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EXT. HOUSE - DAY
Establishing shot of Lola's house.
Pan up view of the house. It is what seems like a regular
gloomy day.
CUT
INT. HOUSE - DAY
Mother and father are standing next to each other in front
of Lola who is sitting on a chair. Lola looks vulnerable and
sad. The father holds a bottle in his hand and regularly
takes swigs from the bottle. The view is a top shot of
behind the parents, so all the audience can see is the back
of the parents (in the foreground), and the girls face in
the background. The mother and father are both quite tall,
causing them to be intimidating to Lola.
F
(Angrily)
It was all your fault! You hear
me! ALL your fault.
Father takes swig from bottle, which is in his left hand.
M
(Disappointed)
You're a shame to this family
Lola.
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Side on view of Lola standing up and pushing past her
parents. The father is frowning and the mother ignores her
daughter. Mother eventually turns.
M
(Leave pronounced
with emphasis,
voice gets louder)
Go on leave.
ACTION MATCH
View from back of parents again, Lola continues walking past
parents.

2.
Father continues to watch (in an intimidating way.)
Continues to drink from bottle.
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Lola walks fast up the stairs. (Tilt up/pan up view.)
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POV shot of Lola opening bathroom door.
ACTION MATCH
View from inside bathroom as Lola opens door. Lola looks
down at the floor distressed. Continues to close the door
angrily.
Voiceover starts.
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Close up shot of Lola's hand locking the door.
CUT
Voiceover stops for dialogue.
Medium/side on shot of bathroom sink. Lola's hand's fall
into the frame and grab hold of the sink to stabilise
herself.
L
(Breathless)
Don't cry. Don't cry.
CROSS-DISSOLVE
FLASHBACK
FLASHFORWARD
Voiceover continues.
Medium shot as Lola falls back against the wall of the
bathroom. She stays there for a few moments.
FADE
FLASHBACK
FLASHFORWARD
Voiceover continues.

3.
Medium shot of Lola sinking down to the floor. (Tracking
shot.)
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Lola hugs her legs against her, which makes her feel small.
She stares out at nothing and looks slightly dazed, like she
doesn't know what to do. She looks sad, which makes the
audience sympathise for her.
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FADE
FLASHBACK
FLASHFORWARD
Voiceover continues.
Close up of Lola's hands covering her face. When the
voiceover ends (which is in this shot) Lola is heard to be
crying.
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EXT. UNDERPASS - AFTERNOON
Camera pan of the area. The long shot shows a path from the
bridge, in a housing estate. The lamp posts light up the
path on a miserable day.
CUT
Establishing shot from the path that was shown in the camera
pan. The long shot/pan up view sets the location of the
underpass (path that goes underneath the bridge.)
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The graffiti which is in the underpass is shown in a medium
shot and pans right to fourthly establish the location.
CUT
The electric light is then shown through a close up.
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Voiceover continues from previous scene. This will continue
to introduce the character of Lola.
A tracking, close up shot shows Lola's feet walking towards
the underpass.

4.
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A close up shot is shown of the streetlight to show the
gloomy atmosphere.
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POV shot of Lola looking down at the floor while walking,
with her hands in her pockets to show how she has become an
introvert character.
CUT
Top shot view of Lola walking into the underpass.
CUT
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POV shot of Lola looking behind herself while she is
walking.
CUT
A travel camera movement is shown following Lola, from
behind, into the underpass. Lola is looking down at the
floor nervously/uncomfortably.
Voiceover stops for flashbacks.
FLASHBACK
FLASHFORWARD
Close up of Lola as she leans back against the wall. Lola
looks frightened as she doesn't know what to do.
FLASHBACK
FLASHFORWARD
Lola sinks to the ground in the underpass as the camera
zooms out. She has her head in her hands and her legs are
huddled against her body. She looks as if she is crying.
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EXT. FRONT DOOR OF HOUSE - AFTERNOON
2 MONTHS PREVIOUSLY
Lola and Ellie walk out of the house, happy and laughing
together.

5.
E
(Happily)
I'm so excited!
L
(Smiles)
It's gonna be great!
EXT. ROAD ACCIDENT FLASHBACKS - EVENING
Lola and Ellie are sisters and seem to be arguing with each
other next to a road. It is shown through a long shot to set
the location. They are in each others faces and Lola keeps
pointing at Ellie in a disapproving way.
L
(Quiet arguing)
What was the point?
E
I didn't mean it to turn out like
this.

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Master shot of Lola and Ellie continually arguing next to
the road. Ellie's arms are crossed defensively and she is
looking down to the ground like she has given up on the
situation. Lola gets up in her face and starts pointing at
her.
L
(Disappointed)
I can't believe you did that.
L
(Angrily)
It was so embarrassing.
CUT
A shot reverse shot shows Lola's face frowning.
L
(Aggresively)
I hate you so much
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A shot reverse shot of Ellie's face looking upset.

6.
E
(Sighs/growls)
Shot moves smoothly to be an over the shoulder shot.
Lola pushes Ellie away.
L
(Emphasis on leave)
Go on leave
E
Fine.
Ellie turns away to cross road.
CUT
Close up of Ellie's feet stepping off of the curb.
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A medium shot shows Ellie storming off across the road.
CUT
Close up/tracking shot of Ellie's face as she looks
depressed.
CUT
Close up/tracking shot of Ellie's hand clenched by her side.

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The argument the siblings just had starts to fade in over
the shot.
Handheld medium shot view from the other side of the road.
Headlights start to appear on Ellie. Lola is walking out of
view in the background (looking down at the floor.)
CUT
Argument gets louder.
Handheld shot of woman in the car on her phone (texting.)
Woman looks up at last minute and looks shot gasps. Ellie is
stunned still on road.
BLACK SCREEN

7.
Screeching of car over the top and girl screaming. Then
silence.
INT. VOICEOVER TO GO OVER PREVIOUS SCENES - DAY
L
It never used to be like this.
They're different now.
Everything's different. And it's
all my fault. They blame me for
what happened to my sister, that
night of October 4th.
It's difficult to see my parents
like that. Drowning their misery.
How can they push me away as well?
Isn't it hard enough for them
already? I suppose they can't bare
the sight of me. Seeing that guilt
in my eyes.
I can't believe I could ever be so
inconsiderate as to not think
about the consequences. It's so
hard to know that our last word's
were arguing over something so
small and insignificant. I guess
she would have wanted me to carry
on and appreciate the quality of
life. But right now the idea of
pain as a distraction seems so
appealing.
We were naive and innocent. So
care-free. We didn't understand or
care about the consequences of our
actions, no matter how small or
how big.
I hope you can forgive me for
being so blind and ignorant. If
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only you knew.

FADE OUT.

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