Around the World in 80 Days – ‘Around the Universe in 80 years’ by Simon Schneider



 

EXT. SUBURBAN BACKYARD TO WORKING CLASS HOME. AFTERNOON.

 

Looking slightly glum a young boy sits on his swing, it

undulates back and forth with little enthusiasm.

 

He looks to the sky letting his mind wander and as he does

his feet kick to the ground for momentum. He swings.

 

At the apex he flings himself, but doesn’t stop. He flies.

 

The boy sails into the sky- As he does bits of metal and

wood gather to his sides. They slowly form a basic plane.

 

WHHIRR. The noisy propeller tears through clouds in a red

sky. Wind whips through the boys hair, he feels alive.

 

As the plane climbs higher streets and houses become little

more than lines and blocks. FWICK. The propeller hurtling to

the ground.

 

The plane deconstructs in mid-air however more streamlined

metallic pieces glide to surround the boy.

 

He flies a fighter jet soaring at an incredible speed. It

twists and loops like mechanical acrobatics.

 

Above him, the majestic moon takes the boy’s interest. The

jet curls up and adjusts trajectory. One of its jets falls.

 

Pieces break off the jet and descend only to be replaced by

more sophisticated technical pieces of something big…

 

EXT. THE BLACK INFINITY OF SPACE. AFTERNOON.

 

Apollo 11. It pierces the atmosphere, in the cockpit

determination flickers on the boy’s face.

 

The shuttle dissembles and its velocity becomes a gentle

float. As he nears the boy extends his hand as if to grab.

 

MOTHER(O.S)

Neil? Dinners ready.

EXT. SUBURBAN BACKYARD TO WORKING CLASS HOME. AFTERNOON.

 

Feet dig into the ground as the swing comes to a halt.

 

A silhouetted female figure stands at the door of the house,

waiting. NEIL gets leaves now less glum.

 

Before entering he takes one last glance at the moon.