Rock Bottom by Barry Staff | Script Revolution

Rock Bottom

Wanting to resurface a tiny malfunctioned submersible before oxygen expires, a female pilot needs to overcome the fellow crewman (her ex), who thinks it's situation hopeless and wants to die having sex.

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(contained, doable in a studio or domestic mock-up - darkened cellar, garage, car - with extreme CUs, light and sound and NO water involved)

A male and a female operative are in close proximity in a small non-autonomous submersible that’s suffered catastrophic system failure at the bottom of the sea. In dark lit only by a lighter and a smartphone’s torch, the budding eco-activist and the by-the-numbers blue-collar technician (whose job it is to lay communication cables), who are ex lovers, find their suspicions as to the causes of the defects centring on company culpability, in sending them down in an aging sub. As they exhaust the remains of the auxiliary oxygen supply, the woman is sure she can use the OS handbook to suss an override fix that’ll allow them to get the vessel up manually. But the man sees no hope and wants to go out having sex – while they’re still in a fit state to do so. As he moves in on her, she thwacks him with the OS manual, concussing him. A patch by the mothership has topside communicating that they've fixed the problem and can winch them up now (by the umbilical cabling). As the man comes round, not sure where he is, what happened, the woman asks if he's doing anything different when they go out.

Submitted: April 24, 2022
Last Updated: June 8, 2022

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The Writer: Barry Staff

"Some kinda screenwriter," Barry was born and raised in the UK. His career has been oddball - periods of education (ending on a postgraduate Diploma in Film Studies) intercut with ‘McJobs’ (roof-rack assembler, computer helpdesk, beer bottler, reject furniture salesman, draughtsman, goods inward operative, briefly a bouncer. . .), all the while writing on the side. With the writing paramount these days, he has a portfolio of spec feature and short screenplays, four of the latter having been filmed. Apart from competition successes, he's - SO FAR - had a purchase offer on one feature screenplay, an option on another and a shopping agreement on a third. Go to bio

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