Omens

Two archaeologists stumble upon a sacred tomb in Giza, Egypt, and learn a long-forgotten history that explains the mystery behind Ancient Egyptian pyramids. From tyranny, to clairvoyance, to mind control, the twists and turns of this high-concept story will not fail to surprise.


EXT. ANCIENT EGYPTIAN PYRAMID SITE – DAY

LEE and AIDEN, male archaeologists in their late 30s, walk through the desert. Weighed down by equipment, they slow their pace as they approach a worn-down pyramid, then stop and stare in awe. They immediately get to work. Aiden scrapes the pyramid’s stone base for a sample as Lee circles it, inspecting the structure. He pushes on a large piece of stone and it moves inward.

LEE
Hey, think we’ve got a tomb?

Aiden stands up to help Lee push the stone open. Inside, darkness is all that can be seen.

AIDEN
Guess we’ll find out.

He grabs a flashlight from his backpack and slowly starts to enter; Lee does the same.

INT. PYRAMID HALLWAY – DAY

The archaeologists enter into a small hallway, the walls of which are covered in hieroglyphs. Aiden gets out a camera and takes several pictures as Lee goes on. Once he reaches the end, he peers into the next room and drops his flashlight in surprise. Aiden glances over.

LEE
Whoa…get over here Aiden. You’re gonna want to see this.

He hurries over and the two stand in wonder as they look into the entrance of the next space: a tomb with two mummified bodies lying in the center.

INT. ANCIENT TOMB – DAY

Lee speaks into an audio recorder.

LEE
Date: March 7, 2015. Location: Giza, Egypt, 12 miles South of the Giza Plateau. Discovery of what appears to be an ancient tomb housing the remains of two highly respected individuals…both female.

Aiden walks slowly toward the mummies; a large OPAL STONE is placed in between them. He takes a cloth from his back pocket and reaches to pick it up. Right as he touches it, the stone begins emanating a blinding light. He gazes into it for a moment before falling to the floor.

FLASHBACK:
INT. ROYAL PALACE, ANCIENT EGYPT – DAY
TEXT: Cairo, Egypt – 2550 BC

PRINCE ANU, a tall young man with dark brown hair, is sitting beside the throne of his father, the PHARAOH. The Pharaoh is a taller, older version of his son, eyes glimmering with determination and darkness. He sits at his throne, listening intently to his vizier RAVI, a small, energetic man.

RAVI
…no, your majesty. I assure you the spell will not waver, even slightly. (Lowers voice) Not as long as we continue to protect its source.

He looks down and glances up for a second at Prince Anu, as if nervous or embarrassed to be in his presence.

RAVI
Perhaps we should continue this conversation over a glass of red wine before supper, your majesty?

The Pharaoh looks over at his son, who doesn’t seem to be paying attention, momentarily before answering.

PHARAOH
Certainly. Would you care to join us, Anu?

The prince looks over wearily.

PRINCE ANU
No. Father, you know my viewpoint on the issue and besides, I’m feeling unusually tired.

PHARAOH
No matter. Get some rest now.

Ravi and the Pharaoh exit. Prince Anu goes to the window and gazes out with sadness and pity on his face.

EXT. DESERT – DAY

Hundreds of ANCIENT EGYPTIAN CIVILIANS are constructing the beginnings of pyramids in the hot sun. They’re all dressed in white, moving mindlessly with the same blank stare painted on all of their faces. No one says a word. LAYLA, a 21-year-old female with light brown hair and green eyes, becomes the focus of the scene.

INT. PALACE BASEMENT – DUSK

GUARDS clothed in black accompany lines of civilian slaves, who are moving into an underground room in the Royal Place.

GUARD #1
Attention all! The gracious Pharaoh, in all his divinity, has offered you a portion of his palace. We will serve bread before you resort to your quarters; file in quickly now…

Layla and KIT, a small female in her early 20s with short black hair are the last two people in line. Suddenly, they both snap out of their mindless demeanors and look at each other in panic and confusion. Kit grabs Layla’s arm and quickly hurries her out of the room.

The Mark of Glory

Eli Marshall, a starting-out talk show host, seeks out magical forces to acquire more fame and experiences the trials of stardom; Kanye West tries and fails to hail a cab.


FLASHBACK:
INT. TALK SHOW SET – DAY
Eli sits in a chair on the set of a talk show called “The Grapevine.” He adjusts a LAPEL MICROPHONE on his shirt. The show’s producer NORA, a quirky, British woman in her 50s, overlooks the set from the control room.

NORA
(Half-yawning) Okay Eli get ready. We’re live in 5, 4, 3…

A bead of sweat drips down Eli’s forehead as he fidgets.

NORA
2, 1…

DEEP MALE VOICE (O.S.)
Welcome to The Grapevine! Here’s your latest entertainment news from our newest host, Eli Marshall. Remember…you heard it through us!

Recorded applause begins, along with scattered claps from a sparse LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE.

ELI
Good morning. Today we’ll start the show off by chatting with ZOE HARPER, the star of HBO’s popular psychological drama “Violence, Sex and Action.” The show was recently called ’America’s favorite story’ by The New York Times. Welcome Zoe!!

Upbeat music begins to play, Eli smiles and turns to the stage entrance but no one comes out. The crowd waits about 20 seconds in anticipation.

AUDIENCE MEMBER #1 (Shouting)
Um, where is she?!

NORA
(Through Eli’s head set) Her agent just paged us that she’s not showing. Typical Harper. Apologize for the confusion and welcome our next guest.

Eli gulps as another bead of sweat runs down his cheek.

ELI
I-It appears there’s been some confusion regarding our guest, but we’ll move right along to our next guest instead: one of the first and most-respected U.S. television producers, SUE KATO!

Audience Member #1 and AUDIENCE MEMBER #2 glance at each other.

AUDIENCE MEMBER #2 (Whispering)
Isn’t she like 90 now?!

Same upbeat music begins. Sue, a small, elderly woman, slowly makes her way onto the stage. Eli helps her to her chair.

ELI
It’s an honor to have you here today Mrs. Kato. I’m a big fan.
Sue adjusts her HEARING AID, high-pitched microphone feedback is heard.

SUE
Yes, yes you are a big man.

Eli starts to speak but is cut off.

SUE
You know these celebrity talk shows didn’t exist at the height of my career. If you ask me, they’re not doing anything for anyone.

NORA
Just smile and nod. We’re cutting to commercial.

END FLASHBACK

INT. MAGIC SHOP – DAY
ELI Today was my second day as The Grapevine’s host, and I’m already a laughing stock.

ROMA
If fame is what you seek my child, you should know it is not to be taken lightly. It is a powerful element with the ability to consume a person entirely.

ELI
I know, but this could mean more than fame…financial security, happiness. I actually enjoy this job, and I’m atrocious.

When she doesn’t answer immediately, he starts to get up.

ROMA
There may be something: a ritual, called ’The Mark of Glory.’ When performed, it will bestow Glory’s Mark upon the chosen recipient. They will then be able to harness fame from those they touch, but as a result will take all fame away from the original owner.

ELI
How long does it take? What will it involve?

ROMA
Be patient, Eli. First you must understand the ramifications of such magic. You will be altering the course of other people’s lives, not just your own.

Eli begins to pace back and forth in front of Roma’s desk.

ELI (Excitedly)
Yes, things will change, but think of it could mean. If this works, I’ll be able to give you the finest jewels and clothes, send you to exotic places, even pay off the mortgage on this shop!

Roma looks pensively into the distance for a moment.
DAYDREAM:
EXT. EXOTIC ISLAND – DAY
Roma is on a beach in a lounge chair, wearing vibrant clothes. The sun shines high and bright. ISLAND MEN are rotating between feeding her grapes, giving her a foot massage, and lifting a Pina Colada to her lips.

ISLAND MAN #1
You know he’ll end up asking you to reverse the spell. What’s the point of ruining some peoples’ lives for nothing?

ROMA
Why must spirit guides always doubt? It will not be for nothing! I either get this:

Roma motions to her surroundings.

ROMA
Or my nephew learns a very valuable lesson.

END DAYDREAM
INT. MAGIC SHOP – DAY

ROMA
Then so it will be done.

 

Optimism

I made this video in high school to be used as part of my application for the 2012 Film Fest Committee, which is a group of approximately 10 seniors who shoot, direct and edit the school’s annual film fest.

Davidson Film Fest 2012

Film Fest 2012 is a hilarious adventure through time and space as 12 high school students are sent into five different dimensions from a 5-dimensional camera meltdown. The students know nothing about each other, but must quickly work together to solve their problems and fix what the 5D camera has set in motion.

Written, directed and produced by: Joshua Walz, Denise Blough, Turner Roof, Zach Wilke, Weston Lundquist, Whitney Weadock, Kelly McManamon, Matt Snyder, Nate Evans, Molly Mrofchak, Adam Mosely, Jared Truxall

Music by: Nate Evans, Weston Lundquist, Denise Blough, Matt Snyder, The Doors, The Beatles, The Bee gees and Spoon.

(Film Fest 2012 claims no rights or ownership to the copyrighted music presented in the film)