RUN SHORT FILM
A dark comedy about two criminals who cross paths and create more trouble for themselves as they try to escape the consequences of their crimes.
INT. CAR - NEIGHBORHOOD STREET - DAY
Two hands are grasped firmly around a steering wheel. The sun is shining through the front windshield of the car. The driver looks into the rear view mirror, their eyes reflected in the mirror to us. They have one black eye just starting to bruise.
Jazz music plays softly on the car radio. The driver reaches over and turns up the volume. A brown paper bag, black jacket and black ski mask sit on the passenger seat.
We see a view of the driver now. This is HENRY, 20's. He is handsome, but appears sweaty and nervous. His fingers are now beating against the steering wheel just off beat of the music.
Henry is driving on a main street, a few stores and homes are around him, but no people are around. Henry reaches down to change the music. Some loud pop song now plays.
Suddenly, a woman holding a purse runs in front of the car. She doesn't even look at him, but passes Henry's car safely. Henry turns his head to watch her run as he lays on his horn. He doesn't slow down.
Henry has his head still turned when he hears a large bang and sees a person now on his car. He has just hit someone. Henry pushes quickly on the brake and comes to a screeching stop. The body rolls off the car and lands on the ground.
INT. CAR - LIQUOR STORE - DAY
Henry is sitting in his car listening to jazz music. Henry has no black eye now. He reaches over and turns the radio volume down. He is breathing deeply, like he is psyching himself up for something.
We see a Liquor Store outside of the passenger side window. Henry reaches to the black beanie on his head and pulls it down over his face to reveal a black ski mask.
He pauses and then looks around the car searching for something. He moves some garbage out of the way and finds a brown lunch bag on the ground. He opens it and dumps out a half eaten sandwich.
Henry takes the wrinkled bag with him as he exits the car placing both hands in the pockets of his jacket and making a pointing finger with his right hand as if he is hiding a gun. He leaves the car running.
EXT. LIQUOR STORE - DAY
We don't follow him, but instead we see the sun is shining, birds are chirping, no one really seems to be around. The music still plays quietly as the clock on the dashboard switches over from 7:59AM to 8:00AM. Henry runs back over and jumps in the car.
INT. CAR - LIQUOR STORE - DAY
Henry throws the now full bag on the passenger side seat. He looks to the Liquor store, but no one is following him. He takes off the ski mask and his jacket and throws them down as well.
INT. CAR - NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY
Henry drives away from the store and onto a residential street. He drives through a neighborhood past quiet houses. Henry reaches down to change the music and then looks up to see the girl running. He honks his horn at her, then he hits the man.
Henry is breathing heavily. His hands still grasped firmly on the wheel. The radio is still blaring. Henry looks around, but no one has seen what happened.
EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY
Henry places his hand on the door handle and opens the door slowly. He leans his head out the door and lowers it to look towards the ground in front of the car. He sees two feet in black boots just to the right of the left tire of his car.
Henry sits back up quickly. He gets out of the car and walks slowly to where the body is laying. The person is a man laying face down on the pavement. He is wearing all black and a black leather jacket. He is not moving.
Henry freaks out for a second looking around again to see if anyone has seen him. Still the street is deserted. Henry turns around as if to walk away for a moment and then changes his mind turning back around towards the body.
Suddenly, the girl with the purse has appeared standing next to the body. Henry jumps. This is LIZZY, early 30's. She is acting very casual standing next to the dead body.
Henry is confused and scared that someone has seen him kill this man.
I'm really sorry. I kinda feel like this is my fault. If I wasn't running from him then you wouldn't have run him over and I just feel really, really,...bad, you know?
Henry is just standing there, he is in shock.
I've never seen a dead body before.
Oh my god!
Henry turns and starts dry heaving bent over. Lizzy watches with some concern.
Do you need some water?
Henry nods his head and puts his hand out to receive the water.
(Beat) Oh, I don't have any.
Henry turns his head to Lizzy, confused.
Look, I can help you get him in your car or something. You should probably get him off the street at least.
Henry doesn't say anything. He shakes his head no. Police sirens sound in the distance and both Henry and Lizzy look down the street with wide eyes. Henry nods his head yes and they both bend down to pick up the body.
Henry and Lizzy load the body into the back seat, still no one is around to witness this. Henry walks to the drivers side of the car and gets in. The police sirens get louder. Lizzy looks down the street again.
You know maybe I should just go with you.
Lizzy opens the passenger side door and pauses waiting for Henry to move his bag and other items on the seat. Henry looks at her for a moment wondering if he should let her in, but decides it can't hurt.
Henry moves his items to the back seat with the body. Lizzy gets in and they start to drive down the street.
INT. CAR - STREET - DAY
Both Henry and Lizzy are still a bit out of breath. A pop song is still playing on the radio. They are both a bit awkward. Henry turns the music down.
Um, why were you running away from him?
Lizzy gives Henry a funny look as she decides what to say.
EXT. RESIDENTIAL HOME - DAY
Lizzy is walking down the street in a quiet neighborhood. Lizzy stops in front of a run down looking house. She pauses and takes a deep breath, then walks up to the front door.
Lizzy tries to look in one of the windows but curtains have been drawn over them. She hears rap music playing from inside. She knocks on the door and it opens, but we don't see who opened the door. The rap music plays loud as it pours out the door. She walks in.
We don't follow her, but instead we see the sun is shining, birds are chirping, no one really seems to be around. The rap music plays very faintly in the background as a leaf from a tree in the front yard falls onto the sidewalk fluttering slowly to the ground.
The front door opens back up and we see Lizzy backing out of the doorway talking to someone. The music is loud again.
Look, I have the rest of the money for you sitting at home right now, so I'm just going to run and get it.
Lizzy takes off running down the street and a man follows her from inside the house. He yells after her. She is running quick with the man just behind her. Lizzy is faster than the man. Lizzy looks up and sees a street in front of her.
Lizzy sees a car coming and starts running faster. She runs past it just in time. Lizzy hears the horn, but doesn't stop until she hears a loud bang. Lizzy slows and turns around, she is out of breath. She sees what has happened behind her.
INT. CAR - STREET - DAY
Henry is waiting to hear Lizzy's answer.
Why were you running away from him?
(Beat) He was trying to steal my purse.
Henry looks down at Lizzy's small purse. He nods his head satisfied with the answer.
Well, what do we do now?
I don't know, I've never had to get rid of a dead body before.
Henry gags a little.
The two sit in silence for a moment.
Maybe we just dump him in the lake?
Yeah ok, I'm cool with that.
Henry and Lizzy take a right turn to go to the lake. We see the sun is shining, birds are chirping, no one really seems to be around. The car's back wheel drives over a large rock shaking the car a bit.
EXT. LAKE - DAY
Henry and Lizzy pull up to the waters edge where there is a ledge and hill that goes down to the lake. They both get out and leave their doors open. They walk to the edge and look down. We see them talking with the car behind them.
I think if we just roll him down this little hill, he will roll right into the water and he'll just sink.
Maybe. I don't know, he might get caught up on those bushes and then someone would probably see him laying there.
That's true, it might be too risky.
Maybe if I hold his feet and you hold his hands then we can swing him into the water.
I don't know if I can swing him like that.
Would you rather have his feet?
Henry and Lizzy continue to talk like this brainstorming how to dispose of the body all while the body in the back seat has woken up and gotten out of the car.
This is DEAN, 30's. Dean is limping, bleeding from his forehead, and holding his ribs with his left hand while holding a gun with his right hand. Lizzy and Henry turn around.
LIZZY AND HENRY
You idiots are going to pay for this.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait, he doesn't owe you anything ok it's just me you
should be mad at.
He hit me with his car.
(looking to Lizzy)
Ok, but that was an accident, and look at you, you're fine!
You owe me money and you almost killed me, so I'm just going to be done with you both.
Henry looks at Lizzy, he is confused at what Dean has said.
You owe him money? You said he was trying to steal from you.
Ok, stop talking. I'm just going to shoot you here and let your bodies roll down to the water.
But what if our bodies get caught on the bushes? Someone might see us then.
Dean starts walking towards them pointing his gun at Lizzy.
Stop! Stop! Stop!
Henry steps in front of Lizzy.
Your money is in the back seat.
Dean stops walking.
What did you say?
Dean points the gun at Henrys face.
Your money that she owes you, it's in a brown paper bag in the back seat.
Dean is skeptical, but he slowly backs up, still pointing the gun at them. Dean reaches the car with the door still open and leans in to grab the bag.
Dean opens the bag and sees the money inside. He is pleased. He crumples the top of the bag back up.
Dean de-cocks his gun and puts it in the back of his pants. He starts walking away.
I'm good then?
Dean responds as he limps away.
Yeah, sure, you're good.
Dean disappears into the trees. Lizzy and Henry look at each other, then slowly walk back to the car.
EXT. CAR - LAKE - DAY
They sit on the car hood and are silent for a while, stunned at what just happened. They both stare out toward the trees and water. Henry gets up and reaches in the car for his cigarettes and lighter.
Where did you get all that money?
Henry lights a cigarette and leans against the car. He is shaking and nervous again, trying to calm down.
I robbed a liquor store.
Why did you owe him money?
For some drugs.
There is another awkward pause here. They sit in silence for a moment, both lost in their own thoughts.
I never asked your name.
Nice to meet you.
Another pause. They both look around realizing and enjoying how nice the weather is.
You're eye looks pretty messed up.
The clerk caught me off guard.
I thought that guy was really gonna shoot us.
Nah. Dean's not really that tough.
They both laugh a little together.
What a fucking day.
Henry and Lizzy get off the car and get back inside.
INT. CAR - LAKE - DAY
Henry and Lizzy sit back in the car.
So. You hungry?
I don't have any money.
Henry and Lizzy look at each other. Lizzy shrugs and they share a knowing look. Henry starts the car.
CHARACTER BACK STORIES
HENRY - This is Henry's first time committing any crime. He is beyond nervous and hates every minute of committing the crime, even after he gets away with it. He was fired from his job and has had no luck finding a new job. In a desperate time, Henry comes up with a plan to rob a convenience store. Henry is kind and generally good so committing this crime is a big deal to him. He never intended to become a criminal, but he feels like this one day is quickly turning him into one.
LIZZY - Lizzy is a bit more experienced in the world of shady business and crime than Henry is. Lizzy is into recreational drug use, nothing very intense, mostly weed. She owes Dean and his boss a fairly small amount of money, but more than she has in her bank account and is pushing off paying them until she has the funds. She is irresponsible and can't hold a job, but kind and willing to help others.
DEAN - Dean is a henchman/right hand man for the person that Lizzy owes money to. He is used to chasing people and shaking them down for the money that they owe him and his boss. Dean is not so nice and enjoys being a guy that people are afraid of. He is a supporting character in the story, so his background isn't as important. He is basically a prop in this story about Henry and Lizzy.
HENRY: (20's) Henry is a handsome young professional, but has lost his job and is now turning to, what he feels is, a life of crime as he robs a convenience store. Henry is nervous and uncomfortable with this decision, but is desperate. Fairly preppy and classic in style. Lead.
LIZZY: (late 20's) Lizzy is more experienced in the world of shady business and crime. She into recreational drug use, mostly weed, and finds herself running from people that she owes some money to. She is kind and helpful, playful and edgy. She is tough and is not easily phased. Lead.
DEAN: (late 30's) Dean is the right hand man for the person that Lizzy owes money to. The most experienced criminal of the three characters in the story. He is tough and likes being feared by others. He is not very dangerous unless provoked, but can be swayed. Mostly easy going and putting on a front. Supporting.
CAST AND CREW
LIZZY: Alyssa Kompelien
HENRY: Xyrrell Demmitt
DEAN: Manny Abucay
WRITTEN BY: Alyssa Kompelien
DIRECTED BY: Josh Masenko
PRODUCED BY: Alyssa Kompelien (AK FILMS)
EDITOR/POST SOUND: Josh Masenko
BOOM OPERATOR: Ben Xiao
HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST: Rachel McLaughlin
BTS PHOTOGRAPHER: Rachel McLaughlin
WARDROBE AND SET STYLIST: Alyssa Kompelien