Hey Dr. Jones, no time for love!


As a kid from the 80's, I love me some Indy. Who doesn't? I did this script as an exercise a few months back. A couple of ideas went through my head but I thought I'd do an Indy script about those lost years during W.W.II. I had a lot of fun with it. By the way, the awesome piece of art here is from a fantastic artist by the name of Mathew Reynolds. Here's a link to his deviant Art gallery http://batfish73.deviantart.com/. There are some cool things to see there. In the mean time, enjoy...

Indiana Jones and the Prison of the Rising Sun

Page 1: 4 panels

Panel 1: Wide, low angle shot looking up toward a jungle mountain peak at day. The peak is covered in thick, lush jungle.

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Panel 2: Wide, high angle shot looking down on a Japanese-run POW camp. A tall, wooden watch tower dominates the scene. It’s made from bamboo and other wood from the jungle. Several armed Japanese soldiers keep look out. On the ground below are American prisoners hard at work on a railroad line that is etched through the jungle. A small steam engine locomotive sits on the track with several open cargo cars attached to it. The POWs carry railroad ties, wheelbarrows, pick axes, shovels. It’s a scene of intense manual labor below. Armed guards are everywhere. Some are beating on a fallen prisoner. Others hold prisoners at gun point. It’s a desperate image.

Caption(Positioned at the lower left hand corner of the panel): South Pacific, 1943

Panel 3: Medium shot of a Japanese soldier patrolling the camp armed with a bayoneted rifle. He’s looking down at something that’s caught his attention.

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Panel 4: Angle on the legs of two Japanese soldiers who have clearly been killed by someone. Their bodies are hidden by several large crates of a camp stockpile.

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Panel 5: Angle on the soldier as he screams for help.

Soldier:

Page 2: 4 Panels

Panel 1: Large panel. Wide angle shot of a massive explosion underneath the wooden watchtower. The watchtower is leaning in mid-topple. Splintered wood, bodies, and debris fly everywhere. The concusion rocks the entire prison camp.

SFX: KA-BOOM

Panel 2: Medium shot of a group of soldiers as they run toward the explosion. They wave their arms, calling on other soldiers to help.

Soldier:

Soldier:

Panel 3: Angle on the group of soldiers as they are mowed down by machine gun fire. Their uniforms are ripped to shreds as the bullets perforate them.

Soldier: Gaaah!

SFX: RAT TAT TAT TAT TAT TAT TAT

Panel 4: Angle on a group of American prisoners as they emerge from the jungle tree line. Their machine guns are raised, still smoking from the onslaught. At the center of the rag-tag group is Indiana Jones. He’s not the Indy we know and love. He wears a prisoner’s outfit. He’s dirty and ragged, with heavy beard stubble. He looks worn from captivity. But he still has the look of a hero in his eyes. The men behind him seem to hang on is every word.

Prisoner 1: I think you used too much explosives, Captain.

Indy: Not a chance.

Indy: Come one. We’ve got to be on that train before the cavalry gets here.

Page 3: 5 panels

Panel 1: Angle on Indy as he strikes a Japanese soldier in the head with the butt of his rifle. Behind him, other prisoners rebel against the guards.

SFX: Thak!

Panel 2: Medium shot as Indy and his group of rebels fire on a group of soldiers trying to flank them.

Indy: Move! Get on the damn train!

SFX: RAT TAT TAT TAT TAT

Panel 3: Angle on Prisoner 1. He waves on to other prisoners. Behind him, the men help each other load in to the train cars.

Prisoner 1: Let’s go boys! First stop, Brooklyn, New York!

Panel 4: Medium shot as two Japanese personnel trucks (http://www.lonesentry.com/articles/ttt/pics/japanese-ww2-military-vehicles/fig3-japanese-military-truck-ww2.jpg) race toward us through the jungle. Both trucks are packed with soldiers.

SFX: VRRROOOOMMMM

Panel 5: Close on Indy as he climbs in the engine. He’s looking back toward us. He’s not too pleased.

Indy: Oh, great.

Indy: We’ve got company!

Page 4: 6 panels

Panel 1: Wide, high angle shot above and behind the speeding, rickety train as the two trucks race along both sides of it. The train rockets down the tracks in reverse. The prisoners open fire. The Japanese answer right back. Bullets rip in every direction. It’s a raging fire fight on board the train. A rocket is fired by one of the men in the truck. It impacts just in front of the train, sending dirt and debris skyward.

SFX: RAT TAT TAT TAT TAT TAT TAT TAT TAT

SFX: BLAM BLAM

SFX: KA-CHOW

SFX: FOOM

Panel 2: Angle on troops from one truck as they hurl grenades onto the train cars. (http://www.quanonline.com/military/military_reference/japanese/wwii_equipment/type97_granade.jpg )

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Panel 3: Angle on the Indy and the prisoners as they struggle to throw the grenades off the train car.

Prisoner 1: Grenades!

Indy: Get ‘em out! Move!

Panel 4: Angle on the train as grenades burst in mid –air and along the tracks.

SFX: BOOM BOOM

SFX: KA-BOOM

Panel 5: Angle on a Japanese soldier as he hurls a large grenade toward us.

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Panel 6: Angle on Indy as he bats the grenade out of the air with his rifle.

SFX: Thak!

Page 5: 5 panels

Panel 1: Angle on the driver of one of the trucks as the grenade has landed in his lap. He’s a bit surprised.

SFX: Flop!

Panel 2: Angle on the truck as the cab explodes and the truck goes crashing into the jungle with its men on board.

SFX: KA-BOOM

SFX: AIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Panel 3: Close on Indy who is quite impressed with himself.

Indy: Ha!

Panel 4: Angle on the side of the train as it is ripped apart by heavy machine gun fire coming from the sky. Sparks and chunks of the train fly off.

SFX: FOOM FOOM FOOM FOOM FOOM

Panel 5: Low angle shot from inside the train car as a Japanese Zero fighter plane pulls up from its attack overhead. (http://www.aikensairplanes.com/blue%20box/bbi_21265.jpg ). Indy and another prisoner duck in the foreground.

Prisoner 1: Jesus! They’ve got planes now!

Indy: Well you didn’t think they’d let us off that easy, did you?

SFX: VRRROOOOMMM

Page 6: 5 panels

Panel 1: Wide angle shot from behind a Japanese soldier inside the bed of the truck. He has fired another rocket that impacts the side of the train.

SFX: FOOOSH

SFX: THOOM

Panel 2: Angle on Indy. He’s got an idea in his eye. Other prisoners duck behind him.

Prisoner: It’s coming back!

Indy: We’re gonna need that rocket.

Panel 3: Wide angle shot as Indy leaps from the train toward the troop transport. He fires his machine gun in mid air.

SFX: RAT TAT TAT TAT TAT

Panel 4: Indy lands on top of the soldiers in the truck. There’s gunfire!

SFX: BLAM BLAM

SFK: THAK

Panel 5: Angle on Indy as he punches out one of the soldiers.

SFX: FAP

Page 7: 4 Panels

Panel 1: Wide, high angle shot of the train as it is riddled with heavy caliber machine gunfire from the Zero. Tracer rounds rain down toward the tracks. Impact craters are forming all over the train and the ground around it. It’s a violent scene as the train limps on.

SFX: FOOM FOOM FOOM FOOM FOOM FOOM

Panel 2: Medium, low angle shot behind Indy as he fires the grenade launcher.

SFX: FOOSH

Panel 3: Low angle shot as the Zero explodes from the impact.

SFX: KA-BOOM

Panel 4: Low angle shot as the fiery plane flies over the prisoners’ heads.

SFX: FROOOSH

Page 8: 5 panels

Panel 1: Angle on Indy as he leaps from the truck toward the train.

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Panel 2: Angle on the dumbfounded truck driver .

Driver: Huh?

Panel 3: Angle on Indy as he hangs on the side of the train. He gives a crooked grin and salutes the driver in proper military fashion as the prisoners cheer behind him.

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Panel 4: Angle on the truck as it drives off a jungle cliff as the train heads out over a bridge.

SFX: AIIIEEEEEEEE!

Panel 5: Wide-angle shot as the train rides off into the sunset.

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2 comments:

Mike Exner III | February 17, 2010 at 8:25 AM

This was a nice script, Mike. Good pacing, and plenty of killer action. The only thing I'd crit is the lack of room some of your panels would have to breathe. I'm thinking in particular Panel 2 of Page One and Panel 1 of Page Four. Those are both crammed full of detail on pages with a pretty high panel count. You'd really be hamstringing your artist a bit there, I think.

mloniewski | February 17, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Great point, Mike. On page 1 especially, there are two wide angle shots. That could present a problem. Thanks for taking a look and giving some great feedback!

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