School of Visual Arts
Xuege Cai, dir.
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School of Visual Arts
Xuege Cai, dir.
Casting "Nick Must Die," a student film for the School of Visual Arts. Synopsis: John is a ghost he wants redemption because when he was alive he saw a man die because he couldn't save him. Now he wants to save an abused woman by killing her husband.
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
Rehearses and shoots at SVA, 209 E. 23rd St., NYC (exact dates TBD).
Compensation & Union Contract Details
No pay, but copy, credit, and food provided.
Nick Must Die--NOTE: MATURE LANGUAGE
INT. DARK ROOM
NICK (30), wears a suit with a tie. He sits on a chair, his hands and feet are cuffed. A strong light just above his head and nothing around him. Nick rocks his chair and struggles to liberate himself.
When Nick stops, lower his head.
A man comes from the dark, JOHN, around 30 wearing a clean black suit. John drags a chair and pushes it towards to Nick and sits on it.
Hi Nick, Nice to meet you.
Nick stays still. He looks up to John.
The reason we are here is because I have a story for you. It won’t take too long, so I just need you to listen carefully.
You can call me John, names don’t mean anything to me. It just a way for you to address me.
He raises his head and starts the story.
The town where I lived wasn’t a big one. I had a job and I walked to my office everyday. On my way to the office there was a high school. Every time I passed the gates, I could see some older students bullying a younger student around there. It always happened at the same time I passed by it. At first I just ignored it because it didn’t involve me. I wasn’t their teacher or anyone that had to do anything with it. So I just walked by everyday.
John looks at Nick.
You know what I mean right? I chose to look somewhere else instead of looking at what happened around the gate. I did nothing. They kept bullying this poor kid everyday after school. A few months later, the kid disappeared. But the older students were still there. I was really curious about where the poor kid had gone to. The fact is the police department found a little boys body in the river and the picture on the newspaper told me that the poor boy I saw was beaten to death.
John got close to Nick’s face, he looks emotional.
Can you feel what I feel? The boy died because I did nothing. Maybe had I done something the boy would still be alive. I wanted to stopped them but I looked the other way. I feel like I killed that boy. I feel the sin in my heart.
John yells at Nick.
I CANNOT FORGIVE MYSELF!!! I JUST CANNOT TO IGNORE EVERYTHING!!!
INT. NICK’S HOUSE EVENING
Nick suddenly wakes up. He is laying in his bed. He is wearing a shirt and a suit. There some beer bottles around his bed on the floor. Nick gets up and opens a can of beer and drinks it. He hears a noise outside his room. He looks really angry. Nick puts the beer on the bedside table and pulls off his belt. Nick whispers to himself.
Son of a bitch.
Nick opens the door and his wife SALLY (30) is watching a comedy TV show on the couch. Sally is wearing a pajama. When Sally sees the bedroom door opening and Nick walks out, she starts to shake, she squeezes the TV controller.
Nick walks to Sally. They look at each other. Sally stays quiet.
Do you know I’m trying to get some rest there.
Sally shrinks down into her coach.
You are such a bitch making these Fucking noises here huh!
Nick rushes to Sally and he raises his hand with the belt. Sally keeps shrinking down.
She looks up and points to the back of Nick.
Nick! Nick! There is SOMEONE HERE!
She keeps pointing.
Bitch we are the only people in this apartment. Don’t try to lie to me.
When he raises his belt, there is a hand comes from behind Nick. It slashes Nick’s throat.
Nick tries to turn his head to see who is there.
As he turns his head around. Nick dies.
The guy who just killed Nick is John. John leaves Nick’s body on the floor. John looks around the room he turns around and opens the door to leave.