Unit 4: Storytelling_Script: “The Executioner’s Meal”

“The Executioner’s Meal” Original Story by Simon J. Bloyce Screenplay by Simon J. Bloyce

FINAL DRAFT March 2012 “THE EXECUTIONER’S MEAL” FADE IN: EXT: THE INNE There is an Olde, rickety building. The mood is dark and brooding and the weather reflects this. We see a dark, heavy set figure approaching the door. The camera cuts to the eyes of the figure, then his hand, in which he carries an axe. The figure approaches the door, swinging it open. INT: THE INNE There is a long table with people eating. They swing their heads in alarm at the fury with which the door opens and, seeing the menacing figure, return their gaze to their meal. The Executioner approaches the serving hatch and stabs a meaty finger at the sign, “ROOM FOR THE NIGHT AND MEAL 2 GROATS” INNE KEEPER’S WIFE What would you like to eat Sir? The Same Meaty finger is stabbed at the menu on the desk in front. INNE KEEPER’S WIFE Boiled egg and soldiers? Right you are, it won’t be long

Unit 4: Storytelling_Script: “The Executioner’s Meal”

The Executioner takes a seat and waits for his meal. Shot changes to the rest of the room who take care to avoid his gaze and generally ignore him. INNE KEEPER’S WIFE Boiled egg and soldiers, cutlery’s on the side, your room’s at the top of the stairs. The Executioner takes his meal, and his belongings and approaches the door to the stairs. THE STAIRS The Executioner makes his way holding his tray in one hand and his belongings in the other. He ascends many, many stairs. Up and up until he reaches his room. (This scene will be mirrored and extended to communicate the length of the ascent required to reach the lodgings) INT: THE EXECUTIONER’S ROOM The executioner enters a small room with a simple table and chair. A bed (out of sight) and a coat hook. The Executioner removes his cowl and cape, places his axe down, places his meal on the table and.... ...REALISES THAT HE FORGOT TO BRING A SPOON WITH HIM!!! Cut to the Executioner looking enraged, cut to the egg. The Executioner stands up quickly, smashing his head on the low ceiling. THE EXECUTIONER Groooooowwllllll He scoops up the table, sending the egg and egg cup to the floor and, before sending the table flying into the wall lowers it carefully. He looks to see his egg intact, but his egg cup broken. He experiments, trying to keep the egg upright on the table, of course it falls onto it’s side and rolls of the table. He picks up the egg, bracing it between 2 soldiers. Focus on the egg, held by it’s bready charge. Cut back to THE EXECUTIONER with his murdering garb now in place as he weighs his axe in his hand.

Unit 4: Storytelling_Script: “The Executioner’s Meal”

Cut back to the Egg in silhouette, we hear a drum roll (typical French ‘guillotine’ revolutionary drum roll). We then see THE EXECUTIONER raise his axe (in silhouette) and as the camera cuts to black briefly before the end of the drum roll, we hear the swish of the Axe. -The End-

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