Transition - What Exactly Does Such Music Soothe? | Script Revolution

Transition - What Exactly Does Such Music Soothe?

A music loving EMT finds saving lives comes at a greater cost than he could ever have imagined.

A stretcher bangs through the entry doors, pushed by an EMT, MAC (28). He’s greeted by a nurse, BETSY (30s) and a DOCTOR who take charge of the thrashing ELDERLY PATIENT.

I must play.

The Nurse attempts to calm him.

It’ll be okay. You’re in good hands. You can relax.

The music must be played or it will open.
Every sixth night I must play. No, no, NO!

In a bid to identify their elderly charge, kind hearted Mac returns to the old man’s apartment where he discovers a music stand and chair bolted to the floor of a near empty room.  A further search reveals mysterious sheet music and an antique violin which all proves too much temptation for classical music loving Mac…

Gingerly, he picks up the instrument as if it were a baby.

A Gagliano? No fucking way.

He tries the light switch on the wall, but nothing, no bulb. There’s a lamp taped to the music stand, he flips it on.

Holding the violin under the light, his eyes widen with amazement confirming it is indeed rare and precious. He lifts it to his ear and plucks a note smiling with satisfaction.

The room darkens.

Through his singular act of curiosity, Mac unwittingly stumbles on the old man’s secret: When music is all that stands between us and a terrible darkness…

…Then the music must be played!

With its roots in the work of H.P. Lovecraft, Chris Keaton’s Transition delivers a chilling short script with universal appeal.  At just 5 pages with minimal locations and some minor effects, this is a great horror short for a creative filmmaker wanting to take their craft to the next level.

The Script


An EMT helping out a friend finds himself with an undesirable life saving job. (Inspired by a Lovecraft story)

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Started writing scripts around eight years ago after realising his social life was vastly overrated. Enjoys writing in a variety of genres but leans toward raw, grittier characters and the worlds they inhabit - from the deadly serious to the darkly comic. Drinks coffee, owns an unhealthy amount of plaid and uses a calculator for the most basic of sums.Read more

About The Writer

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Chris Keaton, like many deranged people, writes screenplays and actually believes he's pretty good at it. His delusion has brought him to write at least a dozen feature films and numerous short scripts of questionable quality. Several directors have been enabling Chris Keaton's mental illness by actually producing his  screenplays traumatizing unwitting audiences around the globe. And to make things worse he also writes novels and short stories. When will this reign of terror end? If you...Read more