Within a World Away
A screenplay by Rachel Rotay
The screen slowly turns from black to a dusty blue. Almost as if if it was slightly shaded in with crayon. Porous, the background isn’t completely filled. The title Within a World Away fades into view, with thin white letters. Clusters of stars twinkle and create stop motion effect; enhancing the whimsical like atmosphere.
INT: outer space
*piano rocks back and forth* Camera cuts to a little boy — Evanson, as he chases after brightly colored planets with his trusty companion; an Italian greyhound. Shadows are heavy; camera follows. Both are wearing space helmets.
— a shot of the moon and Evanson sitting atop it. Facial features are not defined, but you can tell he is sad. He looks down and pulls out a sandwich. Cartoon like tears slide down his helmet; Filling up the glass bowl as he eats.
— camera zooms in a bit. He stands limp, and presses a button on the side of his helmet to let the water escape.
The dog trots behind him. The sky is dark shades of violet and magenta with dustings of constellations.
— Wide shot angle, Evanson clicks another button, and a small metal rocket with multi dull colored patches, aligned with rivets, lands next to him.
A faded thought bubble then appears next to his head; one phrase at a time which reads: I don’t want to go back. They will tear me apart. I’m not like them, they don’t understand that. just as soon as the thought bubble appears, it disappears with a pop. starting from the elypsis.
Flashback takes place, camera cuts. INT: school classroom also seen as sketch like, but the colors are a bit more dull.
Evanson sits at a desk very quietly. His hands folded in front of him. His space helmet the only barrier from the torment he would endure.
A crowd of students shout things at him and the words bounce off his space helmet with thick clanging sounds, leaving a crack in the glass. A confused hurt expression is seen on his face as he runs out of the classroom; a trail of papers flutter behind him.
INT space. The school scene fades, as outer space fully reveals itself Evan takes one more glance at the galaxy he would soon leave forever, — camera pans upward. Wide angle shot of the whole galaxy, with Evanson and his dog in the middle of it. (this lasts maybe 7 seconds)
— camera shifts back down a little bit, zooming in as it does so. Evan is seen kneeling writing something into the ground; then he hops back into his rocket ship, and zips across space and time leaving little dashed lines where the rocket is flying. (Around other planets) then he veers off into a completely differn’t direction never to be seen again.
Camera cuts to another shot of the moon. This time, there’s an object on top of it.
A rainbow flag is placed. and written in the dust is
No one can hurt me up here.
Camera Zooms in on it, and then the text fades blows away.. And the screen fades back to black.