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THE SEA
by The Liquid Air

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EXT - TROPICAL ISLAND - DAY

Waves crash on the beach of a tropical island under a clear blue sky. Gulls can be heard flying overhead. The camera suddenly cranes up and flies over miles of ocean ending on a large city on the coast.

EXT - CITY - DAY

The sounds of traffic grow and the sounds of the ocean fade as we see the bustle of a modern city, the street packed with cars and pedestrians hurriedly making their way to wherever they feel they have to go. The camera continues to fly over the city as the sun sets...

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EXT - DOWNTOWN - NIGHT

As night falls the camera slowly focuses in on a small club with people lining up to get in as the sounds of a band starting their set wells up.

INT - BAR - NIGHT

In a dimly lit bar a band starts playing on the stage as the drums kick in. Seated at the bar some attractive women sit talking, oblivious to the band and the patrons around them. Without them noticing A MAN stands at the far end of the bar watching them intently noticing every detail and every nuance...

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EXT - BACK ALLEY - NIGHT

In the alley behind the bar as the band ends their set a HOMELESS MAN with his shopping cart opens a dumpster and sort through its contents talking to himself...

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EXT - CITY STREET - NIGHT

The homeless man pushes his cart down a side street mumbling. He passes by a small neighborhood bar and looks in the window.

INT - SMALL BAR - NIGHT

The bar is nearly empty with only a couple patrons sitting at the tables. A MAN sits at the bar and orders another drink from the BARTENDER as he lights a cigarette...

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INT - APARTMENT BEDROOM - DAY

The man looks at THE WOMAN, still asleep in bed, while he drinks coffee from his mug. Their are noises outside that catch his attention. He looks out of his window and sees the pool of his complex below

EXT - APARTMENT POOL - DAY

It's a sunny day and the pool is busy with young men and women relaxing, some diving in, some swimming, and some sunbathing poolside. With a group of her friends the TAN QUEEN gathers the ray and shares in some innocuous conversation ...

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EXT - CITY STREETS - NIGHT

The Tan Queen and her friends are dressed up for a night on the town. She's clearly the leader of the group - the most desirable, the one they try to stand next to, the shiny one attracting the most attention. Men's eyes uncontrollably look her direction and soon a crowd gathers around her, chanting, praising her, making her their goddess. Her glittering dress transforms into gleaming metal suit, pulsing with light and blinding her devotees with its brightness...

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EXT - CHURCH - NIGHT

DUVESSA exits the church carrying her backpack. Next to the Tan Queen she seems plain but has her own simple inner beauty...

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INT - THEATRE - DAY

Duvessa attends her drama workshop, listening to the teacher, working small scenes with her classmates and remembering the day she arrived in the city on a bus with only a suitcase and backpack, preparing to make her way in the new world...

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INT - OFFICE - DAY

Duvessa sits in a room with a dozen other women waiting for her chance. When she goes into the audition room she tries to focus on the lines and not thinking about the people behind the table watching her, examining her, judging her...

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EXT - BEACH - DAY

Duvessa reads a note that she has already read, looking for some hint of something she may have missed before. She wads up the note and throws it into a trash bin, then sits on a bench looking out at the ocean. She lets the tranquility of the waves lapping the shore wash over her as she closes her eyes. A distant voice breaks the spell and she opens her eyes and for a moment she think she can see something out at sea in the distance...

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EXT - BEACH PIER- DAY

At the edge of the water a collection of garbage hug one the wooden posts of the pier. Plastic bottles, cigarette butts, the soggy remnants of a flier advertising a long past event hug the post like the flotsam of some forgettable pasts. The camera cranes up to show a beach nearly empty of visitors. As the camera tracks along the beach and the shore showing more trash littered here and there. Some clearly indicates what it once was - an aluminum can, broken glass that was one part of a bottle, a plastic shopping bag, a sandal. Others items have long lost any semblance of what they once were as the waves batter them against the shore. The camera tracks over to a sign indicating that the beach is closed due to contamination...

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EXT - CITY STREET - DAY

A MAN stands at a busy corner, his eyes closed, as the sounds of the city rush over him: the traffic, the honking horns, a distant siren. As the sounds reach a crescendo he opens his eyes and starts running. Passerby take no notice of him as he weaves his way along the sidewalks. He can hear the sound of his heart beating faster and his heavy breathing. They sky over him spins as the sun sets.

EXT - CITY STREET - NIGHT

The man comes to a stop and sees his car. He gets in, starts the engine and pulls out into traffic. A POV shot shows him speeding through the streets in fast forward, passing buildings and other cars in fast motion. The moon makes its course through the night sky above him as he makes his way out of the city. The buildings become smaller and further apart from one another. The number of cars on the street decrease. Eventually the buildings and the lights of the city become the houses and soft glow of suburbs as the night ends and the sun rises.

EXT - COUNTY HIGHWAY - DAY

The suburbs have been been replaces by country fields but still the car does not slow down. The frantic fast motion pace continues until the car reaches a cliff overlooking the sea. The camera reverts to normal speed as the car flies over the edge of the cliff and plunges into the sea below.

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EXT - CITY - DAY

The city stands unmoving in the morning sun. There is no movement. No cars drive the street and no person can be seen walking the streets. It appears completely uninhabited. Weeds can be seen growing through the cracks in the pavement. In one area the street is broken and water can be seen flowing like a small stream to a large pond by a sewer grate. On the ledge of some random building some birds have made a nest. From between some rusted cars a coyote appears on the street and freezes. It's ears twitch and it smells the air for a moment until it senses nothing is near. Another coyote joins in and they make their way to the stream to have a drink.

EXT - BEACH - DAY

The beach is empty now. No beach goers. No piers. No benches or trash bins. No garbage or warning signs. No signs that man had ever been there. The camera pan across the beach looking out at the ocean until it comes to a stop behind A MAN standing and looking out at the beach, his back towards us. He slows starts walking out into the sea.

As he walks his appearance begins to change. He begins to stoop, his arms lengthen and his legs shorten. His clothes disappear as he becomes a hairy ape. The ape shrinks and begins to grow a tail. It begins to use its hands to help walking as the ape becomes a monkey. The monkey's legs shorten even more and it's whole body continues to shrink into the shape more like a rodent. The rodents movements slow as it's fur is replaced by scales and it's legs become short and squat and it becomes a lizards. The lizards scales soften to a glistening skin and legs and feet appear to become more like the that of a turtle and then more like fins as the reptile becomes an amphibian. The fins are barely able to push it along the last few feet to edge of the beach. When it finally makes it to water it soon disappears under the surface and no sign of it can be seen. The waves washing on the beach slowly erase it's tracks and the beach is empty again.

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