Short film script awaiting review. Mysterious events are taking place in a High School.
|******NOTE: I created this short film script for a state competition. This is my first short film, although I have done several YouTube videos of my own. This is not the final version, but any suggestions or reviews would be really helpful. I'm only 16 and not an expert. The spacing may be a little weird as well because I copied and pasted from a script creation program. Please give any advice or suggestions. ALSO, names that are not mentioned in lines are irrelevant. Yes, I know the "MileyMandy" reference is kind of stupid but their names will not be mentioned in the film. This is just for scripting purposes only. Thanks. Please enjoy..."Sub-Zero"
TITLE CREDITS 1
Camera continues down empty school hallway. Various shots of
hallway set (lockers, bulletin boards) all while walking.
Suspenseful music. Title. Dissolves into Scene One.
TIME FOR CLASS 2
Classroom. Start with closeups of desks. Shot from floor of
leg of desk then focusing on teachers desk. SUBSTITUTE is
sitting. Closeup from above substitute. "Substitute Files"
are shown on desk. Flips through them. Shot of clock. 7:45.
Bell rings. Far shot of SUBSTITUTE. Stands up, brushes off
jacket. Sound of door opening. Shot of students entering
room. Looking a bit confused, whispering. ADAM turn around.
Shot from hallway showing ASHLEY pulling ADAM away.
Looks like we have a sub.
Nice, wanna skip?
ADAM grabs WILL. Holds him against the wall.
Your name’s Adam Taylor for the
day, got it?
Hey, no buts, okay? Do what I told
ya and there won’t be any problems.
ADAM lets go of WILL. ADAM looks shocked. WILL enters
SCENE 2: 3
Back in classroom. Students talking. WILL pulls out binder.
Bell rings. SUBSTITUTE walks to the front of the room.
Good morning class. My name is Mr.
Giggles from the classroom.
I’m glad you find that amusing.
(begins to become less tense)
VICTORIA raises hand. Mr. DICKERSON glances at her.
Where’s Mrs. Cooper?
(pause. Stares at Victoria.)
Now as I was saying, I’ll be
teaching your class today.
Shot of Victoria and then class. Looking at each other.
Now, I need to learn your names.
Reads off the roll.
Teacher continues reading roll in background. TERRENCE taps
Kyle on the shoulder. Kyle turns around.
She’s looking at you.
KYLE turns around. Shot of Victoria. She’s staring at him
but when she notices he’s looking back she quickly looks
down. KYLE turns back around.
Kids in shot smile.
It’s Terrence Mitchell.
My apologies Mr. Mitchell. Of
course, I’ve known a lot of
children named Mitchell.
Shot of TERRENCE. Looking around, slightly freaked out.
Shot of WILL. Looks up, then looks back down. Hesitates, but
doesn’t respond. Kayla turns to WILL.
Hey, I saw what happened out there.
Good for you.
WILL nods but is too shy to respond. MR. DICKERSON calls his
name, he raises his hand. Shot of MR. DICKERSON.
Ok, I think that’s everyone. Now if
you guys would excuse me while I
take this to attendance. Your
assignment is on the board. I’ll
MR. DICKERSON leaves. A couple students pull out paper. The
rest join on one side of the room to talk.
Where do they find these subs
Victoria shakes her head. Shot of clock. Time advances. Shot
from above at class. Victoria stares at clock.
It’s been __ minutes. Why isn’t he
No, she’s right. I’ll go see what’s
No! You might get caught.
Like that’s gonna stop him.
It’s ok, I’m just going to the
KYLE leaves classroom.
Whatever, I gotta use the bathroom.
But, what if....
My God Victoria, you act like this
place is haunted or something.
I’m just, I don’t know. Go.
Thank you Ms. Baker... (rolls eyes)
TERRENCE exits. TERRENCE does not go to downstairs bathroom
(not in shot). Instead heads up stairs. Shot from above.
Lights go off.
Shot of Kyle in hall, lights go off. Shot of class, lights
go off. Back to Terrence. The sound of a distant scream from
above startles him. Lights come back on. Shot of Kyle,
lights on. Kyle enters lobby. No one is around, the office
is empty. Shot of Terrence entering the bathroom. Sees man
laying on floor, back facing the camera. Terrence slowly
Terrence approaches the man on the floor, rolls him over and
sees that his face is unrecognizable. Scars and red spots
all over. Appears to have been burned.
(whispers) Oh my God...
Phone rings. Terrence looks at it, answers. Shot of Kyle.
Hey, somethings up. I just went to
the office to try to find the sub,
and no one is there. Actually,
there’s no one on campus.
Shot of Terrence.
Oh, I found him. But we’ve got
Footsteps approaching. Terrence panics.
Someone’s coming, I gotta go.
Terrence hangs up phone, runs in stall. Closes door and
climbs up where his feet aren’t showing. Covers his mouth.
Shot looking under the stall, woman wearing high heals comes
and stands in front of the door. Turns around and walks out.
Shot of Terrence covering his mouth. Transition to Kyle and
Terrence in the hall.
RETURN TO CLASS 4
I told you man, she was standing
right in front of the door, then
she just turned and walked out.
That’s crazy dude. And look, like I
said, There’s no one here. The
classrooms are empty, there’s not
even anyone in the lobby.
Let’s just go back to class.
KYLE and TERRENCE begin to walk in classroom, sees MRS.
COOPER teaching. They are confused.
Have a seat.
KYLE and TERRENCE sit down. CHRIS is beside them.
She got back as soon as you guys
TERRENCE pulls out his cellphone. Texts "Sub is dead. Get
out." to "Drama" group. Shot of class looking at their
phones then looking at Terrence. Them Mrs. Coopers phone
dings in her purse. TERRENCE looks at phone and realizes
that Mrs. Cooper’s number was in the group. Mrs. Cooper
walks over to her desk, pulls out the phone. Bell rings,
class tries to leave as soon as possible.
Don’t even think about it. Get back
to your seats.
Class looks scared, sit back down. Teacher stands in front
of room with her back turned. KYLE gets out of his seat.
VICTORIA looks at him.
(mouths, not actually speaking)
What are you doing?
KYLE lunges toward Mrs. Cooper, takes her down. Shot of
class yelling at him to get off. Chaos. Shot of Will,
shaking violently. Kayla turns toward him.
Will, are you ok?
Will opens up jacket. He has explosives strapped to the
inside. Pulls a string. Kayla gasp. Shot of who class, still
focused on the teacher. Bright flash, fade to wide then fade
out to black.
THE AFTERMATH 5
Fade into stack of newspapers. WILL’s photo on front cover
with headline "Student Suicide Bomber Detonates in
Classroom". Girls pick up paper. These girls WERE NOT in any
I knew that kid would do something
stupid one day.
I wonder how they knew he had a
Girls continue talking, The camera pans down to show Adam,
who had been standing in the back listening. Camera zooms in
close, when transitions into a memory. We are back at the
beginning where Adam pushes Will up against the wall. The
color scheme is different. After holding will up, Adam
notices the wires hanging from Will’s jacket. He sets him
down and is in shock, but keeps his cool until Will enters
We have to go to the office, now.
Shot of Adam and Ashley running into the main office.
There’s a bomb.
A kid, with a bomb strapped to him
in room D210.
Please, you have to warn everyone.
Send out an announcement to all the
classrooms except that room.
Receptionist picks up phone.
We have a Code Yellow. Please
follow standard evacuation
Shot of Adam and Ashley, fades back into Adam and current
time. Miley and Mandy are still talking.
Oh My God, Did you hear that they
found a dead guy in the upstairs
Nah, it’s probably just a stupid
Girls walk off, the shot is focused on Adam again, Ashley
walks into frame.
Adam and Ashley begin to walk off. Camera focuses on Ashley,
starts panning down her body and ends focused on her feet.
She is wearing the high heels of the murderer from the
bathroom scene. Music builds up then dramatically cuts to
black. Credits roll.