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Jingle Blues

Written By

Zoe Thornton

Based on, if any Arthur Christmas (Written by Peter Baynham,


Sarah Smith, 2011)

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INT. SPACE STATION DESK AREA


MID SHOT - CAMERA 1 - PAN
Shows title card then pans across the long area of the
welcome reception of the Space Station until it reaches The
Elf staring off bored out the view screen. A light flashes
suddenly on the monitor of the tracking indicating that ship
is approaching. The Elf looks up in boredom, as the
communication system also lights up.
ELF
I didn't think anyone came to this
Outpost-

CU - CAMERA 1 - TILT
The Elf presses the button to turn communications on and
speaks in a bored voice.
ELF
Merry Christmas. Welcome to the
highest outpost of the Christmas
workshop, "The Dome", what is your
clearance code for entry?
???
Oh, errr... Must of dropped it
somewhere... SC-something or
other...

The Elf runs over to a window and looks out to to see a


futuristic sleigh being pulled by helmeted reindeer zoom
over and pause by the docking station entrance.
ELF
SC-000-001?
???
That was it! This is-
ELF
Yes, Santa, sir, Hello! I wasn't
expecting you sir! We don't get too
many visitors here, so the bay
doors don't get much use. I'll get
it open for you!
SANTA
Hope we can hurry this up, I think
I must of missed a country back
(MORE)
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SANTA (CONT'D)
there. I'll be at the doors in 2
minutes.
ELF
Er... Right.

With the call ended, The Elf takes out his key card and
presses in his access code into the screen. After a pause it
flashes up a sign saying CLEARANCE INVALID.
After trying again in a panic, The Elf pauses, then touches
his earpiece.
ELF
Administration Office
ADMIN WORKER
Hello, how may I be of assistance?
ELF
Ah, hello, I've got a bit of a
situation here. I can't get the
operating system of my station
working and Santa's here, you see
and-
ADMIN WORKER
Oh well you'll be needing a new
pass then- happens all the time-
I'll just pass you through to the
office.
ELF
Oh, but it looked like it was just
my password...
Hold music plays Jingle Bells as The Elf is left cut off.
LONG SHOT - CAMERA 2 - DOLLY IN
A series of calls as The Elf rushes about the office,
picking up forms and and scanners, rushing to screens. Every
so often The Elf is put on hold and Jingle Bells plays
again.
ELF
(Exclaiming in frustration)
INT. MESSAGE PORT
Elf waits laboriously as slowly a new pass falls slowly out
of a digital mailbox.
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ELF
Finally!
The Elf grabs it and runs to the Docking Station.
I/E. DOCKING STATION
The Elf arrives at the screen of the Docking Station and
places his Pass on the reader and enters his clearance code.
After a pause it flashes up a sign saying CLEARANCE INVALID.
ELF
What?! No! NO!
ADMIN WORKER
Oh, it was the password after all.
I'll pass you through to IT.
Jingle Bells plays again. The Elf continually bangs his head
against the door.
ELF
WHY. WON'T. THIS. STUPID. THING.
OPEN?
Jingle Bells reaches it's chorus and suddenly gets picked up
on the door screen speaker.
DOOR SPEAKER
Jingle all the way!
The door glides open as Santa reaches it from the outside.
SANTA
Ah, I'd forgotten these things just
opened to Jingle Bells if you sing
at them long enough. Seems a bit of
a risk if you ask me.
Santa walks into the station while The Elf looks up in
amazement.
SANTA (CONT'D)
Thank you lad. Now, should we crack
on then?
They walk off to the Present Filling halls.

(The End)

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