Glitch – working title, subject to change
Genre/ theme – horror and thriller
Audience – teenagers
Duration – 2-3 minutes
Toby – Theodore Harriott
Person with peeling lips/ scarred arm – Joseph Robinson Miners/ Theodore Harriott
Camera person – Amy-Anne Williams with green-screening assistance from Joseph Robinson Miners
Locations – All set in Watford. St Mary’s Church, Cassiobury Park (during the evening when it is dark), Watford Palace Theatre/ Watford Colosseum, Oxhey Woods, Hollywood Bowl, a house on Meadowbank.
Synopsis – Based off of those dreams you try to wake up from but can’t. Lots of colours, sounds, camera angles, glitches, shots, running, and darkness punctured with bright flashes. Throughout the movie, you see someone with an infected scar running down their arm in flashes, and a face where their lip is starting to crust off, slowly getting closer. Throughout the opening there are lots of scenes with different occurrences, most featuring the main character, Toby, being confused and trying to run away, backed with spooky-sounding music. When the end of the movie comes and the main person wakes up, they are comforted by their parent coming in to the room. The family member stokes their hair behind their head and turns to leave, giving the person a glimpse of the scar running down their arm. The movie ends with a scream and the camera zooming in on the mouth and ending in blackness.
Edit – instead of having a person with a scarred arm, i.e. Theo’s mother, come out to comfort him, the following scene will commence;
Some kind of happy figure, like a best friend or something, has some sort of embrace (a hug), then Theo smiles because he feels safe and gives a sigh of relief, and then as he backs out he looks at their face again and it’s all completely mangled and torn and scarred. Then Theo screams, and we pan into the mouth and pan out. Suddenly in a black room with a spotlight on Theo, who looks around panic-stricken, who picks up a small torch on his bedside table. Theo picks up the torch, and the camera switches to POV, as Theo flickers the torch around the room. Then from the other side of the room, someone lights a candle, and the scene where the camera pans up from the candle, onto the scarred arm, and finally onto Toby’s face, where we realise that Toby and Scarred Arm Guy are in fact interchangeable characters.
Plot – Glitch is an opening sequence which looks at the dreams people experience where they try to wake up from but can’t. It features a young boy, called Toby, walking down a dark lamp-lit street in what we assume is reality. Slowly, however, unusual occurrences start to happen to him. The shot glitches, and he touches his head, before carrying on walking down the street. The shot glitches again, and he holds his head and crawls into a ball. Slowly, we are introduced to quiet singing, the creepy sort that you would expect to hear in old black-and-white movies when film had just been invented. Then he has a flash to a scene where he is in the woods (Oxhey woods). Bright colours and the sound of metallic clanging makes him speed up his walk to a run. This is where lots of different angles come in, and the face of someone with their lip crusting off starts off in the distance and slowly gets closer with every shot glitch. The scene changes to an abandoned church, which is completely empty. The face reappears from behind a pillar and shouts “boo” and cackles. Another shot cuts to Toby in Cassiobury park, where someone screams in the distance, and then we see an arm with a large infected scar down the middle going out to grab his neck. Next is a scene where Toby is in complete darkness, and the film in silent. Suddenly, flashes of light and screeching sounds erupt from around him, and he curls into a ball, muttering to hyimself. Another cut to Toby in Gambado, clawing at the wall. Another quick cut to Toby in Watford theatre, frowning, and he is still frowning when the scene changes and he is in the Watford colosseum. He rubs his eyes and shakes his head. A final shot to him in his dark house. A close up of the clock. A cut-away to blood dripping down his ear. He is shaking and breathing heavily, and he calls out to his parents. When there is no answer, his dog comes into the room and whines. Toby comforts him and turns on the light, and the face with the crusty lip takes up the whole camera shot and a loud sound, like grinding, occurs. A final cut to Toby in his room, sweat pouring down his face as he wakes up, yelling from a dream. The music fades, but is still there when his parent comes in. They slowly reach out and tuck a strand of hair behind his ear. They smile, he smiles back. As they get up to leave the room, you see the infected scar on their arm. Toby screams, and the camera zooms in on his mouth until the film ends in darkness. The music stops, but comes back on when the credits do.
Halfway through the sequence, there will be lots of quick shots featuring Toby in different locations partaking in different activities. Some example include –
- Toby lying under the stars, looking up, with smudged mascara under his eyes
- Toby standing in the middle of the forrest, surrounded by trees with a photo of himself on, saying “have you seen this boy?” He blinks, and the posters change to images of medication boxes and the title “have you taken your thorazine today?”
- Toby is submerged in water, his eyes open as the water turns red
- A leaky tap drips on Toby, with the water turning to blood
- Toby with red tears running down his face
- An exhibition jar sits on the side of a rock, with white things sitting at the bottom. Toby shakes it, and medication fill the bottle like a snowglobe
- A lightbulb is thrown and smashes in slow motion
- Toby looking in a mirror with “psycho” written in red all over it
- Scarred Arm Guy holds up a photo of a brain whilst in a black room, rips it in half and sets it alight
- Toby pops a white balloon with a pin
- Blood dribbles out of Toby’s mouth and lands on grass
- A shot of Toby looking in the mirror, with Real Toby wearing a white shirt and Mirror Toby wearing a black shirt. Mirror Toby winks
- Toby is standing in the middle of a completely black street. A car races towards him and illuminates him in the dark, but the scene changes to something else just before the car would be expected to hit him
- Toby opens a black fortune cookie, and out fall a load of medication
- Toby is running away from Scarred Arm Guy, and sets a swing swinging in the process. As the camera focuses on the swing and has Toby in the background, blood begins to drip down the ropes
- Toby holds a handful of red fruit and squeezes, cocking his head to the side as the red liquid runs down his arms
- Toby staring at the camera with a completely white face, scrubbing the white off to reveal black, harsh words etched onto his face – saying “psycho”
- Toby squeezes a white liquid, and the camera follows the stream down to the ground. When it goes back up, everything is in the exact same position except for the fact that the white stream is now black
- Toby smashes a black egg against a table and a pure white yolk runs out
- Scarred Arm Guy wears black gloves and draws black tear drops onto Toby’s face, whilst his right eye twitches
When the movie ends via camera zooming into Toby’s mouth, we are in a completely black room. Someone lights a candle, and we see that Scarred Arm Guy is sitting there, tapping his fingers impatiently on the table. The camera pans up, and the sequence finally exposes the big twist – Scarred Arm Guy is actually Toby.
Music – the kind of upbeat tunes you would get in olden days films, but broken up with the glitching, mechanical sounds you get and bouts of silence. The whole movie opening has no proper dialogue in it, but is punctured with heavy breathing and a scene where there is someone dressed in white on a street corner singing eerily.
Backstory – Toby’s dream is brought on by what he’s experiencing outside, in reality. He takes anti-psychotic drugs, which we see glimpses of throughout the sequence, and these shots show flashes into his mind as to what demons plague his chemically imbalanced brain.