Trapped – An Homage to Alfred Hitchcock

SCENE ONE

INT KITCHEN SHOT – MORNING

A young woman stands at a stove. She is blonde, patrician, with cheeks like sherbet. She is making breakfast.

Her husband, played by RYAN GOSLING sits at the table reading the paper. Their child TOMMY is in a high chair next to him, banging his spoon.

CLOSE SHOT OF PAPER – It is the Prairie Grove Dispatch. The headline says, “SHOVEL-READY AND RARING TO GO.”

RYAN GOSLING: You should take Tommy out today, darling. The two of you have been cooped up for nearly a week.

WIFE: We’re finally feeling better now. I’m going to run some errands and take him to the park!

RYAN GOSLING: Sounds swell, dear.

SCENE TWO

INT SHOT – CAR

WIFE is in driver’s seat; we can see baby in car seat in back.

EXT SHOT – STREET

Through the front windshield we watch the movement down a pleasant residential suburban street, then out onto the main road.

INT SHOT – CAR

WIFE: Isn’t this exciting, Tommy? We’re getting out of the house.

EXT SHOT – STREET

Brake lights are lit in front of them for an indeterminate length. There is a large flashing traffic arrow indicating a lane closure.

INT SHOT – CAR

WIFE: (her good mood faltering) Oh, dear. This is going to take longer than I thought.

EXT SHOT – STREET

We watch for a few minutes as the cars inch slowly forward.

INT SHOT – CAR

WIFE sighs and rests her creamy cheek on her well-manicured hand, looking beautifully distressed.

SCENE THREE

INT SHOT – KITCHEN  – THAT EVENING

WIFE is by the stove, making dinner. RYAN GOSLING is at the table and TOMMY is in his high chair. RYAN GOSLING is feeding TOMMY.

RYAN GOSLING: How was the park today, dear?

WIFE: We never made it to the park. There was construction on Cherry Blossom Drive today.

RYAN GOSLING: You could have gone around on Downers’ Circle.

WIFE: Oh. I didn’t think of that.

SCENE FOUR

INT SHOT – CAR – NEXT DAY

WIFE slides into the front seat and look back at TOMMY in the car seat through the rearview mirror.

WIFE: Today, it’s the park, Tommy!

EXT SHOT – STREET

We are looking out the front windshield at the same row of brake lights as before.

INT SHOT – CAR

WIFE: It’s okay! Father suggested we could take Downers’ Circle!

EXT SHOT – STREET

We watch the street as she turns the car around.

INT SHOT – CAR

WIFE smiles jauntily at TOMMY as they drive.

CLOSE SHOT – STREET SIGN.

A green street sign that says Downers’ Circle.

EXT SHOT – STREET

There are traffic cones and a cop redirecting traffic.

INT SHOT – CAR

WIFE looks defeated.

SCENE FIVE

INT SHOT – KITCHEN A decidedly more morose-looking wife is at the stove.

RYAN GOSLING: You didn’t make it to the park again?

WIFE: No. Downers’ Circle was also closed. I think I’ll try the library tomorrow.

SCENE SIX

INT SHOT – CAR

WIFE adults her rearview mirror, looking apprehensive. TOMMY coos in his car seat.

EXT SHOT – LIBRARY

The camera zooms in on a sign that says, “Closed for Renovations.”

SCENE SEVEN

INT SHOT – KITCHEN – EVENING

All characters look vaguely defeated.

SCENE EIGHT

INT SHOT – KITCHEN – MORNING

Everyone’s in the same places they always are in the kitchen – WIFE at stove, RYAN GOSLING at table, TOMMY in high chair.

RYAN GOSLING: Try to go somewhere today, darling. It’s not good for you and Tommy to just stay home all day.

WIFE: (nods bravely)

TRACKING SHOT – RYAN GOSLING

RYAN GOSLING ties his shoes, gets his coat, and walks out the front door.

CLOSE SHOT – WIFE’S FACE

We see her register his departure. We hear his car start and drive away.

WIFE: Okay, Tommy, Mommy is just going to put the dishes away and then we’ll get going, okay?

CLOSE SHOT – TOMMY

We watch Tommy playing to the sounds of dishes being put away. Then WIFE’S arms come into the shot and lift TOMMY out of the high chair.

TRACKING SHOT – WIFE’S BACK

We see WIFE from the back, holding TOMMY, walking towards the front hall

EXT SHOT – FRONT LAWN THROUGH THE WINDOW

There is now police tape up and down the street; WIFE’s driveway is blocked.

CLOSE SHOT – WIFE’S FACE

A single tear trickles down her cheek.

SCENE NINE

INT SHOT – KITCHEN – EVENING

Stone faces all around.

SCENE TEN

INT SHOT – BEDROOM – MORNING

WIFE is on the bed, crying softly. A crisp linen handkerchief is clutched in her hand.

WIFE: I can’t get out! I can’t get out!

THE CAMERA PULLS BACK to reveal police tape and orange cones surrounding the door to her bedroom. It pulls back further and we see RYAN GOSLING holding TOMMY, looking into the bedroom at his WIFE. We can’t see his face

THE END

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Sorry, folks. The amount of construction going on around my house – in every possible direction – is making me a tiny bit nuts.

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