Film: Short Films

'Narcissus'

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Company

Make Your Mark Productions
Zen Pace, Narcissus

Production Description

Casting "Narcissus," a stylized thriller that is an adaptation of the Greek myth by the same name, but taking place in modern-day New York.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Shoots Dec. 5-10 in Manhattan & Brooklyn.

Auditions

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Side 1 - Nicholas and Max

BLACK SCREEN
A click of an answering machine is heard.
GUY 1
Hey beautiful. I miss you. Where’d
Skip.
WOMAN
Cutie, are you ok? I haven’t heard
from for two weeks?
Skip.
GUY 3
I love...
Skip. Skip. Skip. Fragments of various sentences are cut
off.
MAX
Hey. It’s Max, I wanna see you, I
know its been awhile since...I have
something for you! You’ll love it.
Promise.


EXT. OUTSIDE CAFE - AFTERNOON
A quaint cafe on a New York street. Two men, NICHOLAS (21)
dressed impeccably, and MAX (27) an odd man, dressed well.
Nicholas is looking down at his finger nails, spaced out,
Max BUZZES in his ear. All that can be heard is the sound of
Max’s muted voice and traffic. His eyes focused on Max’s
"flaws."
Nicholas GULPS, he can’t stand being there. DEEPLY
breathing, the BUZZING still
We see QUICK SHOTS of the minute features of Max --
His zit, sauce on his mouth from the steak, he sneezes, his
dirty finger nails...until-
MAX
The meat here...should be more
rare.
Nicholas snaps out of it.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 2.
NICHOLAS
Yea, it’s pretty nice. Didn’t you
say you had something for me, Max?
An awkward moment.
MAX
(smiles)
Same old pretty Nicholas. Yes, I
do, but I’d like to see how you’ve
been after all this time.
Nicholas hides his phone underneath the table, liking his
own sexy photos on facebook, occasionaly looking up.
NICHOLAS
I’ve been good. Just really busy
with creative endevors.
MAX
Wow, never took you for the
creative type.
NICHOLAS
Yea, well, I’m kind of an engima.
MAX
I see. And you’re still at your
moms place?
NICHOLAS
(annoyed)
It’s not hers, shes just helping me
out at the moment.
MAX
Right right, I didn’t...I just
meant, from before.
NICHOLAS
Oh, yea. Same place. It despertly
needs a makeover. And you?
MAX
Great... Well now, at least. I lost
my job after...
Beat.
MAX (CONT’D)
But I’ve been doing some collecting
recently.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 3.
NICHOLAS
It’s not my fault, we were just in
two different places.
A beat.
MAX
(playing it off)
It’s fineeee. I’m far more
passionate about collecting rather
than trying to sell.
NICHOLAS
I’m glad you can see it that way.
So what are you collecting?
MAX
Beautiful and imperfect objects,
mostly.
Max reaches his hand out, Nicholas immediately flinches
back.
MAX - CONTINUED
Relax. I’m trying to give you
something.
Max reveals a beautiful Narcissus flower in his palm.
NICHOLAS
(confused)
A flower?
MAX
Not just any flower. That is a
Narcissus Bulbi, one of a hundred.
It’s beauty never dies, I wanted
you to have it.
Nicholas examines the flower, unimpressed.
NICHOLAS
Is this why you invited me?
MAX
And to see how you’ve been. You
don’t like your gift?
NICHOLAS
Yea it’s... A flower.
Nicholas begins to get out of his chair. He shoves the
flower into his breast pocket.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 4.
NICHOLAS - CONTINUED
This has been nice, but I actually
have to go.
Max expected to this.
MAX
So soon? You didn’t even finish
your soup?
Nicholas looks down at his soup, looking into the
reflection.
NICHOLAS
I have...A meeting.
Max watches Nicholas leave, he stops chewing, with a
beautiful hankercheif he wipes his mouth.

Side 2 - for Investigator and Cop

INT. NICHOLAS CHIC NY LOFT - MORNING
As we fade back in, there is a police unit examining the
scene.
Yellow Tape is spread across the living room. The INVESTIGATOR and COP
are standing over the body of Nicholas who still has the
smirk on his face. There is an examiner taking pictures of
the crime scene. Small orange tabs with numbers lay
throughout the apartment showing any evidence.
An Investigator and Cop are talking across the room.
INVESTIGATOR
Update?
COP
Apparently no friends to be heard
of, just a lot angry ex lovers,
though we know the Mother is on the
way.
INVESTIGATOR
Hmh. Any foul play?
Cop is sees a blank envelope among much of the trash.
Picking it up and turning it around.
COP
Nope, just some old lovers note,
says "Enjoy the gift love, hope you
see what I see. -Max"
We move out from the scene. The examiner continues to take
pictures but motions the cops, they move over.

Side 3 - Nicholas with Self

INT. NICHOLAS CHIC NY LOFT - YET ANOTHER DAY
Now, from another room, voices can be heard in WHISPERS.
Nicholas talks to someone. He looks more pathetic then ever.
His hair and face are rugged, hasn’t showered in days.
NICHOLAS
Talk to me.
No one is there, Nicholas is slouched on the ground. There
is no turning back.
Blackness fills the room.
INT. NICHOLAS CHIC NY LOFT - MORNING
On the floor, his shirt off, showing his skinny frame, his
stomach MOANS. He hasn’t eaten in days.
The answering machine goes off.
NICHOLE
Hey Hey Nicholas, it’s Nichole
again. We haven’t seen you for a
few weeks now, hope everything is
alright. Lemme know cutie!
Focused on the mirror, he smiles, hopeful.
A beat.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 13.
Nicholas admires EGO, who he sees as the better version of
himself. In the same clothes from the beginning,
untarnished. He looks nothing like that of the current
Nicholas who is weak and ill.
EGO smiles.
Nicholas is frustrated.
He slams his hand on the wall causing the mirror to tremble.
His hand hangs. Out of breath and fragile.
NICHOLAS
Let me be with you.
Fed up. He is at his weakest moment.
He uses all his force and punches the mirror, immediately
crying out in agony. Shards of glass stuck in his hand.
NICHOLAS
Jesus!
While agonizing over the pain he notices something off about
his reflection, picking up a piece of broken glass he sees
his reflection. His reality disrupted, now noticing the
bottles of pee, clothes, and state of what he has become.
Horror washes over his face.
Blood drips from his hand. He is stares at EGO, also holding
a piece of glass.
EGO is smiling, taunting Nicholas.
Nicholas looks at the EGO, heistant.
A resolute focus washes over his face, gaining confidence.
NICHOLAS
STOP!
EGO stares back, he mimics Nicholas. EGOs face is of horror
and confusion as he raises the shard.
Nicholas stabs himself. Dropping to the floor the blood
spilling out onto the Narcissus flower.
Staring at the flower, Nicholas slowly looses vision.
Blinking. A distant sound can be heard, a door opens then
closes. The sound of shoes padding the floor.
Still blinking. Sounds MUFFELED.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 14.
Nicholas hears the CRACKING of glass as someone moves
towards the mirror, picks up, and drags it. The blurry image
of this dark figure stops as it approaches him, but only for
a second. A cough is heard. The door closes. Leaving
Nicholas in his isolation.
From above we see Nicholas, starring at the flower that is
covered in a pool of blood.
Nicholas face, now looking at peace is stares towards the
flower. He smiles.
Fade out.