A dedicated psychiatrist attempts to help a troubled young man who believes he is dead.
What’s real, and what’s illusion? That question’s made for some freaky-a$$ (and lucrative) films over the years. Jacob’s Ladder. Magic. Donny Darko. Fight Club. Bend reality in interesting ways, and you’ll have audiences eating out of your hand. After all, when you can’t even trust your own senses, things can get… interesting.
Take poor Johnny, for instance. Shiftless, twenty-something and confused. He’s been seeing a shrink recently. A total of six visits when the script opens.
His problem? Well, his memory’s not so good anymore. But there IS one other teeny tiny detail. Johnny thinks he’s dead.
Fortunately, there’s a convenient solution in Johnny’s twisted world. Don’t look anyone in the eye, and everything will be okay.
But that damned doctor won’t stop asking questions. And Johnny’s starting to remember – dark and bloody flashes of things.
What’s real and what’s a trick of the mind? You’ll never know ‘til you head down the rabbit hole. But warning’s are in order here: once you do, it’s real hard to stop falling….
Deceptively simple, Cracks is one of those shorts that builds tension as it goes. It’s like hiding your face behind your hands at a scary movie. ‘Cause you gotta peek. Sometime.
About the writer: I’ve been writing for about five years now. I always loved it but managed to get constantly side-tracked by silly things like: finding a real job, getting married, having kids, a mortgage… I finally decided to stop making excuses (not completely) and write “for real”. I’ve made it to the quarter-finals of the Nicholls Fellowship, the semi-finals of the Screencraft Fellowship and the finals of the Industry Insider competition featuring Sheldon Turner. I’m still pretty wet behind the ears, but for the first time in a long time, I actually refer to myself as a writer. I can always be reached at kostak “AT” kostak.com
Budget: Minor. Two main characters, and a room (mostly you just see the floor.) Some effects will be needed for the flashback scenes, but can be tweaked in post.
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