Week 9- Cameron Ouellette

Posted: May 30, 2011 in Cameron Ouellette, Week 09
Untitled Screenplay - Pages 16-27

EXT. - Camp - Day

A camp sits in the middle of a sand pit. Surrounded by five cars, tents and shelters made 
from tarps are set up as people sit around fire places.

JASON sits in a car with the door wide open. He's shifting through medical supplies, 
as he makes a list of needed supplies. EMILY strides over to the car.

Emily

How's everything looking?

Jason turns away from the medical supplies, and lifts himself out of the car.

Jason

Not good. We're running low on most of the essentials. And I've been holding back on people for weeks now.

EMILY

Bet it doesn't help that I'm always rummaging through for my research.

JASON

That's different. Your research is important.

Emily laughs to herself at the remark.

EMILY

I fear my research has met it's end.

JASON

No. You can't You have to continue.

EMILY

I'm not taking up anymore of the groups resources for something that may not even work.

Emily grabs Jason by the shoulder, stopping him from rebutting.

EMILY

It was a nice run while we had it. Now just focus on what we're going to do with ourselves for 
the rest of our lives.

Jason sighs and turns back tot he car. Emily strides alongside the car, looking out in the distance. 
The sky is under complete cloud cover. A gust of wind blows through the camp, lifting sand across the 
surface of the earth.

EMILY

(To herself)

There hasn't been any sunlight for so long.

On the other side of camp, CULLUM and TERRAN sit by a small fire, looking into the dancing flames. 
DANNY walks by and joins the two. He sit down with a wrench, cleaning it with a dirty rag.

Danny

We've lost the truck. Transmission's shot.

Terran

No! Not the truck.

Cullum

There's no way of fixing it?

DANNY

We don't have spare parts. And that kind of truck requires special fitted parts.

TERRAN

Damn. That truck was the only thing that could really bust through anything.

DANNY

So now we're only down to four cars, as long as nothing else happens to any of them. And on top of 
that we need to find a gas station soon that hasn't already been emptied.

CULLUM

Hopefully Ryder and Ethan found something out in this backwards hick town.

TERRAN

I wouldn't count on it.

DANNY

I just hope they actually make it back.

Cullum and Terran give each other a grim look. Danny takes the wrench and places it in a pocket in 
his vest. They all return their gaze to the fire.

Ext. - Empty Parking Lot - Day

Liam, Ryder, and Ethan  make their way across an empty parking lot, with Ryder in the lead. Ethan 
turns to Liam, whose trailing behind.

ETHAN

So, if you don't mind me asking, why travel this long all alone?

LIAM

I guess things are better off this way.

ETHAN

How?

Liam holds back from saying anything.

ETHAN

I'm sorry. I'm just curious.

LIAM

It's fine. It's just, people tend to die around me.

ETHAN

Oh. I'm sorry.

LIAM

And being on my own, it's easier to slip by unnoticed.

ETHAN

I guess you have a point there.

LIAM

So this camp of yours...

ETHAN

Yeah. It's not as big as it used to be. When everything turned to shit, there was about twelve cars,
 buses, and trucks full of survivors. But there were disagreements amongst everyone, and people went their separate ways.

LIAM

How many of you are there now?

ETHAN

Well, after people left, we had six cars and a bus full of survivors. About three months ago, we camped 
too long in one spot outside of a bigger city, hoping we would be able to get as many supplies and maybe 
even find more survivors. After about a week in one spot, we were ambushed by the infected. We lost the
 bus and another car load of people.

LIAM

I'm sorry.

ETHAN

After that, we steered clear of any major cities, or even larger towns. But now that means we have 
fewer resources and supplies. That's why Ryder and I were out alone.

LIAM

And instead you found me.

ETHAN

Hey, another survivor is just as good as the rest.

Ryder stops at the edge of a wooded area, and turns to the two guys.

RYDER

Shhh. Stop.

Liam and Ethan stop. Ryder takes a step toward the woods, listening in. Liam and Ethan listen in as 
well. A branch cracks in the thick brush. Ryder takes the gun out from her belt, pointing it in the 
bushes. Liam slowly reaches for the knife in his belt. Ryder steps closer towards the path, gun in 
hand. Leaves rustle around. A squerell runs out across the path, and up a tree. Ryder sighs and steps back.

Liam grasps onto the knife. He spins around as an infected  runs right at the three. Liam bashes the 
infected to the side with his elbow. Ryder and Ethan spin to see the infect screech at them. Liam takes
 the knife and drives it into the infected's neck. The screeching stops, as blood gargles out of the wound. 
Ryder steps forward with he gun pointed at the infected.

LIAM

Wait!

He hold out his hand to stop Ryder.

LIAM

The gun shot, it will attract more.

Liam reaches back down and pulls the knife out from the neck. The infected starts to sit up, blood 
running from it's neck.

RYDER

(In protest)

It's still coming for us!

LIAM

Just wait!

The infected starts crawling towards Ethan and Ryder. Liam steps behind the infected, and slashes at the 
back of its head, near the top of the neck. The infected crumples to the ground, dead.

LIAM

You have to get the brain. The brain stem if you get the chance.

Liam wipes the bloody knife on the dirty, tattered shirt of the infected.

ETHAN

But...how?

LIAM

You learn a lot when you're all alone.

Ryder places the gun back on her belt. She turns back to the trail.

RYDER

Let's go. The camp's not to far off.

ETHAN

But Ryder...

RYDER

We have to get the camp moving if they're getting closer.

She turns back and starts walking down the trail. Liam pockets the knife, as he and Ethan follow behind.

EXT. - camp Outskirts - DAY

JOANNA walks around the far side of the sand pits, scouting the area.  She looks up at the tall mounts with a 
gun in hand. The sound of sand and gravel behind her, makes her turn. She points the gun at the giant mound. 
A small red ball rolls down the sand, towards her. Joanna lifts her foot stopping the ball.

Joanna

Clear!

At the top of the mound, Ryder, and Ethan appear into view, They begin sliding down the hill. Joanna waves to 
them as they slide down, leaving a trail of dust behind them. Liam appears at the top of the mount, and begins 
to slide down after the two.

EXT. - CAMP - DAY

Joanna leads Ryder, Ethan and Liam towards the camp. People in the camp begin to notice. A few run towards 
the returning friends. Emily gets up from reading a book. Danny, Terran, and Cullum all rise from the fire 
and make their way over.

Ryder and Ethan are greeted by the fellow survivors. Liam stays behind the crowd, trying not to gain attention. 
Terran gets to Ryder, lifting her in the air with a big hug.

TERRAN

Aha! There's our fearless hunters!

RYDER

(Laughing)

Let go of me!

Terran sets Ryder back down, as Cullum steps in.

CULLUM

But yet I see no winning trophies from the hunt.

ETHAN

It's barren out there.

Cullum turns to Terran.

CULLUM

(Mirroring previous conversation)

Backwards hick town.

Emily enters the group, looking at Liam.

EMILY

And who might this be?

Everyone turns towards Liam. He keeps his head down, but keeps his eyes focused on the group.

RYDER

This is Liam.

EMILY

Well look at that, another survivor.

The camp starts mumbling to themselves about the new survivor.

RYDER

Liam and I go way back actually.

TERRAN

Wait, you two actually know each other?

Ryder nods to Terran, who eyes Liam, not sure what to make of him. Emily strides around the group to Liam.

EMILY

Hello Liam. My name is Emily.

She holds out her hand. Liam hold out his hand, as they shake them.

LIAM

Nice to meet you.

EMILY

Come, join us. You must be hungry.

LIAM

(Holding back a little)

Oh. No thanks. I'm fine.

Emily looks Liam over, trying to read him.

EMILY

Well if you insist. But don't be afraid to help yourself.

CULLUM

(To Terran)

Not that we have much to help yourself to, to begin with.

Ryder punches Cullums arm as she walks by into the camp. Terran laughs as Cullum clutches his upper arm.

CULLUM

Gah!

TERRAN

(Watching Ryder)

Feisty isn't she?

CULLUM

(Sarcastically)

Feisty...brutal...same thing.

People start returning to the camp, going back to whatever they were doing before. Ethan turns back to Liam, 
who still stands off to the side.

ETHAN

C'mon. You look like you need to rest.

Liam is hesitant, before following Ethan into the middle of the camp.

Ext. - Camp - Night

Groups of survivors sit around small fires in the camp. Ryder, Ethan, Terran, Cullum, and Danny sit around a 
fire off to the side. Liam sits alone at a fire away from the rest. Emily gets up from the closest group, and 
sits with Liam.

EMILY

So Liam, you just going to sit by yourself this entire time?

LIAM

Yeah. I guess I'm just used to being alone. this is the first time I've been with people in a while.

EMILY

How long have you been out there?

LIAM

Three years. Ever since this began.

EMILY

Oh wow. I couldn't imagine being all alone out there.

LIAM

It's not so bad.

Liam looks towards the group where Ryder and Ethan are sitting.

EMILY

I guess you could call them the leaders of the group.

LIAM

Oh yeah?

EMILY

They've been making the big decisions mostly. Well, the entire camp does, but they really do lead us well. 
I wonder what they're talking about now?

LIAM

Probably about moving the camp. We ran into an infected on the other side of the woods.

EMILY

We would have been packed up by now. Come on, lets go see what the debate is.

Emily and Liam rise up and walk towards the other group.

DANNY

We can't just leave them!

CULLUM

We don't even know if they're alive! The food supplies are too low, and if the infected are getting 
closer, you know we can't risk the lives of everyone else in this camp.

ETHAN

But where are we going to go? The cars are barely working and we only have enough gas to get maybe 
fifty miles away.

RYDER

We'll then we'll get fifty miles away. We have to keep moving.

DANNY

If you all want to go, then go. But I'm staying to look.

RYDER

No. You can't. You're needed here.

TERRAN

Not to mention it would be suicide  going off on your own. It's impossible to make it alone out there.

Liam and Emily approach the group.

LIAM

Not entirely.

DANNY

If he could make it, then so could I.

CULLUM

Maybe, but what are you going to do if you find them all dead, or if you can even find them at all? What then?

Danny gets up in frustration.

DANNY

We can't just give up! Ethan you said it yourself, that this camp is in need of hope.

Danny storms off into the camp. Liam turns to Emily, puzzled.

EMILY

Three from our camp, including Danny's brother went missing while looking for supplies. We fear that they're gone.

CULLUM

Hey, new guy! Sit down, join the festivities.

Liam and Emily take a seat.

CULLUM

So tell us, how you've managed to survive three years on your own.

LIAM

There's not much to tell. I found myself alone after the outbreak, and just kept pushing on.

EMILY

Have you ever come across other groups of survivors.

LIAM

A couple times, but not many. None as big as this group.

TERRAN

Why didn't you stick around with them?

LIAM

Let's just say most other people out there are not as kind as you all are.

RYDER

Oh, we know that alright.

LIAM

Guess I'm not the only one who's ran into these kind of people.

ETHAN

There's another convoy of survivors, all military. They've been following us for a year, trying to take our supplies.

RYDER

They haven't gotten directly to us yet. Only the people who go out to find the supplies.

LIAM

Is that what happened to the people you're missing now?

TERRAN

Not likely. We haven't seen those bastards for over a month now.

Liam glances over to the lone fire pit, where Danny now sits, staring into the flames.

LIAM

Is that why you haven't left yet?

ETHAN

We usually wait two days for people to come back, other wise we leave, so that nothing can happen to anyone else.

LIAM

How long has it been?

ETHAN

A week.

LIAM

I don't understand. If it's safer to leave, then why not go?

ETHAN

This is the first time someone's gone missing, that wasn't found dead and robbed. There's so few of 
us now. And Danny's brother was one of the best  fighters we had against those things.

LIAM

Well, if you decide to go, I'll keep an eye out for them out there.

TERRAN

Wait...you're not staying?

LIAM

No. I'm leaving in the morning.

EMILY

Why? You should stay with us.


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