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Rated: E · Script/Play · Contest · #2247681
I came across an article about screen writing, so I thought I'd give it a try.
EXT: AMERICAN LEVEL CROSSING MORNING

A train is coming. A steam train passes, camera pans to follow it.

INT: HERITAGE RAIL CAR COMPARTMENT

Three occupants JACK LEMON in a victorian suit reading an oversized paper. A hunched-up CHINAMAN who looks like Andrew Sachs and IRON EYE CODY in Indian brave costume is looking out the window.

IRON EYE

Iron horse go wrong trail.

JACK

Save it. This director doesn’t like method actors.

CHINAMAN

Thank christ for that. This posture is murder on my spine, my chiropractor says I should give up acting before it cripples me.

IRON EYE

No, we are on the wrong line. Page 47, Two feather runs out of town into the desert and is shot in the back. This train is heading for the hills.

JACK

Perhaps they changed the shooting schedule.

IRON EYE

Two feather. What sort of a name is that. It's not even good grammar.

JACK

You and I have both seen enough scripts to know that we should just be thankful that this one can spell.

Jack folds his paper and looks out the window.

INT.EXT

Countryside a parallel rail line

INT: RAIL CAR

CHINAMAN

This stupid bald head and pigtail. If they wanted someone who doesn’t cut his hair they’ve got the wrong Mr Singh. Don’t they know that the queue is a symbol of oppression?

JACK

Next, you’ll be complaining about your portrait as a deceitful coward

IRON EYE

No, I've been shot in the back enough by well-meaning directors who insist on telling me that it is a metaphor for the treatment of my people

JACK

The Italians

IRON EYE

Sicilian!

CHINAMAN

Most Chinese men started to grow a proper hairstyle just as soon as they decided to stay.

(VO) the CONDUCTOR

Tickets, please

INT: RAIL CAR CORRIDOR

The conductor rolling with the motion of the train.

CONDUCTOR

Tickets, please

INT: RAIL CAR COMPARTMENT

CONDUCTOR

Tickets, please

They give the conductor their tickets

JACK

I think Indian friend is on the wrong track.

CHINAMAN

My colleagues were just discussing whether America can ever move forwards in terms of its social development if it continues to live inside of a set of myths, rather than deal with the brutal truth of its history. I mean, how many times as America suffered unprovoked surprise attacks that were a direct consequence of its government's policies and actions.

The conductor punches their tickets and looks out the window, to see the other train line curving away into the distance.

CONDUCTOR

Your right. We are on the wrong track. The wrong track altogether

CONDUCTOR/JACK/IRON EYE

The wrong track altogether.

CONDUCTOR

We have a lady engine driver. She used to be great, she had a one-track mind. Until the day her fireman knelt down to pick up an engagement ring of his shovel. Now he's her chief stoker, and she is forever going off on the tangent.

The conductor heads down the corridor talking on the radio.

EXT: COUNTRY SIDE

Screeching sound. Sound of train starting
Train passes slowly through shot going backward

FADE OUT.
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