Tracks (Short Film Script)

Two disillusioned ski resort employees, tired of the way the world has been treating them, receive an epiphany on their outlook on life when they meet a graffiti artist in an abandoned train tunnel.

 

FADE IN:

EXT. - SMALL TOWN STREET - DAY

JOSH, 22, is on his LONGBOARD bombing down a hill along a
biway in his small mountain town.

                         JOSH (V.O.)
             Where do I belong? Where the hell
             am I heading? Blink and the memory
             is old but fresh to the mind.

He approaches his HOUSE, gets off his board, and enters the front door.

INT. - JOSH’S HOUSE - DAY

In the living room, he looks for his MOM.

                         JOSH
              Mom! I’m home! Any munchies?

JOSH’S MOM, 43, emerges from the kitchen, holding a SHOT GLASS containing a clear liquid.

                         JOSH’S MOM
              Where have you been all day! You
              know you were supposed to be here
              getting stuff done!

                         JOSH
              I’ve just been out boardin’.

                         JOSH’S MOM
              Did you clean your room like I
              asked you to?

Josh wanders into the KITCHEN, looking for something to eat.

                         JOSH
               Uh, I’ll do it later.

                         JOSH’S MOM
               No you will do it now! I’m so tired
               of always telling you to do shit.
               Did you help Mr. Thompson with his
               fence?
                         JOSH
                I haven’t yet.

                         JOSH’S MOM
                You know you’re nothing but a lazy
                slacker!

                         JOSH
                We go through this every single
                fuckin’ time, mom.

                         JOSH’S MOM
                Because you don’t do as you’re
                told!

                         JOSH
                I’m outta here.

                         JOSH’S MOM
                You get your ass back in here!

Josh walks to the DOOR. Someone is knocking. He opens it and sees his GIRLFRIEND, MIKAELA, 20.

                         MIKAELA
                Why haven’t you called or answered
                my text?

                         JOSH
                I’m busy what’s up?

                         MIKAELA
                I really need to talk with you
                about things.

                         JOSH
                You never have anything good to
                say.

                         MIKAELA
                I’m tired of you always being busy
                and not having enough time for me.

                         JOSH
                I’m tired of this shit. I have a
                better relationship with my
                snowboard.

                         MIKAELA
                How dare you. You’re mother did
                poorly raising you, you’re
                pathetic.
                          JOSH
                Who are you to talk about my momma
                when your momma is no better than
                mine. Your mom can’t even make a
                PBJ.


EXT. - JOSH’S HOUSE - DAY

Josh ignores her and walks towards the street.

                           MIKAELA
                Where do you think you’re going!
                I’m suppose to be your girlfriend!

                           JOSH
                Then I guess it’s over.

CUT TO:

EXT. - GAS STATION - DAY

FIREWALKER, 23, a long-haired daredevil thrill-seeker type, is sweeping around one of the gas pumps at the corner GAS STATION where he works. He is wearing sunglasses. Josh approaches on his board. Three teenagers are standing near the curbside outside the front entrance. One is smoking a cigarette.

                           JOSH
                 Wassup homie.

                           FIREWALKER
                 I get Thursday off. Might go to Sac 
                 town if Ariel isn’t passed out at my
                 house again.

                           JOSH
                 Wake his lazy ass up.

                           FIREWALKER
                 I’m fed up with people who don’t do
                 anything but leech off other
                 people.

                           JOSH
                 Wasn’t he going to work at some ice
                 cream place?
                           FIREWALKER
                 Supposed to. But he never showed
                 up.

                           JOSH
                 Dumbass.

                           FIREWALKER
                 You still talking to Mikaela?

                           JOSH
                 Nah, she’s getting on my nerves. So
                 sick of her drama and shit. And so
                 is mom’s bitching to me, as always.

An old Toyota cab-over camper pulls up. The driver, a slender WOMAN in her early 40’s dressed like a 20-year-old, gets out and starts pumping gas. The passenger sitting in the passenger side is a young GIRL with long blonde hair. The window is rolled up.

                           FIREWALKER
                 Dude I’ll take her if you don’t
                 want her.

                           JOSH
                 Man I am so over her.

A 1970’s Ford PICKUP pulls up to one of the customer parking spaces and hastily parks. A BEARDED MAN, mid 30ish, gets out of the driver side and begins walking towards the back of the gas station.

                           PICKUP DRIVER (TO WOMAN DRIVER)
                 C’mon we’re meeting over here!

                           WOMAN DRIVER
                 I gotta get some gas while the
                 prices are still cheap!

                           FIREWALKER (TO JOSH)
                 Frickin’ crackheads.

Firewalker checks the trash and resumes sweeping.

                           FIREWALKER (CONT’D)
                 The other night one of ‘em was
                 shouting and screaming all night
                 long. Kept me awake!

                           JOSH
                 Your crackhead apartment complex?
                           FIREWALKER
                 Yeah. This town is filled with ‘em.

The young passenger in the RV takes out her phone and points its camera at Firewalker. Holding the broom, Firewalker glances over and notices her.

                           FIREWALKER (CONT’D)
                 What the hell you aiming that thing
                 at me for!

The girl immediately retracts her phone from the window.

                           JOSH
                 Dude she wants your ass!

                           FIREWALKER
                 No thanks. Not quite my style. 
                 This town is the bottom of the 
                 pit.

Firewalker looks into the distance and thinks for a moment.

                           FIREWALKER (CONT’D)
                  Dude I was thinking. We need to 
                  get outta town. Change our scenery. 
                  We should go work and live at our
                  local mountain and get some free
                  boardin’. Or travel to somewhere
                  far away. This town has too much 
                  painful memories for me too.
                       
                           JOSH
                  Christian?

                           FIREWALKER
                  He wasn't just my plug but my best
                  friend too. When his anniversary
                  comes up we should honor him by
                  smokin' a little trees for him.

                           JOSH
                  Ahh yea he'll be with us in spirit.
  
                           FIREWALKER
                  I know he will be.

                           JOSH
                  Sick idea dude. Lets get the hell 
                  outta here. I’d be down.
 
                           FIREWALKER
                  After I get off you wanna head down
                  to the nine-one-six to party?

                           JOSH
                  Fuck it. Lets get destroyed at the
                  train tunnels first.

                           FIREWALKER
                  Gimme another 20 minutes. It's 
                  time to smack some bitches up.

EXT. - TRAIN TRACKS - DAY

SUPER: Five months later. Near Sierra Vista Ski Resort.

Josh and Firewalker are walking along a pair of train TRACKS. They are surrounded by a meadow partially covered with snow. They both are now working at the Sierra Vista SKI RESORT. Josh has EARBUDS in his ear.
                            FIREWALKER
                   You always listen to that EDM
                   stuff?

                            JOSH
                   Yup deep house, tech house,
                   psytrance, chill wave, all that
                   shit.

                            FIREWALKER
                   Alternative and hardstyle is 
                   where it’s at.
 
                            JOSH
                   Nah, heavy bass sounds is really
                   popular now.

                            FIREWALKER
                   Dubstep?

                            JOSH
                   I like some of Skrillex’s less
                   dubsteppy stuff. I like what he 
                   did with that Doors song.
 
                            FIREWALKER
                   Wasn’t he married to Ellie
                   Goulding?

                            JOSH
                   I don’t know. I’m not into 
                   that culture. What do you think 
                   of trap?

                            FIREWALKER
                   Trap is like wannabe gangsta rap.
 
                            JOSH
                   Trap is the shit.

EXT. - TRAIN TUNNEL #1 - DAY

Josh and Firewalker exit the old train tunnel. Ample GRAFFITI is seen in the background along the walls.

                            JOSH
                   So my manager says he’s going 
                   to cut my hours.

                            FIREWALKER
                   That sucks.
                            JOSH
                   I guess we’re entering the 
                   slow season. Not many people 
                   are coming up.

Josh kicks a rock aside.

                            JOSH (CONT’D)
                    I guess it's back to Top Ramen
                    again.

                            FIREWALKER
                    Can’t you snag some grub from 
                    the kitchen?

                            JOSH
                    Yeah, but pizza and chicken
                    tenders get old after awhile.

                            FIREWALKER
                    Then snag some for me, dude.

                            JOSH
                    Last week some lady thew a 
                    plate of pasta at me. Fuckin’ 
                    pissed me off! Made a big mess
                    all over the counter!

                            FIREWALKER
                    Damn dude. What the fuck.
 
                            JOSH
                    She said it was too cold and I
                    was too slow.

                            FIREWALKER
                    Some people. What a bitch.

                            JOSH
                    She probably just had an 
                    attitude or a bad day or 
                    something.

They reenter another tunnel.


EXT. - TRAIN TUNNEL #2 - DAY

Josh and Firewalker walk out a broken door in the tunnel’s wall.

                            FIREWALKER
                     Yeah I lost the keys to the
                     manager’s office a few nights 
                     ago. I’m not too stoked about 
                     that.
                            JOSH
                     What happened?

                            FIREWALKER
                     I dunno. I think I have a hole 
                     in my pocket. I also drank a 
                     little too much that night. Well  
                     shit happens.

Josh and Firewalker step on to a PRECIPICE overlooking a lake and the interstate. There are patches of snow throughout the mountainside. Josh is in front of Firewalker. Josh stops and faces the VALLEY below.

                             JOSH
                      We should kick it here and enjoy
                      this excellent scenery.

                             FIREWALKER
                      We see it everyday.

                             JOSH
                      I know. But can’t you appreciate
                      it? Let’s take in the serenity.

                             FIREWALKER
                      I do. But I want to head back 
                      now.

                             JOSH
                      Where the fuck is the snow! 
                      There should be more snow here, 
                      we need it, we need more.

                             FIREWALKER
                      Yeah, like you need more weed.

                             JOSH
                      Do you think it’s global 
                      warming? Or is it natural?

                              FIREWALKER
                      I think it’s caused by man. I 
                      think it’s a little bit of both,
                      actually.

                               JOSH
                      What’s going on with this world?
                      What are we coming to?

                               FIREWALKER
                      We’re all becoming dumb fucks,
                      that’s what.
                               JOSH
                      Nah, I think it’s caused by us.

Josh raises his ARMS in the air, displaying a sudden release of EMOTIONS. Firewalker is disinterested in Josh’s little act.

                               JOSH (CONT’D)
                      We need a sacrifice! To the snow
                      gods!

Firewalker turns around, starts for the broken door.

                               JOSH (CONT’D)
                      And I think I know who should be
                      the proverbial sacrificial 
                      virgin.
 
                                FIREWALKER
                      We’re not going to solve it
                      standing here. C’mon.

                                JOSH
                      It should be Stacy, man.

                                FIREWALKER
                      What? No way, she’s a fuckin’ 
                      slut and a crackhead!

                                JOSH
                      That’s exactly why she should 
                      be the sacrifice.

                                FIREWALKER
                      The snow gods won’t accept her. 
                      I heard she's been bangin' Kai 
                      who already has a girlfriend. And
                      I heard she’s super lazy at work. 
                      I’m so glad they fired her ass.

                                JOSH
                      I can’t believe I once cared for
                      her. Hearing her name now makes
                      me cringe. Hey, wait up!


EXT. - STONE WALL - DAY

Josh and Firewalker walk side by side in front of a large retaining WALL made of granite rocks, adjacent to the west entrance of tunnel #3. They’re heading back to tunnel #2. Sporadic GRAFFITI adorn the surface of the rock wall.
                                 JOSH
                       I’m tired of people who are 
                       always bringing me down.

Josh takes out a cigarette and lights it.

                                 FIREWALKER
                        Guess who sent me a friend 
                        request?
      
                                 JOSH
                        I don’t think I want to know.

                                 DJANGO (O.S.)
                        Amazing, isn’t?

Startled by the unexpected presence, the two turn around and look towards the source of the mysterious voice and see a DUDE with long DREADS sitting atop a small ledge high above the ground at the corner of the tunnel entrance and the rock wall.

                                 DJANGO (CONT’D)
                        Amazing, that it was built by
                        Chinese workers without mortar
                        and it’s still standing today.

                                 FIREWALKER
                        Better than some of the cheap
                        shit we build today. People don’t
                        care about crap anymore.

                                 DJANGO
                        Exactly. That’s one of the
                        problems we have today.

DJANGO, 24, gets up and walks briskly to the other end of the wall, and climbs down the large STEPS where the wall terminates. He has a BACKPACK on. His comedic demeanor and social openness makes it easy and natural for him to approach people. Firewalker and Josh continue walking and met Django at the end of the wall.

                                 DJANGO (CONT’D)
                        What’s happening guys, name’s
                        Django.

                                 JOSH
                        I’m Josh.

                                 FIREWALKER
                        Firewalker.
                                 DJANGO
                        Hey cool name. You guys from 
                        around here?

                                 JOSH
                        Yea, we live in town. What are 
                        you doing out here?

The three men continue walking towards tunnel #2.

                                 DJANGO
                        I’m a graffiti artist. Just 
                        scoping out these tunnels this 
                        afternoon. I make some of these 
                        artwork that you see around here. 
                        This is what I do in my free time.

                                 FIREWALKER
                        Awesome dude.

                                 DJANGO
                       They say you can sometimes hear 
                       the ghosts of the workmen who 
                       died digging these tunnels.

                                 JOSH
                       That’s hella dope.

                                 DJANGO
                       What do you guys do in your 
                       free time?

                                 JOSH
                       Girls. I’m so horny.
                          
                                 FIREWALKER
                       Drink, smoke, get stoned. Fuck
                       shit up.

Josh takes out his PHONE and looks at its screen. They stop at the entrance to the tunnel.

                                 DJANGO
                        Typical stoners.

                                 JOSH
                        Heck yeah. (beat) But lately
                        mine's been getting on my nerve.
                                 DJANGO
                        Chicks are drama. You gotta watch
                        out for ‘em. They can bring you
                        up or down.

                                 JOSH
                        People bring me down. Mom’s a
                        drunk. Treats me like shit. 
                        People at work treat me like shit. 
                        I don’t know what to do with my 
                        shitty situation.

                                 FIREWALKER
                        Ha! I don’t know what to do with
                        all the leechers who end up living 
                        in my house!

                                 DJANGO
                        Bummer, dude.

                                 FIREWALKER
                        Definitely.

                                 DJANGO
                        There’s so much more to life than
                        those things you mentioned. Life
                        is too short to listen to one genre
                        of music. One should enjoy life,
                        explore new avenues other than the
                        conventional and take the path less
                        taken. And it isn't worth it to
                        worry about things out of our
                        control.

                                 FIREWALKER
                        Expand that horizon.

                                 DJANGO
                        Exactly. Here let me show you
                        an example.

Django also takes out his phone and swipes through a couple of menu items. We then start to hear "Shake It Off" by TAYLOR SWIFT.

                                 FIREWALKER
                        No dude, not Taylor Swift!

                                 DJANGO
                        I bet no one showed you how to
                        do this...
Django proceeds to move his posterior in a CIRCULAR motion, then turns around, teasing the two startled spectators.

                                  FIREWALKER
                         What the fuck. This is freaking
                         me out.

Django places his hands against the WALL (or some other surface), accentuating his behind. Josh starts laughing.

                                   DJANGO
                         C’mon guys, get into it! It's
                         about trying something new!
                         
                                   JOSH
                         Uhh what the hell.

Josh starts to imitate Django’s movements. He takes a few steps and starts to get into this unfamiliar activity.

                                   DJANGO
                          A little too fast, dude. Slow 
                          down, get into the groove.

Josh looks at Firewalker.

                                   JOSH
                          C’mon man don’t be a douche!

                                   FIREWALKER
                          Only if I can have Mikaela!

                                   JOSH
                          Deal! She’s yours!

Firewalker reluctantly starts moving his behind. Then he and Josh lock their movements in unison. Josh occasionally laughs, seemingly enjoying moving his body in this seductive manner.

                                   DJANGO
                          Awesome guys! See how it feels?
                          Work that booty!

Josh and Firewalker start to get into the groove, laughing at how silly they look, as they show off their new twerking skills.

                                      
                                                         CUT TO:
EXT. - RAILROAD TRACKS - DUSK

The three walk along a pair of railroad TRACKS, lined with a thick curtain of tall trees on both sides. There are piles of SNOW on either side of the tracks.

A loud freight TRAIN, headed by several locomotives, approaches from ahead as it makes it way up the mountain. After the engine section passes, Django reaches down and grabs a handful of snow, making a SNOWBALL. He throws it at one of the CARS of the moving train. He repeats the process. Josh, then Firewalker, follow suit. Some of the snowballs remain intact when they impact the cold steel.

                                  DJANGO
                        Imagine the snowball is your stress
                        wrapped up in a little package!

Django’s voice is loud but barely audible above the screeching sounds of steel-on-steel and the massive weight rolling by.

                                  DJANGO (CONT’D)
                        And the train represents a vehicle
                        or conduit for taking that stress
                        away. Let it all go! It’s all
                        about symbolism!

                                  JOSH
                        Hell yeah! Take that stress and
                        tension away!

                                  FIREWALKER
                        This is frickin’ badass. You’re
                        the boss, Django!

The three take a brief break from targeting the moving cargo containers and start throwing snowballs at each other. As the end of the train approaches, the three continue hucking snowballs at the slow moving double-stacked cars until the rear locomotive goes out of range. With the TRAIN fading off into the distance behind them, the three resume their hike along the train tracks. Josh steps onto one of the RAILS, balancing one foot in front of the other.

                                  JOSH
                        I want to do something different.
                        Like travel and work around the
                        world, maybe like New Zealand. Or 
                        snowboarding in South America.
                                  FIREWALKER
                        Lets do it! I’ve thought about may
                        be doing something meaningful.
                        Something that has to do with
                        environmental science.

                                  JOSH
                        Environmental science?

                                  FIREWALKER
                        Yeah, something outdoorsy.

                                  JOSH
                        Go for it then. So you like
                        Mikaela?

                                  FIREWALKER
                        You know it. She’s a hottie.

                                 JOSH
                        I'm just gonna shake, shake, 
                        shake, shake it off, shake it off.

                                 DJANGO
                        See what a little twerking can do
                        for you?

Josh, Firewalker and Django walk side-by-side into the direction of the SUNSET.

                                 JOSH (V.O.)
                        Life is full of loss, but does not
                        give us a reason to destroy
                        ourselves. It makes us stronger.
                        Surpassing expectations that we
                        have, especially our own, is worth
                        its weight in gold.

                        Be a trailblazer. Walk in the path
                        you make for yourself, and leave
                        your worries and insecurities in
                        your tracks behind you.


                                                         FADE OUT.
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