Hi boys and girls. I’ll post the actual shooting scripts from the show, after the episodes are posted. This is what I had to work with when we drove out into town and started shooting guerrilla style.
Episode 1 is streaming now, and you can compare it to the script if you like. Some shots are required, as they convey information to the viewer visually. Those largely didn’t change. The dialogue, however, was up to the actors. Johann started grabbing lines from the episode 3 version, a completely different reality, a completely different character than what we had worked out. In editing I had to pick and choose what to work with, and you’ll see they had a great interaction on the bridge that wasn’t in the script and was ad-libbed.
As director, I just let them work it out and looked for that spark of chemistry. As long as he was pursuing her, and she was hellbent on avoiding him, then we had the correct tone.
Most of the episode is pretty much what’s on the page, but I did cut a couple of shots. I also added a drunk cam with several POV clips that were shot at 12 frames per second frame rate and long shutter speeds to blur and move like a sloshed girl.
A HONK. FADE IN:
Headlights swirl past, and then the asphalt. KEYS drop.
1. PARKING LOT – NIGHT
ANGIE pops up. She fumbles with car keys. CLUB MUSIC. She struggles to stand steady and decide where to go. Behind her JAMES appears in a sharp suit, a drink in each hand, which gleam in a narrow shaft of light.
Hey! Angie, right?
No. No. Bye.
Where you going?
I have to go home…
She waves him off and strolls away alone. Feet stumble.
2. STREET CORNER
She grabs a pole, reads the street sign above.
He calls from behind her:
Hey, you’re drunk.
3. BRIDGE – NIGHT
Walking ahead, James calls after her.
Hey! Hey, it’s not safe around here…
Hey let me walk you home.
She stumbles along.
3A. POV: Wobbling forward across the bridge.
4. BRIDGE CENTER PILLAR
She falls against the rail, near a lit pillar and sits awkwardly.
Do you even know where you are?
Just around the corner.
There’s scary people around here.
Throws shoes. Returns to her feet and trudges off.
5. EXT. ANGIE’S APARTMENT – NIGHT
James and Angie arrive together at the front sidewalk.
Please just go away, okay? It’s not a good time.
He hands her back her shoes. She turns away and finds the key to the front door.
Can I ask you one little favor?
She heads inside.
6. INT. APARTMENT – LIVING ROOM – NIGHT
Could I just, like, use your bathroom?
You’re a pain in the ass.
She falls onto a chair, sleepy.
You have to be really quiet! My roommate. Okay–Shhhhhhhh…
6A. POV: Room swirls.
FLUSH. Light peeks onto her. She raises her head. Stands and charges forward–
7. BEDROOM – NIGHT
Angie flops down on the bed, leaving James standing there behind her. She ignores him.
She coughs and heaves, getting sick.
7A. POV: FADE IN AND OUT.
Looking up, she finds his hand reaching for her throat. She fights and smacks.
Fuck off. (SMACK!) What are you doing? Stop it! Get outta here!
…Angie …Hey! …Stop!
The door lets in a flood of light in the background.
Get away from me!
James jolts to attention.
7B. ANGIE’S POV:
Closer, as he stiffens up and freezes. Blood pours from his mouth. Trying to reach behind his back, he falls backward out of frame. The doorway is suddenly filled by CARRIE, holding a big cooking knife.
Black out. HEAVING.
MUSIC & CREDITS. END.