The aim of Impact50 is to weave fifty short stories from around the world about the last moments of civilisation before the final big bang and create a cosmic belter of a feature film. And there’s still time to pick one of the many 2 page scripts from the website. It’s a fantastic opportunity so why not get involved, shoot a short film and see if you can make the final cut. There are so many great scripts available, but here are a couple that caught my eye.
‘More’ by Phil
A mother ensures her toddler’s last minutes on earth are spent in absolute heaven
I love this script. It’s simple but effective. We see a woman in a deserted supermarket. She’s forcing open a cash register – clearly a looter - but what good is money at the end of the world? Outside, her wee toddler rocks back and forth on a kiddies mechanical ride … until the money runs out and it creaks to a halt. Then we see the bag of pound coins the mother has taken from the till. The daughter is ecstatic.
It’s very visual. I could clearly see it playing in my head as I was reading … the washed out apocalyptic backdrop of the empty supermarket and upended trolleys against the shiny child’s mechanical arcade ride. I even imagined my own daughters excited face if she got free rein to keep putting the money in, no questions asked.
If I was filming this, I'd experiment with spending slightly longer on the internal scene – maybe open the film in the knife aisle, choosing the biggest blade on offer – leading the audience down a "violence" route before revealing the knife is purely to jimmy the till open. Maybe see her swiping the cigarettes from the shelf. Knives, fags and stealing money? Naughty looter!
Whilst I like the reflection on the pound coin at the end, I think it’s testament to the story that maybe we don’t need to see the blast in order make the ending work.
Plenty to play about with on this script and like I say, very visual.
The most awesome man learns he's not invincible
The concept for this script is great. A bronze, toned gym junkie with all his state of the art gadgets and expensive car realises it was all for nothing. Zoolander comes a cropper!
It’s also very simple to film - 1 actor and 1 location – and whilst the script is comedic and would add a lighter moment in the gloom of some of the other shorts, I think it strikes a deeper chord. When the world goes to hell in a hand cart - all the material goods, all the superficial fluff – doesn’t mean a thing.
I’ve made a couple of shorts for Impact50 on my Canon 600D DSLR and one thing I’m struggled with the most is sound, in particular, dialogue. My Rode shotgun mic is great but if it’s not close to
the source, it can sometimes be a struggle. The beauty of this script (and More) is the lack of dialogue. It’s all about the visuals. I can picture this with lots of short, choppy cuts and I
think it would be a lot of fun to make.
'No Doubt?' by Kenny Allan
A struggle between duty and doubt
Whilst I think this script and the locations could be condensed, I really like the story. A troubled guy – who we later discover is a priest – is torn between spending his last moments comforting his mother or his congregation. Unable to do both we see him standing before his flock, clearly having his doubts about his own faith. What does he tell them?
Compared with the previous scripts, there’s a couple more obstacles to shoot this one … a church for starters and a few extras for the congregation but otherwise fairly straightforward. I love the ambiguity of the ending. Whoever their God, what would believers across the world think about in those last hours before we’re blasted from space?
With the right actor and location I think this would be great addition to the Impact50.
These, and all the other scripts (including my own) are at https://www.impact50film.com/script/read-scripts/ so why not have a go at making your own 2 minute film and grasping the chance to be part of this unique and collaborative opportunity.
Anyway, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to say a few hell Marys at the gym. And don’t forget to stock up on those pound coins … just in case.