Wild Mind 1 Revision

country_of_origin: Japan
Uploaded: 08-07-2013
Length: 109 pages
Status: screenplay



Logline: In the year 20XX,a town regarded as a so-called"paradise for the disabled" is realized through the use of a cell-phone application.However,the origins of that town,planed in 2014,lay in the misappropriation of a large-scale scientific experiment. Part one of the ensemble piece format Sci-fi,Fantasy,Drama script.


Year 20xx, near future. Young and rebellious outcasts, PATRICK and KATE head for a town, Patrick driving his electric car through a mountain road. They are planning to sell a manuscript written by Patrick’s grandfather to the town’s mayor. The early history of the town from its foundation is written in the manuscript, and the mayor invited them to show him the manuscript.

The scenery around the town indicates that it was originally developed for gold-mining. Patrick continues driving as the town’s commemoration tower, which looks like a giant pencil, appears far ahead.

They arrive in town and learn that that town has a strange regulation. Every tourist who enters the town must state the purpose of his or her visit, and they have to do it through the phone in the phone booth, which stands in the parking lot near the entrance of the town. Kate thinks it’s creepy but Patrick says the town is called the “paradise for people with handicaps,” and she doesn’t need to be scared.

As Patrick says, everything looks normal in town. To meet the mayor, Patrick asks a pedestrian the way to the town hall. The pedestrian is deaf, and he cannot understand what Patrick is saying at first. But then he looks at his cell phone’s screen, and gives him the directions. He even tells Patrick where he can meet the mayor, though Patrick hasn’t said a word about the mayor. Patrick is surprised but continues to drive anyway.

Meanwhile, the mayor WATSON SMITH, who was once a professor, enjoys shopping in a fruit shop. A female SHOPGIRL learns that he is the former professor Smith and thanks him for having given her “sight,” though she looks blind. Watson advises her not to forget to apply her eye-drops when they have dry weather.

Outside the shop, Watson meets Patrick and Kate, and Watson invites them to his house. Watson gets into their car and on their way to his house, he suggests to Kate that she use his cell phone and make a hotel room reservation for that night. Kate uses his cell and calls, but nobody answers it, though Watson mysteriously says the reservation has been taken care of.

The car arrives in front of Watson’s house. While Kate waits in the car, Patrick and Watson enter the house. In the living room with wood furniture and a huge TV screen on the wall, Watson connects his cell to the TV set, using a cord. In haste, Patrick tries to negotiate the price of the manuscript, but Watson asks him if he read the manuscript. Patrick says he did, but it’s a lie. Watson, who sees through it, abruptly starts uttering a series of words such as electromagnetic waves, supersonic waves, electromagnetic field, electron, liquid, wheel chair, mass media, one-sided,digital, bluff, etc. Patrick thinks Watson must be suffering from dementia, but he wants to sell the manuscript at a high price nonetheless. To his surprise, however, what’s on Patrick’s mind appears as sentences on the TV screen.

Watson says he will pay $10,000 for the manuscript. He says that’s the price Kate hopes to get from the deal. Watson asks Patrick to look at the TV screen once again. What’s on Kate’s mind appears on the screen as sentences. She is in the car, but Patrick learns that she isn’t happy with his attitude toward life. She secretly wishes he would get a steady job. Stunned and furious, Patrick stands up. He calls it invasion of privacy and condemns Watson.

Then somewhere in town, the alarm lamp on the supercomputer blinks. The screen by the lamp shows the words: “WARNING: NON-HANDICAPPED PERSON INTERROGATING NON-HANDICAPPED PERSON.”

Meanwhile, a middle-aged man who works for a publisher in town lets his co-worker know that he wants to leave work early that day. He is mute and he uses his cell phone, which shows his thoughts on its screen, to communicate with the co-worker. The man’s name is JAMES SMITH, Watson’s son. He hurriedly gets into his car and heads for his father’s house.

At Watson’s house, Watson talks to Patrick and calms him down. Patrick asks Watson how they could sneak into someone’s mind like that. Watson just says the supercomputer enables them to do it. Patrick then asks who controls the computer.
Instead of answering his question, Watson asks him back if he’s interested in finding out why such technology was created. Patrick says he has no interest in it, and Watson gets disappointed. Watson refers to Patrick’s grandfather, and says that his “reason” or rational mind must feel an urge to seek the answer, if his grandfather’s blood is in him. Watson then adds that feelings are the keys to the answer.

Patrick responds to Watson this time and asks if he is suggesting that feelings have something to do with our ability to see, hear and talk. Watson is happy to see Patrick showing some interest in their conversation again, but then he feels something and looks at his cell phone screen. Sentences aren’t displayed on the screen anymore. Watson jokingly says good laughs and healthy appetite are also the keys to the answer, then he says he shouldn’t goof around too much, giving Patrick quizzes and confusing him. He leaves the living room and goes to the bedroom where he has a small ATM machine.

The lamp on the supercomputer stops blinking.

In the bedroom, in front of the ATM machine, Watson looks at his cell phone screen. It shows what’s on James’s mind as sentences. James approves his father to withdraw money through the ATM.

Watson gives Patrick cash, and says that the supercomputer is controlled by high moral values, so to speak. He tells Patrick to marry Kate who loves him deeply, emphasizing importance of being ethical. Then he says good-bye to Patrick.

Patrick gets back into the car where Kate waits for him. He tells her that Watson paid in cash, which makes her happy. She says they should spend it lavishly and have some fun, but Patrick says he will use it to go to a vocational school and obtain some vocational licenses. Kate says it’s boring. Patrick just smiles at her and starts the car.

James’s car arrives at Watson’s house. In the living room, James talks with Watson, using the big TV screen where James’s thoughts appear as sentences. Watson thanks James for approving the cash withdrawal. From their conversation, we learn that James’s is the real mayor of the town and he controls the supercomputer.

James asks Watson why he was so interested in the manuscript. As the reason, Watson mentions extensive experiments Watson and his fellow researchers conducted, when the town was still a tiny hamlet. James asks Watson what kinds of experiments they were and Watson starts explaining.

They used electromagnetic waves, ultrasonic waves, and strange stones for the experiments, but in the process, a young man invented a device which enabled him to abuse the experiments. Using the device, the young man stole a person’s thoughts and imagination, and succeeded in controlling the person like a puppet. It was terribly unethical violation of basic human rights, but the device helped them establish and run the unique technology and system the town now enjoys. Hearing Watson’s explanation, James understands why Watson uttered the series of words in front of Patrick.

Watson, who still can’t identify the stone’s exact components, thought Patrick’s grandfather LINDSAY must have known the answer, since Lindsay was the very person who was involved with the dark side of the experiments. That’s why he purchased the manuscript, Watson says.

Watson recommends James to read the manuscript as well. He says it may give James a chance to ponder on ethics and his own moral values. But James says he is too busy with his job. He says he will “watch” what’s on the manuscript and what Watson thought about the manuscript, after Watson reads it, by monitoring his mind. Watson says he has nothing against it and starts reading the manuscript.

The cover of the manuscript: “The History of Heartland Hamlet by Lindsay Jones.”

In 2014, I was a mediocre writer, but now based upon the involved parties’ testimony, I would like to share with my readers a strange incident that happened in our little hamlet as a tale, or else I don’t know how to describe it as it happened.

Later, meanings of the mysterious words Watson stated in front of Patrick are all revealed in the tale.

Plot keywords: cell phone

Notes: Although this television drama script is incomplete, it was chosen as an official selection at SURGE Film Festival and for honorable mention at Los Angeles international underground Film Festival..


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