Herbert and Isle (Final Script)

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Herbert and Isle

(HERBERT watches the sun set over a desolate post apocalyptic wasteland. ISLE flies in and lands on HERBERT’s shoulder.)

Herbert: "You almost missed it tonight."

Isle: "Oh, I’m sorry Herbert."


Isle: “Hey… Herbert?"

Herbert: "Yes, Isle?"

Isle: “I’ve been thinking…"

(A pause as ISLE gathers his thoughts…)

Herbert: “What have you been thinking?”

Isle: “What do you think is going to happen to the world?"

Herbert: "What exactly do you mean?"

Isle: “Well the world is dying, isn’t it? And I’ve been wondering…. what’s going to happen to everything around us?"

Herbert: "I am afraid I do not have the answer to that, Isle."

Isle: “Well... what happens to us... when we die?"

Herbert: “Eventually my battery will expire... because I am a machine."

Isle: "Well when will that be?"

Herbert: "That will not be for a very long time.”

(In HERBERT’s voice we sense he does not relish the idea of living indefinitely)

Isle: "So when your battery dies…. what then?"

Herbert: “My systems will simply shut down.”

Isle: “What happens when I die?"

Herbert: "I am afraid I do not have the answer to that, Isle."

(A pause. ISLE is obviously worrying about this.)

Isle: "Maybe everything around me will just… set? You know? And the light will start to fade. Like the sun at the end of the day, when it’s low in the sky and its beams escape across the horizon. And just before it melts, the sky is filled with all kinds of colors that the rest of the day just never had... and there's that moment where the sun seems like it’s clinging to the clouds. And then you blink. And the light is gone. And it’s sad because the day is over, but it was all so beautiful that… you don’t mind so much."

(During the monologue we witness surreal and beautiful imagery of the sky as the sun sets, disappearing over the horizon of the landscape.)

(HERBERT contemplates ISLE's thoughts.)

Herbert: "I think you are probably right, Isle…"

Isle: “So do you think something like that will happen to you too? … When you — shut down?”

Herbert: “I hope so, Isle..”


Isle: "Well, It’s getting kinda late Herbert, I think I’m going to turn in."

(ISLE begins to fly away)

Herbert: "Isle? Can you stay a little longer?"

(ISLE settles back down on HERBERT's shoulders. They watch the moon rise and the stars fill the sky.)

Created: Apr 26, 2017

Tags: script, screenplay, herbert & isle, conversation, dialogue, life, death, existential, afterlife, apocalypse

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