Faith

Dominican Hill located in Baguio City Philippines, used for the short film Faith written by Rico Lamoureux of The Flash Fiction Ponder.

Dominican Hill located in Baguio City Philippines, used for the short film Faith written by Rico Lamoureux of The Flash Fiction Ponder.

FAITH

Written

By

Rico Lamoureux

 

Sondtrack

By

Senotaphium

 

All Rights Reserved

 

 

FADE IN:

EXT./INT. DOMINICAN HILL – DAY

We push in on an old mysterious mansion.

DISSOLVE TO:

Inside, a young female researcher cautiously enters and heads towards a fountain to her left.

DISSOLVE TO:

Pulling back from an extreme close-up as she admires an angel baby statue she follows his gaze upwards, thus cuing the camera to do the same.

Camera continues to pan/tilt up as it reaches the open roof/treetop.

DISSOLVE TO:

From the fountain area we push beyond and towards a staircase.

DISSOLVE TO:

From the staircase with rails we fall back, revealing it’s actually a photo of the old staircase, the over-the-shoulder and staircase in its current state being brought into frame.

DISSOLVE TO:

Tracking beyond the upstairs interiors with the fountain down below in the background we come to the researcher as she takes notes and looks on.

Panning the camera back around we find the abrupt appearance of Mother Superior at the end of the hall.

Slowly start to push in on our protagonist as she begins to put away her things, unaware of the new presence…

… And reaches down for her bag behind her. (Camera tilting down with her)

Extreme close-up, a hand SUDDENLY grabs hers…

Extreme close-up, she shoots her head up in shock/fear…

Over-the-shoulder, Mother Superior is still at the end of the hall…

The girl quickly looks back down at her hand, where the other hand not only remains atop hers, but is tightening its grasp.

She looks back up in fear/confusion…

Mother Superior leans in to her and studies the young thing with the slightest of movement.

The researcher breaks away and runs down the long hallways and corridors in a panic… (POV at her back, with her occasionally looking over her shoulder in fear)

Down the stairs…

Through the first floor…

And into the once stained-glass room, where she finds herself trapped as we start to encircle her with continuous 360’s (CounterClockwise) while she turns round and round in disorienting chaos… (Clockwise)

From Mother Superior’s POV we’re at the back of the young one’s neck as she continues to turn around, only now turning right into our sudden grasp.

DISSOLVE TO:

From extreme close-up we slowly fall back on the researcher as she chants…

Dominican Hill’s large crucifix enters the background of the frame as the girl’s arms are revealed, extended to their fullest as they take on the weight of an open bible in the palms of her hands while the words she’s forced to recite of the prayer Our Father begin to appear iand dissolve over the scene.

With the fluid fall back we discover she’s on her knees and start to float camera up, Mother Superior’s back entering frame until her blackness completely fills it…

DISSOLVE MATCH CUT:

Camera moves out from behind the other side of Mother Superior’s back and starts to fall back on the wicked nun…

And bring into frame her novice-in-training, on her hands and knees as she scrubs the floor under the watchful eye of her new mother. (Mother Superior in stillness, head straight/eyes downward/hands at her back. Frightened girl, eyes turned as though they’re trying to look to her back as camera passes in low angle near ground level/scrub brush)

DISSOLVE TO:

From extreme close-up of our poor girl’s hand chalking out the graffiti on the wall we fall back…

DISSOLVE TO:

Floating camera slowly coming down on extreme close-up of the young novice chanting… (Words appearing/dissolving over scene)

DISSOLVE TO:

From extreme close-up and in somewhat Slo-Mo we fall back on soapy fabric as she washes by hand, the hard labor starting to take its toll on her as she wipes away sweat from her face with the back of her hand…

DISSOLVE MATCH CUT:

Extreme close-up on her chanting… (Camera slowly moving over her)

Extreme close-up, camera slowly panning over her shaking worn-out arms and hands as they continue with the struggle of holding up the Bible…

DISSOLVE TO:

Extreme close-up, her shaking hands ring out a piece of cloth and slowly let’s it fall onto an already large pile of rinsed laundry…

DISSOLVE TO:

Continuing with the tracking of her extended arms the bible starts to tremble uncontrollably while she cries out her chants as she loses her last bit of strength…

Back to the somewhat Slo-Mo, she finally breaks under the pressure as she falls forward onto the palms of her hands, the bible hitting concrete as well…

Extreme close-up, Mother Superior’s eyes burst dangerously wide-open, followed by intense anger…

DISSOLVE TO:

Again with the somewhat Slo-Mo, extreme close-up, shiny broken glass pours down onto the concrete (pan over it as it’s poured out)

DISSOLVE TO:

Staying in somewhat Slo-Mo up until last scene, extreme close-up, Mother Superior’s hand tightly clinches the back of her young novice’s neck.

As they head for the glass at the base of the crucifix the young one fights to free herself, but the Superior’s grasp around her neck is just too tight…

Intercut with:

Quick cuts to the broken glass…

Extreme close-up, Mother Superior in low angle as she mouths…

Cleanse thyself for Christ

From high angle/extreme close-up she shoves her novice downwards…

QUICK CUT TO:

The novice’s knees coming down towards camera as we tilt up on her, reaching extreme close-up to her face just as her knees make contact…

SHE SCREAMS OUT IN SHOCKING AGONY… (Frame starting to tremble, which will continue for rest of torture sequence)

Close-up, Mother Superior’s hand grinds her novice into the glass by the back of her neck…

And continues to grind as she is now in low Dutch Angle…

Extreme close-up, the poor girl’s excruciating face… (Neck being pushed down)

DISSOLVE TO:

From extreme close-up of chain wrapped around wrist, fall back to reveal the girl now chained to the base of Dominican Hill’s crucifix as Mother Superior whips her back with a chain attached to a handheld-sized crucifix…

Intercut between:

Extreme close-up of the novice-in-training in gut-wrenching pain…

Wide shots of Mother Superior whipping her…

Low angle of Mother Superior looking down to camera as she angrily whips away…

Extreme close-ups of the girl’s hands tightly grasping the chain she’s attached to…

The chained crucifix coming up for a strike…

The chained crucifix coming down for a strike…

DISSOLVE ON DANGLING CHAIN:

From extreme close-up on the wicked nun’s new novice, now in formal dress, we slowly fall back as she stands in a lost/empty state…

Her Mother Superior entering frame with the fall back, her ever-watchful eyes shifting from her young novice to camera…

Fall back continues out of second floor window of Dominican Hill…

And to a wide shot as our outro matches our intro, until…

FADE OUT:

Rico Lamoureux of The Flash Fiction Ponder creating the story for Faith, a short film which takes place atop Dominican Hill.

From a number of years ago, this was a extremely low budget project as I set out armed with nothing but a cheap 2 megapixel cellphone to shoot it. Given our limitations I don’t think it came out half bad;) Whatdya’ think?

 

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