Oh, it's you.  What are you doing here?
-- Cut to Simon, looking down at Gavin. --
» Simon begins to speak but his voice cracks.  He motions to the side; Nathan scurries in, hands him a bottle of water, and scurries out. Simon gulps it down before continuing.
Simon: Well, it is currently one of the 7 work days we have here at Union Enterprises, currently within one of the 12 hours of the day in which our schedule presides, so I believe it is only logical that I am here to work.
-- Cut to Gavin frustrated. --
Gavin: Cut the crap, Simon.  What do you want?
-- Cut to Simon. --
Simon: Now, now... As I was saying, Gavin, before I so rudely interrupted...
» Simon motions to the side.
-- Cut to Gavin. --
» Nathan sticks his head in, slaps Gavin, and disappears.
» Gavin is just confused and angry now.
-- Cut to Simon. --
Simon: I know back in high school we had our differences, but I believe now that we work at a professional company, we ought to resolve them.  What do you- (think?)
-- Cut behind Simon, Nathan huddled up hiding behind something. --
Sara: What are you guys doing?
» Simon and Nathan turn around.
Simon: Oh, uh, nothing, ma'am.  We're just saying hi to our friend Gavin - we're old friends from high school.  Just trying to make the workplace more lively and bearable for our coworker here.
Sara: Gavin seems to be doing just fine; it appears to be you two that haven't made any progress yet.
Simon: Right - of course.  We were just taking our break period a bit earlier, but we'll get right on it now that you mention it.
» Simon and Nathan scramble off. Gavin is confused.
Gavin: Um, thanks I guess.
Sara: Don't worry about it.  By the way, you'll probably get the job.  No one else seems to be doing much around here.
-- Cut to Gavin continuing his work. --
Gavin: Alrighty then, not bad for a first day.

Scene 4: Night 1 (Finished March 14 2009 - March 31 2009) #

-- View of house.  Gavin walking home, talking to Alaina on cell. --
Alaina: So how was your first day at work?
Gavin: It was okay. The manager said I'll probably move up.
Alaina: That's good.  Did you meet anyone interesting?
-- Cut to door. --
Gavin: Yeah, you won't believe it though.  I met -
» Gavin pauses at his door, looks at opened window.
Alaina: Is something wrong?
-- Cut to view of Gavin from inside house. --
Gavin: Nothing. I just thought - actually nevermind.  How was your day?
-- Cut inside view of door as Gavin steps in. --
Alaina: Me? It was great.  I'm only a student teacher right now, but the kids are -
» Gavin smells something bad and coughs.
Alaina: Gavin! That's not nice!
Gavin: No it's not that.  It's just - something smells really bad in here.
-- Cut to light switch. --
» Gavin flips it on and off several times, but nothing happens.
Gavin: Hm, the power isn't working again. Gotta remember to call the manager.
-- Cut to window. --
» Gavin reaches in to close it.
-- Cut to drawers. --
» Gavin pulls out a flashlight.
-- Cut to Gavin's face as he tests out the light. --
Gavin: (chuckles) It's so strange.  You ever get the feeling like you're in a horror movie?
-- Cut to Gavin, dark against windows (lighter outside).  Short pause of silence. --
Gavin: Alaina?
-- Cut to Gavin's perspective. --
» Gavin takes cellphone off ear and looks at it; phone is dead.
-- Front view of Gavin. --
Gavin: (sigh) Not again.
» Gavin examines the phone, accidentally dropping the flashlight which goes out.
Gavin: Dammit.
-- Cut to counter, Gavin groping his way through darkness. --
-- Cut to ground Flashlight rolls to a stop next to a body.  Gavin feels his way along the ground, feels the flash light and flicks it on.
Gavin: Shit!
» Gavin falls backwards and lands off camera.
--
-- Cut to dead body of Alex on ground, lit by flashlight. --
-- Cut to ground, Gavin sliding backwards away from the body. --
-- Cut to Gavin's fearful expression as he stops against wall. --
-- Cut behind Gavin's shoulder as he sits hunched, dead body (Alex) at distance. --
-- Fade to black. --

Scene 5: Day 2 Morning (Finished March 14 2009 - March 31 2009) #

-- Unfade to outside shot of house at dawn. --
-- Cut to clock ticking at 6:31. --
-- Cut to faucet. --
» Gavin lets it run, washes his hands which are bloody.
-- Cut to cereal, untouched. --
-- Cut to empty counter. --
-- Cut to Gavin at table, not eating or anything. --
-- Closeup of Gavin, talking on wired phone at wall, see only his hand. --
Alaina: So what did you do with it?
Gavin: I didn't know what to do... I couldn't call the cops - they'd think I did it.

// Flashback
-- Closeup Alex's body, with Gavin sitting in the distance, scared. --
-- Closeup of phone with slow pan. --
//


Alaina: So what did you do with it?
Gavin: What did I do with what?
Alaina: The body - what did you do with the body?
Gavin: I... I hid it.

// Flashback
-- Low angle of Gavin packing something into a black bag. --
-- Closeup of bag being dragged on the ground, limb sticking out. --
-- Distant low angle of front door slightly open. --
» Gavin hunched over, dragging bag out the door.
//


Alaina: Where?
» Gavin sighs, uncomfortable.
Gavin: I-I gotta go.  I'm almost late for work.
Alaina: What?! Wait - hold on!
» Gavin hangs up and walks off.

Scene 6: Day 2 Workplace (Finished March 28 2009 - March 31 2009) #

-- Close up of Gavin at his desk, sleeping. --
» Boss slams fist on Gavin's desk.
Boss: Gavin, wake up! I can tell right now we're probably not keeping you for long.
-- Cut to Boss at front of the room, not showing face. --
Boss: All of you - I expect to see only the best.  Sara has called in sick today, so it is my sole displeasure to have to evaluating you now instead.  Remember I expect only the best.  That means you too Gavin! If you sleep again, you will be fired!
-- Cut to Gavin falling asleep again. --
» Simon sticks his head in and slams the desk, waking him.
-- Pan to Simon at his own desk, smirking. --
-- Cut to Boss, not showing face. --
» Boss scribbles something down on clipboard.
Boss: Thank you Simon.  I see potential in you already.
-- Cut to Simon smiling to himself. --
-- Fade to missing persons wall. --
» Gavin walking by, looking through wall of missing persons.  He stops and examines Alex's picture.
Gavin: How'd that get here so fast?
» Simon looks at him curiously from a distance.
» Gavin notices and glances at him briefly before his phone rings.
Gavin: Hello?
Alaina: Hey, Asee and I are going to eat out.  Want to come as well?
Gavin: Um, sure.  Definitely, I'll come.
Alaina: Okay, see you then.  Don't be late.
» Gavin walks off camera.  Simon continues to watch from distance.
-- Fade. --

Scene 7: Day 2 Dinner (Finished April 2 2009) #

-- Alaina and Asee at table, slow zoom out. --
» Asee is randomly talking out while Alaina clearly annoyed.
» Gavin walks in.
Asee: Hey Gavin!
Alaina: Hey Gavin.
Asee: Dude, how come when I go to your apartment, you don't answer.
Gavin: Um, when?
Asee: Like last night, when you were at work.
Gavin: Maybe because.. I'm at work?
Asee: Oh, but I saw someone there.  That wasn't you?
Gavin: No...
Asee: You sure?
» Awkward moment of silence.
Alaina: So what do you guys want to eat?
Asee: Oh what is there to eat? Talking about food makes me hungry.  I'm going to the bathroom - I'll be right back.
» Asee leaves Gavin and Alaina.
Alaina: So... was there anything you wanted to talk about?
Gavin: Like what?
Alaina: Like... the dead body?
Gavin: Let's not talk about it.
Alaina: You sure?
» Asee arrives back cutting them off.  He then goes off on a tangent, leaving the other two speechless.

Scene 8: Night 2 (Finished March 14 2009) #

-- Cut to sidewalk and low angle view of house. --
» Gavin walking back very upbeat, relaxed.
-- Cut to front door. --
» Gavin walks up and unlocks it with a key.
-- Cut to high angle down at Gavin. --
» Gavin opens the door and steps right in.
-- Door from inside, closeup on Gavin. --
» Gavin steps in, still smiling to himself.  He takes his time shutting the door and putting away his keys.
-- Cut to lightswitch. --
» Gavin flicks it once; nothing happens.
-- Close to Gavin's face, smile fading away. --
-- Cut to lights off on ceiling. --
-- Cut to low angle of open window. --
-- Cut to lightswitch. --
» Gavin starts flicking it on and off frantically, no effect.
-- Closeup to Gavin's eyes, glancing nervously. --
» Gavin glances once toward ground in front of him, then back again in shock.  Gavin gasps.
-- Low angle behind Sara dead on the ground, Gavin standing in the doorway in the back. --
-- Close up on Sara's face. --

Scene 9: Day 3 Morning (Finished March 14 2009 - March 31 2009) #

-- Closeup to wired phone as Gavin calls Alaina. --
Gavin: It happened again.
Alaina: What happened?
Gavin: The dead body.
Alaina: What do you mean? I thought you got rid of it.
Gavin: No - it's a different one.
Alaina: Different? You mean like another dead body appeared?
Gavin: Yes! What else would I mean?!

// Flashback
-- Closeup to black bag on ground, slow pan up to Gavin packing body into it. --
-- Closeup to Gavin's face as he angrily stuffs the body. --
//


Gavin: Goddammit - why is this happening to me?!
Alaina: Gavin-
Gavin: I'm so screwed man - what am I going to do?
Alaina: Gavin-
Gavin: Someone's going to find out-
Alaina: Gavin!
» Gavin pauses, very nervous wreck.
Alaina: Gavin, you did nothing wrong.  It's not your fault.

Scene 10: Day 3 Cycles (Finished March 28 2009 - March 31 2009) #

++ Work Place ++
-- Cut to Gavin at his desk, scribbling, smiling, upbeat. --
Gavin: (chuckles) Alaina's right.  It really isn't my fault.  I have nothing to be worrying about.
-- Cut to Simon watching from his desk. --
Simon: What's he so happy about?
» Simon snaps his fingers to the side.  Nathan pokes his head in, gives him a pen.
» Simon turns around and begins working on his papers.
++ Night ++
-- Cut to front door. --
» Gavin hums to himself while entering.
-- Cut inside. --
» Gavin chuckles and shakes his head when he sees Peter dead, starts packing it away like it's routine.
-- Cut outside the house, fade from night to morning. --
-- Gavin working on his papers, staples it finished. --
-- Papers handed to Boss at table. --
Boss: Not bad, Gavin.  But there's just too much room for improvement.
-- Papers handed back and Gavin goes back to his desk. --
-- Gavin at his desk again. --
Gavin: Eh, at least I wasn't fired.
++ Night ++
-- Cut to door. --
» Gavin enters calmly.
-- Cut inside. --
» Gavin is mildly amused to find Nathan dead.
Gavin: Well, that's a bit unfortunate.
++ Workplace ++
-- Cut to stapler being slammed. --
-- Cut to Gavin at his desk, finished stapling. --
» Gavin examines his packet of papers, then gets up to turn them in.
-- Cut to Simon watching from his desk. --
» Simon fingers at the blank papers on his desk.  Simon annoyed, then shuts his eyes and motions to the side.  Nothing happens.
» Simon confused, then angry, shuts his eyes, and motions again.  Still nothing happens.
» Simon opens his eyes and looks off to the side, wondering.  Then glances around, confused. His eyes stop on Gavin.
-- Cut to Gavin's desk, Simon behind Gavin in the distance. --
» Gavin sits back down and starts writing again.
Gavin: What's wrong Simon?
Simon: Oh, uh, it's... it's nothing.
-- Closeup on Simon. --
» Simon glances around a bit again, then thinking as he watches Gavin.

Scene 11: Day 4 Morning (Finished March 14 2009 - March 31 2009) #

-- Gavin leaning against the wall, talking on the phone. --
Gavin: You're right - I'm so glad you said that.  It really isn't my fault.  I don't know what I was worrying about.
Alaina: Wait, so you're still getting dead bodies every night?
Gavin: It's not that big of a deal.  Gets easier once you know what you're doing.
Alaina: (pause) But there are people, dead people, showing up at your home every night.  Things like that don't just happen - you know that.
» Awkward pause.  Gavin starts feeling uncomfortable.
Gavin: Well there's nothing I can do about it... Besides, they're nobody I know anyways.
-- Cut to window. --
» Asee pokes his head up briefly (too quick for us to see clearly).
-- Cut back to Gavin, who freezes. --
-- Cut back to window, no one there. --
-- Cut to wall with phone, away from Gavin's face. --
Gavin: Hold on.  I'll call you back.
» Gavin puts the phone down slowly and walks toward the window.
-- Closeup of Gavin's feet stepping slowly. --
-- Slow zoom on front door. --
» Gavin whips open the front door to reveal Asee with his back to us.  Asee not paying attention at first, slowly turns around.  Asee waves.
Asee: Hey, Gavin!
-- Cut to angle showing Gavin and Asee. --
Gavin: Asee? What are you doing here? Don't you have school?
Asee: It's a weekend Gavin - why would I have school on a weekend.
Gavin: Oh, is it? Well I still have work today; the company gives us a 7-day work week.
Asee: Oh, that sucks.
Gavin: Yeah.
-- Awkward pause. --
Asee: Gavin man, isn't there something you want to tell me?
Gavin: Huh? Like what?
Asee: Oh I see how it is - cut me out of the loop.
Gavin: Wait what?
Asee: You tell Alaina, but not me.  You don't trust me or something?
Gavin: What are you talking about?
Asee: Dude - Gavin, what else am I talking about? You have dead people showing up at your house.
-- High angle shot of both of them, another pause. --
-- Close up on Gavin's face, tension. --
-- Cut back to both. --
Gavin: Don't say that so loud.
Asee: Oh, what? So now nobody can know?
-- Cut to Asee. --
» Asee turns around and starts yelling.
Asee: People! People of the world! Gavin has dea-
» Gavin spins him back around. Asee laughs.
Asee: I'm just kidding - you take it so serious.  I wouldn't do that to you.  Come on.
-- Close up on Gavin, relieved but disturbed. --
Gavin: I don't know.  Seems like I don't even know my own friends anymore.

Scene 12: Day 4 Work (Finished March 28 2009) #

-- Front door of office. --
» Gavin hurrying in with Asee wandering behind him.
Gavin: Why are you following me again?
Asee: Cause - I want to see where you work Gavin. Why else?
-- Front desk, not showing employee behind it. --
» Gavin walks up to show his ID. Asee making faces behind him.
Security: And who are you?
» Asee points to himself in confusion.
Asee: Oh, I'm with him.
Security: Guest?
Gavin: No-
Asee: Yeah, of course.
» Gavin sighs.
» Asee handed a temporary id for guest.
-- Cut to hall as Gavin walks down, Asee trailing behind him. --
Asee: So what do you do?
Gavin: Nothing.
Asee: Are you a boss?
» Gavin says nothing, continues walking off camera.  Asee stops.
Asee: Or are you just a LOWLY office worker? (cracks up)
» Asee continues walking, following Gavin.
-- Cut to Gavin at his desk, writing, angled to showed Asee running around behind him. --
» Gavin sighs, glancing once behind him before going back to work.
-- Cut side view of all desks, without showing who sits behind them. --
» Asee strolls down, pausing and waving to each one.  He acts surprised when he reaches Simon's desk.
-- Cut to Simon at his desk, working for once. --
Asee: (gasp) Simon! What are you doing here?
» Simon turns around tiredly.
Simon: Asee?
Asee: Haha - are you just a LOWLY worker too? Like Gavin over there?
Simon: Um, no? I'm working my way up thank you - and at this company, no worker is a low-
Asee: LOWLY.
» Simon stops talking, looks defeated.  He turns around and continues working.
-- Cut to Gavin, zoom out to include Asee. --
» Asee scuddles in, Gavin puts down his pen tiredly and faces him.
Asee: So is this it?
-- Cut to front door. --
» Boss steps in (not showing face).
-- Cut back to Gavin and Asee. --
Asee: Ohhh! Who's that?!
» Asee thinks for a bit.
Asee: I'll go say hi!
» Asee about to run off, but Gavin holds him back.
Gavin: Uh, no - that's the manager.  Unless you want to get me fired, don't even show your face her.
Asee: Oh okay. (pause) I'll go say hi then.
Gavin: No, wait-
Asee: I'm just kidding man.  Jeez - you act like I'm stupid or something. I would never get you fired, come on.
-- Cut to Boss setting up station at her desk. --
-- Cut to Gavin writing at his desk, Asee watching behind him. --
Asee: (whispers) So, what kind of dead people do you get at your house?
Gavin: (surprised at Asee) What- Don't talk about that here.
Asee: Are they friendly dead people?
Gavin: They're dead people - what does it matter?
Asee: Seriously though Gavin - you should call the cops.
Gavin: Maybe not.
» Asee stands up, offended.  Gavin is surprised.
Asee: So what? So you're just going to keep treating it like it's a normal everyday thing?!
Gavin: Shh - not so loud.
-- Cut to Nathan writing at his desk, Asee and Gavin in the distance. --
Asee: If I found a dead person I wouldn't even think twice, man - I'd go straight to the cops.
» Nathan pauses, then watches them.
-- Cut back to Gavin and Asee. --
Gavin: Yeah - but you don't even think once to begin with - not saying much if you don't think twice.
Asee: Yeah, well tell me then.  Why NOT go to the cops?
Gavin: Um, first of all, it's my house.  Second of all, how am I going to tell the cops that dead bodies just appeared in my house for no reason.  I don't think they'd believe me, and even if they did, they'd think I was the killer.
Asee: (pause) Well I believe you Gavin.  And if you're not going to do something about it, I will.
» Asee gets up and leaves.
Gavin: What are you talking about? Wait!
-- Cut to front door. --
» Asee hurries out.
-- Cut back to Gavin. --
» Gavin sighs and continues writing at his desk.

Scene 13: Night 4 (Finished March 14 2009 - March 31 2009) #

-- Follow Gavin as he goes back to his house, talking on his cellphone (similar to first night). --
Alaina: So did he actually call the cops?
Gavin: No, I don't think so.  I haven't heard anything.
Alaina: Where did he go then?
Gavin: I don't know.  I guess he went home or something.  That guy's unpredictable.
Alaina: I think he's having some issues back home.
Gavin: What do you mean?
Alaina: Well, last I heard from him, he's been having some trouble with his parents.  He hasn't come home or gone to school or anything.
-- Cut to door being unlocked. --
Gavin: Really? He told me today he wasn't at school cause it was a weekend; he didn't mention he was ditching or anything.
Alaina: Wait, did he came to your apartment?
-- High angle of Gavin at his door. --
Gavin: Yeah. Speaking of which, how did he find out about.. the problem I'm having.  Did you tell him?
» Silence. Gavin about to open his door but pauses.
-- Closeup to Gavin's face. --
Gavin: Alaina?
-- Cut behind Gavin, him facing the door, still paused. --
Alaina: I didn't tell him Gavin.  I don't know how he found out.
» Gavin steps back.
-- Cut sideways as Gavin backs up. --
Alaina: Gavin - I hate to say this - but do you think maybe Asee-
Gavin: Yeah, I know what you're thinking.  I don't know.
-- Angle of Gavin and the door in front of him.  Moment's pause. --
Gavin: Alaina - does Asee have a cell? (pause) Alaina?
-- Cut to phone in Gavin's hand as he looks at it. --
Gavin: Ugh, dead again.
-- Cut to Gavin. --
» Gavin sighs and gets ready to enter his house.
-- Cut to door inside. --
» Gavin slowly opens and walks in, pinching his nose.
-- Low angle behind dead body on ground, Gavin standing in background. --
-- Cut to counter. --
» Gavin reaches behind it and grabs a flashlight.
Gavin: So who'd you kill this time, Asee?
-- Closeup of Gavin fumbling with flashlight to get it on. --
-- Cut to floor in front of dead body and pan to face, following light.  It is Asee. --
-- Cut to flashlight being dropped on the ground. --
-- Cut to black. --

Scene 14: Day 5 Morning (Finished March 14 2009 - March 31 2009) #

-- Gavin on the wired phone again against wall.  Don't show his face. --
Alaina: (casually) So who's the dead guy this time?
Gavin: It was Asee.
Alaina: What?!
Gavin: It was Asee.
Alaina: But I thought-
Gavin: Yeah, well so did I, and we suspected him right up to his death. Goddammit I feel horrible.
-- Silence. --
Gavin: I should have done something.
Alaina: You should have called the cops.
Gavin: That's what Asee said! And look where it got him!
Alaina: (pause) Gavin, are you doing this?
Gavin: (pause) What?
Alaina: Are you doing this?
Gavin: What?!
Alaina: Just answer the question.
Gavin: Alaina, why would I-
Alaina: I don't know Gavin.  There's just no one else that fits.  I mean first of all it's your house. And then why are you so afraid of calling the cops? 
-- Closeup of Gavin biting his lip. --
Alaina: Maybe you don't really know you're doing this, like you have a split personality or something.  I don't know.  There's alot of good people that have personality disorders, but it can be fixed if you get help.
-- Closeup of Gavin tightening his fist. --
Alaina: (pause) Gavin?
-- Closeup of phone against Gavin's ear. --
Alaina: Gavin, what are you going to do?
Gavin: I don't know.  I'll think of something.
Alaina: Gavin, I didn't mean it that way.  It just came out wrong. I-
» Gavin hangs up and sighs, pauses for a bit to collect himself.
-- Cut to closet shelf. --
» Gavin pulls out a camera bag.
-- Cut to camcorder in Gavin's hands. --
» Gavin rotates and examines it.
-- Cut to counter or table with camcorder hidden under a towel. --
» Gavin steadies and secures it.
-- Cut to Gavin from camcorder's perspective. --
» Gavin finishes and waves, somewhat sadistic and tired.
-- Cut to distant shot of camcorder in background. --
» Gavin walks past and out the door.

Scene 15: Day 5 Work (Finished March 28 2009) #

-- Cut to Gavin working at his desk, zoom out to show Simon. --
» Simon steps in and pauses.
Simon: Hello, Gavin.
Gavin: Hi, Simon.
» Simon pauses again, tight-lipped and fists clenched.
Simon: Have you seen Nathan by any chance?
Gavin: Nope.
Simon: (unbelieving) Really.
Gavin: Yep.
Simon: What about the-
Gavin: Go away, Simon.  I'm trying to work.
» Boss; Quiet over there! Simon get back to work!
» Simon is stiff, biting his lip, for a moment, then walks idly away.

Scene 16: Night 5 (Finished March 14 2009) #

-- Pan low angle of house at night. --
» Gavin steps up.
-- Low angle of Gavin. --
» Gavin's cellphone rings.  Gavin takes it out to look but puts it away.
Gavin: Not now, Alaina.
-- Cut to door as Gavin slides key in. --
-- High angle of Gavin unlocking door. --
-- Cut behind Gavin. --
» Gavin pauses and sighs, before opening the door and stepping in.
-- Closeup of Gavin's confused expression once inside. --
-- Low angle with Gavin at the doorway in the background. --
» There is no dead body.
-- Closeup to Gavin's confused look again. --
» Gavin steps forward, then stops, stepping on something.
-- Ground view of Ava's hand being stepped on and her head sideways on the ground, looks like she was trying to escape. --
» Gavin steps back, shocked.
-- Low angle of Gavin sighing to himself, but not scared (like he's used to it). --
-- Cut to camcorder on the floor. --
» Gavin picks it up.
-- Low angle of Gavin watching the camcorder screen. --

// Camcorder Screen Fast Forward
-- View of empty room, gradual fast forward from day to night. --
-- Camera view shifts suddenly for a brief second. --
//


-- Closeup of Gavin's confused look. --

// Camcorder Screen Normal Speed
-- Nothing happens on screen for a long while. --
-- Sudden blink and some noise on screen. --
-- Screen blacks out. --
-- Screen comes on again, camcorder is tilted on the floor. --
» Ava's head lands sideways on the floor, frozen wide-eyed expression.
» Ava is slowly dragged off camera.
-- Screen blacks out again. --
//


-- Back to low angle of Gavin. --
» Gavin presses buttons a few times on the camcorder.
-- Cut to camcorder in his hands, dead. --
-- Cut back to low angle of Gavin. --
» Gavin examines the camcorder a bit, then frustrated and puts it away.
» Gavin clearly angry and thinking hard, looks around a bit.

Scene 17: Day 6 Morning (Finished March 14 2009) #

-- Cut to clock ticking past 7:00. --
-- Cut to bathroom sink and faucet, stained red. --
-- Cut to cereal box on stained counter. --
-- Cut to phone on the wall. --
» Phone rings, no answer.

Scene 18: Day 6 Cycles (Finished March 28 2009 - March 31 2009) #

++ Workplace ++
-- Cut to Gavin's empty desk. --
» Boss steps into view and pulls out a clipboard.
Boss: If he can't even keep a clean attendence, he's clearly not fit to work.
» Boss walks off, showing Simon sitting at his desk in the distance, watching.
Boss: Everyone, let that be a lesson to you all - you miss a day of work and you lose any chance of getting that position!
-- Cut to Simon, staring blankly. --
» Boss walks by.
Boss: Good job, on your work Simon.  Look sharp now.
» Simon doesn't react, just continues staring blindly.
++ Alaina's Classroom ++
-- Cut to Alaina at her desk, grading some work. --
» Alaina puts down her pen and sighs.  Alaina pulls out her cellphone and calls Gavin, but no response.
Alaina: Ugh, Gavin, why won't you pick up?
++ House ++
-- Cut to front of the house, fade from day time to night and back several times. --

Scene 19: Day End (Finished March 14 2009) #

++ It is daytime, several days past. ++
-- Cut to phone on the wall. --
» Phone rings but no answer.  Goes to answer machine instead.
Gavin: (answer machine) Hi, this is Gavin.  Leave message and I'll try to call you back.  Thanks.
Alaina: Hey, Gavin.  I haven't talked to you for days now.  Your boss says you haven't been showing up to work either.  You're starting to worry me.  Is everything alright? Call back please.
-- Pan across empty room and kitchen, stop at door. --
-- Cut outside front door. --
» Alaina knocks on the door but no response, tries to force open the door, sighs and leans against the door, not knowing what to do.
-- Low angle of the house from a distance. --
» Simon steps into view.
-- Low angle of Simon squinting into the sun. --
Simon: You looking for Gavin too?
-- Cut to Alaina. --
» Alaina stands up surprised.
Alaina: Yeah, I am.  Who are you?
-- Angle of Simon. --
» Simon is notably solumn, tired.
Simon: Just a coworker.  I knew Gavin a bit... not too well.  Not well enough I suppose.
-- Cut to Alaina. --
Alaina: What do you mean by that?
» Simon climbing up steps and stopping in front of her.
-- Cut to angle to show both. --
Simon: Well, I don't know how to put this - but did Gavin ever seem kind of... off... to you? (chuckles) I know this sounds weird and I really don't know how else to say this.
Alaina: I get what you mean.
Simon: (pause) You do? (more angrily) Because my best friend went missing about a week ago.  I haven't heard or seen him since.  Forgive me, but I think Gavin knows something about it.  He seems to know alot about the people that disappear around here.
-- Cut to Alaina, angled away from Simon. --
Alaina: Yeah, he does.
» Alaina looks down silently.  Simon walks past her and starts pounding on the door.
Simon: Gavin! Open up! Open up now! I know we haven't always been on good terms with each other, but I at least deserve some answers!
-- Simon up close to camera pounding on door, Alaina further back looking at him. --
Alaina: I don't think he's going to answer.
-- Side view of Simon facing the door. --
Simon: Well, if he won't open the door, I will.
» Simon steps back, and then charges and kicks the door, but no effect, instead hurting his own leg.
Simon: Ow! (laughingly)
» Simon revels in pain and then leans back against the door, sliding down into sitting position.
» Simon is laughing at himself at first, then laughing more sadistically.  Simon slams his fist on the ground, frustrated, shuts his eyes.
Simon: Goddammit! (pause as he rests his head against the door).  I'm sorry; it's just - normally Nathan would be here to laugh at me right now.  And right now he isn't.
-- Close up to Alaina watching understandingly. --
-- Angle down at Simon still sitting against the door. --
Alaina: Come on, get up.  I'll help you get the door open.  We both need to talk to Gavin.
» Simon opens his eyes and looks up at Alaina curiously.
-- Cut to door from inside. --
Alaina and Simon: One, two, three!
» The door rips open as Alaina and Simon charge through.  Simon stands firmly and looks about.  Alaina looks down toward the camera, eyes growing wide.
Simon: Gavin! Come out now! We need to speak to you!
» Simon notices Alaina's expression and follows her stare toward the camera.
-- Cut to low angle, Gavin up close on ground, Alaina and Simon in distance. --
Alaina: Gavin?
-- Slow pan to reveal Gavin's face, frozen in fear. --
-- Cut to black. --

Scene 20: In Memory (Finished March 14 2009) #

-- Screen flickers into view, recording.  Gavin sitting in front of the camera at his apartment at day time. --
» Gavin waves meakly, chuckles softly at himself and shakes his head.
Gavin: Oh god, I am becoming crazy aren't I?
» Gavin puts his hands together and thinks for a bit.
Gavin: I don't know how else to put this.  There's nothing else I can do really.  Asee's dead.  Alaina thinks I'm a murderer now.  Heck, I won't even be able to keep my job since the manager that was going to promote me died.  Now I have this crazy old boss who keeps barking orders at us.
» Gavin sighs and shifts a bit, looks downward.
Gavin: I mean - it makes perfect sense I guess.  Can't record what happens in this place while I'm gone.  Only way to find out what's happening is if I stay here myself.  Maybe even look that bastard in the eyes - ruined my life and not to mention countless others who died.
» Gavin looks up at the camera.
Gavin: I'm going to stay here and see for myself what is killing these people.  Alaina, I hope I can prove to you that I'm not insane.  I'm not a killer, and I never will be. (pause) Wish me luck.
» Gavin reaches forward toward the camera.
-- Cut to black. --