"Mission To Earth" - Billy's (After) Interview Footage

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FADE IN:


INT. SMALL ROOM - DAY

BILLY sits in a chair and stares at the trees outside the window. 

The INTERVIEWER (O.S.) clears her throat. Billy snaps out of it and then turns to look directly at-- 


THE CAMERA


BILLY: We were about half-way to our destination when I started seeing her.


CUT TO:

INT. ACADEMIC OFFICE-DAY
DR. WILBERFORCE WANNAMAKER, a tweedy looking man in his 60s sits in front of an impressive bookcase. Graphics appear across the bottom of the screen reading "Dr. Wilberforce Wannamaker - Expert"

DR. WANNAMAKER: Of course hallucinations are a very real problem with any kind of space travel. Between the changes in altitude, air pressure, the lack of gravity and good old cabin fever; the old brain tries to compensate for it's new reality. Most of these hallucinations are just benign projections of the psyche but left unchecked they can develop into what we in the field refer to a Mars Madness.

INTERVIEWER (O.S.):That's a rather presumptuous name for the disorder given this is the fist Mars mission.

DR. WANNAMAKER: Yes, well it used to be called Moon Madness, we just changed the name.

INERVIEWER (O.S.): So you've seen it before?

DR. WANNAMAKER: Oh Lord, yes; astronauts always come back bat-shit crazy.

CUT BACK TO:
INT. SMALL ROOM - DAY

BILLY: First time, she was sitting on my bed. I about shit my spacesuit. Just sat there and stared at me with those big, green eyes. And I thought to myself... what if it's like that movie in space with these things from some hell-dimension haunting the crew... and killing them one after another. (shakes his head) I started seeing her everywhere. Bathroom...hallways. Back and forth like fucking déjà vu.


INT. SPACE STATION - FLASHBACK

Going over some data, Billy looks up to watch a BLACK CAT walk past the door frame one way... and then come back the other.

END FLASHBACK.


BACK TO SCENE

INTERVIEWER (O.S.): Why didn't you tell any of your crew?


BILLY: Didn't want them to think I was loosing my shit.


INT. SPACE STATION - FLASHBACK

Billy, Helen, and William are having a very bland-looking meal together at a small table. The cat has joined them but they all seem to pretend it doesn't exist. Awkward silence.


The cat starts to give itself a very personal bath. 


William is suddenly deeply engaged with his food. Billy nods to some imaginary tune or has finally accepted that he's lost it. Helen gawks at the cat and then shoves a spoonful of blah into her mouth. Ted walks past and absently scratches the cat's ears and continues on his way.

END FLASHBACK.


BACK TO SCENE

BILLY: Felt like the fucking pink elephant in the room. Except black... and not as big.


INTERVIEWER (O.S.): Did you know that it was Ted's cat?


Billy's face freezes for a looong pause. Then--


BILLY: What?


FADE OUT.



Created: Jun 25, 2017

Tags: mission to earth, mars, fake, mockumentry, script, sabine

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