Outline [Act 1]

February 8, 2010

–       Jake sleeping on a big couch facing down, the room appears dark- knocking sound comes from off screen, pizza box and coca-cola bottle are on the floor, Halloween DVD cover and Nikon camera are on the table.

–       Jake starts to hear the knocking, he pulls the blanket over his head, pauses for a while, the knocking sound from the off screen continues. Jake rolls himself up-pulls the blanket out off his face and sighs.

–       Jake stands up and walks drowsily to the door, passes a lot of photos that are on the wall.

–       He opens up the door, sees the lady who owes the apartment.

–       While listening to the lady complaining Jake then realizes he has a job interview. He turns his head to look at the clock and finds out he is going to be late. He then panicky rushes the conversation and closes the door.

–       He runs back in and gets change as fast as he can, he also opens up all the big curtains, suddenly the strong sunbeam gets in and brighten up his entire room.

–       He grabs his camera and puts it in the back and runs out of his bright room.

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–       He sits still opposite three men that are looking at his work on the table.

–       Three men raise their heads up and look at each other, then one of them turn to Jake and start the dialogue.

–       Jake walks out of the building, smiling. He takes his camera out of the bag and turns back to the building.

–       He looks through the viewfinder and pushes the shutter.

–       A brunette girl walks pass the frame

–       Jake raises his head up and looks at the girl.

–       The girl bends her head as if she is saying sorry to Jake, and without saying a word she walks into the building.

–       Jake doesn’t really mind. Just confuses a little bit.

–       Jake enters the door, finds out the girl he met yesterday and one of the men he met at the interview room are standing and waiting for him.

–       A man introduces a girl (Kate) to Jake, and says that she is his partner.

–       Kate shows Jake around the office. They spend time together for a whole day.

–       Jake walks back to his table, finds that there is a video camera on the table. The boss walks in and asks him to do the shooting task, which is due in a week.

– Jake keeps thinking about what he is going to shoot; however he quits thinking at the end.

–       Jake gets into his room, closes the curtains, the room suddenly appears dark again.

–       He walks to his couch and lays himself on it.

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–       A bright sunny day, Jake is outside at the park with the video camera.

–       He sits down on a bench and tries to understand the function of the camera.

–       He accidently turns on the play mode, and sees some record it in.

–       He gets a little bit surprise as he didn’t expect to see any footage in the camera,

–       The footage is very low in quality, it’s dark and sharking however Jake tries to identify what it is, he keeps looking at it then he starts to hear the voice of woman crying and from the crying it turns into the painful scream. Jake feels a little bit strange here. For some reason the voice of her sound very similar to him, however he can’t recognize it.


ACT 1 treatment.

February 4, 2010

It was 10.00 o’clock in the morning, someone was knocking on the door. Jake Miller was still sleeping on the conch in his dark bedroom where light could hardly get through the thick curtains. An empty pizza box and a half-full coca-cola bottle were still in the same place as they were last night, as well as the original Halloween DVD’s cover and the Nikon camera. The knocking sound started to get harder and harder. Jake began to hear it but still his body was not yet ready to get up. It took him about 5 seconds to roll his body up and another 5 seconds to get himself out of the warm comfy couch. Jake walked drowsily and opened the door. It was the lady who owes the apartment, requesting for the extremely late payment of Jake’s. By listening to her complaining he suddenly realized he got the job interview appointment today and he was already late for it. He ended the conversation hastily and ran back into his bedroom and got change. Right before he left he opened up all the curtains, the strong sunbeam that came through windows made his room look totally different than before. Jake took his camera, put it in the bag and left.

He sat still in the interview room. In front of him there were three men looking at his works that were on the table. Jake hated to put himself into this situation where he could do nothing but waiting for someone else to decide his destiny. But since he had been broke for a while, and so far none of the companies that he applied had accepted him yet. This company became his only hope he got left. After a long moment of discomfiture, three men raised their heads up and smiled at each other. After that moment, Jake then no longer was an employed man, as he became a new cameraman of this small production house company.

He walked out of the interview room with the different feeling comparing to the one before he walked in. Everything in the office seemed to be brighter and friendlier, even the same goldfish in a tank did look more interesting for him. He walked out of the office and took his camera out of the bag. For him taking photo was like writing a diary. Everyday he would take at least a shot of something that was the highlight of the day, of cause; the highlight of today couldn’t be anything else but his new job. He looked through the viewfinder everything was clear and perfect. He pushed the shutter but suddenly one brunette lady stepped into the frame. She turned around and said nothing but the way he bended down her head a little bit gave Jake a little sense that she was saying sorry. Jake did not have a chance to say anything back to her, as she disappeared quickly into the office.

They met each other again on the next. Her name was Kate and it turned out she was his partner. Nothing much happened for the first day; Kate sort of showed him where everything was and how things worked here. At the end of the day, Jake was given a DV camera and a task to complete within a week. While he was on the way home, he tried to think of what he was going to shoot but then stopped. There were plenty of times left, he thought. He walked into his apartment and closed all the curtains leaving the room dark and silent. He walked straight to the couch and took a deep sleep.

It was Saturday and Jake decided to start the shooting. He took out the DV camera and put the DV tape in. Then he tried to go to the shoot mode but he accidently went to the play mode. Surprisingly, the tape contained something. He tried to identify what it was but it wasn’t so easy with all the dark lighting and the shaking camera movement. He then started to hear the woman’s voice crying and mumbling, the crying got more and more panic and turned into the painful scream.

Jake Miller

Jake is a 31 year old, 6 ft tall American citizen who has been a long term employed. He currently lives by himself in the small rented apartment that is located in California. His parents are still alive, however the relationship between Jake and them is not so close, they only see each other once a year or even less. Jake is not the type of people who expects a lot in life, he just lives his life day by day without planing for the future. He is a risk taker, and despite from the fact that jake seems to be such an unorganized guy, still, there are some certain things that can really pull out his attention. First of all, he is a big fan of the young british artists. He loves all the wild- art works. His most favorite artist of all time is Damien Hirst, and his favorite artwork is the one that’s called “This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed at home” where Hirst actually sliced the whole body of a big and stuffed it in the glass box, showing all the entrails that are still in the pig’s body. So basically, Jake likes art a lot but again he is also interested in the human and animal biology. When he was young he once cut out his own dead goldfish, only to know what all the entrails look like inside that little fish. He was going to do exactly the same for his dog but then his father took it away, so unfortunately Jake didn’t get a chance to take the guts out of that poor dog.

It’s very hard to find him dress in a formal style. He usually wears plain t-shirt and jeans. However this becomes his style and it is the way people recognize him.

Jake doesn’t really believe in marriage. He doesn’t even think about it that much. Yes, his sexual orientation is straight, he does like girls but he just doesn’t look for a serious relationship. He loves his freedom. He loves to have his private world and he doesn’t feel like sharing it to anyone just yet.

He likes .. .

– watching horror movies

– taking photos ( He takes his camera to everywhere he goes )

– rock music

– black and grey color

– spagetti meatball

– cheese burger

– pizza

– coke

– girls

– his couch

– etc .. .

For Character Reference..

I’m not so sure about it yet, I’ve been searching for the photo but haven’t got the perfect one.

pretty much what I am searching for is a guy who has sharp mysterious eyes (like Wentworth Miller), messy hair style (Robert Pattinson, maybe? but then he is too young to be my 31 year-old Jake)

so … . basically, Old Robert Pattinson+Wentworth Miller’s eyes = Jake Miller. =)