QUINN (CONT’D)It’s started!!The end of the laser glows -- and a blue beam bursts from thetip. But the beam of light doesn’t strike the shelf in frontof it -- instead, it stops in mid air.In the space of a second, the beam resolves to a single-pointof light and WIDENS into a RIPPLING, GLOWING HOLE IN THE AIR.This CIRCULAR VORTEX is 40-feetwide, filled with silver-bluelight. It has the texture of a ROUNDED RIPPLING EFFECT like apond after dropping a stone into it.A gleeful smile fills Quinn’s face. He moves towards thevortex. It crackles like thunder, it creates wind in thebasement, scattering papers and blowing Quinn’s hair back.SUDDENLY, there’s a GROANING, WHEEZING SOUND from Quinn’scontraption. SPARKS burst from inside. The vortex VANISHES.Tiny POPS, like mini-explosions, can be heard from Quinn’s machinery. A gray smoke drifts from within.Quinn spins to the laptop, thrilled and delighted.QUINN (CONT’D)That was amazing! We --The laptop’s video chat window shows Bennish lying back inhis chair with his eyes closed. He’s snoring.QUINN (CONT’D)HEY!!
BENNISH (VIDEO FEED)(snapping awake)Whuh?! What’d I miss?
QUINNI mapped a symplectic manifoldequation into three dimensionalspace!
BENNISH (VIDEO FEED)Uhhhhhhh-- can you do it again?
Quinn looks at his scorched, smoking equipment.QUINNDunno...And we SMASH CUT TO A BLACK SCREEN showing glowing numbers --2.