Bill's Day
October 26th, 1999 | Back to Blog Listing

Bill's Day is a short that I constructed for an RTF class at the University of Texas in Austin. I used a number of my friends as the featured actors.

The story follows the events of how a Dollar Bill is spent over the course of a fictional day. The day, however, is presented in reverse sequential order.

Script

KEVIN LUDLOW
SHORT
"BILL'S DAY"

SCENE 1

Scene opens near dusk. A black SUV is shown screeching off down a road. We show the car for a few seconds and then cut to the inside of it. We have a shot from the back seat as we see three guys inside of it racing down the road, a DRIVER, a PASSENGER, and DANNY. Danny and the passenger are talking frantically to one another. It wasn't supposed to be like that, etc.
-caption 8:18pm-
DRIVER

Shut the fuck up.

The keep mumbling.

I said shut the fuck up already!
PASSENGER

(out of breath) Dude, it wasn't supposed to happen like that.
DRIVER

I know, I know. Just shut the fuckĀ… Danny what did we get?
DANNY

I dunno man, here take it.

Danny hands the wallet to the passenger.

The passenger opens up the wallet and takes out a dollar bill with some writing on it.

PASSENGER

What the fuck is this. We got a fucking dollar bill. One fucking dollar.

We see a close shot of the dollar in the dark and can see writing on it but not read it.

The driver has a sign of disbelief on his face.
THE SCENE FADES TO BLACK.

SCENE 2

It is dark on the same street where first saw the car take off from. A GUY is waiting in front of his car. Three guys get out of the original car. They are see walking up to him.

-caption 8:14pm-
DRIVER

Did you bring our money?

GUY

(sighs) Look, man - I just need a few more days

The three guys approach him. The driver is in the front.

DRIVER

Well I'm afraid that's something you just don't have.
The driver starts running after him. The guy turns and runs the other way. The driver leaps after the guy and tackles him. We cut to the two other guys looking at each other with the driver fighting in the background. The quickly run to his aid. The guy gets picked up and hit a few times in the face. They then throw him over the hood of his car. We see the guy laying out cold on the ground with blood all over his face. Danny runs up to him and kicks him a few times in the gut. He reaches down, rolls him over, and takes his wallet.

THE SCENE FADES TO BLACK.

SCENE 3 (AT THE QUIX MART)

-caption 6:29pm-

The guy is scene driving up to a gas station. These are very quick cuts to move the scene along. He pulls up and gets out of his car. We see him from the inside of the gas station walking inside. He goes up to the counter and buys a pack of camel lights. He furthermore pays with a five dollar bill. He is handed back some change and a one dollar bill. We can see that it has some writing on it. He throws the change into the tip jar and leaves. We see him driving away.

SCENE 4

-caption 3:23pm-

We see a small child, KELLY, and her MOTHER walk into the same convienent store that was in scene three, She walks up to the counter and speaks with the CLERK.

MOTHER

Go ahead.

The clerk smiles at her.

KELLY

I want one lottery ticket.

CLERK

What kind?

KELLY

That one.

She points to the rack of them. The clerk takes one off of the shelf and gives it to her.
CLERK

That will be one dollar.
The girl hands him a one dollar bill. We close up on the transaction. The daughter and the mother walk off. The scene fades to black.

SCENE 5
Mother is seen walking into the kitchen where the girl is sitting coloring a picture.
-caption 1:42pm-
MOTHER

Kelly, you got some mail!
The girl has a very excited look on her face. The mother hands the girl the card. The girl tears it open with great haste. She pulls out the card. The camera shows that it is a birthday card. It reads the following (to be added). The girl pulls out the dollar bill from the money slot within it. She has an joyous look on her face. She puts the corner of it in her mouth.
MOTHER

Kelly, take that out of your mouth, you don't know where it's been.

THE SCENE FADES TO BLACK.