EXT. DESERT - DAY
Blue and yellow. That’s all we see. A hilly landscape of sand
dunes. Above, the sun shines with a blinding light over a
perfect blue sky. No cloud. No wind. Nothing.
Except for the lonely and huge high voltage tower, standing
proud in the middle of the burning desert. A gigantic tower
made of steel whose thick cables connect to a twin tower,
then to another, and another, making a path to infinity.
They all look like giant metal men buried in the sand.
The only sound is the slight hum of electricity traveling
through the cables.
A black-throated sparrow flies towards the tower and flaps
its wings before landing on the thick cable. It hops a couple
of times, flutters its wings. It’s a good place to rest.
The electric hum on the cable increases noticeably. The
sparrow looks around, alarmed. Until--
The bird is electrocuted instantly. It’s gray feathers turned
to smokey black. The bird falls to --
EXT. DESERT / ROAD - DAY
-- the side of a dusty road made of asphalt, barely visible
because of the sand accumulated on it.
Unaware of this, an expensive, black sedan roars through the
desert on the middle of the road at full speed, followd by a
dense cloud of sand dust.
The wipers have been used recently to remove the sand from
Don’t **** with me, Tom! I told you
this would happen.
Through the windshield we can see JERRY (40s), grabbing the
wheel with a hand while holding his phone with the other.
INT. JERRY’S CAR - DAY
Jerry’s eyebrows are deeply frown. His knee bounces up and
down while his other foot steps on the gas. He dresses an
expensive business suit, matching the car.
He barks angrily into his high end phone.
I cannot save your ass all the time
you-- No, no, no. Don’t bring the
family bullshit on me.
Jerry, distracted, realizes something in the middle of the
road. He jerks the wheel to avoid impact.
EXT. DESERT / ROAD - DAY
The car narrowly misses a bulky object left in the middle of
the road. It looks like some abandoned metal wreckage.
INT. JERRY’S CAR - DAY
Jerry looks to the road behind him through the rear mirror
trying to figure out what was that but the dust from his own
car hides everything.
He realizes Tom speaking on the phone.
What?-- What the **** are you
doing? Are you begging now?
Jerry turns red with rage.
No, you don’t get it. Are you
****ing begging me? Do not ****ing
beg me, Tom.
Jerry turns off the phone and throws it on the passenger’s
seat. He slaps the wheel furiously.
I ****ing hate beggars, Tom!
Jerry tries to digest his fury. He then notices his own knee
bouncing wildly. His hand darts to his crotch, squeezing
impatiently. He’s sweating, moans lightly.
Jerry looks in the distance and sees a road sign approaching,
his face lights with hope.
THE ROAD SIGN
As it passes Jerry’s car at full speed, it reads: "NEXT REST
AREA: 50 MILES"
BACK TO THE CAR
He puffs, holds to the wheel as if that could prevent the
inevitable. He looks out through the windshield, trying to
His eyes lock on the high power towers. An idea.
EXT. DESERT / TOWER - DAY
From the high tension tower, we see Jerry’s car parked to one
side of the road. The electricity hum is barely audible.
A path of footprints lead to the tower until we see Jerry,
panting and puffing, and holding his crotch.
Jerry arrives to the tower base. He looks up to the top.
It’s a magnificent piece of metallic work. He goes to the
opposite side of the tower and looks around, makes sure
nobody can see him from there. He then realizes there’s
nobody on the road, but hell, too late for that.
He unzips down his trousers and finally all the tension on
his face releases. He sighs.
ON THE GROUND
Jerry’s leak grows towards the feet of the tower. The
electricity hum increases.
Most relaxed man ever. He tilts his head up, closes his eyes.
ON THE GROUND
The leak reaches the tower’s foot, soaks it. Over the
electricity hum, we hear TWISTING METAL screeching.
That was weird. Jerry opens his eyes.
Jerry looks up to the top of the tower. Somehow, the tip has
twisted towards him. The two red operation lights at the top
look strangely like eyes. Eyes that are staring at him!
Jerry cannot believe his eyes. He’s about to say something
-- The tower ROARS in anger.
Jerry quickly zips up and backpedals, confused, but stumbles
with a rock, falls butt on sand.
Jerry looks up to the tower and finds himself staring at the
tower eyes, the two red lights. For a moment, both stare at
each other. Jerry cannot believe his eyes.
Jerry tries to stand up and then the tower ROARS again,
scaring the **** out of Jerry, who looks in terror,
paralyzed, as the tower shakes to one side, then to the
other, with a horrible METAL SCREECH-- until one of the FOOT
breaks free from the concrete base.
Jerry’s eyes open wide, speechless. The tower rises its huge
metal foot over him. Jerry SCREAMS. He jumps to one side
right before the giant foot smashes the ground, missing Jerry
by a few inches.
Jerry stands up and without thinking twice, turns around and
shoots down the dunes towards his car as fast as he can. He
loses a shoe, no time to pick it back. He doesn’t want to
look back as the tower bellows horribly behind him.
When he’s half the distance to his car, he turns around,
exhausted. The tower is still roaring but it cannot release
the other feet. Jerry smiles, relieved.
The tower starts to PULL from its arms. One, then the other,
and again, until a loud SNAP breaks the cables connecting to
the next towers by the middle. Jerry only understands what
the tower tries to do when--
-- the tower thrusts the cables towards Jerry in a shower of
electrical sparkles. The cables hit the ground on both sides
of Jerry, leaving two deep black grooves. He looks at them,
astonished. Then to the tower, who waves the cables in the
air as whips from hell.
Jerry screams, turns around and dashes towards his car. The
tower waves the cables, preparing another attack.
Jerry gets to his car, grabs his keys and tries to open the
door but the keys fall to the ground.
Jerry bends down to pick them up. He raises and puts the key
in the lock when--
-- the tower thrusts the cables and wraps the car with them.
With an effortless move, the tower launches the car into the
sky as if it were a rocket.
Jerry, hopeless, looks up at his flying car, becoming a small
dot in the sky. Disheartened, he turns around and sees how
the tower has freed its other feet and is approaching him
with slow and deep steps that make the ground tremble.
ON ANOTHER PART OF THE DESERT
Jerry’s car, destroyed, falls on top of another tower,
bending its arm before it tumbles to the ground in a cloud of
BACK TO SCENE
The tower looks at Jerry, who knows this is the end. Jerry
falls on his knees, holds his hands together, cries.
I am so sorry. I am so sorry.
Please let me live. I beg you.
Don’t kill me!
The tower waves its cables, sparkles everywhere. It pauses
for a moment, looks at Jerry. Seems to understand what Jerry
is saying. Jerry looks up, a bit of hope.
The Tower’s voice seems to come from a mechanical hell.
I... HATE... BEGGARS.
The Tower prepares the final attack. Jerry, still kneeling,
closes his eyes, bows his head down, ready for the end.
The tower thrusts its cables towards Jerry. A terrible sound
of METAL SCREECHING AND ELECTRIC SPARKS fill the air. Then
Jerry opens his eyes. He’s alive. Or is he? He has no idea
what happened. He looks up and sees the tower’s cables
ENTANGLED with the cables of a tower with a bent arm, the one
who received the impact from the car.
Both towers roar, wrestle, thrust cables at each other,
punching, kicking, pieces of metal fly, sparks everywhere,
the ground shakes as these two giants fight.
Jerry just turns around and starts walking down the road,
alone, his lifeless gaze not looking back, while both towers
ROAR in the distance. It could sound like a strange storm.
(on the phone)
Hey, Tom, buddy, about that money