'Wrap Pack' soap May 2005 - script by Cara O'Brien
1 female - Olivia
2 males - Jack
Genre: Thriller with detectives, double-crossing, murder, set in Paris of today, in style of 'film noir' (black-and-white detective thriller). This is also entertaining and fast moving.
Olivia - boss of a film locations-finding company - American - early 20s, very determined
Jack - number three in the company, funny, but caught up in a murder, a flawed hero, early 20s, street-wise, but not as clever and experienced and sophisticated as he thinks he is. He is out of his depth in Paris!
Colin - geeky but comes to Jack's rescue. Jack always got the girl and Colin didn't.
Back story: Jack has been arrested for the murder of an American film director, though he is innocent. He rings his boss in Canterbury, Olivia. He was sent over to work on finding locations for their film production, and now he has been caught up in the action of the film script! Olivia is angry, frightened, but in charge.
NOTE: Just have Olivia at the microphone - do not worry about the technicalities of a phone conversation.
2.2.5 - INTERIOR FRENCH POLICE STATION
FX: JACK ON PHONE. RINGING
OLIVIA: [Answering phone] Good morning Olivia speaking
JACK: Liv, it's me Jack
OLIVIA: Hi Jack, Where have you been? I've been waiting for your call. How's the location?
JACK: Liv I dunno how to say this, so I'm just gonna say it quick. Buck Steinburg's body was found on set this morning - I have been charged with his murder
OLIVIA: YOU WHAT?!
JACK: I didn't do it Liv, you gotta believe me. I've been set up!
OLIVIA: (Frantic) Jack this better not be some kind of sick joke
JACK: I can't talk long. I only have one phone call and I need a lawyer. Do you know of anyone?
OLIVIA: (thinking about the likely behaviour of Jack) Let me guess, it's got something to do with a woman
JACK: Margaret DuBois
OLIVIA: His wife?! You have really gone and done it this time Jack! I'll see what I can do but I have a good mind to let you sweat this one out
FX: (SLAMS DOWN RECEIVER)
INT ERIOR OLIVIA'S OFFICE - THE SCENE CONTINUES
OLIVIA: [To herself] (Angry-Out loud) God Damn you Jack! Your such a schmuck! What am I gonna do? Richard's gonna go mad, he'll fire me for sure.
FX: KNOCK ON DOOR. COLIN ENTERS
COLIN: Is everything alright Olivia? I heard you shouting
OLIVIA: No everything is not alright. It's that putz of a friend of yours
COLIN: Jack's messed up again huh? I warned you
OLIVIA: Messed up is an understatement of the century. No he's outdone himself this time. I need to find a lawyer quickly that won't cost anything. Know of anyone?
COLIN: (Thinking) Umm what about No he won't do it, not for free
OLIVIA: (Revelation) You! Get your bags packed your going to Paris
COLIN: But I
OLIVIA: I know I made a mistake. I should have sent you in the first place. Please Colin I need you, the company needs you.
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