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'Deadbeat' short film script, 10 mins approx

'Deadbeat' short film script, 10 mins approx

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Published by Richard Sloat
A dark comedy centering on a bargain basement, suburban contract killer who has long since lost any interest in his work. Brutal, careless methods and
Blasé attitude to murder come back to haunt him when he's faced with the consequences of his actions and an unusual request.

Approx running time 10 minutes, designed to be shot with lo/no budget. It's essentially the clichéd Hollywood Hit-Man myth meeting dreary British suburbia.
A dark comedy centering on a bargain basement, suburban contract killer who has long since lost any interest in his work. Brutal, careless methods and
Blasé attitude to murder come back to haunt him when he's faced with the consequences of his actions and an unusual request.

Approx running time 10 minutes, designed to be shot with lo/no budget. It's essentially the clichéd Hollywood Hit-Man myth meeting dreary British suburbia.

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Published by: Richard Sloat on Jul 12, 2009
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DEAD BEAT
ByRichard Sloat SCENE 1INT. HOUSE - DAYAn old radio Alarm clock hisses loudly with static andgarbled music, it reads 9 AM. After a few seconds a handslaps it until it turns off.DISSOLVEThe Alarm clock reads 12:45 PM. Non-diegetic music plays toend of sceneIn an unkempt bedroom HIT MAN, A man in his late twentieslays semi-conscious on his bed. He wears the clothes from theprevious night; brown suit trousers and a crumpled black shirt.MONTAGE (EQUAL LENGTH)1) Legs swing over the side of the bed and slip into boots2) A Black necktie is snatched from the floor.3) A stained cup is placed on a kitchen counter4) Hit Man slips his tie over his neck5) A Tea bag is dropped in the cup7) sugar scooped from bag8) A Jacket is pulled from a stack of reference books(forensics, anatomy, British national formulary)9) Kettle is switched on10) Hit Man straightens a battered cigarette11) Hit Man Brushes his teeth in a lackluster manner12) Jacket is pulled on
 
13) Hit Man Spits in sink14) The Kettle boils15) A Blue peter badge on the jacket is adjusted16) A lot of Milk is added to tea17) Television is switched on18) Cigarette is lit from the stoveINT. LIVING ROOMHit Man sits on his sofa wearing a tatty brown suit, staringblankly at the television in front of him. Wearing a morose expression he slurps milky tea from a muggrasped in his right hand; alternately taking drags from thecigarette dangling from his left.The title "dead-beat" is imposed at the bottom of the framefor 3-4 seconds.Hit man places The Mug on the floor next to his feet.He drops the remains of his cigarette in the mug and standsUp.Hit Man reaches his front door. He pauses to check hispockets then starts to walk back; he grabs a set of keys anda fistful of surgical gloves.Hit man leaves, pulling the door closed behind him.SCENE 2INT. PUB - DAYTIMEA Juke box is turned on, Music plays faintly in thebackground.A Drink is poured, a triple measure of dark rum, toppedup with coke.The Pub is dark, rough around the edges and almost empty. HITMAN leans on the bar facing away from THE BARMAN andsurveys the room.The Barman sets the drink on the counter; Hit Man picks it upwithout looking and takes a sip.HIT MANMy one o-clock still here?Hit man speaks in a dead-pan monotone. He leans around andpalms THE BARMAN a few tightly folded notes, turning to lookhim in the eye as he does it. THE BARMAN tucks the notes into
 
his back pocket and points toward THE CUSTOMER with hisfree hand.THE CUSTOMER is a nervous looking, middle aged man wearingdark glasses and dressed in a fleece jumper and khakitrousers. He sits at a small table with one spare seatand nurses a half pint of beer. 2 empty half pint glassesand a brown a4 envelope rest on the table.Hit Man looks at the Customer then sags visibly; he takesanother swig of his drink and strides over.HIT MANYou my one o'clock?The Customer Pauses awkwardly and looks Hit Man up andDown.CUSTOMERI don't know, am I?Hit man SighsHIT MANWell, You're the only shiftybloke with a big brown envelopearen't you?The Customer looks down at the crisp brown envelope. Hit mancasually sits down on the opposite side of the table.CUSTOMERIts just you don't really look likea...HIT MANWell I find it's best not to dressup like one.Hit man reaches over and tugs at the envelope. The Customergrabs on to the other edge. Hit man sighs.HIT MANI don't care if you believe me ornot. Make a decision.PauseThe customer lets go of the envelope, hit man opens it up andbrowses through the contents, he speaks without looking up.HIT MANAnd take the sunglasses off, it'sfucking January.Hit man pulls a pen from his pocket and starts writing on thepalm of his left hand. The Customer takes off his sunglasses,composes himself as best he can for a few seconds and sips his

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For something in a similar vein; 'Measure Twice' Short Film Script 5 mins
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hi Rich...can I use ur script to make a short film we shall give u all the credits

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