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WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU A FISH
Franklin A Whitlatch
Valencia Community College Student
Orlando, FL 32828
EXT. LOWER MANHATTAN DOCKS – DAY
A low pan shot from the water’s edge, seagulls flying, early morning sunrise in the distance, and the distant sound of seagulls squawking. MURPH EDDLETON, a 20-year old with slicked back dark hair wearing a winter coat and gloves, is at the dock’s edge, standing stiffly, staring intently at the water.
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EXT. LOWER MANHATTAN DOCKS – CONTINUOUS
Close-up of JILL DUMORE, a 14-year old girl weathered a little in the face from the cold work and looks older than she is. She is walking through the fridge door at the back of Freddie’s Fishery at the docks. She sees Murph and runs over.
What are you doing?
What’s the point of life?
Well, I’m not sure, but I know
that I enjoy it…
I just had everything taken from me. It’s
too hard to live in this crazy world.
Why don’t you step away from the
dock’s edge and talk to me about it.
I am more than willing to listen,
Just give me a chance.
EXT. BACK OF FREDDIE’S FISHERY BREAK ROOM – DAY
Murph walks with Jill over to the outdoor break room where there is a hanging light bulb and a couple of lawn chairs next to a small table with a coffee thermos and some mugs. The distant sound of seagulls can be heard. Jill starts pouring coffee while Murph grabs a chair and sits down.
So, what’s going on Mr…?
Oh, I’m Murph Eddleton, son of the
wealthy Eddletons of New York who
own half the market. Well, they did.
So, Murph, tell me what happened.
I heard a few hours ago at my parents’
lawyers’ office that they were in a
fatal accident off of Portofino Bay.
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EXT. OUT AT PORTOFINO BAY – NIGHT
Dramatic shot of Murph’s parents in the rain, dressed in white, screaming, reaching out for each other’s hands when a boat comes mid shot between their hands and crashes into them.
EXT. BACK OF FREDDIE’S FISHERY BREAK ROOM – CONTINUOUS
Jill glances back at Murph and grabs his cold hand with her small soft fingers and holds it tightly to help comfort him.
Murph, things happen for a reason,
even the bad things. I think your parents
would not have wanted you to kill
yourself when you have much to live for.
What’re you talking about? They left
me nothing – no home, no money, no family
to help take care of me, NOTHING.
Believe it or not, I know where you’re
coming from. Why don’t you wait here,
and you can crash tonight at my place.
Then we’ll figure out what to do next.
Really? You would do that for me?
Yes, because everyone needs help in
the right direction even if the person
that needs it doesn’t know how to get it.
EXT. WALKING TO FREDDIES FISHERY – DAY
It’s early, six in the morning. Wide shot of Murph whining to Jill about how early it is. He is dressed in the same coat and gloves from the day before and Jill is wearing a thick gray
sweatshirt and beanie. They walk down to the pier. People cutting fish, cars driving by, and the faint sound of seagulls in the distance.
INT. FREDDIE’S FISHERY – DAY
Wide shot of the front of the store. Stacks of ice with frozen fish in glass fridges off to the side of the front door. The place is white with fishing nets hanging from the ceiling and
there are guys stacking frozen cod in a corner of the room.
Jill walks up the center of the store to the front counter where MARK is going over paperwork. He is wearing a plaid shirt with a full shadow across his face and a beanie. Murph starts wandering around the fishery.
Hello there, Mark, how are things
going this morning?
Not too bad, Jill. Who is this fellow?
He don’t seem like the kind of guy you
would see around here.
This is my friend, Murph. I just met
him yesterday and he needs a job.
Well, given how things are going, it’s
tough to bring on someone right now.
Listen, I know he may not look like
much, but he has a lot of potential.
Well, okay. I trust you, but if he
doesn’t work out…
Don’t worry, he will.
EXT. NEW YORK SKY LINE – DAY TO NIGHT
Wide shot of New York from the water’s edge of sun rising and setting. Shots of Murph loading pallets, gutting fish, and looking happy with coworkers. Another shot of Mark noticing Murph working and nodding to himself as though he’s saying, “Jill was right. The kid’s doing a pretty good job.” Across screen from day to night is “4 Weeks Later”.
INT. FREDDIE’S FISHERY- DAY
Pan in shot from high up down in the back of the warehouse where there are huge stacks of fish on many pallets, guys cutting and sorting fish, men operating forklifts. Glide in from behind Mark yelling out with papers flapping in the air in his left hand looking for Murph.
Murph, come here!
Yes, what happened?
I’m sorry but I’m going to have to
fire you. You sent a very expensive
order to the wrong customer
and it cost me ton of money.
Sorry, Mark. I don’t know what else to
say except thanks for giving me a chance.
Mark shakes Murph’s hand. Murph heads out of the Fishery.
Alright, nothing to see. Get back
(to himself, shaking head)
I really thought that kid would work
out. Such a shame. Kids today…
EXT. OUT BACK OF FREDDIE’S FISHERY – DAY
The wind is blowing from the coast and with a wide shot Murph is heading back to the spot on the dock’s edge where Jill had met him for the first time. Pan to behind Murph while he is walking. Jill runs from the back of Freddie’s Fishery.
Murph, wait up.
Just let me get it over with.
NO, just because you made one mistake
does not mean that you should end it.
I can’t make it on my own.
What are you talking about? You
had done so well these past few weeks.
I know that you can tackle anything
if you never give up. Life is funny
like this, it always gives you
more challenges every day to see if
you are up to it. Don’t be like
the others who just throw in the
towel, give up, and don’t look back.
I know that you’re not one of them.
Well, how do you know?
I saw it in your eyes the first
time I met you. I knew you just
haven’t had the chance to explore
the potential that you have deep
down. Look, you’re right here, right
now. Others would have left a long
time ago, but you didn’t give up.
Pan in and see the Murph’s first real expression of epiphany.
Why don’t you go back in there and
ask Mark to give you another chance?
I guess-no, I know I can. I will
ask for my job back and do it
better than I have ever done anything.
INT. BACK OF WAREHOUSE FREDDIE’S FISHERY – DAY
Mid shot pan in from the left to the back of the warehouse. Jill and Murph come in through the plastic hanging from the doors. Murph walks up to Mark and taps him on the shoulder.
Mark, I know I screwed up badly with
that order earlier today. I know
that you fired me. But, hear me out.
I really want to keep this job and
I will work off what I owe on the
order. I want to make this right,
and I know I can work hard for you
and never make that mistake again.
You’re the only person that has ever
come back and wanted to work things out.
We need more people like you, Murph.
You can have your job back and I will
work out what to do about that order.
Mark shakes Murph’s hand firmly. Everyone cheers. Then in slow motion, everyone pats him on the back and Murph looks over his shoulder at Jill. Change to a mid shot going into a close-up of Murph walking to Jill and grabbing her hands.
Jill, thank you for everything.
Murph picks Jill up for a big hug and spins her around with her feet in the air. The shot freezes. Rolling credits.
Created: Apr 28, 2010Document Media