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Film Script – Mental Health by Ian Hunt
Script & Shot List.
The story takes place in a Hospital (Mental Institution). The patients eyes are heavily bandaged and he’s strapped to a chair, he can only hear the bustle of a Hospital Ward and passing footsteps walking up and down the corridor, past his door. Night comes and the sounds begin to die away as he starts to drop off to sleep.
Suddenly he’s wide awake, woken from a fitful sleep by the sound of screaming by his Right Ear, the screaming suddenly cuts off with what sounds like a very final gurgling sound. This is followed by a deeply menacing silence, which is broken only by the sound of a single pair of footsteps walking towards his door, the door opens quietly and someone, a women, wearing high heels comes into the room and walks to the left side of his chair.
The sound of excited breathing as a heavily accented female voice whispers closely into his Left Ear
Left Ear: Hello I’m Doctor Alexsandra, How are you feeling – no don’t answer
Sound of the Doctor moving from Left to Right across the back of the patients head (again the sound of heavy breathing – the sound of those high heels)
Right Ear: She says – one of the patients has escaped; when I say escaped the patient could have been released from the secure unit and there been a few accidents in the other Wards – you must of heard the screaming?
Sound of the Doctor moving from Right to Left passing across the front of the patients head (same heavy breathing – and those high heels)
Left Ear: She says – I’m afraid the escaped patient was last seen coming this way and I expect he’ll be here very soon, in fact as soon as he has (She pauses as if in thought – 1 second pause) finished playing with (Doctors voice moves closer) his last victim.
Right Ear: The sound of another scream which again suddenly cuts off
Right Ear: This is followed by the sound of heavy footsteps walking towards the door, but something is wrong, the footsteps are uneven one foot appears to be dragging behind the other.
Left Ear: Ah I hear him coming now (she pauses for 1 second) he’s such a good patient of mine, he’s been so helpful with my little experiments
She Moves from Left to Right
Right Ear: Of course not everyone agrees with my methods – (Doctor moves closer to the ear and whispers) the hospital management were so wrong to criticise my methods, threatened to stop my funding, threatened me with dismissal, but no matter now they are no longer a problem to me if Lawrence has carried out my orders correctly (She laughs).
Right Ear: Sound of the door crashing open, simultaneously followed by the sound of a distant rumble of thunder
(Note this is the first visual of Lawrence standing framed in the doorway, he’s wearing a white coat and holding an enormous kitchen knife in his right hand with the coat sleeve drenched in blood up to the elbow, this is lighted only by the flashes of Lightening (using Lees Strobe))
Right Ear: Good Lawrence is here – now we can begin.
Doctor moves from the Right to Left
Left Ear: Now I am free to continue my medical experiments – the mind so – complex, how the mind copes with pain and the fear of pain, (she pauses 1 second) let us see (pause 1 second) Yes 10 fingers and of course 10 toes.
Doctor moves from Left side to the Right
Right Ear: She says loudly – come in Lawrence don’t just stand in the doorway (Doctor moves closer to the patients ear and whispers) we have work to do (she laughs)
Sound of Lawrence limping into the room, passing in front of the patient, from the Right to the Left
Right Ear: She says – Lawrence that knife is dirty, why don’t you clean it first (Doctor moves closer to the patients ear and whispers) after all we don’t want to give our patient an infection now do we (laughs again)
(Second visual of Lawrence wiping the bloody knife on his left sleeve)
Right Ear: She says – I’d give the knife a sharpen as well while you’re at it Lawrence
Left Ear: Lawrence says – YES Doctor
Left Ear: There is the sound of a steel being rapidly drawn up and down the kitchen knifes edge.
(another visual of Lawrence – but just showing the knife and sparks from the knifes edge – produced either using After Effects in Post Production
or maybe real spark effects produced by using carborundum stone to sharpen the knife)
Right Ear: The doctor says – A small cut from here to here to start maybe (voice starts very close to Right Ear then moves around the neckline and ends very close to the patients Left Ear.)
Left Ear: No – (pause 1 second as if in thought) – that would be too quick hmm, I’ve changed my mind – (she moves to Right Side)
Right Ear: Lawrence let us begin (pause 1 second) Lawrence lets start with one of the little fingers shall we (she laughs)
Left Ear: Lawrence says ‘YES Doctor’ followed by the sound of the knife falling, cutting through to the arm of the chair.
Central – The sound of the patient screaming
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