Based on the short “9”
Written and Directed by Shane Acker
SEQ. 05 - PROLOGUE
The Focus Features logo appears on screen and we slide INTO
the “O” in Focus.
Stock dissolves from 35mm to 16mm. BLACK & WHITE. GRAINY,
like OLD DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE.
Experiment 208, day 20...
INT. SCIENTIST’S LAB - DAY
We see an early incarnation of a MACHINE (this will be the
inner brain of the FABRICATION MACHINE). We see the
scientist, in a white coat.
We pull back to see the Scientist is playing a complicated
MULTI-LEVEL 3-D chess game on a MULTI-LEVEL GAME BOARD with
the MACHINE. The Scientist makes an elaborate multi-level
move. The Machine reaches an arm out into the chess game but
then malfunctions and strews the game everywhere.
We pull back further to see the back and legs of the
DICTATOR, with black-uniformed soldiers flanking him. The
regime’s emblem can be seen on the uniforms.
Please. Give it a chance.
We’re on the machine, which is clicking and jerking as it
One more. That’s all.
He turns to leave. We hear the clicking of boots as the
soldiers accompany him out.
We see the scientist’s dejected face as he comes towards the
camera to turn it off.
INT. SCIENTIST’S LAB - NIGHT
The grainy footage rolls again; we see the scientist moving
away from the camera (having just turned it on).
The lab is shadowy, late at night. We see his worktable for
the first time, covered with discarded sketches, a furiously
filled-in journal, and pieces of failed machinery (the floor
is also similarly littered). The TALISMAN sits on the
worktable. Nearby is a small old-fashioned tiny little box.
(tired, but dictating to
keep the documentary
My last possible solution....
(muttering to himself)
It must work...
He gently brushes his