this is a rough draft of an intro to a post-apocalyptic movie script I wrote once. This is version 2 of that draft.
INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY
We see the lower half of a MAN walking past a running
television and then sitting down on a sofa with his back
turned to us. There is a news program running on TV.
We’re interrupting our regular
program for an urgent report on
Africa. What was assumed to be a
series of earthquakes this morning,
turned out to be a series of atomic
explosions. According to an NSA
spokesman, a total number of 5
consecutive detonations have taken
place in the Republic of Zaire.
A map is being shown with bomb sites marked with x-es
Two explosions happened at 4.30
a.m. This morning GMT in Zaire,
followed by 3 others some miles
further east. Experts from the NSA,
CIA, the Pentagon an dthe IAEO
dismissed early speculation of
earthquakes. It is now official
that these 5 nuclear explosions
have possibly devastated an eare
the size of Texas, turning
everything between the Sahel belt
and the Republic of Botswana into
nuclear wasteland. The radioactive
clouds are said to be spreading
radially, thus increasing the
amount of land being made lifeless
for the next 100 years or so, an
expert from the International
Atomic Energy Organisation said.
We’re now turning back to our
regular program. We’re keeping you
up to date on this terrible
incident in 30 minutes with video
coverage. Tracy Nichols, CNN.
The MAN switches the TV off. We now see he’s holding a bottle
of vodka in his right hand.
MAN (IN RUSSIAN)
And the other 2 bombs?
FADE TO BLACK.
TITLE CARD: 20 YEARS LATER
EXT. SHANGHAI - MORNING
We fly over Shanghai’s ultra-modern city skyline while we
hear a WOMAN speaking in a voice-over that sounds like radio.
… Africa. Exactly 20 years since
the terrible nuclear incidents in
Zaire, experts say the results may
not show just yet. Back in summer
2006, 7 nuclear bombs, each 15
times the power of the infamous
bomb used in Hiroshima in the
second World War, exploded in the
Kongo Basin. Today, the entire
Middle and South Africa, including
surrounding seas, are contaminated,
the more inland areas devastated,
burned and deserted. Yet, signs of
new life seem to arrive from what
historians now call Wasteland
Africa. But this life seems not to
be what one would expect…
INT. OFFICE - DAY
A bright offic ein a tall highrise building in Shanghai. We
see a young WOMAN sitting opposite a MAN, behind a desk. The
WOMAN is typing on her laptop computer. Behind her, we see a
futuristically looking helicopter flying by.
My husband just came back, after 20
years of suffering in the Wasteland
of Africa, I assume you knew?
Yes I’ve heard that story. How is
He is in hospital of course. He’s
terribly contaminated and very
sick. Yet while they are treating
him, he is speaking his experience
into a microphone to record them
for a diary e-book.
Seems like he saw everything,
escaped and then spent 20 years
getting out of there. He told me,
there’s a war being waged there,
one we don’t know of, one we can’t
see, for a reason we can only guess
FADE TO BLACK.
TITLE CARD: AFRICA 2026
Music kicks in while…
EXT. AFRICAN DESERT - NUCLEAR TWILIGHT
…our Camera speeds over the vast spaces of african desert.
No trees, no green, no life can be seen. Only scorched earth
and sand and black stones.
TITLE CARD: A xx pictures production of
The camera still flies
TITLE CARD: A Sebastian H. film
TITLE CARD: Actor Dude in…
Credits keep coming while the camera speeds across the
EXT. DESERT - TWIGLIGHT
We see the desert ground as a BOOT steps into the frame. It’s
a black, worn out army boot.
TITLE CARD: WASTELAND WARRIOR
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