Independent Films, Interviews, Drama, Art
"Echoes..." - an early experimental film from Director Ben Warner.
Strange events are occurring in Mark's life. His life is turning into an unnerving mix of reality and fantasy. What is real and what is imaginary? No one can say where he has gone, or even if he went at all, or if he was in fact destined to take this journey in the first place, but one thing is for certain: his life will never be the same again.
Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts
Original shooting script for ECHOES... by Ben Warner 1999.
001 – INT. BEDROOM. NIGHT.
MOONLIGHT streams through the only window across the room, revealing a BED closest to the WINDOW.
In the bed is a MAN, shifting and turning, experiencing a nightmare. After several seconds of mental torture, he finally wakes up.
The MAN pushes himself into an upright position quickly. He breathes heavily for several seconds before calming down.
The MAN looks towards the window, the moonlight streaming across his face. He has a GHOSTLY appearance in the moonlight.
An ARTIFICIAL MECHANICAL SOUND erupts from the darkness. The man is startled. He looks towards the bedroom door.
The man shrugs his shoulders.
The man gets out of bed slowly. He stands up, walking slowly out of the bedroom.
002 – INT. KITCHEN.
The man walks into the KITCHEN and flicks the LIGHT SWITCH.
The LIGHTS do not come on.
The man tries the switch again……and again……
The lights do not come on.
The man shrugs his shoulders. He can still partially see with the aid of the moonlight.
The man walks over to the kitchen table and picks up a FLASHLIGHT. He turns it on.
The man walks over to the FRIDGE.
The man opens the fridge………
The fridge light does not come on. Nothing can be seen inside the fridge.
Does anything work around here?
The man spins around in surprise.
A HOLLOW MECHANICAL SOUND passes through the house. The man swings his flashlight out of the fridge. The fridge door closes.
The man walks out of the kitchen.
003 – INT. HALLWAY
The man walks slowly, the flashlight providing the only source of light.
The flashlight flickers out.
The man breathes heavily.
The hallway is flooded with LIGHTS. The hallway turns white under the intense LIGHTS.
The man is blinded.
The sudden flood of lights is accompanied by a throbbing, mechanical sound that grows louder and louder with each passing second.
The light and sound evaporate quickly, leaving the man in darkness again.
The flashlight flickers on.
The man picks up the flashlight, standing up. He scans the immediate area around him with the flashlight.
The man walks forward -
CUT TO –
004 – EXT. ROAD. NIGHT.
The man appears on a LARGE WIDE ROAD.
There are no CARS on the road.
There is no sign of life whatsoever.
Streaks of COLOUR flow toward the man. He looks in wonder –
- a CAR screams around a corner, hitting the man with full force.
005 – EXT. STAR FIELD.
The man slowly opens his eyes.
The man is lying on a sheet of GLASS. He is surrounded by darkness.
Through the glass, the man can see a glorious STAR FIELD, representing the beauty of the galaxy.
The star field spins slowly, revealing different angles and places. It is magnificent.
The star field spins around in the opposite direction.
The bright light of the SUN flashes in the man’s face.
The sun’s light dissipates revealing the EARTH in all its glory. The planet stands out alone in the universe it inhabits.
The man’s eyes widen in wonder.
The sun’s light overwhelms the man, consuming him in white light.
CUT TO –
006 – INT. BEDROOM. EARLY MORNING.
The man wakes up, after tossing and turning.
The man shakes his head.
The man gazes out of his bedroom window at the stars.
An ARTIFICIAL MECHANICAL SOUND erupts from the darkness. The man is startled.
The man looks towards the bedroom door.
CUT AWAY TO –
Stars in the night sky slowly consume FRAME.
Year of Production: 1999
- Ben Warner
- Ben Warner Mara Warner
- Beau Wellington