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CANYON, the screenplay

FADE IN:

EXT. CANYON - DAY - ESTABLISHING

A parched and sterile canyon winds through a barren landscape. In the canyon rise two groups of crystaline stalagmites, seperated by a considerable distance and a sharp curve in the canyon path. Caves have been burned into the upper portion of the crystaline stalagmites caves; here the people have made a home. Otherwise the canyon is bare and stark. On the ground surface above the canyon the ground is worn away by the enormous hulking beasts that dwell there. In the distance can be seen grasses and even further off an hill on which grows healthy trees.

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INT. CAVE - NIGHT

There are people gathered around a burning fire listening to THE ELDERS tell stories of the past. In the background there is the HOWLING and SCREAMING of those possessed by madness. TEONE, 22, brings her younger siblings to the fire so they can be calmed by the stories, then goes to sit against the wall by herself, as usual.

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EXT. CAVE ENTRANCE - EARLY MORNING

Having woken earlier than usual, Teone pauses on her morning exit to find food, scanning the horizon of the ground surface across from the cave to check the raging beasts’ activity and sniffs at the breeze to confirm no acridity from a possible approaching wall of acid water. In no hurry, she stretches languidly. Once she is confident there is no danger she begins to climb down the stalagmite to the ground surface of the canyon.

EXT. CANYON BOTTOM - DAY

Teone walks along the canyon bottom looking for any insects, grubs or roots she may collect for food. Whatever she finds she puts into a pouch stapped across one shoulder. Deep in thought she walks absent-mindedly until she comes upon her usual turning-around point. Looking up at the hazy orb of the sun she realizes it is well before mid-day and deliberates whether to turn around or keep going. Before she realizes it her feet are moving her forward. She stops to pick up a few rocks in case she meets with some unexpected danger.


EXT. SHARP CURVE IN CANYON - DAY

Teone begins to consider returning home when she hears voices (O.S.) She crouches behind a rock, shocked to see complete strangers.

JARED (O.S.)
Come on, push! You’ve almost got it, just get the boulder rocking and I’ll grab the rodents as they run away.

Teone almost falls over from surprise. Her people had always believed they were the only ones living in the canyon! She screws up her courage and steps from behind the rock


TEONE
You know, if you brace the bottom with a smaller rock you may be able to actually tip this thing over. Although I don’t see why you would want to, there doesn’t seem to be any use in it.

At the sound of a stranger’s voice Jared spins around while another man and a woman dive behind the boulder for safety.

JARED
Where did you come from?? I’ve never seen you before!

TEONE
Oh, we’re just travelling in a large pack looking for food when I decided to explore a bit by myself.

By now the two that had ducked behind the rock, Lila and Tomas, came out to gaze in wonder at this stranger; just like them yet completely unknown. The four of them faced off against each other for a moment, trying to size each other up.

TEONE
(continuing)
Look, you three heave on this rock like you were before and I’ll jam this smaller rock under it. That will act as a fulcrum and the four of us should be able to roll this thing over.

Jared, Lila and Tomas push on the boulder until it starts rocking and Teone is able to jam a rock under one end. Caught by surprise some rodents come scurrying out to be promptly clubbed to death and divided amongst the foursome.

JARED
I’m Jared. This is Lila and Tomas.

TEONE
I’m called Teone.

The four exchange nods.

TEONE
I must get back, my people will wonder what happened to me.

Teone begins to move away unsteadily.

JARED
Bring your people here. We should all meet and have a feast of celebration.

TEONE
(lying)
I will, but probably tomorrow. Where do you live anyway?

Lila and Tomas start to walk away. Teone is delighted to see another set of stalagmites in the distance.

TEONE
(pointing)
Do you live there?


JARED
Yes.

TEONE
We live this way, but it’s a long ways off and I really must go now! I will return another time.

Before Jared can answer she breaks into a run, dashes behind the rock and heads for home.

CONTINUED . . .