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Close The Loop Sam Zucker
Main Characters (Speaking roles) Jason Main Character, Jacob’s Son Mark Jason’s best friend Stephen Jason’s friend Jacob (2013) Jason’s father Jacob (1993) A younger version of Jacob’s father Wendy (2013) Jacob’s exwife Wendy (1993) A younger version of Jacob’s exwife Secondary Characters (Nonspeaking roles) Police officers Surround time door, block off from Jason, Mark, and Stephen Video Scene opens with slow pan across several items in a room and a basement. Opening credits. Shot of Jason, Mark, and Stephen playing Xbox. Audio Music
Mark Boom! Headshot! I win again! Stephen Dammit! Jacob (From afar) Hey, Jason? Can you come down here? Jason Ugh, (Shouting) what is it? Jacob (Shouting) Just come down here!
Shot of the 3 from behind. All 3 get up and walk off shot. Shot of workshop in basement, with Jacob in dirty clothes standing next to a strange machine. Boys walk into shot Jason Okay, what is it? Jacob Well you know that machine I’ve been working on? Jason The one that drove Mom away, yeah.
Shot of just Jacob and Jason. Jacob glares at Jacob The time door. Jason. Jason Yeah, whatever. Jacob But this invention will change the world! Shot of all 4 Mark Wait, time door? Jacob Well, temporal quantum tunneling apparatus. Stephen Uhh... What? Jacob In layman’s terms a time machine. Mark What? There’s no way that would work!
Shot of Jacob
Jacob Well you see, by using a high powered particle condenser set to a specific frequency it can resonate... (Trails off) Jason Dying of old age here, Dad. Jacob (Sighs) Long story short, it opens up a doorway of sorts back in time. I’ve finally perfected the design and want to try it out, and seeing as I’m the only one who can operate it, I was thinking you could go back. Jason Dad, no. Mark Wait, I actually want to try this out... Stephen But wait, isn’t that dangerous? Jacob No, it’s perfectly safe; I’ve done extensive animal testing. Jason Wait is that what those big boxes were? Jacob Uhh... moving on, I plan on sending you back exactly twenty years ago from today. Back to 1993. Mark Guys? Jason Eh, nothing better to do... Stephen? Stephen Well, I guess if you guys are... Jacob Excellent! Then I’ll just fire up the machine, and you’ll be on your way.
Shot of Jason and Jacob
Shot of all 4
Shot of Jason and Jacob
Shot of all 4
Shot of the machine. Jacob walks up and hits some buttons and throws a switch. The lights flicker as the machine powers on. A portal appears. Shot of Jacob in front of the machinery Jacob Powerup complete! The machine is online and stable! Boys, now all you need to do is walk through that portal, and, viola! You’ll be in 1993! Jason Alright, let’s go then.
Shot of Jason, Mark, and Stephen in front of portal. The boys walk into the portal Shot of Jacob sitting down in a chair near the machine. He hits some keys on a laptop. Bullets are heard flying out of the portal. Jacob frantically hits some keys and the portal closes. He opens a letter.
Cut to opposite angle. Jacob walks off shot and comes back with a lock box. He opens the lock box and pulls out a letter. He reads the letter. He He hits some more keys and the portal reopens. The three boys come out of the portal. Jacob closes down the portal. Shot of all 4 FLASHBACK Scene opens with The boys walking into the portal. Cut to a field with the portal open in the middle of it. The boys step out of it. Cut to a scene of the boys walking through a town. Jason Wow, I can’t believe my dad’s invention actually worked. Mark This is amazing! We’re actually in the past! Incredible! Stephen You know, I just can’t believe this. Hang on, Stephen Excuse me, what’s today’s date? Jacob (1993) July 13th, why? Stephen No reason in particular. What year? Jacob (1993) Uh... 1993? Stephen Woah, uh.. thanks. Jason Holy crap, thats my dad! Mark Wait, really? You should say something! Jason Won’t that make some kinda time paradox or something? Mark I don’t know, who cares? Just do it. Jason Excuse me, sir? Jacob (1993) Yes? Jason What’s, erm, what’s your name? Jacob (1993) Jacob Cohen. Jason So, what would you say if I told you I were your son, sent back in time from the year 2013? One shot of Jacob (1993). Jacob (1993) Are you insane?! You and your friends come up here, asking me what year it is, and now you’re telling me you’re my son Jacob What happened to you?
Cut to 1shot of Stephen as he approaches another man on the street
Shot of all 4
Shot of Jacob (1993). Jason walks up.
Jacob (1993) starts to walk away. One shot of Jason. He closes his eyes.
from the future?! Jason Jacob Eric Cohen. Son of Barbara and Marvin Cohen. You grew up in Norristown, Pennsylvania, you graduated 5th in your class, majored in physics at the University of Pennsylvania. Jacob (1993) Alright, theres no way you could know that unless a) you’ve been stalking me, which is highly unlikely, seeing as you look no older than 16, or, b) your ludacris time travel story is true. Mark Well, we can prove it. Jacob (1993) Okay then, let’s go, but no funny business.
Shot of Jacob (1993) as he turns around.
Shot of the 3 boys.
Cut to a shot of the field with the portal in it, with police officers surrounding the portal. Jason, Mark, Stephen and Jacob (1993) walk up. Stephen Crap! Cops! Mark Someone must have seen the portal! Stephen Could we... I don’t know... talk to them? Jason Are you insane? They’ll want to keep us detained, to run tests or something. They run to the woods on the side of the field Oneshot of Jacob (1993) Jacob (to himself) They weren’t kidding... the... the time machine, but... it can’t be...but it has to be... what is this?
Shot of the portal. Police officers draw their guns and open fire on the portal. After a few shots, the portal closes. Shot of all four Jacob (1993) shrugs Shot of police officers as they turn and look in the woods at the four. Shot of all four Stephen They see us! Run! Jason We’re trapped! That ass! (Turns to Jacob (1993)) No offense.
Camera follows the four from behind as the run away through the woods. Shot of all four out in a different field, out of breath Mark Okay, I think we lost them. Stephen Alright, cool. Hey, is there any place to eat around here? Jacob (1993) Yeah, I know a place. Let’s go.
Shot of outside of diner Cut to all four in a diner Jacob (1993) Okay, so let me get this straight, in 20 years, to the day, I perfect a time machine, and send you, my son and his friends, back in time to test it, but I close down the portal back to your own time before you can return. Jason Yep, that’s pretty much the story so far... Mark But what are gonna do? We can’t stay here... Wendy (1993) Hi, I’m Wendy, I’ll be your server today, can I start you off with something to drink? Jason Water please. Mark Same for me Jacob (1993) I’ll take a sprite Stephen And I’ll have a coke. Wendy (1993) Alright I’ll be right out. Jacob (1993) God, she’s beautiful. Mark Ask her out then Jacob (1993) I... I wish I could, but I’m just so awkward. Shot of all four Jason (To Stephen) I don’t believe this! That waitress is my mom! This seriously can’t be coincidence. Stephen Huh, weird. Jacob (1993) (To Jason) Wait, you said that’s your mom? As is me and her... you know... Jason Uhh... yeah? but something tells me I wasn’t supposed to tell you that... Jacob (1993) Well, too late now. Stephen Guys, come on, we have bigger problems than this. Problems like, oh, I don’t know, HOW THE HELL ARE WE
Shot of opposite side of table. A waitress Walks up.
Two shot of Jacob (1993) and Mark
Twoshot of Jason and Stephen
SUPPOSED TO GET HOME?! Jason He’s right though, we need to figure this out. Shot of all four. Jacob (1993) Alright, let’s eat, then you guys can come crash at my place, and we’ll figure all of this out tomorrow. Sound good? Jason Yeah, that sounds fine. All (Indecipherable chatter)
Fade out as they begin to talk Cut to the outside of a small house at night, slow zoom in Shot of Jacob (1993) writing on some papers. Jason walks in, looking like he just woke up.
Jason Oh, you’re up. What are you doing? Jacob (1993) Oh, nothing really, just playing around with a few equations to see if this time travel would even be possible. This is a tricky one. Jason Yeah, I gotta admit, this is pretty incredible. But hey, I just wanted to thank you, you know, for letting us stay here and all. I kinda wind up treating you like crap in the future, so I feel a little bad. Jacob (1993) Well, I’m sure you’ll have your reasons. But, hey, listen, can I ask you a favor? Jason Shoot. One shot of Jacob (1993) going through his papers Jacob (1993) I was thinking about what your one friend said earlier today, and well, I um... I wrote this letter for Wendy, the waitress from the restaurant today, but I’m too scared to give it to her myself. Can you? Jason Uh... yeah, sure. Does she even work tomorrow? Jacob (1993) Yep, from 10 AM until 2. Same place we ate today. Jason Alright, I’ll deliver your love letter, you just focus on getting us home. Jacob (1993) Thanks. I’ll see you in the morning. Jason See ya.
Two shot of Jacob (1993) and Jason
Jason gets up and walks out of shot. Shot of outside of house at night, crossfade to shot of house in the morning.
Shot of same room from night. Jacob (1993) is asleep on the table. The three boys walk in. Mark Hey, Mr. Cohen? Ready to go back to Jason If you finish saying what I think you’re gonna say, I will hit you. Mark Awww... Jacob (1993) (Disgruntled) Wha... What? What time is it? Stephen 8:30 in the morning. One shot of Jacob (1993) Jacob (1993) Ugh, two hours of sleep. I’ve been trying all night to figure out a way to get you three back, but I’m just going in circles. There is no way with today’s technology to create even a backwards time machine, or a forwards one either. The only possible way to get you back without aging is freezing you, but that’s just science fiction. Jason We came here in a time portal. SILENCE Jacob (1993) Good point. Stephen Hey, guys? Are you thinking that maybe we’re looking a little too deep into this? Opposite angle from previous shot Jacob (1993) What are you getting at? Stephen What I’m getting at is that maybe there’s a way to get a message to you from the future. You know the guy controlling the time door? Jacob (1993) But that would be impossible! Jason Wait, I think I see what he’s getting at here. Do you have a safe or someplace you can keep something valuable? Jacob (1993) Uh, I have a lock box. Jason That’ll work. Can you get me some paper and a pen? Jacob (1993) Yeah, here.
Shot of all four
Jacob (1993) grabs a pen and a blank sheet of paper off of the table. Jason takes them and begins to write out a note on the paper. Opposite angle
Jason Alright, I have a note written for you to open in the future. I have the exact date written on the outside. It gives you specific instructions on when to open up the portal. You NEED to keep this safe for twenty years.
Jacob (1993) I can do that. I must say, this plan is much simpler. Mark Except for the part where it isn’t. How the hell do you plan to get us to that portal? there are cops! 1Shot of Jason Jason Alright we need to be at that field by 12:45 PM sharp. Once there, we’ll need a distraction. I we can distract the police just before one, when I’ll have my dad open the portal, we hopefully can run in before he closes it off. Timing is key for this to work. Stephen Okay, but what’s our distraction? Jacob (1993) I think I’ve got it. I’ll run up and say that I saw another portal appear a little bit away. That should peel them away for long enough. Future me better pull through on this one. Jason We can only hope. Now go put that
Jason hands the letter to Jacob (1993). Jacob letter somewhere safe. (1993) walks off shot. Time lapse of a clock ticking until it reads 12:30 Slow pan across field. A few cops are seen wandering in the field. Shot of all four in the woods. Jacob (1993) is looking through binoculars. Jacob (1993) Okay, there’s only three of them. this shouldn’t be too hard. Everybody sync your watches. Jacob (1993) Alright, two minutes. I’ll go set up. Mark Alright, let’s go back to the future! Mark Ow! Jason I warned you. Shot of front of field over one officer’s shoulder. Jacob (1993) runs up to the front. Jacob (1993) Police! Please come quickly! There’s this... this weird light just across the way! Please come!
Jacob (1993), Jason, and Mark all pull out watches and sync them. Jacob leaves shot. Jason punches Mark.
The police officers run following Jacob (1993) Cut to shot opposite of where the boys are. A portal opens in the field. The boys run towards the portal. Cut to front of field. An officer jogs up Officer Hey! Officer fires three rounds from his handgun. Shot following the boys running. They duck as Gunshots more rounds are heard being fired. They dive through the portal. END FLASHBACK
Shot of Jacob sitting down in a chair near the machine. He hits some keys on a laptop. Bullets are heard flying out of the portal. Jacob frantically hits some keys and the portal closes. He opens a letter. Cut to opposite angle. Jacob walks off shot and comes back with a lock box. He opens the lock box and pulls out a letter. He reads the letter. He He hits some more keys and the portal reopens. The three boys come out of the portal. Jacob closes down the portal. Shot of all 4 Jacob What happened to you? Jason Oh, you know what happened. Why did you send us back? Jacob Yes, I knew all of that would happen. I sent you back to close the loop. You see, had I not sent you back, I wouldn’t have had the inspiration for this project,and I never would have met your mother, effectively precluding you from being born. Jason Alright. And hey, thanks for everything. That was pretty cool of you. Jacob I just did what had to be done. I got arrested for that stunt, you know. Jason Oh, uh... sorry?
One Shot of Jacob
Shot of all four
Shot from opposite angle
Stephen and Mark walk off shot Two shot of Jason and Jacob
Jacob Again, just doing what had to be done. Mark Hey, uh... Jason? I think me and Stephen are gonna get out of here. we’ve had our share of adventure for the day. Jason Haha, yeah, I’m sorry you guys got stuck back there. Stephen Hey man, we volunteered. See ya. Jason Bye, guys. Jacob So you know how I asked you to deliver that note? Jason Ohhh.... Jacob Yeah, I’ll take that, please. Jacob There’s something I want to do with this
Jason pulls a folded up piece of paper out of his pocket and hands it to Jacob.
Shot of the outside of a house. Shot of door and front patio. Jacob walks up to the door and rings the doorbell. Wendy opens up the door. Wendy Hey, Jacob. What... uh what are you doing here? Jacob Hi, I just came to give you something I found. I thought you might like it. I wrote it before we started dating. Jacob Listen, I’m sorry I got too wrapped up in my project. I should’ve been more caring. Wendy You know, In retrospect, I probably overreacted. I never quite talked to you about it. Jacob Do you think we could, maybe, give it another shot? Wendy I think we could. I think we could.
Jacob hands Wendy the letter. She reads it. Shot over Wendy’s shoulder. TwoShot
They hug THE END
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