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Crash Dump
How Peter Gustafson Defragmented the World

by
Girl Phillips

(330) 451-6246
GirlPhillips@gmx.com
CrashDumpTheBook.com

FADE IN:

EXT. ARIAL VIEW OF A PICTURESQUE SUBURB OF THE FUTURE -LATE AFTERNOON

ZOOM IN:
INT. SUBURBAN KITCHEN OF THE FUTURE
IN THE HOME OF 2984 EVERY SURFACE IS SPOTLESS, every angle
and curve planned for maximum efficiency and harmony. As we
pan across the open floor plan with large windows and
calming music we can almost smell the clean pure air.
JAROD GUSTAFSON (30's) is relaxed, cooking at the stove,
wearing basketball shorts and a goofy to our eyes but
fationable hat. As he reaches for his next ingredient it is
provided for him through a small door in the refrigerator,
he peels it open and dumps it into the pan.
OUT OF NOWHERE A JARRING BUZZ SOUNDS THREE TIMES from the
computer console embedded in the kitchen island, the home's
HALOSCOPE.
A message appears on the transparent screen and it is read
aloud in a perfectly relaxing feminine voice.

HALOSCOPE
THIS IS AN EMERGENCY MESSAGE
THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS ARE
VITAL TO YOUR SAFETY
UNTIL AN ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN:
Return to your home.
Power off all electronics.
Close and secure all entrances.
Do not respond to anyone outside
your home.
Do not attempt to investigate.
Do not attempt to investigate.
Do not attempt to investigate.
Remain calm.
Jarod's earpiece phone gives two quiet "dings" and a moment
later he hears air sirens in the distance whir to life.

2.
JAROD
(overly enunciated voice)
Halo. News.
HALOSCOPE
Please power off all electronics.
There is no news at this time.
JAROD
(even more enunciated)
Halo. Mail.
HALOSCOPE
Please power off all electronics.
There is no mail at this time.
JAROD
(to self)
Damn it!
(back to the Haloscope)
Halo. Call Mellisa.
HALOSCOPE
Please power off all electronics.
Mellisa is not available at this
time.
Jarod double taps his earpiece to bring up a keyboard on the
kitchen counter top and types, "haloscpoe not working call
halo support."
Just as he is about to hit the Enter button every single
display in the home, the refrigerator, windows, mirrors, the
car's heads up display, etc. all flicker to the WINDOWS BLUE
SCREEN OF DEATH with a prominent count "down" from 0 to 100
just under the statement, "Collecting data for crash
dump...0, 1, 2, 3..."
SPLIT SHOT
His son, PETER GUSTAFSON alone in his bedroom looking
thoughtfully but confused at a hand held transparent screen,
the words, "Property of Malia High" laser etched along the
top, seeing the same blue message.
SPLIT SHOT (2), 4, 8, 16, 32...
People all over the world seeing the same BLUE SCREEN OF
DEATH on every device, watches, eye glasses, satellites and
children's toys.
An extremely diverse group of individuals are seen tapping,
then hitting their screens and devices with increasing
frustration and anger. Just as every person on the planet
feels like they are about to lose it, EVERYTHING GOES BLACK.

3.
LIGHTING DIMS:
THE LIGHTS GO OUT. One by one but extremely rapidly, a dark
wave moving across the surface of the Earth.
EVERYTHING STOPS. Machines slow their churning, power
stations fail safe, HVAC systems stop moving air, an
airplane is nose diving out of the sky, a space station's
life support system is suffocating it's crew, hospitals full
of people start gasping for breath and everyone, in varied
languages, is asking in near unison, "Where in the hell is
the IT guy!"

CUT TO:
JAROD
(Whisper yelling through
his son's door)
Peter, you still up, Bud?
PETER
Uh, yeh Dad, it's only like 19:30
JAROD
Powers out
PETER
Yeh, is everything, ok?
JAROD
Oh, yeh, it was weird though, some
message came up on the Halo right
before it happened and my earpiece
went out too.
Would you mind taking a look at
it, its battery is good so it
should still run fine even in a
blackout right?
PETER
Ahh, not really, you know if it
can't connect it's pretty much
useless. You think it's just a
blackout though?
JAROD
(concerned)
Yeh, I'm gonna grab a light from
downstairs, dinner is ready at
least, it'll just be like camping
tonight.
With just a little daylight left coming through the floor to
ceiling windows once Jarod past the basement door he was
completely in the dark. Feeling for the railing he trips and
falls by hitting the back of his heel on the front lip of
the first step. He grabs the railing, swings down and around

4.
before pulling himself tight onto the wall to steady
himself. Worried by the commotion Peter jumps out of bed and
comes running.
PETER
Dad, you OK?
JAROD
Ohh, sorry about that, just fine,
just tripped.
PETER
Here, I'm coming too.
The camera follows the two to the top of the stairs of the
dark basement, the last thing we see is the father and son
cautiously descending, groping the walls.
The camea "follows" in the dark.
Sounds of a wooden drawer opening, fumbling with electronic
parts and screwing and unscrewing the top of a few
flashlights.
JAROD
Here, try these.
PETER
Nope, we got more batteries right?
After trying another set.
JAROD
I tested all these last year, how
bout' those?
PETER
Nope.
JAROD
Did you even try them, it must be
the bulbs.
PETER
Dad, ESLs arn't bulbs, it like a
plasma thing, and they wouldn't all
go bad at once.
JAROD
Then with in Hell else could it
be-The sound of the front door opening and MELLISA GUSTAFSON
walking inside.
MELLISA
Jay, Pete you guys homes, craziest
thing happened out there--

5.
JAROD
(to himself)
Thank God
(shouting up the stairs)
Hey Babe, we're down here getting
the flashlights but they're not
working either.
MELLISA
It's freaky, everything is down out
there. I had to walk from the
corner.
Mellisa is putting her things down and now talking to them
from the top of the stairs.
MELLISA
Thank God I was almost home.
Figured we could call and get a
jump but even my screen is dead.
Jarod and Peter make their way back up the stairs.
JAROD
Did you see anyone else out there,
what in Hell happened?
MELLISA
MARK was just pulling out, said he
was going to the store in his
classic cause the Honda was giving
him toruble too.
JAROD
(thoughtfully)
Damnit, damnit.
MELLISA
(joshing)
You boys get up here and lets have
dinner, its just a blackout, it'll
be ro-man-it.
A well oiled machine, the Gustafson family pulls plates,
fills glases, sets the table and sits polietly as Jarod
serves a beautiful but to us undistinguishable meal.
At the table-PETE
So, do you guys really think it
like, just a blackout?
JAROD
What do you mean not just a
blackout? Everything is blackedout
isn't it?

6.
PETE
Umm, yeh but like the flashlights,
Mom's car, that stuff should all
work and Dad, didn't you say there
was some weird message on the Halo
right before it died?
JAROD
(anxious)
Yeh, that was weird but probably
just a coincidence, or just what
happens when the network crashes.
Anyway, we're gonna be slammed at
the office tomorrow if the night
crew isn't able to get any work
done.
MELLISA
(reassuring)
Don't worry Jay, everyone is gonna
be in the same boat tomorrow, Dr.
Lee is totally going to understand
if everyone is a little behind.
JAROD
I'm going to bed, we can do dishes
tomorrow. Night Pete, make sure
your up by 8. Love you guys.
PETER
Night Dad, love ya.
Peter waits for his Dad's footsteps to fade.
PETER
--but Mom, you really think it's
just a power outage? Did you see
that message?
MELLISA
(lying)
Honey, sweety I'm positive
everything is fine. I didn't see
any message but like I said-(truthful and reassuring)
--everyone is in the same boat here
and I'm sure it'll be back up in
the morning.
PETER
What if it was like an EMP or
something they used in the war.
It's the only reason the
flashlights, cars and power would
all go out.
(getting worked up)
Then there was that message, why
would there be an error message on
(MORE)

7.
PETER (cont'd)
a home computer then ALL the power
goes out?
Mellisa pushes her chair back from the table, stands up and
walks over to hug her son.
MELLISA
(bending over)
I love you Pete, and you're right,
somthing kinda weird is going on
here but I don't have a clue what
to do other than just wait and see.
(standing back up)
We'll go get the car first thing
tomorrow and figure out what's
going on, I promise, ok.
PETER
(not giving up)
Mom, what if its an attack, what if
we should be packing up to get out
of here or something? That message
could have been some kind of
warning.
I'm
I'm
was
and

MELLISA
going to get some sleep Love,
sure we'll find out what this
all about tomorrow, please try
get some sleep.

Mellisa kisses her son goodnight and heads to the bedroom,
touching the walls in the dim hallway.
BLACKOUT:
Opening credits roll over a wide panorama of the city of the
future at dusk.
EXT. GUSTAFSON'S HOME FROM MOVING VEHICLE
"Driving" away from the Gustafson's home down a quiet and
dark suburban street of 2984.
Beat.
Looking up at impossibly tall skyscrapers from eye level but
not a light in sight.
Beat.
Intamint shots of the blacked out city of the future at
dusk. Real people trying to get home from work, going about
their lives in the last light of the day.

8.


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