Loyola Marymount University
Zhan Wang, casting dir.
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Loyola Marymount University
Zhan Wang, casting dir.
Casting "Styx Inn." Synopsis: Alice, a 20-year-old pregnant woman, attempts suicide in a "suicide hotel." The hotel owner, Carmen, provides suicide methods. In the hotel, Alice meets a mysterious little boy named Mike who wears a dog collar. Because of the boy, she feels connected to her baby. Alice decides to have the baby and she helps Mike to escape from the hotel.
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
Shoots Sept. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, & 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Dr., in the COM Building 102 (film and TV school).
Compensation & Union Contract Details
No pay, but copy, credit, food, and travel provided.
Side for Alice and Mike
INT. ROOM THIRTEEN - EVENING
Mike stand by the door. He sees Alice holds a cutting
pliers. He stands there sadly.
Mike walks to Alice.
Mike puts the plate on the drawer.
Why are you here?
I’m just leftovers. Like the
pajamas in the corner.
While they talk, Alice keep putting cutter together.
You never go outside?
No. Are there other people in the
world? People who don’t want it to
They all don’t want it to stop.
Some pretend it will go on forever.
Some just buy things to... avoid
the void. And some accept their
fate... Like me. I’m just accepting
my fate. That’s why I’m here.
What about his fate?
Mike points to the belly.
He’ll be born just to die. Besides
he could be a monster. Or he could
learn to pretend it goes on
forever.I’d rather him die then to
be obsessed with the latest fashion
wave, the latest movie... The
latest thing being sold.
Alice opens the mini fridge. In it every poison jars
imaginable... All with price tags
They want you to spend all of it
before you leave, you know that?
Alice grabs scissors and a rope and closes the fridge
... those other people... Can I
Alice goes over to the kid.
Alice raise the cutting pliers. CU OF THE CUTTING PLIERS TO
THE NECK. ADJUST THE ANGEL. PUT IT DOWN TO THE COLLAR. CUT
The collar on Mike’s neck breaks apart. Mike looks
Alice holds Mike’s hand and stands up.
LOW ANGEL FROM THE COLLAR: Alice and Mike walk out of the
Side for Carmen
INT. HOTEL LOBBY - DAY
OVERHEAD SHOT: ALICE walks in. The hotel is decorated by
antique furniture. The light flickers. She looks around.
Nobody in the lobby.
POV: Alice turns left, there is a spider web. The light
sizzles. There is a big spider(Animation) walks between her
feet, she is terrified. She jumps off. Alice watches the
spider run away. She sees there is a mirror ahead, there is
a woman in the mirror, looking at her. SOUND OF TERROR.
Alice is shocked. She turns around.
Welcome to styx inn. I am the host,
CARMEN, 50 years old, long straight hair, very strong and
tall. She stands behind the reception desk. She looks
elegant. She tries to smile nicely, but it’s a little bit
Let me check. It’s a high season.
Carmen looks at her book. Alice walks towards the reception
It seems like it’s all full today.
Not a single place for me anywhere.
Hold on, sweetheart. There is one
guest room. Smaller. Usually for
the new staffs. Do you want to take
that? I can give you a discount.
I will take it.
Carmen takes out some paper from the desk. Alice reads.
Alice hands the paper to Carmen.
CLOSE -UP- CONTRACT
"All the consequences and acts are
out of customer’s wish. Styx Inn is
not responsible for any
You know, Just following a formal
Alice scams the paper.
CU: She taps the pen on the paper and makes three dots
slowly. She signs her name: ALICE.
Carmen takes the paper and reads. She looks satisfied. She
pulls a string besides her. The BELL RINGS. The string
attaches to a wooden door. The door opens. There is A little
boy MIKE, 7 years old, comes out. There is a dog collar
around his neck. Carmen doesn’t look at him.
Get the key, we have new customer.
May I ask because what the reasons
Alice is amazed by the appearance of Mike. She cannot take
her eyes off the poor little boy. His clothes worn out. His
face is dirty, with a collar around his neck.
Alice turns back.
Love affair.. There is no hope for
me. I want to end this.
Oh, I understand dear. Many female
customers are like you. What method
do you prefer? If you haven’t
decided yet, I can consult for you.
We have many options.
I know, I read the brochure. I want
the mercy gas.. I want no pain, I
suffered too much.
Carmen writes on the paper and puts her signed paper on a
clipboard. Takes an old oil lamp from the wall.
Come with me, Miss Alice.
Get the luggage. Hurry up.
Alice follows Carmen to the hallway. She looks back to see
Mike. Mike lugs Alice’s suitcase. He walks slowly behind.
Sides for Tom
Room Fifteen: Tom, 1952, Reason: Loneliness, Method: Death
There is a senior man. He sits beside the telephone. He
picks up the phone and hangs up. He repeats this action
It’s my fault. God punishes me.
Don’t leave me alone, Jeanne.
Alice’s face REVEALS THAT SHE IS SCARED. But she tries to
take deep breaths and walks determinately. EXAGGERATE SOUND
OF STEPPING FLOOR AND ALICE’S BREATH. Alice doesn’t look at
the floor. She kicks a pile of bags on the floor. She holds
the door frame but her finger gets scratched by the frame.
Her finger is bleeding. Alice looks at her bleeding finger.
She shakes her hand. Several blood drops to the ground.
BLOOD DROPS SOUND exaggerates. The senior man notices Alice.
He looks up and is shocked to see Alice.
The senior man’s eyes follow Alice’s belly.