Condenser by Rob Dunphy | Script Revolution




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This Halloween a TED-Talks addicted drug lord must contend with a distributor turned informant, some double-crossing henchmen, and an overdosed girl’s specter, whom all want him dead. In the vein of The Hateful Eight.

Rowdy really enjoys being his own boss as he finds his way in the world. The leadership, the respect, the money, the ability to apply torture to those who oppose. Just like a king, Rowdy even has his own throne! Unfortunately, Rowdy business is narco-trafficking, and at the end of the day, everyone believes Rowdy’s days are numbered. Everyone, except Rowdy. He believes in one more thing, the power of Ted Talks.
Rowdy’s disenfranchised supplier has flipped and works for dirty cops with a conflicted agenda. Rowdy’s devious girl wants him dead so she can run off with his burnt-out distributor. Rowdy’s security wants to rob him to fund their own enterprise. On top of it all, a random little girl overdosed and died, and on this cold and rainy Halloween, she’s back, compelling her PTSD affected dad Hayden to seek vengeance.
On approach We sense something is amiss. Rowdy’s drink spills, a chair suddenly moves, a door slams, all perhaps by chance. As Hayden draws near the lighting changes and flashes, and We become more certain there is a presence. Hayden, an undercover cop by trade, naturally disliked Rowdy but upheld justice. However under his daughter’s command, Hayden has no problem killing Anyone. The ultimate target is Rowdy’s boss, the reclusive Scudder.
The specter’s ploy pays off and Rowdy summons Scudder. Upon his arrival, We experience more surprise door slams and lighting changes. Hayden hears his daughter’s voice and without further words, he dispatches Scudder by shotgun blast. After Scudder’s death, the lighting normalizes, Hayden seems content to leave.
Rowdy surprises all when he offers to walk away from it all citing a Ted Talks life learned lesson.
Henchmen Pete recognizes Hayden as a cop. Pete believes he was double crossed sent to his death and now Hayden can’t walk away because he’ll go to jail.
We are now at a Mexican Stand Off. An amped Hayden desperately seeks his daughter’s guidance, but she offers none. The small fridge condenser fails, it’s compressor clicks, and an already jittery and confused Hayden, finger on the trigger, initiates a full ensemble shoot out.
Pete shoots Hayden and as he dies, sees his daughter and they exchange rather ominous words. Pete is the last man standing, so it seems, until an overzealous officer shoots him dead. The crooked detective stands over a seemingly dead Rowdy and gives him an ill-will kick, only to learn Rowdy had brilliantly played possum to survive. Rowdy announces intent to attend college and pursue a doctoral degree in a friends footsteps. His only reason to be a dealer – was to prove he could do it and save money for tuition.
The story is contained to Rowdy’s home office with rare cuts to the driveway, the street and sidewalk, and the entryway. This can work well with no FX.

Submitted: May 21, 2019
Last Updated: September 16, 2019
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Last Downloaded: September 16, 2019

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The Writer: Rob Dunphy

Rob is an emerging independant screenwriter specializing in the feature thrillers. Rob writes contemporary, high concept stories, often crafted around strong individuals in law enforcement or the military with pragmatic mindset, compelled to diverge from their comfort zone and ethos. Driven by experience obtained as a former U.S. Marine and a federal agent, conflicts are driven as characters react to real-world recognizable events, typically inclusive of PG-13 level violence and language. Rob lives in Los Angeles you may find him at work with a cup of coffee at Urth Cafe. Go to bio

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