EXT. CASTLE ENTRYWAY - EVENING
DOZENS OF PEOPLE, all heavily bundled, stand in a precise formation at the entry of an old castle. The electric lit lamp posts look as out of place here as Narnia.
Vanguard, Aunsey keeps wriggling and pulling at his coat.
Hettie stands behind.
He makes a fist, checks his watch, drops his fist to his side.
Tala leans from his other side to squeeze his hand.
You only have to do this once.
Aunsey nods several times. Hettie pats his back. He needs an awful lot of physical reassurances.
What's the worst that could happen?
The worst that could happen if I screw up is I get fired.
It was a rhetorical--
The worst that happens if you screw up is you start a war.
Aunsey's eyes go wide; the gates open.
INT. BACKSTAGE AX-KOREA, SEOUL
Silhouettes of four GUYS standing in front of makeup mirrors, tended to by outlines of ASSISTANTS. The room is pitch black beyond the light-lined mirrors.
One by one, the assistants disperse and the guys turn to the right, features still in shadow.
EXT. AX-KOREA - DAY
A few thousand excited fans crowd a line that wraps the building, holding posters, signs, and memorabilia emblazoned with logos for "Angels & Demons".
INT. AX-KOREA AUDITORIUM - MOMENTS LATER
The audience stares at the dark stage, cameras at the ready. The house lights TURN OFF, and the audience SCREAMS. A logo bearing the words "Angels & Demons" lights up a massive screen at the back.
A center stage SPOTLIGHT reveals the boy band: JAEGI (22, dark and quiet), WOOJIN (21, the wild one), HYUNSIK (20, soft and sweet), and SEOJOON (21, timelessly handsome).
MUSIC starts, a hopping dance track with a booming bass. The boys move seamlessly into choreography.
A too-comfortable couple find a way to spice things up after an afternoon of people watching.
INT. MALL FOOD COURT — DAY
ERIC and NAOMI, both mid-30’s, attractive but losing themselves to domesticity. They sit at a table munching on fast food, both engrossed in their phones.
Nearby, an attractive, HIGH CLASS COUPLE, late 20s, coos at their baby as they feed it something mashed and orange. The child whacks the SPOON out of the mother’s hand. It skids to a halt near Naomi’s feet.
Naomi and Eric don’t notice until the mother is rushing over, bending down, apology all over her face. They both look at her in surprise, then notice the baby spoon.
HIGH CLASS MOM
I’m so sorry, did it get on you?
She pauses for only a moment before flashing a costly smile and turning back to her visually pristine life.
Eric returns to his phone, nonplussed. Naomi watches the couple a little while longer, then looks at the rest of the food court. It’s a busy day, all manner of people milling around with food and shopping bags.
A GOTH TEEN walks by, catching Naomi’s attention.
What do you think he would be for a costume party?
Devin Overman is a screenwriter, author, and freelance writer. Her first screenplay, Immaculate, advanced at the Austin Film Festival in 2015, where she went on to consult in 2016 and 2017. Her newest project, Falling Into the Sound (Korean title: 음에 천천히 떨어지다), has been optioned by Little Studio Films in association with Nite Lite Pictures. She’s been interviewed and quoted by MTV on the cross-over between music and literature.