“THE PHOTOGRAPH” 1 INT. STUDIO. LESTER’S FRUSTRATION. DAY.
August 28, 2007, Lester is taking photos of still life until he realizes that he didn’t liked his work very much and gets frustrated and leaves his studio to eat. A serious background fades in and fades out. LESTER Sigh.. What is happening to me?! why can’t I get this right?! Lester slides his hands behind his head and gets photography books from his inventory to read. LESTER HMMM....AHH... HAHAHA! GOT YAH! Now that’s why! HAHAHA! Lester Smiles and strolled to the nearest cafe to eat. 2 INT/EXT. CAFÉ. LESTER FINDS A JOB OFFER. DAY. Lester enters Brock’s Café at 11:09AM to take a cup of coffee and some bread; he then finds a newspaper to find a job offer if there’s any. LESTER Hmm… One Cappuccino and four pieces of wheat bread please. CASHIER LADY Right away sir; that’s 46 pesos sir. Lester pulls his wallet and grabs a fifty peso bill to the lady. CASHIER LADY I received fifty pesos sir here is your change and enjoy your stay. Good day! Lester grabs a spot near the window and at the same time grabs a newspaper seating right next to him.
He browses the newspaper. He smiles. Exciting music fades in. LESTER WUHUU!!!!!!!! YAHOO!!!!!!!! Lester goes out of the café as people reacts to his taunt. Lester sees 5 tourists with several cameras taking pictures of the great sceneries. While he passes the tourists, a girl passes him by. LESTER Good day! Looks at her back with a smile while walking. A puppy passes. He pats it. Sees a friend. LESTER YOH! (High Five!) Lester arrives home. Exciting music fades out. 3 INT. DARK ROOM. PORTFOLIO GATHERING. AFTERNOON Lester goes back to his studio in an excited way and develops his portfolio inside the dark room. eventually, submits it to an advertising company without any doubt. LESTER Where is it? Where is it? there it is! Quickly processes his works.
LESTER Nope…nope…NOPE!..GOT YAH! HAHAHA! Lester rushes to his room to get dressed. Removes his shirt and replaces it with a polo shirt. LESTER Are you ready buddy? I know you are. Lester grabs his camera and leaves, and left a note at his room. Lester comes home late at night. LESTER SIGH… Mom… now I can make you proud! Lester smiles while looking at her mom’s photo before he sleeps 4 INT/EXT. LESTER’S ROOM. LESTER’S BIRTHDAY. DAY Its 7:00AM on a Wednesday morning, September 5th, and its Lester’s 24th Birthday when he received two letters from a mail man; He opens them and sets breakfast while reading them. LESTER YES! I got it! I got the job! WUHUU!!! GOT YAH! As he shouts for joy, he imitates how rock bands perform. He then ignores the second letter. LESTER Maybe I’ll read this one later. Lester grabs his camera and films to shoot and forgets to read the letter.
Lester comes back from work and looks at his mom’s photograph, 9pm. LESTER (Conscience) Hi mom..I hope wherever you are your happy even though you have left since then, I just can’t let you see how hard it is for me to fulfill my dreams and I just hope you we’re here to see the progress I have made these past years. I love you mom. Lester leaves his room and rushes to prepare for himself. A woman peaks from outside his place holding a photograph. GWEN Lester……now I have found you Wind blows outside as she smiles before she leaves. LESTER OUCH! Holds his lips with pain Lester I guess someone remembered me… YAWN...This is quite a day! Lester goes to his room and prepares for a shower and head to his room to sleep Emphasis on the letter. 5 INT. LIVING ROOM. THE VISITOR. AFTERNOON September 12th, Gwen knocks at Lester’s place, but no one’s home, she enters anyway and took a tour inside the house. She then enters Lester’s room. GWEN Is anybody home? I guess he’s not here; might as well
leave a message on his board. “A note by piggy”. She then sees the letter she gave; approaches it and reacted seriously. She then looks at her scar near her eye in the mirror and dashed some tears. She then seats in the living room alone waiting for Lester to come home. She reads, she fell asleep 5:00PM, Lester is still not home. Sad Background music fades in. Gwen leaves the place Sad background music fades out. 6 INT. LESTER’S HOUSE. IGNORANCE. NIGHT 9:00PM he arrives back from work, got dressed, prepares dinner and watches TV until he saw local news that features Lester’s Gallery which is now famous. Contented as he is, he didn’t remember receiving the other letter from last week and he went to sleep without noticing the letter and the message “piggy” noted. LESTER (whispers) What’s that smell? (shout) Is anybody here? Lester realizes no one is around and seats on the couch. Lester smells the aroma that Gwen left and reacts to it. Lester smells himself, but still puzzled. LESTER NAH! No one could have entered Here by themselves! Lester ignores it and opens television. Lester again smiles with confidence and content.
Object emphasis on the letter again. Lester watches television all night and falls asleep. 7 INT. GWEN’S PLACE.FLASHBACK. NOON At Gwen’s place, Gwen talks to her best friend as if they were separated for days, and writes a letter to Lester after; flashbacks came to life. GWEN Ei Biancs! How are you? its been a long time since I’ve seen you! How is it in New York? Bianca Here, same as always Gwen I just wish you are here right now partying with me… aww… the moments Gwen Aww, I miss those too! If I can just get an experience that easily from a job, I can just fly all the way There without any problems… Bianca Anyways, that’s okay Gwen I know that you can! I know you! Think positive and it will be fine! Trust me Gwen! GWEN Alright… I know there is a reason why you are my best friend. Bianca What are you talking about? that is what friends do. Gwen Anyways, got to go now Biancs I still have lots of things to do
Bianca Sure Sure! Just remember think positive! Okay then I guess I’ll see you when I see you! Bye! Lav Yah! Gwen Lav yah too Biancs bye! Gwen hangs the phone. Gwen starts thinking about Lester and thinks to write him a letter and seals it with a kiss. Flashback. Solemn Background music start to sprinkle forward Lester and Gwen playing beside a river bed full of shrubs and flowers. They hold hands and turn around when Lester slips his grip to Gwen; Gwen got wounded by the throw and Lester treats it. GWEN Ouch! That hurts SOB…SOB… LESTER Gwen! I’m sorry I didn’t mean to.. let me help you.. Lester finds a leaf and spread its juice onto her wound and covers it with a bandana. Lester smiles at Gwen and Gwen smiles back. Gwen gives Lester a photograph and accepts it and they smiled all the way they played; and Lester hugged Gwen in the end. GWEN I love you Lester! MWAH! LESTER I love you too..HEHEHE Solemn Background music Sprinkles off the scene.
AFTER ONE MONTH 8 INT. DARK ROOM. THE ACCIDENT. NOON Lester prepares new compilations at his shelf and chemicals then losses his eye photographs from the dark room for his gallery when he accidentally pushed a from the dark room spilled on his face. He sight and screams from pain.
Lester develops some photos. LESTER Now, what should I do for my next project, should it be like this, or that? Anyways, I know it will turn out fine. Emphasis on the acids on top of Lester. LESTER TSSSK, Maybe I’ll just eat first Lester prepares himself a snack to distract him from what he felt at the moment. LESTER ERR, I’ll have to go faster! work is just in the corner. Lester rushes back to the dark room to continue his work and grabs some chemicals on the top, when he accidentally tips a bottle of denatured acid on his face LESTER AHHH!!!! AHWW…RHHHH…RHHWW! AHH! My eyes! Syet! I can’t see! I can’t see! I can’…I can’t…SOB..SOB… Lester struggles upon his burnt face to the living room As a sad piano piece sound fill place. (At Gwen’s Place) Wind blows through her window; it knocks off a picture frame of Lester and it smashes down the floor.
Gwen OH MY GOD!! What happened? Gwen picks up the frame and realizes it is Lester’s Gwen Is that what I think it is… Gwen looks at her window looking at the sky Sad Piano keys passes through. 9 INT. LESTER’S HOUSE. LONELINESS. NOON
October 1, 2007 (the day they separated) this is the time they’ll meet, but unfortunately, Lester already lost his eye sight and lost his job. Gwen realized that and rushed Lester to the hospital and stayed with him until they arrived. LESTER SOB..SOB..SOB…SOB..SOB…SOB Lester holds his camera while crying. LESTER (conscience) Why?!! Why does these things always happen to me?? Why?!! Gwen presses the doorbell in haste saying… Gwen Lester are you there?! Answer me! Lester? Then, Gwen enters Lester’s house because of not hearing a reply. She sees Lester at the living room with a guilty face.
Gwen Oh my God! Lester! What happened to you… LESTER Who..Wh.Who are you?! Please!
Gwen There’s no time to explain! I’ve got to bring you to the Hospital right now honey! LESTER Honey?! Who’s honey???? Gwen I said, there’s no time!!! Gwen, as worried as a lover, she didn’t had time to cry because of the situation, but instead thinks about Lester’s safety. Inside the ambulance. Gwen (Conscience) I don’t care what happened Lester, I am just here to take care of you now. I still owe you one you know! Flashback. GWEN Ouch! That hurts SOB…SOB… LESTER Gwen! I’m sorry I didn’t mean to.. let me help you.. Lester finds a leaf and spread its juice onto her wound and covers it with a bandana. Lester smiles at Gwen and Gwen smiles back. Gwen gives Lester a photograph and accepts it and they smiled all the way as they played; and Lester hugged Gwen in the end. GWEN I love you Lester! MWAH! LESTER I love you too..HEHEHE
Goes back to reality. GWEN Inside the ambulance, Gwen stares at Lester and grasps his sleeves. GWEN Lester please! Stay with me! Lester Hey miss! Stop it! Who are you anyway?? GWEN I’ll explain later! But for now, just rest okay?? (Conscience) you haven’t changed a bit Lester Gwen smiles. 10 INT. HOSPITAL. THE DECISION. DAY Here is the time where Gwen will make a decision regarding Lester’s future she then bids Lester farewell when she visits. Then, at 11:00AM Lester is scheduled to an eye transplant. GWEN You will be just fine Lester! just hang-on okay! SOB… As Gwen bids farewell to Lester, she kisses him on the forehead and eventually, blasted from her emotions. GWEN Goodbye Lester! (conscience) remember that I will always be by your side no matter what. Emphasis on the letter that she gave to him while she grabs it on her pocket GWEN (Conscience)I’ll always be your sight from now on..And you’ll always see what beauty that I have seen all my life…I’m going to miss you…I am so sorry! I just wish we have met years ago.
……Goodbye..Lester..farewell… As the frame moves out, a very sad music passes through. At Room 916, Lester seems to be resting Doctor Are really sure about your decision? GWEN Yes doctor I am very sure!! Doctor Then, let’s get started with the operation… As the two leave the room, emphasis droves through Lester. Sad Background fades in and out. 11 INT. HOSPITAL. ROOM 916. DAY After a week, Lester rises up with bandages covering his eyes and nurses prepares to unwrap them; Nurse #1 Sir..are you awake? Sir…Sir.. Nurse #2 Wake-up now sir! It’s time.. Lester seems to respond to their plead and slowly rises up. Doctor Lester Pontigon…are you alright? Lester nods. Doctor I am going to put off your bandages Now…are you ready? Mr. Pontigon? Lester again nods. Doctor Okay then, nurse, put them off now. 11
As nurses help to pull of Lester’s bandages, heart thumping sounds enters. After pulling off the bandages, scene fades instantly from black. 12 EXT. CREEK. THE FINALE. DAY After 3 days, reflected about what happened to him as he moves on with his life. He stops along the creek he knew since childhood and bumps to a woman. Lester (Wearing shades)I am sorry, I Wasn’t looking at my way.. Woman I am sorry, I should be the one whose sorry…I literally can’t see where I am going mister.. Lester OH! I am so sorry miss... Lester nods down, and terribly reacted to what he saw and removed his sunglasses. Lester OH MY GOD…… SOB…SOB…SOB… Flashback. Lester Hey miss! Stop it! Who are you anyway?? GWEN I’ll explain later! But for now, just rest okay?? GWEN You will be just fine Lester! just hang-on okay! SOB… Flashback ends. Lester 12
Miss…can I asked how you got that Photograph… GWEN OH!..this photograph..I got this A long time ago in this very creek His name is Lester…he is my “Honey” I just saw him just a week ago… But, eventually, I never did again… Lester had burst out from his feeling and hugged Gwen.. Lester OH! GWEN!! WHY?!!! SOB..SOB..SOB.. Why did you do this?! SOB..SOB.. As the frame moves out in the air, a heart break background music feels the environment a long with leaves blown by the wind and fades out.
© 2008 Patrick Taguibao