Exit Strategy

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EXIT STRATEGY
written by
Ryan Anderson
REVISION 2
August 25, 2009
Copyright © 2009
Ryan Anderson
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1 EXT. BEACH-- NIGHT 1
A MAN stands alone. The night is clear, blue. The light from
a full moon gleams off the skim left from the tide. The
ocean is choppy. He is truly alone on the beach. No birds,
no others, no buildings in the distance.
The man, tall lean shirtless, stands just far enough from
the waves that his shoeless feet are consumed.
A shapeless unnatural light bobs in the waves. The man is
captivated by the light. Watching it in awe, like Moses on
Sinai when the presence of God is near. It seems everything
within him is propelling him into the water but he is
paralyzed by fear
2 INT. GALA-- NIGHT 2
In sharp contrast to the beach the space is warm, bright,
friendly. The noise of a high-class party drones in and out.
A WOMAN, unheard speaks unidentifiable words. She smiles
slightly. She is seducing her audience of one, unknowingly.
3 EXT. CABIN--NIGHT 3
An old north-woods miner with craving tools in hand,
deliberately chisels away at a log. He looks up from his
work and smiles devilishly. His smile disappears, turning
suddenly to a look of disgust and hate. He returns to
carving, now angrily hacking at the wood with a hatchet.
4 EXT. BATTLEFIELD--DAY 4
A WWI SOLDIER runs through a mixture of mustard gas, mud and
forest.
He falls to his knees, pulls off his gas mask. gasping.
5 EXT. ROOFTOP--AFTERNOON 5
A YOUNG MAN on his knees finishes a ritual prayer. He opens
his eyes and a slight smile comes across his face as
something has come to his attention.
6 INT. BEDROOM--SUNSET 6
The hand of the young man grips the curly black locks of a
WOMAN. They passionately rock together.
2.
7 EXT. BATTLEFIELD --DAY 7
The WWI soldier moves his had away from his chest revealing
a blood soaked patch on his dirty uniform.He looks
terrified, as he has just lost something worth more to him
than his life.
8 EXT. CABIN --NIGHT 8
The old man reaches down and lifts his carving. Its the
organs of a large mammal. He laughs uncontrollably.
9 EXT. BATTLEFIELD --DAY 9
A hand with its finger tips pierced, bleeds. Blood drips
from each.
10 I/E. ALL SETTINGS--ALL TIMES 10
The eyes of each player flash in a series. Ending on the man
at the beach.
EXT. BEACH -NIGHT
The man, still standing on the beach, lifts his hand and
looks at his bandaged digits. He bursts from his paralysis
toward the light, diving into the ocean.
11 EXT. BEACH- NIGHT 11
ANOTHER MAN removes his shoes and shirt and assumes the
position of the previous.

Created: Jul 18, 2012

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