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.