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THE HEIGHT

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Rodrigo Rivas

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THE HEIGHT

EXT. BEIJING 2050-NIGHT

The city’s landscape is dark and foggy, a mixture of smog and

a cloudy depressing night. Only shinning lights from the

giant high risers are visible. Buildings about 500 floors are

the place where the rich live, as you descend level by level

you arrive to the bottom where the poor and neglected

struggle and manage to survive. The city’s structure is

modeled after an apartment building. There is a mini city on

each level, the higher you are the richer and safer. The top

levels are clean, fresh air, modern vibrant cities. From one

of the screens on the high risers, we see a special report.

REPORTER #1

Special Report. Finally, the most

anticipated building project was

approved. This is great exciting

news for the habitants of Beijing.

The Babel Tower project was

approved. Let’s go live to the site

where the new project will be

built.

The camera goes to the monitor showing a group of protesters

in front of the spot where the project will be build.

LIVE REPORTER

Yes, it is a reality, the project

was approved with 50 in favor and

49 against it. The project name is

The Babel Tower and it’s schedule

to begin construction next month

and to be finished in five years.

As you all know is been a hard and

long battle to get the project

approve, activist, religious and

environment groups campaigned

strongly to stop the project, but

tonight they’re defeated.

The reporter turns to the protesters.

LIVE REPORTER (CONT’D)

(to TOM WELLS physicist from

Beijing Research Center)

Why do you oppose this project?

TOM WELLS

We are reaching heights never

tought before, when we reach a

certain level the molecules and the

physics’ laws may not apply the

same way anymore, I’m just

suggesting more time and

investigation instead of rushing.

LIVE REPORTER

Thank yo Professor. What about you

sir, why are you against this

project?

PROTESTER

(holding a bible)

This is not right, we’ve gone too

far. Only god can reach heaven.

He’s the only one entitled, he

chooses us. The environmental

impact that it will have on the

planet is unknown, and it’s always

the same more for the rich and

privileged.

Back to the Studio.

REPORTER #1

The new city’s landmark should be

finished and the cost will be

covered by private investors.

REPORTER #2

Wow, that will certainly be an

exclusive place. Are you going to

invite me to golf?

REPORTER #1

If a miracle happens and I can

afford it, you’ll be my first

guest, but that’s a big IF.

They both laugh as the frame goes dark.

EXT. BUILDING SITE-DAY

The news media is at the site where construction is to start.

There is a group of protesters, but the police force is

strong and tough.

2.

PROTESTERS

(chanting)

Only god chooses us! He’s the only

one in heaven!...

The city’s major gives the go ahead to start the project.

Everyone congratulates each other as the protesters are kept

away from the cameras.

EXT. THE BABEL TOWER 2055-DAY

We see the The Babel Tower, almost completed, a one thousand

floors high building, made of special materials and

reinforced iron made transparent with floating boxes that

make you feel that you're walking in the clouds, a dreamlike

sensation. The beautiful glass structure disappears into the

dirty clouds.

INT. THE BABEL TOWER-DAY

Inside the 999th floor we see a worker, Kim, 37 average

construction worker, inside the floating glass enclosed

balcony he notices a bolt that is not properly screwed.

KIM

(to the other workers)

Hey, this bolt needs to be

adjusted.

Nobody pays attention to him. Kim goes up the latter and

reaches to push the bolt in, but as he touches the bolt with

his drill, he banishes. No one notices he's gone everyone is

busy performing different tasks.

INT. THE BABEL TOWER-DAY

A couple of hours, the Kim appears laying on the balcony’s

floor, scratches all over his face. Nobody notices him until

he gets up. Another worker is talking to him, but he can’t

stand the noise and covers his ears. He walks toward the

window and opens it. The other worker anticipating what’s

about to happen, screams at him, but it’s too late. He opens

the window and jumps out.

INT. THE BABEL TOWER-DAY

Beijing 2057, the building is finished, In the 999th floor we

see Jerome and MIHN ROE, Jerome, 35,White, tall and handsome

and Mihn, 29 Asian features, exotic and sophisticated.

3.

JEROME

Mihn, are you ready honey? I don’t

want to be late.

From the other room.

MIHN

Coming, I’m saying goodbye to the

kids.

Mihn comes in followed by their two kids, ALEXA, 2 and BILLY

7. Jerome is watching Tom Wells on TV.

TOM WELLS

(being interviewed by host) I’ve

been researching and experimenting

with the effects of heights and the

impact they have on our bodies.

Alternate realities can exist. The

multiuniverse is infinite, think of

it as a honeycomb of possible

universes. You may be aware of only

one universe right now, but suppose

that the others exist in some

alternate dimensions, and you just

aren’t aware of them.

Mihn notices Jerome is very interested watching the

interview. She hits pause on the remote.

MIHN

Jerome, not again. You know this

subject matter makes me very

nervous.

JEROME

I told you have nothing to worry

about. I find this guy very

persistent with his theories, he’s

entertaining.

MIHN

I don’t know. It’s weird how some

of our neighbors were suddenly

gone. Never saw them again. Do you

know who owned this place before

us.

JEROME

You know, some rich investor that

never bother to live here. What

about our ex neighbors that we are

still in contact with?

4.

He hits play again and the interview continues. Jerome is

staring at the TV very intensely.

HOST

Do you really believe in dimensions

along ours? Do you think that by

having these high structures we

take the risk of interacting or

getting tangled into a different

dimension.

TOM WELLS

We have mathematical proof that

other dimensions exist. If we had

the technology, to access a

dimension, we don’t know if that

space follows the same physical

rules as our space. What about if

that door is being opened, but from

the other side? Again, I have

reports that had been kept very

quiet about these events happening.

The Towers corporation is kept

these report buried and don’t want

anyone to know about it.

As Jerome hears Mihn coming into the kitchen he turns the tv

off. Mihn arrives with Alexia in arms.

MIHN

It’s so hard to leave her, even

when it’s just for a few hours.

JEROME

Yes, I know, but if I don’t get on

time for my meeting we may not be

able to afford this nice place and

for you to work from home.

MIHN

Oh, I know honey. Life is good.

Where is Silvia?

Mihn calls Silvia as she leaves the room.

JEROME

Billy, are you ready to go? Laptop

and card for the cafeteria?

BILLY

Yes, I got it and got it. I can

take care of myself you know.

5.

JEROME

I know, but every once in a while

is good to make sure.

They get interrupted by Mihn followed by their maid Silvia,

47, Asian American, kind and loving face.

MIHN

Don’t forget to give her her

medication and make sure the

windows are closed at all the

times, don’t let her eat junk food,

remember only organic foods, and

Mihn is interrupted by Jerome.

JEROME

Mihn, she knows, let’s go.

BILLY

Is good to check once in a while,

dad.

Jerome laughs.

JEROME

Smart ass. Let’s go.

MIHN

(to Silvia)

I’m sorry, I just hate to leave, I

know you’ll take care of her.

SILVIA

Don’t worry Mihn. I will take care

of her. Enjoy your day.

They all leave.

SILVIA (CONT’D)

Alexa, honey, are you hungry? What

do you want for breakfast?

Alexa doesn’t answer, she’s too busy playing video games.

Silvia picks her up and sits her on the high chair. Alexa

doesn’t realize what’s happening, her attention is one

hundred percent on the gadget.

SILVIA (CONT’D)

What about some delicious cheerios

to start your day?

ALEXIA

No. I’m not hungry.

6.

Silvia pours milk over the cereal and takes the game from

Alexa.

SILVIA

(taking the video game away from

Alexia)

Eat and then you can have your game

back.

ALEXIA

Okay.

Alexia starts to eat and Silvia goes around doing her daily

shores. She sets the smart vacum cleaner and loads the

dishes. As Silvia is cleaning the counter top her attention

is directed towards one of the corners in the balcony, the

same one with the unfitted bolt.

SILVIA

(to herself)

Is that a spider web? It can’t be,

I clean everyday. It wasn’t there

yesterday.

She goes into the closet and grabs a duster and a latter. She

sets the latter on next to the glass wall and starts to

climb. She’s reaching up to the corner Alexia stops her.

ALEXIA

(wiht a very loud scream)

Silvia! My game, look I’m done.

Silvia looks back at Alexa and ignores her. She climbs one

more step on the latter and reaches up with the duster. As

she is removing the dirt-like substance the latter shakes and

she tries to hold on to it, but she’s about to fall, she

makes an effort to stabilize herself by pushing on the wall,

but she suddenly banishes and the duster crashes on the

floor. All we hear is Alexa’s crying. On the background we

hear the TV and Alexia.

TOM WELLS

(from the TV interview)

What about if that door is being

open, but from the other side?

ALEXIA

I want my game, Silvia? My game,

now!

She looks around, but sees no one. She tries to get out of

the chair, but she’s buckled and the top secured to the

chair.

7.

ALEXIA (CONT’D)

Where are you?

A couple of hours later Silvia appears, lying on the floor on

the glass box, her face white as snow, but without a scratch.

Alexia's crying forces her to open her eyes.

ALEXIA (CONT’D)

My game, please. Can you give me my

game Silvia?

Silvia covers her ears as she struggles to get up. She walks

we follow her red footsteps left behind on the white shiny

marble.

ALEXIA (CONT’D)

(complaining)

Where did you go Silvia?

She doesn’t answer her, just keep walking towards Alexia.

Alexia opens her arms welcoming Silvia, but Silvia covers

Alexia’s mouth forcing her to stop screaming. We see Alexia's

eyes opening wider and full of horror as Silvia smiles

pleasantly. We hear the doorbell.

MIHN

Silvia? Alexia? What’s going on?

Just as Alexia is about to pass out we hear the door

unlocking and Mihn alarmed enters the loft and rushes towards

Silvia and Alexia.

MIHN (CONT’D)

What happened? Did she get an

asthma attack again? What are you

doing? Have you gone mad?

Mihn grabs Silvia by the arm and pushes her out of the way.

Mihn tries to unbuckle Alexia, but Silvia starts to attack

Mihn, Silvia grabs Mihn by the neck.

MIHN (CONT’D)

(grasping for air)

Silvia, it’s me.

Alexia starts to cry again, this time out of fear. The noise

just make Silvia crazier. Mihn manages to push Silvia onto

the kitchen island, as she crashes she falls to the floor.

MIHN (CONT’D)

Alexia, honey.

8.

Silvia gets up and grabs a knife from the counter and buries

it into her own chest.

Mihn grabs Alexia and calls the building security.

INT. ROE’S LOFT- LATER

The tower’s security arrives and start asking Mihn questions.

SECURITY

Was she behaving differently

lately?

MIHN

No, I work from home and she’s been

great for years. Everything was the

same.

Another agent comes in from Silvia’s room with a bottle of

pills in hand and hands it to him.

SECURITY

I understand, but is there a chance

that she was under medication you

didn’t know about?

MIHN

Absolutely not. She’s been in the

family for over ten years.

SECURITY

Mrs. Roe, I’m not accusing her of

anything, I just have to make sure

we cover every angle.

Jerome arrives.

MIHN

Jerome, where is Billy?

JEROME

He’s fine, I didn’t think it will

be good for him to witness all

this.

MIHN

They suspect that Silvia was

mentally unbalanced. Tell them

that’s not possible.

9.

JEROME

Let me talk to them, you should

relax, this is being too much for

you.

Jerome talks to the detectives investigating the scene.

JEROME (CONT’D)

Did you find the pills?

SECURITY

Yes, we got them. Everything is

under control.

JEROME

(smiling)

Good job.

Frame fades out.

INT. THE ROE’S LOFT-NIGHT

A few days later Billy is fixed onto that loose bolt. He

stands in front of it, staring at it.

INT. THE ROE’S LOFT-LATER

Billy is still staring without moving.

The End

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