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Outbreak

Julian Singleton

Rough Draft

March 25-26, 2004




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SCREEN IS BLACK.Then, like a light at the end of the tunnel (or like a military debriefing), white words appear.They are shaky, as if on a broken TV screen.They read:


What you are about to see is a complete record of a class two outbreak in the fall of 1997 in Parker, Arizona as documented by a 13-year-old film student attending Reinenger Jr. High.


All people, places, and incidents mentioned or appearing in this film are in no way a fabrication.What you are seeing ACTUALLY HAPPENED.This footage has been edited due to time content and for your safety.


The message abruptly disappears.


STATIC.


WE SEE two feet running accompanied with HEAVY BREATHING.We LOOK UP to see metal school doors up ahead.We eventually reach them.We LOOK BEHIND US to see about three people, growling and snarling, chasing us.The camera DROPS and we see the hands that previously held the camera fumbling with the doors.As the doors finally open, the camera tumbles, allowing us to see the three maniacs coming dangerously closer.


Someone, presumably our cameraman, picks up the camera and shuts the door, then locking it.


Back at EYE LEVEL, we see the maniacs banging and scratching on the glass, gnarling and snapping their jaws with an inhuman manner.


CAMERAMAN (O.S.)

(out of breath)

Well...I...got in...now...how will I...get...out?


CLANG.


The camera ABRUPTLY TURNS 180 DEGREES to see FENTON MILLER, 13, a rebellious teenwith the words 'I just might kill you' etched on his face.He is holding a baseball bat.


FENTON

Are you one of them?


Finally, we will know the identity of our unseen director:


MATT

My name's Matt Dyer.I'm a film student here at Reinenger.


FENTON

I asked if you were one of them.


MATT

No...I'm not.Are there others with you?If not, I don't care.Let me in.


Fenton doesn't move.


FENTON

I don't trust you.You'll let them in.


MATT

I don't even know what the hell's goin' on.


Fenton slowly starts to walk towards the door.


MATT (CONT'D)

Besides, you're the one with the baseball bat.


As Fenton opens the door, MATT walks into the main hub of Reinenger Jr. High.


FENTON

It's safe to come out now.


Six other students come out from the columns, halls, and staircases.


1) Julie: 13, Brown hair, Blue eyes, a mellow and cynical adolescent.


2) Tucker: 13, red hair, blue eyes: a sci-fi addict.


3) Nicole: 13, brown hair, blue eyes: Julie's sister.


4) Joey: 13, brown hair, blue eyes: a normal kind of student you'd expect to see at a school.


5) Sarah: 13, black hair, brown eyes: same as Joey, except more confident.


6) Alex: 13, brown hair, brown eyes: a rebel, plain and simple.


They congregate around Fenton warily.


FENTON (CONT'D)

We're practically all that's left.


INT - CLASSROOM - DUSK


The eight kids sit in an 'information circle' of chairs.


MATT

Can somebody please...just explain to me what happened.


JOEY

A couple months ago, the nuclear reactor up in White Sands exploded.


INSERT STOCK FOOTAGE OF ATOMIC EXPLOSIONS.


JOEY (CONT'D)

The virus...or whatever they were working on...escaped into the water system.It spread across the two states in a month.Whoever drank the water became infected with the disease and became those things out there.


While Joey explains what happened, INFECTED scratch and snarl at the doors.


JOEY (CONT'D) (V.O.)

There was no escape, except for us.This school has a separate purifying water system, so this water is clean.We've been here for two days.


MATT

Are they dead?


JOEY

Yes, they are dead.If you drink contaminated water, or get a bite or scratch from one of those things, you die and become one of them.


MATT

Are we safe here?


JOEY

We could be.


INT - HALLWAY - DUSK


Fenton and Alex are explaining how they plan to set up the school as a livable place.Matt cranes over their shoulders to see the map spread out on the floor.


FENTON

We are right here, towards room 210.Metal doors are placed strategically around the school here...here...and here.


He motions to points on the map.


ALEX

Joey and I will close these two doors here while Tucker and Fenton get this door here.


FENTON

Nicole, Julie, and Sarah will stay in the left wing with Matt.


MATT

But--


They leave in a flash before they can say anything.


After awhile, they get up and help make the place safe.


As soon as they finish, they gaze proudly at what they've accomplished.Almost immediately, Alex goes:


ALEX

Who wants dinner?


INT - CAFETERIA - NIGHT


We intersperse through shots of the survivors eating cheeseburgers and the like.They do things like†† talk, smile, laugh, and fling food at each other.We slowly DISSOLVE to an empty cafeteria.


INT - LIBRARY - NIGHT


We are back at the information circle.The group is discussing what their life was like before all this†† happened.


MATT

So where were you from, Nicole?


NICOLE

I came to Parker to visit my grandma with Julie.I was from Denver originally, then my parents split up and I moved here.


ALEX

When word of the disease first broke out, my mom always bought me sprite.We never drank water for as long†† as the disease was on the radio.When people became infected, my mom brought me here and left me on the roof.I have a sign up there I made from materials.My mom never came back.


Silence.


FENTON

I'm goin' to bed.


SARAH

Where are we going to sleep?


JOEY

Here's OK with me.


SARAH

There's only one exit.


TUCKER

How about one of the two-door classrooms?


FENTON

I agree with Tucker.


MATT

OK.


Everyone gets up and goes to the two-door classroom.


INT - TWO-DOOR CLASSROOM - NIGHT


Everybody is in a corner doing different things.Some read books from the library, some sit in desks, and some are on the floor, just waiting for sleep to kick in.


Nicole moves towards Julie.


NICOLE

Julie?


JULIE

Hmm?


NICOLE

Do you think anyone's alive?


JULIE

We're alive.


NICOLE

No...I'm talking about Mom and Dad...do you think maybe they're alive?


JULIE

I don't know.


Nicole goes to sit next to Julie.


NICOLE

It seems like the world is falling all over us.Like we can't escape it.


JULIE

At least we can escape it tonight.


NICOLE

But what about tomorrow?


JULIE

I just don't know.


She looks at her sister.


JULIE (CONT'D)

And I'm sure you don't have to care.


They smile.Nicole goes to her area and goes to sleep: Julie does the same.


DISSOLVE:


Matt is now on guard, filming all the way.


MATT

I just started my shift...so far there's nothing.Alex is on the other side.This is our third night in Reinenger...I think there's like...30 infected outside.At least we still have the eight of us.


JULIE (O.S.)

Shh!


MATT

Anyways, it's almost...


Offscreen, he checks his watch.


MATT (CONT'D)

...4:30 in the morning.Our shifts are two hours long.After Alex and me are Julie and Nicole at 11:30 PM.


Matt takes a big breath.


MATT (CONT'D)

...Nicole and Julie seem to be taking all this very well considering their parents could be out there, but we still have hope for them.Joey seems to be going off the deep end: he's been spacing out alot and could be going crazy.Fenton is already crazy.He never seems to leave the side of that baseball bat.


He takes another big breath.


MATT (CONT'D)

I'm turning off the camera.See you in the AM.


He turns off the camera.


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THE NEXT MORNING...


Matt picks up the camera and surveys the scene.The scene is utter panic or confusion.The reason: Alex left the school.Next to the door was an empty water bottle.Amidst everyone arguing, Matt provides some info.


MATT (CONT'D)

Alex left the school around 6:00 last night.He told me to go to sleep and he would assume responsibility of both doors.I was stupid.


FENTON

Yeah, you were, Matt!You let Alex leave the school with a contaminated water bottle!You were so stupid with that camera you're always carrying around.Get that camera out of my face.


Fenton shoves the camera to the side in anger and leaves the classroom.Matt picks up the camera.


MATT

What was his problem?


NICOLE

He's just tense.We've been in this room without much sleep, so it's natural for some people to get claustrophobic.


TUCKER

You call him claustrophobic.I call him nuts.


JULIE

Alex was the one who was nuts.


SARAH

Shut up, Julie!


JOEY

Everyone just SHUT UP!!!


Total Silence.


JOEY (CONT'D)

If we can just keep our heads clear, we can be OK.Just chill.


After awhile, Fenton comes running back in, terror on his face.


FENTON

That little spaz let them in!


Everybody rushes to the door to look out the little window in the door: surely, enough, infected are in the school.They can sense their prey, but they can't find it, so they are determined to find it.


Back in the classroom, everyone is worried.


TUCKER

Looks like we're stuck here.


FENTON

Yeah, thanks to Alex the infected psychotic.


JULIE

He was suffering from claustrophobia.You are too.It's perfectly normal for...


FENTON

I'm NOT claustrophobic.


SARAH

Let's just leave him alone.He's snapped just like Alex.


FENTON

(irritated)

Do you WANT me to shove this down your throat?


MATT

Break it up!We don't need this right now.


Silence.


MATT (CONT'D)

We just need to figure out how to get those infected out of here.


JOEY

We don't have any weapons.Looks like we're stuck here.


JULIE

(sliding down the wall)

We'll have to wait it out.


INT - CENTER STAIRCASE - NIGHT


Many INFECTED are walking around in search of prey.They wander through hallways aimlessly, without direction, seeking for the prey that is not there.


INT - 2-DOORED CLASSROOM - NIGHT


The seven survivors have no lights on as to not attract the infected.The only way we are able to see is through night-vision on Matt's camera.In the four corners of the room are different activities.


Tucker is reading about a class two outbreak in "The Zombie Survival Guide" while Sarah and Joey listen.


Julie and Nicole stand guard over the two doors of the classroom.


Fenton sits in one of the corners wide-awake and holding his trusty baseball bat.


Matt is in another corner filming them through the camera.


After awhile, everyone starts to fall asleep.In a couple minutes, Joey, Fenton, and Matt are the only ones awake.Joey stands at one door while Fenton is at the other.Matt is in the center, filming.


We FADE to find everyone asleep.The camera is on the floor.


Suddenly, there is a BANG at the door.Everyone wakes up.The camera goes to eye level and looks at everybody.There is another BANG.Julie goes to see what is outside through a little wired glass window in the door.She tries to run away, but to no avail.The door opens and Julie falls down.Several infected run inside the room.Fenton hits some with his baseball bat.Nicole tries to save Julie but she loses contact with her as Tucker pulls her away.Joey tries to run away at the last minute but realizes what he must do.He pushes Fenton, Matt, Nicole, Tucker, and Sarah out the other door and shuts it.


INT - HALLWAY - NIGHT


We see the five survivors running down the hallway.Many infected chase them as they go.Sarah trips, falls, and becomes another victim.She joins the ranks of the infected.


INT - HALLWAY - MIDNIGHT


Fenton is seperated from the group.As numerous infected come lunging for him, Fenton readies himself.With baseball bat in hand, he screams out his final words:


FENTON

COME AND GET ME!!!


And thus, Fenton dies.


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The three endings take place after this scene.

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ENDING #1:


The 3 survivors meet at the main staircase.After several tears, hugs, and handshakes, the survivors say their goodbyes and split up throughout the school.


Nicole is basically flinging herself to get to the fine arts building.The infected get in the courtyard by a small door on the side of the wall.Nicole reaches the fine arts building.In a blur of panic and fear, she manages to open the door to the building and gets inside.


Nicole runs inside and breathes a sigh of relief.Then she opens her eyes to see...infected.As she inhales to scream, we...


Cut to Tucker, who has decided to hole up in a closet.He is breathing erratically.He gropes around in the dark and finds a lone flashlight.As he turns it on, he spots a hammer.He picks it up (there is no other option but this) and brings it quickly towards his head.Just before it hits, he stops, realizing he doesnít want to do this. Then the door opens, and a shadow encompasses Tuckerís figure. He is terrified.We...


Cut to Matt, still behind the camera.He is running towards an empty classroom, first closing a set of big metal doors behind him, keeping out numerous infected.He eventually gets inside a classroom and shuts the door.The camera is set down, so we only see Matt's legs in a crouched position.We can see a little bit of his head, his ears being covered by his arms.He is freaking out.We cut to him back out in the hall when he hears another BANG and a WHINING.He turns around to see the infected chasing after him.He runs towards the very end of the hallway when he stops to turn around again.The infected are closer.At this moment, we see some stairs.The camera drops and Matt runs for his life down the stairs.He speeds down them and turns a corner.As the film slowly runs out, we hear the snarling of the vicious infected, footsteps coming ever so closer, and 3 horrible screams.


THE END


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ENDING #2:


** This ending takes place after they all split up.


Matt runs down an empty corridor.He fumbles with the camera and drops it.Hearing the calls of the infected come closer, he breaks into a sprint.We FADE TO BLACK.


ONE WEEK LATER...


We see two government officials walk inside the school.


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The government official is obviously filming this.He is at the place where Matt dropped his camera.He picks it up and inspects it.


OFFICIAL #2 (O.S.)

Take that camera into evidence.We'll view it later.


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The government official is walking down the stairs.Along the hallways, we see the dead bodies of our seven survivors.But wasn't there eight?


The official turns the corner that Matt took.He sees someone standing up.It is Matt! Strangely, he doesn't respond to the official getting closer.


OFFICIAL #1

Kid, are you alright?


Nothing.


OFFICIAL #1 (CONT'D)

Kid?


Finally, Matt turns around and we see his face for the first time.He lunges toward the camera, snarling and growling. The official is helpless.Matt hits the camera.


STATIC.


THE END


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ENDING #3:

 

Matt, Nicole, and Tucker reach the end of a long stretch of hallway. Tucker turns and runs.


TUCKER

Make for the roof!

 

EXT. SCHOOL ROOF-NIGHT


Our three survivors reach the point of their destination: the roof.They go outside into the brisk night air.There is a big banner that reads "Help Us!" that is spread out.The door that seperates them from the infected is barred and they wait...


THE NEXT MORNING...


We look through all the hallways of the school.There is nothing...then we see Matt, Tucker, and Nicole.This is where we finally see Matt's face.The trio walks down the final hallway to the main staircase.Still, there is nothing.No infected, no people, nothing.The trio walks to the entrence to the school...and walk out into the desolate city that is Parker, Arizona.

 

FADE OUT:

 

 

Matt Dyer died from exhaustion two days after they were able to get help.

 

Nicole now lives in Denver, Colorado with her Mom and Dad.

 

Tucker lived in Dallas, Texas with his father when he died of Pneumonia May 14, 2002.

 

The disease that was leaked out from White Sands turned out to be harmless.The actual cause of the infection was never found.

 

THE END