From the book, “Can You See What I See”
©Copyright, Temple Dumas, 2010. All rights reserved
EXT. WILDERNESS – NIGHT – ESTABLISHING SHOT
Shadows flying outside by trees
EXT. SHED - NIGHT
Small white concrete SHED and shadows of trees around it, A SHADOW moving threw the trees, slithering towards the shed b.g. wind traveling
DEBORAH OLDER (V.O.)
The beginning that triggered
memories, for awareness of
this realization of existence
YOUNG DEBORAH’S POV – blinking rapidly, eyes adjusting to darkness b.g. wind hitting the roof.
DEBORAH OLDER (V.O.)
Concerns came in reactions
Of being startled to an
Insight that fear was
Without an end.
Slides a grey wool blanket from over her face, slowly,
PAN – towards the GROUND
Deborah laying on top of BLANKET, little girl legs only seen
A great admiration to find the
knowledge and to keep an order
PAN, Eyes shifting to the right hand corner of the roof. Threw the cobwebs a little light with moving SHADOWS
Intimidation presented ceaselessly
to my mental character
Circular shadow appears, look to very small dirty window on the right, a little light outside trees moving,
transforming my physical ego
SWISH PAN(POV), circle SHADOW moving out more, look at other side of room, completely dark, turn and look back at window, SHADOWS of trees only
My memories became captive, on
the one hundred and eleventh
day of spring.
The circle SHADOW the size of a pie, a SHADOW next to it a locust crawling down the wall. INTER FRAME the LOCUST and proceeding down, disappearing in the dark wall, b.g. a heart beat
Which fell under the tenth
PAN, the circular SHADOW on wall
INTERFRAME another SHADOW coming over, beginning to covering the light source
PAN, room growing darker, rapidly
FLASHBACK - EARLIER THAT
EXT. TREES BY SHED
PAN – little girl psalms on tree, the old shed to the left covered with vines, b.g. children laughter. Hiding behind tree. Peeking from behind tree, BIG SHADOW.
LAP DISSOLVE TO
PAN, corner, light source regaining as BIG SHADOW moves OUT VIEW. CIRCLE SHADOW looks like a HANGMAN
DEBORAH(POV) PUSH IN HANGMAN, sound of arms popping, PUSH BACK, fast, HANGMAN, Deborah arms gave out, head lying back down. Hitting the ground a little hard
FLASHBACK – LAST WEEK
EXT. TREES BY SHED
PAN, little girl LEGS dangling from tree limb, INTER FRAME a shadow falling in front of her, THUMP
PAN, climbing out the tree, b.g. little boy wining.
Its bite bigger than its bark.
Can’t hang, time for a new game.
SWISH PAN, from tree to
MATCH DISSOLVE TO
PAN, HANGMAN head
PAN, PULL BACK, the WHOLE HANGMAN, dark shadow
DEBORAH (O.S.), muffling
PUSH IN hangman shadowy ARMS stretching
DEBORAH (O.S.), whisper
POV, HANGMAN, head and arms hidden in the dark wall, out of view, SHADOW OF stick LEGS against wall ready to push off, b.g. heart beat getting louder
PAN, WALL, Straight line of light going across the wall with full vision of shadow hangman, ready to leap. ARMS straight out forward
PAN, HANGMAN leaps to the other side, head diving into the other wall, look over to window for the light. Shadows of trees blowing, a thin light coming out the middle
POV., LEAPS back to other side, smashing into the corner
FLASHBACK – EARLY THAT MORNING
PAN SHOT, sitting on couch, look over to right, CALEB, with boy scout uniform on, is watching with a grin. Glancing over Tom & Jerry playing on TV, and EMANUEL, with cub scout uniform, laying asleep on the floor, cast on his
PAN, Shadow of HANGMAN moving back and forth, fast, on wall, INTERFRAME, BRIGHT LIGHT, covering the wall, quickly, no shadows
CLOSE UP on WINDOW and shadows of tree movements, PAN, looking around room the outside movement match the inside movements
SWISH PAN, WINDOW, scrambling noise outside, look at WALL, BRIGHT LIGHT, Stood up, look at buster brown shoes, and shadow flew fast by the shoes
(POV.)PULL BACK, walking backwards, looks down, WOOL BLANKET, a DOLL, a CANDY, and white HAIR BARRETTE
(POV)exiting the shed, the light went off, SHADOWS growing BIGGER everywhere, turn body,
EXT. BACKDOOR – CONTINUOUS
Turn doorknob, light filled eyes. A chandelier was sparkling. SHADOW moving by chandelier out the room
EXT. INSIDE HOUSE – CONTINUOUS
Closing door, and turn putting back on door. The SHADOW moving from the other room.
Look at FEET as they started to move
In a fog GHOSTLY GIRL HANDS, playing a hand game
TWILL TWILL LITTLE
Sound of school bell, HANDS moving faster
SHE ROCKS IN THE
SINGING THAT SONG..
HANDS slamming hard into each other, moving faster, misty playground in b.g., INTERFRAME, one pair of HANDS, BLEEDING as the hands touch other hand. Speed up the hand game, moving to fast for sight.
DEBORAH(POV), EMANUEL, Deborah little brother by a couple years, underneath the coffee table, looking up, a cast on the arm with a FINGER pointing upwards.
PAN, Deborah looking upward on the roof THREE SHADOWS on the roof moving wildly.
O.S. television the “Song of Music”
Boy voices (O.S.)
What is it?
PAN SHOT, head turns toward CALEB, Deborah older brother by a couple years, sitting on the floor, clinching his fist
Looking upwards the shadows beginning to move violently in other spaces in the room. Looking down at EMANUEL, his eyes started tearing up as his mouth open.
DEBORAH (POV), INTERFRAME, CALEB jumps up and EMANUEL followed.
I don’t know
SIX LEGS, took off, pair in different directions.
DEBORAH (POV) Running down hall, door on left
(POV) Door cracked open, peeking in.
SWISH PAN(POV.) in the room a CLOSET left open, right a set of BUNK BEDS, sliding under the
PAN, look around the room, DARK SHADOW enters the room from the window.
SERIES OF SHOTS
Lighting change rapid, SHADOW moving toward the floor, quickly
DEBORAH (O.S.) mumbling
forgot to close the door
Lighting creating a LONG SHADOW going in the MIDDLE of floor, stretching outside the door
Change in lighting, SHADOW producing a
Lighting changing, HANGMAN SHADOW appearing in the middle of the floor, PULLS BACK to include wave, going out door
lighting shifting, the
lighting shift, NOT seals but other SHADOWS OF HANGMEN, underneath an OCEAN BLANKET, moving like seals
PULL BACK to middle of floor, BIG
DEBORAH, PAN, shakes left and right, vision Side ways, Hangman swift its head, UP, HEAD out of the floor, like a four legged animal, but body turn upside down.
TRACKING SHOT - Trap
PAN, Deborah pulling wool BLANKET down more, HANGMAN NECKS neck begins to turn.
Twisting NECK completely around, FACE,
TRACKING SHOT, HANGMAN
FLASH BACK – WEEKS EARLIER
EXT. SHED – BY TREES
DEBORAH (POV.)peeking from behind the tree, a SHADOW of a GIGANTIC HANGMAN, moving slowly, around the tree.
TRACKING SHOT - HANGMAN FACE, TWO lines for
DEBORAH PAN, HANGMAN, reaching towards her, SHADOWS in room starting to move, rapid. FLOOR turn dark, hiding shadows under floor
TRACKING SHOT – HANGMAN,
PAN, SHADOWS on the wall wiping away by brightness, a light from outside, bring INTERFRAME
PAN, HEAD moving side to side, stop on SHADOW growing on the floor by DOOR. SHADOW of a GIANTIC HANGMAN growing, b.g. Sound of Music
DOOR OPENS, AKIRA (grown cousin) and Emanuel at the doorway holding hands
EXT. PLAYGROUND – DAYS LATER
PUSH IN, piece of PAPER with writing, falling to GROUND of dirt, b.g. children playing, INTERFRAME THREE SHADOWS in a circle around the PAPER, INTERFRAME right above paper, LITTLE HANDS stacking on TOP of each other, making SIX HANDS,
Children should be seen and
DEBORAH (O.S.) confuse
So that’s why?
DEBORAH (POV) Shadow of Two HANDS
Ash to ashes and dust to dust
(POV) INTER FRAME a part of a SHADOW becomes Caleb’s HEAD, bending down, CALEB looks up and back down, picking up the PAPER.
Movement of the SHADOWS presents a PAIR of LITTLE
Caleb pulled out a LIGHTER from his
Caleb got a FLAME, PAPER burning quickly
Hercules, Honey Bee, and Sherlock
Holmes, Snack Time
(POV)EMANUEL and CALEB FACE, PULL BACK as they stood up. Looking down at the ashes
(POV)PUSH BACK, CALEB and EMANUEL running, sounds of her footsteps.
Looking back, the dark ashes lifting up in the wind, coming at camera
EXT. FRONT YARD –
DEBORAH (POV.),SWISH PAN, CALEB with a sword STICK pointing in face, STICK came back in Caleb FACE
DEBORAH OLDER (V.O.)
enviable theme, of iniquity
DEBORAH (POV.)bring STICK down to finish the
Thunder, thunder, thunder
PAN, glance up at CALEB as he pointed his STICK at the sky. Bring the STICK back in face.
CALEB DEBORAH (O.S.)
You kill my master now (laughing)
You must di- you can’t fool a fool, let
Me finish, first
Caleb STICK falling slowly out his
SPLIT SHOT, DEBORAH (POV) looking at ground, making last HOPSCOTCH
HEY, What’s the big idea!
DEBORAH (POV) back up at CALEB FACE, SHADOW growing behind him, CALEB LIP drop
SWISH PAN (POV), CALEB
PAN, looking back at CALEB, FACE, confuse, on ground I could see THREE SHADOWS
DEBORAH (POV), PAN, turning around to see SHADOWS, SWISH PAN, (ghostly) Ghost looking LITTLE GIRL in the MIDDLE of a ghost looking WOLF on one side on other side of her a ghostly PIG.
DEBORAH (POV), ghostly PIG, moving violently, PULL FOCUS, HANDCUFF. LITTLE GIRL handcuff to both, one on each side. her FACE turn towards the PIG, she sitting, Indian style, floating.
DEBORAH (POV)PIG HEAD, turns from the little girl, PIG
SWISH PAN, WOLF, turning opposite from little girl, towards a DARK MIST beside it.
SWISH PAN, PIG leaps on little girl, LITTLE GIRL sinks into DIRT CLOUD under them. WOLF turns snapping at PIG. Pig movement swift quick robot effect
SWISH PAN, LITTLE GIRL
CALEB (O.S.) screaming
DEBORAH (POV) PAN, towards CALEB, CALEB FACE stun, staring
DEBORAH (POV) PAN, turn quick to glance again in disbelief, PIG jumping on WOLF, moving hooves side to side, violently. CLOUD building around WOLF, SMOKE filling the air.
SHADOW of TWO SETS of FEET running,