Scene

Bubble

Flight


Brett Walpole

REEL TO REAL

EXT. MIKE AND JOHNNY’S APARTMENT - DAY


CAPTION : FRIDAY MORNING 9AM.


Cameron walks up to guys house carrying just a small back pack and rings on the door bell, he waits for a while and then rings again.  Eventually Johnny comes to the door in a T-shirt and boxer shorts  scratching his head.


JOHNNY

We’re not really up yet, make some coffee.


CAMERON

Get up you lazy Russian!


After some time, Mike and Johnny are up and clothed, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.


CAMERON

Lets get going then boys.



INT. CAR - DAY


Cameron is in the back, he’s tall and doubled up but doesn’t complain.


MIKE

You OK in the back lanky boy?


CAMERON

Its not so bad.


They arrive at the supermarket and park, Cameron unfolds himself from the back seat and they walk to the entrance.



INT. SUPERMARKET - DAY


Johnny takes a trolley and they start walking down the first aisle.  They all have their sunglasses on their heads.


MIKE

Lets get the smokes first.


CAMERON

Good idea.


They go to the cigarette kiosk.


MIKE

Four packs of Marlboro and I’ll take a

lighter too.


JOHNNY

Four packs of Camel filters, oh yeah and

two lighters.  Thank you.


CAMERON

Eight packs of Players Lights.  I better

get three lighters.


They go through the supermarket putting everything they need in the trolley.


MIKE

Now for the barbecue, we’re gonna need steaks and I’m not settling for any rough rump, we need sirloin.


JOHNNY

What about chicken legs.


CAMERON

Throw those legs in there.  We need beer of course, here we go, you like that Granville Island beer yeah?


JOHNNY

Yeah that’s good stuff.  How much will we need?


CAMERON

I figure on ten bottles a day, three days, three of us, that’s


JOHNNY

Ninety bottles.


MIKE

Jesus Cam! Are you nuts? Anyway we can’t carry all of that.


CAMERON

You’re right, we’ll just take fifty.  That’s five of these cases.  We’ll get through ‘em.


JOHNNY

So we’ve got smokes, meat, beer and cigarettes. What else do we need?


CAMERON

I think that about covers it.


JOHNNY

What about like cereal, milk, fruit for the morning?


MIKE

Are you serious?  Well you can buy that shit if you want to but I ain’t touchin’ it.


CAMRON

He’s got a point Johnny, milk’ll just go bad. No, I think we’re all set.  Lets pay and get out of here.


They go to a check-out and start unloading the beer and meat onto the conveyor.


JOHNNY

So we split this three ways yeah.


CAMERON

Oh, man I left my cash at home.


JOHNNY

Mike?


MIKE

Put it on the card Duke, I’ll pay you back.


JOHNNY

So I’m the wallet. You’ll chip in for the petrol though yeah.


CAMERON

For sure.  Come on lets get this bagged up, I can’t stand these places.


The Duke pays and they take the trolley to the car where they unload it into the luggage space.


MIKE

There’s not much room left here you know.


CAMERON

Be cool we don’t need much other stuff.


They drive back to the apartment.



EXT. MIKE AND JOHNNY’S APARTMENT - DAY


They load up all their equipment, the barbecue and gas, Mike and Johnny’s back packs, a small tent, the food and beer.  The car is fully laden and the space in the back of the car is looking smaller than ever.


CAMERON

Duke, you got a coin?


JOHNNY

Here’s a loonie.


CAMERON

Call it Mike.


MIKE

Heads.


CAMERON

Look, there’s the Loon, its tails, you’re in the back.


MIKE

Oh man.


Mike gets in the back, its very cramped,  Cameron gets in the passenger seat and Johnny gets in to drive.  He opens the sunroof,   puts a tape in the machine, the music starts (BOB MANNING's "Soul Sister") and they drive off.



EXT. CAR - DAY


The car moves through the city, out onto a main road and starts winding through roads that seem open and free.  The sun is shining and the landscape just gets more and more impressive.  They have the windows down and the music plays.



INT. CAR - DAY


MIKE

Hey, you guys, I don’t want to sound like a woos or anything but I’m getting pretty cramped back here and I need to take a leak.


JOHNNY

Alright, I’ll pull over just up here.


The car pulls over and they all get out.  Mike is walking funny.  They are already on a fairly deserted road, there are no cars about.  They all walk about twenty feet from each other in different directions and with their backs turned pee at the side of the road.


MIKE

I reckon its only fair that I get to sit in the front for a while.


CAMERON

Johnny, how about I drive for a little.


JOHNNY

I don’t know, its not that easy a car to drive.


CAMERON

Get real, Mike’s been driving it loads back in the city.  I’ll be careful, don’t you worry about that.


JOHNNY

OK, but only for a bit yeah.


Johnny gets in the back, Mike gets in the passenger seat and Cameron drives, at first slowly, going through the gearbox carefully, then he opens it up.


CAMERON

Lets see what she can do.


There is dirt flying up from the wheels and Cam is throwing the car around the corners.


JOHNNY

Cam, take it easy.


CAMERON

I’ve been taking it easy all my life.  A car like this is meant to be driven!


MIKE

Don’t get us killed man!


CAMERON

Alright, I’ll slow down.  You guys are no fun.  Is that what comes from being in a glamourous business like film?!


Cameron drives for a while longer, then Mike takes over for a some time, then back to Johnny.  Five hours after leaving they arrive at the lake and all get out of the car.



EXT. LAKE - DAY

 

There are a few houses, wood cabins really, on the edge of a lake which is a mile or so across, above them are snow capped mountains whose reflections glimmer in the lake.  There is not a cloud in the sky.


CAMERON

We better unpack.  I’ve got a thirst on.


JOHNNY

Its beautiful, Cameron,  I mean the scale of it.  Its huge! 


CAMERON

This is the real Canada alright, you can take your towns ands cities.  This is home.


MIKE

Lets get this stuff unpacked, Duke, then we can get it in the shack.


JOHNNY

Which one is it Cam?


CAMERON

Oh no, its none of these, we’ve got to go a little further yet.  Its just down there.


Cameron points to a railway track which runs along the side of the lake at the base of the mountains.  It curves away into the distance.


MIKE

Well just how far is it Cam, I mean have we got to carry all this stuff?


JOHNNY

What about the trains, we can’t walk along the track, what if a train comes?


CAMERON

You don’t want to worry about that, there’s about one train a week.


MIKE

How long is it going to take to get to your Uncle’s shack, Cam?


CAMERON

Its no more than two hours, we’ll be there for dinner.  Now will you give me a beer, I’ve just had an idea.


Cameron gets a beer and wanders off towards the nearest lake-side house where a lady is sitting on her porch.


MIKE

Where’s he going?


JOHNNY

Search me.


CAMERON

Excuse me.


LADY

Hello there.


CAMERON

Hello, I’m sorry to bother you, but my friends and I have a long walk ahead of us down the railroad for a couple of hours or so, and I can’t help thinking with all our luggage and everything that it might be easier by kayak.  I saw your boat there and...


LADY

Would you like to borrow it?


CAMERON

We’d be happy to give you something for your trouble.


LADY

How long do you need it for?


CAMERON

We’d be back on Sunday, I’d say about midday.


LADY

Oh, that’s no touble at all, there’s a few paddles in it I think.


CAMERON

And what do I owe you?


LADY

Oh don’t worry about that, just look after it, that’s all.


CAMERON

Thank you ma’am we will.


LADY

Have a nice trip.


CAMERON

We will, thank you again.


Cameron walks back to Johnny and Mike who are sitting down with a beer and a cigarette.


MIKE

A two hour walk, Jeez.


JOHNNY

We might have to leave some of the beers.


CAMERON

Never.  Quit your worrying,  we’re taking that kayak over there,  it’ll be a sinch.


JOHNNY

Do you know that lady or something?


CAMERON

Everyone kinda knows everyone around here. Lets pack the boat!