A survivor from WWI struggles to overcome his memories from war in order to forgive, not to forget.
1ST ROUGH DRAFT OF THE SHORT FILM SCRIPT
Working title: Peace of Mind
1. EXT. Extreme Long Shot. DAY.
An old man is sat in a bench in a park. We come close to him. He is a happy old man who seems to be very modest and calm, but also a bit tired of living. He has a lot of wrinkles due to the age and possibly to a non-easy life.
2. EXT.Long shot. DAY
The old man is looking nicely at two kids playing in the grass.
3. EXT.Medium shot.DAY
They are carrying toy guns, and they are talking to each other like explaining something: the rules of the game. They are about to play war.
Then they split up and run to hide themselves. One boy jumps quickly in a bust, and the other ends up behind a tree.
4. EXT. Big close up. DAY
One of the boys put his head out of the bust in order to locate the other boy.
5. EXT. Close up shot. DAY
The face of the old man paying attention at the kids and smiling affectionately looking how they play.
6. EXT. Close up. DAY
The other boy is moving round the tree in order to keep hidden.
7. EXT. Long shot. DAY
Both boys get out of his hidden place in order to look for the other. One of the kids suddenly appears behind the other and shouts something to him, and he just stops, he is like frozen.
8. EXT. Close up. DAY
The old man becomes serious; there is no smile in his face.
9. EXT. Medium shot. DAY. The boy keeps on aiming at his friend. The boy aimed doesn’t move at all.
10. EXT. Close up. DAY.
The boy aimed at is having a bad time. He is biting his lips, gulping, and closing his eyes.
11. EXT. Close up. DAY
The man is closing his eyes (easy transition with the boy and the old man doing the same) ,he gulps and he starts to sweating. He keeps his eyes closed for a while then open them but his eyelid are trembling. He seems to be struggling.
12. EXT. Long shot. DAY
The boy shot the other boy in his hand in order to make the gun falls down to the floor.
13. EXT. Close up. DAY
The hand of the man that has a scar in its middle squeezes his own knee.
14. EXT. Medium shot. DAY
The hand of the old man stops squeezing and he closes his eyes.
15. EXT. POV. DAY
The kid who has been shot comes to hug the old man.
16. EXT. Medium shot. DAY
The old man gets up from the bench and gives a hand to the boy. The coats are still on the bench, the black big coat has a German medal of honor of WWI in his lapel (camera moves to a close up of the detail). The old man try to get his coat but it gets stuck in the bench, he pull the coat strongly , and the medal defiantly falls down. The kid realizes that the medal has fallen and try to pick it up but his granddad denies him and they keep walking hand in hand…