Script Outline- The Silence
Hey Guys, heres a step-outline I did a while ago for a script im writing now
The Silence – Step Outline
Premise – The silence attack the city.
Logline- The sound techs are going missing. The government is amplifying the sound of the city to attract the silence while they escape to live a life without sound. North tries to save the city by turning on the rain system.
INT NORTH’S BEDROOM- DAY
North wakes up in his room. We see how he is a tech at a shop and that he lives in a world where humans need sound to live. Birdie the shop owner is going out for the day and leaves North in charge. He packs some sound in a rucksack and leaves.
EXT STREET- DAY
North leaves the shop, which is located on the very outskirts of the city.
INT – SHUTTLE ON THE STREAMLINE- DAY
North takes a shuttle bus via the streamline to the centre of the city, on the way in the rain system is turned on. Creating lots of sound, making everyone in the bus visibly more at ease.
EXT CENTER TERMINALS- DAY
North waits to enter the city through the terminals that are at intervals in the wall surrounding it. People can be seen making trouble. As North speaks to a man in front of him we learn it is because of the increasing sound shortage. North finds out the man is seeking sound as well and gives him some. This attracts the government officers and North is punished for giving sound away.
INT CITY SKYSCRAPER- DAY
A man is giving orders and is making preparations to leave the city that day at midnight. He explains to his subordinate that all else he doesn’t deem important is expendable. Eden enters and makes her feelings known about having to wait for the trip to the new city.
INT NORTH’S BEDROOM- NIGHT
Birdie can be heard complaining in the background about North leaving the shop while North lies down to go to sleep.
INT NORTH’S BEDROOM- DAY
North wakes up and all the little machines in his room are no longer working in a panic he manually turns some on, winding them up. Packing all the sound that works he leaves.
INT- SHOP FRONT- DAY
North investigates the front of the shop but finds it empty.
EXT STREET- DAY
The street is completely deserted. North sees deeply riveted tracks in the ground and his gaze follows them out into the wastelands where huge glass looking balls are strewn across the ground as far as the eye can see. The orbs are all broken, pieces lying around them scattered. All the tracks lead into the city and criss-cross each other from above. Screaming can be heard from afar and North runs towards it.
EXT ALLEY- DAY
North investigates the scream and sees the silence. Huge creatures with silvery blue fur that sways in the breeze. They move on all fours but stand on two legs when still. Their dark black eyes bore into the man cowering in front of them. In a silent act they released something invisible that sends the man flying. He lands on his back further down the street and lays motionless. North climbs onto a roof.
EXT ROOF TOP- DAY
North crosses roof tops quickly and can see similar scenes of the silence attacking people all around. As he climbs another roof the whole city comes into view. Plumes of smoke from buildings on fire fills the sky as others crash down some orbs hanging out of them, some having just left holes where they’d ripped straight through.
EXT STREETS AND ALLEYS- DAY
North is running. We see him run around a corner followed by a silent creature. The silent creature runs on the side of walls and jumps lithely over obstacles. Light and fast North outruns it through a maze of streets and alleys before ducking into a house. There he meets Eden. Eden wants to leave the city but North convinces her to stay and go with him to turn on the rain system to help people.
EXT CROSSROAD BY BRIDGE- DAY
North and Eden are stopped from moving forward by a group of silence. Sound nearby draws them away and they run under a bridge. One silent creature noticed them and corners them under the bridge. It grows closer. Eden hides behind North. North takes out a machine slowly and starts winding it up. A high whining sound pierces the air and the silent creature writhes in pain until it collapses. North stops allowing the creature to recover itself and run away.
EXT OUTLANDS EAST OF THE CITY- NIGHT
Figures in dark outfits leave a ship hovering in the outlands. They carry weapons and move silently towards the city
INT HOUSE BASEMENT- DAY
Eden talks North into going underground through an old terminal tunnel into the bottom of the main government building as a short cut to the rain system on the other side.
EXT UNDERGROUND TUNNEL- DAY
North and Eden walk – through lots of gates and terminals all guarded with guns and machines but deserted. At the end of the tunnel is a massive door. Eden uses her key card to open it.
INT LABROTORY- DAY
North and Eden discover a massive laboratory filled with bodies. All the people are dead. All the people are techs. Machines, test tubes and barrels of chemicals cover every surface. They look through papers. Eden finds out her father is behind the tech deaths and that the government was trying to develop a cure to the human’s reliance on sound. North finds that Birdie has been captured and is still alive. After speaking to North for a moment Birdie dies.
INT TESTING ROOM- DAY
North finds the prototype machines that have been placed around the city in order to amplify it’s sound. Starting the war with the silence.
INT GROUND FLOOR- DAY
While crossing the ground floor, surrounded by glass windows they see the government’s new sound proof soldiers fighting the silence outside. They kill the silent creatures and are moving away. Eden wants to go out to them but North stops her while the soldiers outside are approached by civilians that were hiding and are shot down by them.
INT GROUND FLOOR CONTINUOUS- DAY
North and Eden hide unseen by the men outside. The soldiers set up a line of sound traps in a narrow street and start amplifying a low muffled buzzing that travels far. Silence soon arrive. North knowing that the government is to blame for the attack of the silence runs out of the building.
EXT STREET BATTLE- DAY
North runs and grabs the buzzing amplifier that is attracting the silence, avoiding bullets being fired at him by the soldiers he runs towards the silence with it and swerves to go into a side alley.
EXT ALLEYS AND STREETS- DAY
Running for a few moments North turns off the amplifier and throws it away, he circles to go back to the building where Eden waits. The soldiers are dead and the silence move on.
EXT STREETS- DAY
North and Eden move towards the rain system which is now in view. The sound of gunshots, voices and explosions can be heard. Silence chase after them until they turn into a dead end alley. Before they meet their fate the silent creature North spared earlier jumps in front of them. Defending them.
EXT ALLEY- DAY
North, Eden and the silent creature who is called Echo by Eden wait in the alley. Echo sits next to a dripping pipe.
EXT RAIN SYSTEM- DAY
North, Eden and Echo approach the rain system a huge structure that branches out in a massive glass disc that covers the centre of the city.
INT RAIN SYSTEM- DAY
North turns on the rain system. Explaining that there are different forms of sound and natural sound does not harm the silence.
EXT CITY IN HEAVY RAIN- DAY
North walks with Eden, Echo the rest of the silence and an army of civilians carrying weapons through the rain. They vastly outnumber the government soldiers that retreat from the city. The real war begins.