GHOST HUNT: PYRAMID POLTERGEIST

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All the participants of the Fighting Words/Boulder Media Animation Summer Camp 2018

INT. JACK’S BEDROOM - DAY

One morning on a nice day, Jack was sitting on his bed and talking to his best friend Buddy the dog.

  1. NARRATOR

One morning on a nice day, Jack was sitting on his bed and talking to his best friend Buddy the dog.

  1. JACK

I can do it! I’m telling you!

Buddy the dog rolled his eyes. He was bored. He was lying on the ground beside the bed.

  1. JACK (CONT’D)

I’ll show you! I can make these two shoes talk.

  1. NARRATOR

Jack was so lonely from having no friends for the past 12 years of life, that he started to imagine that objects were coming to life and being his friends.

Jack took his pair of runners out from under the bed. They were brown and worn out at the soles, looking kind of black. One of the shoes had their shoelaces perfectly tied, while the other had laces all over the place. Jack focused on the shoes.

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Talk!

JACK

but nothing happened.

Jack scrunched up his eyes and in the background he could hear noise of children playing on the street. As Jack was concentrating, he turned to look out the window at his two neighbours messing outside.

  1. TROY

Those kids outside are really annoying.

Jack thought it was one of the twins from the outside.

  1. ROY

That’s not very nice.

  1. TROY

What do you know, lace-face!

The shoes (Troy and Roy) had come to life with the same personality as the neighbour kids.

Jack realised the shoes were alive and <GASPED> - he turned to Buddy with a smug look on his face.

The dog had no words; he just had his mouth hanging open. In that moment, Buddy almost choked on a fly.

Just then, Jack heard a <THUD> upstairs in the attic.

  1. GREAT GRANNY

Ow! I stubbed my toe!

Jack ran out of his room to see if the ladder had been pulled down from the attic.

 

INT. LANDING - DAY

It had been, so he yelled up

  1. JACK

Mom, are you up there?

A pair of false teeth fell from the attic and landed beside Jack’s feet.

  1. GREAT GRANNY

(from the teeth)

Yes, I’m definitely up here. I’m definitely your mother.

  1. TROY AND ROY

Aahhhhh?!?!

The shoes were startled and tripped Jack up, causing him to land on the false teeth.

Jack looked up and saw the majestic outline of his great granny, but just then the ghost of the great-granny tumbled down from the attic. She plucked the false teeth from his forehead and put them back in.

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Granny?!

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JACK

GREAT GRANNY

Great-Granny! Because I am indeed great!

  1. JACK

But I thought you...

  1. GREAT GRANNY

...choked on a tea cake and died? Well yes, I did, but I just love them soo much!

Jack stared at her then at Buddy.

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GROOWLLL

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BUDDY

JACK

So you’re a g,g,g...

  1. GREAT GRANNY

...a ghost. Yes, yes, Jack- you’re a very observant boy. Listen, now that you’ve found me, I need your help.

Granny handed Jack a pretty small looking list of things. Jack thought that the list looked like a piece of cake. He noticed all of the things on the list were simple.

  1. JACK

(reading)

Get a teacake... walk the dog. This all seems pretty simple...

The list unfolded into a two-meter long list

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Oh..

JACK (CONT’D)

Jack saw the last item on the list.

  1. JACK (CONT’D)

RETRIEVE CLEOPATRA’S SAPPHIRE NECKLACE!!!?!?

Jack got a little bit mad at his resident ghost.

  1. JACK (CONT’D)

I just met you! I don’t know who you are and you want to send me to get some stolen necklace? Are you insane?

The ghost was taken aback.

  1. GREAT GRANNY

That is no way to speak to your great granny! If you don’t do everything on this list I will rest in peace! Besides, I won that necklace fair and square in a game of Olympic tidily-winks!

  1. JACK

Yeah, but why can’t you get it yourself?

  1. GREAT GRANNY

Because a ghost can’t take a ‘left behind’ object.

(MORE)

GREAT GRANNY (CONT'D)

A family member must retrieve it. That’s why you must get it.

  1. JACK

Alright, but what’s in it for me?

  1. GREAT GRANNY

If you do this for me, I shall get you a proper friend, not some dumb dog.

  1. BUDDY

(angry) Woof woof!

The fly flew out of his throat.

  1. JACK

Ok, I’ll help you as long as you help me get a friend. Deal?

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Deal.

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GREAT GRANNY

JACK

So where’s the necklance?

  1. GREAT GRANNY

Why it’s in Egypt of course!

Jack looked down at his feet.

  1. JACK

Ok shoes, is there any way you can get me to Egypt?

  1. TROY

Let’s go!!!

  1. ROY

Woah, woah ,woah, Jacky boy, you’re not going anywhere. You have school tomorrow.

  1. GREAT GRANNY

I NEED that necklace, otherwise I’ll be a ghost forever.

Now us ghosts have a way of getting places you just kind of –

She jabbed at the air with her stick. Eventually she created a swirl of purple dust in the air.

  1. GREAT GRANNY (CONT’D)

Now you stay safe you two!

She said as she shoved a map in Buddy’s mouth and pushed him into the portal.

EXT. EGYPT - DAY

Jack awoke to find Buddy licking his face and one of his shoes (Roy) <CRYING>. He looked around and could see sand and palm trees and pyramids. His memories came flooding back to him and he stood up and screamed

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AHHH!

JACK

Buddy looked unimpressed. Roy stopped crying

  1. TROY

Nice one kid.

Jack headed over to the closest pyramid <BARKED> It read ‘Cleopatra’.

  1. JACK

Look Buddy, this must be where the necklace is. The name Cleopatra reminds me of Cleo in my class. You know, the athletic one?

Buddy looked at Jack suspiciously. But it was too late. Jack had used his power again to bring objects to life!The ground started to shake inside the tomb and Jack realised he’d been touching the wall.

The ground started to shake and the tomb grew legs and started to run. It had a new mouth where the entrance used to be.

  1. PYRAMID

I need to train for my race!

Buddy opened his mouth in shock <GASP> and choked on a cockroach.

  1. JACK

Catch that tomb!!!

As the pyramid started to run, he suddenly spotted a palm tree beneath his feet. Before he could react, he had fallen over.

  1. PYRAMID

Ow, my nose!

He rubbed the top of his head and ended up hurting his hand.

  1. PYRAMID (CONT’D)

Ow, my hand!

The pyramid choked in the sand and coughed up the sapphire necklace. Jack ran towards the necklace and grabbed it. He was delighted.

 

  1. JACK

Now I have the necklace, and great granny has to get me a friend.

 

Jack landed with a <THUD> back into the kitchen. His ghostly great grandmother was sitting with a tea-cake in her hand.

Jack placed the sapphire necklace on the kitchen table.

 

  1. GREAT GRANNY

Just one bite left.

 

She put the tea-cake in her mouth and swallowed it whole. She placed the ancient sapphire necklace around her neck and smiled,

 

  1. GREAT GRANNY (CONT’D)

Now, for my part of the deal!

 

Granny stood up and started doing a weird hypnotic dance. She scrunched up her face and started waving her arms.

 

  1. GREAT GRANNY (CONT’D)

Ow, my back!

 

Then she picked up her stick, walked over to Buddy and hit him on the head. The dog whimpered,

 

  1. BUDDY

Bowow..OWWW! What do you have against dogs?!

 

  1. JACK

Oh my god Buddy, you can talk!

 

  1. BUDDY

My name is Buster. Why did you call me Buddy all those years?

 

  1. JACK

 

I named you Buddy, because I always wanted a...

 

  1. BUDDY

... buddy? Well you’ve got one now!

Jack and Buddy hugged.

 

  1. NARRATOR

Jack had finally found a friend.

 

  1. GREAT GRANNY

Am I good or am I great?

Granny put on a pair of sunglasses and ate one more tea-cake!