Indiana Jones 4 opening scene – as it should have been

              Indiana Jones IV

 

FADE IN:

Int. desert cave—DAY

 

A figure resembling INDIANA JONES walks down a long hallway with two guides flanking him holding flashlights and looking nervous.  They have been walking for a while and the passage is becoming more dusty and full of cobwebs.

 

One of the guides ARI stops to take a rock out of his shoe.

 

ARI

Ouch! Why is this passage

so long? And why is it

getting colder?

 

The figure resembling Indiana stops and throws a level on the ground. He turns around to face the other two and is revealed to be JASON, a twenty-something kid with a cowboy pistol instead of a whip.

 

JASON (laughing)

We’re getting deeper guys,

so bundle up.

 

ARI

If you knew it was going to

be cold why didn’t we bring

torches instead of these things?

 

JASON

I’ll never understand this

obsession with torches people

have. You’re just like my dad,

living in the past.

 

ARI

Archaeologists are supposed

to live in the past. Where

is your father anyway? I would

feel much safer with him here.

 

Jason is indignant and turns away without responding.

 

CUT TO:

 

INDIANA JONES is sitting in bed drinking coffee and reading the paper. He has a sprained ankle. SALLAH enters and pours himself some coffee.

 

SALLAH

So Indy, do you know where

your son is this morning?

 

INDIANA

Probably sleeping one off.

 

SALLAH

Well Indy, you can be happy

young Jason isn’t quite the

drunk you think although in

this case you may wish he was.

 

Indiana get up and starts getting dressed in a hurry.

 

INDIANA

Alright Sallah what did he

do now? He hasn’t been

gambling again, has he?

 

SALLAH

No, no nothing like that.

He has simply stolen three

of my best camels and two

of my worst guides.

 

Indiana looks alarmed and starts looking through his luggage.

 

SALLAH

He headed southwest

apparently into the desert

so I thought-

 

INDIANA (holding up an empty briefcase)

The ruins of Bedua.

 

CUT TO:

 

 

INT. Desert cave—DAY

 

Jason and guides have come to a stone wall blocking the passage and are examining everything nearby with flashlights.

 

ARI

Maybe this is a sign.

 

JASON (irritated)

A sign of what exactly?

 

GUIDE #2

We shouldn’t be here.

 

 

JASON

You should be more concerned

with what we can do not what

you think we should.

 

The two guides look at each other uneasily.

 

CUT TO:

EXT. Entrance to ruins of Bedua—DAY

 

Five Arab men with rifles sit on camels in front of the entrance.

 

ARAB #1

Do you think they will figure

out how to open the chamber door?

 

Arab #2

Perhaps not but he is American,

no? He will blow the door up to

get what he wants.

 

Arab #3

Now what makes you think

Americans are so destructive?

 

The group starts laughing loudly at the joke.

 

CUT TO:

 

 

Indiana and Sallah are riding through the desert.

 

INDIANA (curious)

Sallah how do you know where

we’re going?

 

SALLAH (coughs)

Well Indy I’ve been keeping

copies of your maps because

you do have a rather strong

tendency to get captured.

 

They suddenly hear the sound of laughter and pull the horses to a stop. They crawl up to the top of a sand dune and see the five Arabs.

 

EXT. Cave entrance–Continuous

 

The Arab men sit under some ruins next to the cave entrance. Some of them start loading and cleaning their rifles.

 

CUT TO:

 

INT. Blocked passage—DAY

 

ARI (shining his flash light down a hole)

I think I see a lever down

there but we’re going to need

a long stick to reach it.

 

JASON (rolling eyes)

Oh yes there are plenty of

long sticks in the desert.

 

Jason thinks for a moment and takes his pistol out and shoots into the hole. The door starts to rise.

 

EXT. Cave Entrance—DAY

 

ARAB #2

See what I told you!

 

EXT. Top of sand dune—Continuous

 

INDIANA (muttering)

Any excuse to use his gun.

 

SALLAH

You know Indy I think they

will be shot at when they

leave the cave.

 

INDIANA

Yeah I get that same feeling.

 

Indiana sees the camels Jason has brought and decides to create a diversion.

 

INT. Cavern—DAY

 

Jason and guides have entered a large elaborate cavern and they stand there speechless shining flashlights up and down the wall. After a few seconds the door behind them starts to close. They all run for the door and make it out just in time.

 

                        ARI (looking at the broken lever)

              Well this has been a productive

              day.

 

EXT. Cave Entrance—DAY

 

Jason’s group emerges into bright sunlight and chaos. Camels are running around wildly, with Arabs chasing them. Bullets are also flying from the few Arabs not chasing camels. Indiana and Sallah ride in and grab Jason and the guides and escape through the mazelike ruins.

 

INDIANA (yelling over the noise)

You’re a real pain in the

ass kiddo!

 

JASON

At least I haven’t been gambling!

             

 

 

FADE OUT.

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“Devil in the White City” treatment and promotion

This nonfiction work by Erik Larson has strong potential to be a successful three part series on HBO or Showtime. Each part would fill an hour and a half time slot and would premier on Columbus Day due to the fact that the fair itself was a celebration of Columbus’s arrival in America and also inspired the national holiday.  The first part of the series would focus on the events leading up to the fair, the second part would show the events occurring during the fair, and the third part would focus on the events after the fair centering on the investigation of the serial killer.

 

Plot Summery

Although the book goes into excruciating detail about the designs and trials of the architects, it would be best to avoid this plot line as it will most likely only be interesting to people with a subscription to architectural digest.  The fair and its novel architecture would be mainly a visually exciting background to the main story of a charming, methodical psychopath, “Dr.” Holmes.

            The first part of the series would show the killer as he establishes himself in Chicago by defrauding creditors and construction workers.  There would be great contrast value in showing his construction of a “gloomy castle” complete with sound proof vaults, gas chambers, and a crematorium and the construction of the grand Romanesque buildings for the fair.  The killer also had several relationships during this period, all of which ended with the disappearance of the women involved.  One possible subplot that could be explored is the union struggles associated with the construction and the rise of Mayor Harrison, who would be killed by an altogether different kind of lunatic at the beginning of part three.

            The second part of the series would show Holmes as his hotel filled up with victims.  He appears to have done the majority of his killing during the fair because of an abundance of visitors to the city. We also see him romancing his victims by taking them to the fair and enjoying the exhibits before taking them home and killing them.  Holmes also has creditors piling up and letters from his victim’s families coming in as well.  One darkly humorous part of the story is the fact that Holmes sold his victim’s skeletons to medical schools as a way to dispose of the bodies.  Again there is a great contrast between Holmes canvassing the fair for victims and historically famous people visiting at the same time such as Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley as well as visiting dignitaries.

            The third part of the series would show primarily the detective work that led to the arrest and execution of Holmes.  The final part would begin with the murder of the mayor at the hands of a disturbed lunatic and the deterioration of both the economy and the once majestic white city. This would set the tone for the more disturbing elements uncovered during the investigation of Dr. Holmes.  The investigation itself would be compelling because of the techniques used in those days compared to the criminal justice system we are used to seeing on TV or film.  There is no forensics, profiling or even fingerprints so the detective simply went to an enormous number of hotels in many cities, asking questions and showing low quality black and white photographs.  One novel aspect of criminal investigations was the unrestricted access the press had to crime scenes.  This would be effective in showing the progress of the investigation in conjunction with colorful headlines.

 

Author

The author has had great success with his previous book “Isaac’s Storm”, a non fiction national best seller about the Galveston hurricane in 1900.  Reviews of “The Devil in the White City” often compliment the author’s ability to take historical events and show them in an accessible and interesting way.

 

Genre

The serial killer Genre has been very successful with films like “Seven” and “Taking Lives”, among other films.  Particularly successful have been the ones where the killer is outwardly charming and inwardly disturbed and homicidal.  This series would not be as graphic as the average serial killer film mainly because the killer used gas and suffocation with explicit violence and gore occurring rarely.  This would make it more acceptable for the mainstream audience.

 

Casting

Dr. Holmes—Vince Vaughn (has played a serial killer in two films), Jeremy Irons

            –Both actors can be very charming as well as very disturbing and dangerous

Mayor Harrison—John Goodman

Burnham (inspired Architect)—Television actor fitting description

Olmstead (oversaw fair) — Donald Sutherland

 

Promotion

The first major promotional possibility would be with Westinghouse INC, whose founder George Westinghouse introduced large scale electric power at the fair, outbid Tomas Edison for the concession and also pioneered the alternating currant system.  Because Westinghouse is now a large corporation, it would be a significant product placement.

 

Another product placement strategy would be to tie in the consumer products first presented to the public at the fair.  Aunt Jemima’s Pancake mix, Cream of Wheat, Quaker Oats, Juicy Fruit Gum, Cracker Jack, Shredded Wheat, and Pabst Blue Ribbon were all pioneered at the fair.  The fact that these products have been in popular use since 1893 gives the product placements added power.

 

Advertising for the series could be placed across all media platforms.  As HBO is part of Time Warner, the possibilities for cross promotion are huge.  Ads could also be placed in the monthly cable bills of HBO subscribers.

 

Like it did with “Rome”, HBO could make several short ‘making of’ specials.  These could include a virtual tour of the 1893 exhibition, an examination of the working conditions and labor problems leading up to the great depression.  HBO could also include interviews with cast members and historians.  These specials would also be available online and on demand. They would serve to create buzz and give the viewer more context that will not be shown in the series itself.

 

The book is a #1 national bestseller and a finalist in the national book award and as such, an audience for the series already exists.  A new edition with the movie cover and perhaps a short promotional DVD with extras and previews would insure readers’ interest in seeing the series.  All this could be co-financed with the publishers as the series would in turn provide increased book sales.

 

The potential for DVD extras is also significant because there is an abundance of material that could personalize the fair for viewers.  A copy of the original fair maps, an admission ticket, or a replica of the Ferris wheel could all aid in creating a unique package fans of the series would want.  There could also be expanded documentary extras in this area.

 

 

Jim and Ed

                 

 

VIDEO

AUDIO

FADE UP TO MS: Jim, sitting in a car reading a magazine.

Stereo:  Bob Marley “Lion in Zion”

 

CUT TO LS: Ed, getting in the car

 

Ed: Hey whatsup man

CUT TO LS: Car drives off

CUT TO CU, POV backseat: Jim changes the song and yawns.

                                  

 

 

 

Ed: so you gonna finish that story man?

 

CU, POV backseat: Jim rubs his head with a frustrated look.

 

Jim: I’m tired and that story is the story of my life

 

CUT TO MS POV in front of car: Ed looks at Jim

 

 

Ed: get on with it then. Ain’t like I got anything better to do.

 

CUT TO CU: Jim talking staring at the road.

 

Jim: Ever think that I might have something better to do?

 

CUT TO CU POV Jim: Ed, grinning

 

Ed: No

 

CUT TO CU: Jim talking staring at the road.

 

Jim: Ok so what was I talking about then smart guy?

 

CUT TO CU: Ed, thinking

 

Ed: I think you were talking about jamaca

 

CUT TO MS: Jim looks over at Ed

 

Jim: Oh…right. I dropped anchor right off this little beach on the east side of the island and decided to go check out the jungle

 

CUT TO CU: Ed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed: you know that’s fuckin stupid right, Jamacas dangerous

 

CUT TO CU: Jim gives a long sigh

 

Jim: yeah I know that now but of course it seemed like a fantastic idea at the time.  It turned to be maroon territory too.

 

CUT TO MS: Ed looks at Jim curiously

 

Ed: What does that mean?

 

CUT TO CU: Jim turns and smiles.

Jim: Marroons are kinda like clans that are all descendants of escaped slaves which basically means they’re tough as nails.

 

CUT TO MS: Ed looking incredulously at Jim. 

 

Ed: what did they fuck you up or something?

 

CUT TO CU: Jim looks forward

 

Jim: I walk into the jungle right and after a few minutes I see a little clearing and when I walk into it they are like 5 guys chillin, smoking cheba and they all have machetes

CUT TO MS.  Ed looks amazed, staring at Jim

 

 

Ed:  So were they like some crazy rastas or what?

 

 

 

 

 

CU JIM WITH EYEBROW RAISED:

JIM: They were not friendly and actually ended up robbing me.

CU ED LOOKING CURIOUS:

ED: that sucks dude. Anything good happen in Jamaica?

MS BOTH ED AND JIM:

JIM: Well they got me real high before they robbed me plus I only had ten bucks so aside from the whole being threatened with machetes thing, really wasn’t a bad transaction.

CU ED:  Amazed

ED: has anyone ever told you you’re a lunatic?

CU JIM: smiling

Jim:  Not infrequently

 

Drunk Biking PSA

                                                WZBC

                             PSA: BIKES AND BOOZE—30 SECOND

Begin with testimony:  SO I SHOULDN’T EVEN HAVE BEEN WALKING BUT I NEVER HEARD OF A DUI FOR BIKES, PLUS I WASN’T EVEN GOING THAT FAST…..BUT YEAH I RAN RIGHT INTO A CURB AND LANDED ON MY FACE.

“Sound of bicycle skidding”

EVERYONE HAS BEEN TOLD HUNDREDS OF TIMES NOT TO DRINK AND DRIVE.  YOU’VE SEEN THE VIDEOS.  YOU’VE HEARD THE STATISTICS AND HOPEFULLY IF YOU ARE DRUNK YOU WON’T GET BEHIND THE WHEEL.  BUT HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THE DANGERS OF DRUNKEN BICYCLE RIDING?  REMEMBER KIDS, BIKING DRUNK IS NOT A SAFE ALTERNATIVE TO DRIVING DRUNK.  SO THE NEXT TIME YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT PEDALING HOME DRUNK, JUST THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH HARDER IT IS TO BALANCE ON TWO WHEELS WHEN YOU CAN’T EVEN BALANCE ON TWO FEET. 

Newscast for 10/30/06

Patricide

10/30/06 6:00pm

 

 

ANN:               Good evening the time is six o’clock and we start off tonight’s news with a disturbing death in Mattapan.  Brian Lee, a resident of Boston, is in custody and will be arraigned today on charges that he murdered his father. Lee will be charged in a West Roxbury court based on gruesome evidence police have found at two separate crime scenes.  A Roxbury woman has found body parts outside her home and the police have discovered the torso of an elderly man at Lee’s Mattapan home.  Neighbor Donald Barlow remembers the relationship between father and son as strained, a fact that led the father to request a restraining order from his son.

TAPE:              “He seemed a bit off…I think his father was really terrified of Brian”

ANN:               Brian Lee had been seen driving his father’s car as well as possibly disposing of evidence by friends and neighbors who are needless to say, shocked by the crime.

        

Forest Fires

10/30/06 6:00pm

 

 

ANN:               California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is visiting the fire ravished town of Twin Pines today, where firefighters are gaining an upper hand on large wildfires that have been raging for several days.  So far the blaze has killed four firefighters and left one badly burned. The fires have also destroyed more than 30 homes in the state.  Authorities say that the blaze, which has scorched over forty thousand acres so far, was set by an arsonist and at this point the police have no leads in the criminal investigation.  Despite the massive scale of the fires and the possibility of high winds, firefighters are confident they will have the blaze under control by tomorrow night.

TAPE:              “It’s the bottom of the ninth, so we want to make sure we hit it out of the park and win this thing”

         

Shell Shock

10/30/06 6:00pm

 

 

ANN:               Turning now to the Iraq War, we look at one of its most important casualties, the health of veterans.  Some soldiers come back from the war and renter civilian life with no problems, but many are still very much affected by the experiences they have had in the middle east.  Andy Wilson is one of those who still carry the war around with them.  He has post traumatic stress disorder and it has driven him to attempted suicide. He not only has problems finding work and interacting with his family, but also suffers from headaches, depression, and fatigue. There are many who feel that the military should recognize these mental problems and provide aid to veterans while others believe aid should be reserved for those with physical injuries.

TAPE:              “Maybe they should come up with some thing for us crazy guys. I don’t know. But we have wounds that we’re going to carry for the rest of our lives.”

ANN:               The response that was given to Wilson by his captain was that there is nothing wrong with him.

     

Bridgewater triangle

10/30/06 6:00pm

 

 

ANN:               In supernatural news, people are revisiting the mysteries of the Bridgewater Triangle, a part of Massachusetts known for Ghost and UFO sightings.  Stretching from Abington to Freetown to Rehoboth, the triangle’s paranormal activity is often linked to the violent takeover of the land from the Native Americans.  Some of the more interesting sightings include prehistoric fighting birds, a bear-human hybrid and a lunatic truck driver who speeds and honks his horn at everybody.  While the trucker may just be the average Massachusetts driver, many people like teacher Chris Balzano believe that the area has strong supernatural energy.

TAPE:              “I’ve seen cycles of tragedy and what might be a negative force popping up in different forms”

           

Pats and Vikings

10/30/06 6:00pm

 

 

ANN:               In sports today, the Patriots will take on the Minnesota Vikings in the Minnesota Metrodome.  The largest challenge for the Patriots will be the unfamiliarity of play in this rare appearance in Minnesota.  The dome creates a strong home field advantage and the Pats will have to be prepared for this. One of the ways they are doing this is by practicing with loud music playing and using signals instead of audible communication.  Brady and Belichick are both confident they can overcome the obstacle of very high volume.

TAPE:              “It’s all about communication… there’s a rhythm of a center when he brings his head up to snap the ball”

           

Weather

10/30/06 6:00pm

 

 

ANN:               And now for the forecast. Today will be comfortable with a high of 62 and a low of 42. It will be partly cloudy and winds will start out strong in the morning but will go down by the afternoon.  Tomorrow we will have a high of 69 and a low of 48 with plenty of sun and the possibility of more strong winds. For Wednesday we have a high of 66 and a low of 43 with clouds moving in early and a possibility of showers later that day.  All in all the week is shaping up nicely so get out and enjoy it before the Boston winter arrives.

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:60 second radio spot, Student Solutions

 MUSIC “LOVE AND MARRIAGE” UP AND UNDER 

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Ad for the MBTA

:60 second Radio spot,  The MBTA

 SFX TRAFFIC, CAR HORNS, SCREECHING, PEOPLE YELLING 

SARAH           This traffic makes me want to buy a bulldozer and go through this

 

gridlock like a bowling ball.

 

JEN                 That’s not a bad idea (PAUSE) we would probably get to work on time.

 

SARAH           Oh no!  We ARE going to be late and I was late for class yesterday too.

 

JEN                 I suppose we could always take the T

 

SARAH           Yeah but the T is so slow and crowded, plus it smells funny sometimes.

 

JEN                 Well it’s not exactly the Ritz but it can’t be any worse than where

 

 we are now.

 

SARAH           It’s not that bad

 

JEN                 Are you kidding? (INCREDULOUS) We have moved five feet in the last

 

 Ten minutes, your air conditioner is broken-

 

SARAH           (INTERUPPTING) No it’s not broken, I just don’t want to use up my gas

 

sitting in traffic.

 

JEN                 Ok whatever, you’re still breathing in exhaust like its some kind of

 

Aromatherapy and you’re still wasting gas.
 

 

SARAH           Yeah I know but things could get better

 

JEN                 Oh? What do you see happening that would make this commute better?

 

SARAH           Gas prices could go down, they could finish the big dig…

 

JEN                 So you are waiting for peace in the Middle East and the largest

 

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SARAH           Fine, lets try the T and see how it works out, I can’t afford any more tickets anyway.

 

ANNOUCER   Riding the T will save you time and headache as well as ease the stain on

 

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