Silence script

INT. NORTH WC21 BEDROOM- DAY

A HUMMING, CLICKING, BUZZING and WHISTLING fills the room. Dozens of little machines spin, whirl and move. A long bench covers two walls heaped with junk that spills across the floor. Light shines into the room from a dusty window. Below sprawled across the bed is NORTH WC21, 22 average looks and height. Medium build. Metal marbles start to fall through a long tube with a repetitive CLUNK. North’s hand moves to ruffle his hair. The last marble drops. North draws himself up to the side of the bed.

WOMAN’S VOICE (O.S)

North…North!

NORTH

I’m coming!

North grabs various items from a pile of clothes on the floor, a loud buzzing device visible on his wrist.

INT. FRONT OF SHOP- DAY

BIRDIE a large robust woman, dressed in heavy gloves and goggles moves around behind a long counter in front of a furnace. Sparks fly as she welds two pieces of metal together.

BIRDIE

The plates.

North picks up some scrap metal and throws it into the furnace. A hologram of news coverage plays in the background.

BIRDIE

Gov’s thinning out even more techs now before you know it we’ll be next.

NORTH
Yeah. What will we make our wealth from then?

BIRDIE

You take this for granted and granted you’ll end up with worse, you see any gov officials our way you stay clear ‘o them. Ive got to go to centre-point to pick up some new parts. Mind the shop while I’m gone.

Birdie leaves the shop, before she has even rounded the corner North aims a kick at a piece of junk that sends the metal flying.

INT. NORTH’S BEDROOM- DAY

Going back to his room North grabs a rucksack and starts stuffing it with buzzing cuffs and other little machines. He then grabs an ear piece and attachs a couple of things to his belt.

EXT. STREET OUTSIDE- DAY

The street is bare for a few homeless shuffling around at the edges, many shops are closed and littered with flyers. A wind whistles from a parched desert outlands, where the road ends to a view of nothingness.

INT. SHUTTLE ON THE STREAMLINE- DAY

North stands in the shuttle, a cacophony of noise blurring into the background. Through the window the city skyscrapers grow closer standing tall, clean and ominous. RAIN beings to fall heavily causing sighs and a stir of chatter amongst other people.

EXT. CITY TERMINAL- DAY

North leaves the shuttle and stands in line on the edge of city central. Large walls patrolled by guards. Several terminals where more people line up to be checked before entering surrounded the center. The man in front of North looks behind him.

MAN

You a tech boy?

NORTH

Yeah, why?

MAN

Don’t see techs from out east anymore.

NORTH

There are plenty of techs out east.

MAN

That’s just what I heard.

Shouts from the scene aside to them, a mob is trying to get through the next terminal.

NORTH

There they go again.

MAN

Noise shortage is getting worse, techs going missing. It all sounds too convenient ya’know.

NORTH

It’s always like this.

MAN

I’ve got to get some sound today, my family is weak.

NORTH

Hold on.

North pulls his rucksack off and fishes out a couple of machines.

MAN

Sound…your giving me sound? Oh thank you. I have money.

NORTH

Keep your coin, just spread the word that the techs aren’t all gone yet.

INT. SKYSCRAPER- NIGHT

A man stands in front of the glass walls of the building fifty stories up. He wears a grey suit with thick black lines along the limbs.

MAN NO.2 (O.S)

COUGHS

MAN NO.1
Yes.

MAN NO.2
There have been reports of over twenty encounters today sir. The scopes are disappearing off the grid. Closer than ever to the city.

MAN NO.1
Good. Then it will work out perfectly. Are the streamlines ready?

MAN NO.2

Yes sir.

MAN NO.1

Then get all the relevant people ready, we leave at midnight.

MAN NO.2

What about the techs sir?

MAN NO.1

Are they relevant?

MAN NO.2

No sir.

MAN NO.2 leaves. EDEN enters. Tall slender, 21 wearing a similar outfit in white.

MAN

Eden what are you doing here?

EDEN

Are we leaving soon?

MAN

The journey is too long we must leave at midnight to get there by morning.

INT. NORTH’S BEDROOM- NIGHT

North lies on his bed his eyes gradually closing.

BIRDIE (O.S)

Only for the morning. Sometimes I wonder why..

INT. NORTH’S BEDROOM- DAY

North wakes up, for a moment he is still then he jumps up in alarm as all the machines in his room are switched off.

NORTH

Shit. Oh shit what the-

North flips a few switches but the power is not on. Stumbling as he grows weaker he quickly winds up some machines that work manually.

NORTH

Birdie!

North grabs the machines in his arms and runs to the shop front.

INT. SHOP FRONT- DAY

North runs through the empty shop front to Birdies room.

INT. BIRDIES ROOM- DAY

NORTH

Birdie?

North finds Birdies room empty.

EXT. STREET OUTSIDE- DAY

The street is completely deserted. North sees deeply riveted tracks in the ground and his gaze follows them into the wastelands where huge glass 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 approaches a dark alley slowly, creeping behind a large dustbin at the end he peers out into the neighboring street where the scream came from. There stood a huge creature at least 6ft tall and as wide as two people across. With two wide ears like triangles at the side of its face and silvery blue fur that swayed in the breeze. Two others moved behind it, they moved on all fours but stood on two legs when still. Their black eyes bore into the man cowering in front of them. In a silent act the first creature released something invisible that sends the man flying. He lands heavily further down the street and lies motionless. North watches the creatures move away, looks up at the roof above him and climbs onto the dustbin, jumping up to the lip he heaves himself up.

EXT. ROOFTOP- DAY

North crosses the roof tops quickly climbing higher before taking in the view of the surrounding area and city. Plumes of smoke from buildings on fire fill the sky as others crash down, some orbs hang out of them, some having just left holes where they’d ripped straight through.

EXT. STREETS AND ALLEYS- DAY

North is running. He swiftly turns corners and runs through alleys. A steady beat of heavy steps can be heard behind him. From above North can be seen running through the maze of alleys being swiftly followed by a silent creature. As it closes in on North a homeless man in a dead end alley stumbles and knocks over rubbish as North runs past. The silent creature swerves away from North. All that can be seen is the flurry of newspaper and dust from the alley over North’s shoulder.

EXT. STREET- DAY

North runs down a main street into a café and up the stairs to the second level.

INT. CAFÉ- DAY

North bends over breathing heavily and sinks to sit on the floor.

EDEN (O.S)

Stop there.

North turns to see EDEN in the corner, she is still in the white suit but is clearly dirtied, her hair is messy and she is holding a chair leg up at North.

NORTH

What’s happening?

EDEN

What.

NORTH

Have you seen out there?

EDEN

Ofcourse I have. I dont know. You have to leave now.

NORTH

Im not going to hurt you. It’s alright.

North pulls his rucksack round and gets out a wrist device.

NORTH

Here. You look tired.

North throws her the wrist device.

NORTH

What’s your name?

EDEN

Eden. You?

NORTH

North.

North moves to the window, the street outside is chaos. People are running and screaming as the silence leap onto them the air vibrating at the force of their voices. More silence run people down in another direction. Their invisable weapons travel through the air like torpedoes leaving gushes of wind in their wake that send objects flying. One man starts up a shrill box and a few of the creatures withdraw running away to a safe distance allowing the man to escape, leaving the box on the ground. The sound grows weaker until it turns off.

NORTH

They don’t like the sound. We should use it to our advantage.

EDEN

Are you mad. We should wait here for help.

NORTH

They will start searching for people eventually. If we could turn on the rain system we could drive them out of the city.

EDEN

But that’s on the other side of the city even if we could make it how will we know what to do.

NORTH

I can do it. I’m a tech.

North still facing the window doesn’t see Eden’s expression.

EDEN

Ok. I know a shortcut, under the skyline.

EXT. STREET OUTSIDE- DAY

North and Eden leave the café, grabbing the box in the road they start running quickly towards an underpass under a bridge. They see a few silence moving along the road slowly like a group of passive gorillas and wait behind a car before making a break for the bridge. There they are attacked by a lone creature. North starts up the shrill box. Its noise pierces the air making the silent creature writhe in pain on the ground until it collapses. North stops the machine allowing the creature to recover and run away.

EXT. OUTLANDS EAST OF THE CITY- NIGHT

The shadowed desert is lit by a few lights of a vast ship descending. The dust and dirt billow through the rays of light. It opens a few feet off the ground and a troop of black figures jump out holding weapons. They wait for the ship to move off. Standing together silently for a moment, before moving towards the city.

EXT. UNDERGROUND TUNNEL- DAY

North and Eden get to the underground tunnel via the sewers and emerge from a drainage hole. They walk through several terminals. All the terminals are guarded with large mounted guns and machines but are deserted. A stray dog starts barking at them from far off before running away down the tunnel. They reach the end where Eden opens the door using her key card.

NORTH

Where did you get that?

EDEN

Someone gave it to me, told me to come this way if I got lost in the city.

INT. LABROTORY- DAY

Through a corridor and into a large room that is dark, blue tubes illuminating everything. The room stretches high up into the skyline. Lined on every wall are chambers containing people. Levels of other containers line the walls above them. All of the people are wearing masks, their bodies wired into machines going behind them. Various tables have machines and instruments on them with tubes and wires running from them to various chambers and containers of liquid.

EDEN

Who are they? North?

NORTH

Techs.

EDEN

What are they doing here?

They walk around moving under the thick cables.

NORTH

No! Birdie!

North runs to a container and desperately tries to open it.

EDEN

Wait North! Stop, there’s gas in those chambers!

North pry’s open the door COUGHING and removes the mask from Birdies face.

NORTH

Birdie! Birdie! Wake up Birdie!

Eden and North disconnect the wires and lay her down on the floor. North sits beside her. Birdie’s eyes slowly open.

EDEN

North look!

NORTH

Birdie.

EDEN

What happened here?

BIRDIE

Gov scum. Must leave.

NORTH

No. I’m not leaving you.

BIRDIE

Don’t be a..

Birdie dies.

NORTH

Who gave you the key card.

EDEN

What?

NORTH

Who gave it to you?

EDEN

My father..he works in the skyline but I swear North I didnt know. We were going to leave the city last night but the streamline I was on never left because the power cut out. Do you think he knew they were coming?

NORTH

Either way its not your fault.

INT. TESTING ROOM- DAY

Through another corridor they enter a room, Eden screams. The room contains a few hospital beds, walled by clear plastic sheets. On the beds are people contorted in pain, dead. The plastic is smeared with blood, metal tables next to them have more instruments and machines covered in blood.

NORTH

Don’t look. Come on.

North leads Eden out to the staircase.

INT. GROUND FLOOR- DAY

North and Eden make it to the ground floor of the skyscraper. The building is made of glass. Outside they see the government’s new sound proof soldiers fighting the silence. They kill the silent creatures and move further up the street to the west of the skyscraper.

EDEN

Let’s go.

NORTH

Wait.

EDEN

Come on.

NORTH

Wait.

The soldiers outside are approached by civilians that are hiding and are shot down by the soldiers.

INT. GROUND FLOOR CONTINUOUS- DAY

North and Eden hide unseen by the men outside. The soldiers set up a line of sound traps in the narrow street and start amplifying a low muffled buzzing sound. Soon the silence approach climbing over the building tops in the distance.

NORTH

Its a trap. Wait here.

North runs out of the front doors.

EXT. STREET BATLLE- DAY

North runs through the street, bullets flying. The echo and click as an explosion is let loose in the silence’s direction. North dodges left and right grabbing the amplifier before running into an alley.

EXT. ALLEY 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, when he reaches the street again the soldiers are dead and the silence have moved on.

EXT. STREETS- DAY

North and Eden run towards the rain system which is now in view. Gunshots nearby, shouts and explosions can be heard. A building collapses in the distance thundering to the ground. Silence appear, chasing them into a dead end street. As the creatures close in, another jumps down in front of them, but faces the other silence. The others back off and move away. The huge creatures turns, its black eyes staring at North and Eden the only sounds are North and Edens buzzing and clicking cuffs, the creatures deep breathing and the drain pipe dripping onto it’s side.

EDEN

What should we do?

The creatures head snaps to focus on her.

NORTH

I think it’s alright.

North reaches out to touch the creature and it offers its acceptance.

EDEN

How do you know we can trust them.

NORTH

I don’t…He should have a name.

EDEN

What, like Echo.

NORTH

Yeah.

EDEN

I wasnt being seri-

North leaves to scout up the street. North returns. Echo seems fond of Eden and sniffs around her persons as she squirms away. North, Eden and Echo approach the rain system, a huge structure that branches out in a massive glass disc that covers the center of the city.

INT. RAIN SYSTEM- DAY

North figures out the system and goes to turn it on.

NORTH

Here we go.

EDEN

Wait. What about Echo. What will happen to him?

NORTH

I don’t think natural sound harms them. The drainpipe in the alley didn’t bother him.

EDEN

Are you sure?

NORTH

No.

EXT. HEAVY RAIN- DAY

North walks with Eden, Echo and 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.

END.

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