First-Place Winner, November 2009 - April 2010
Screenplay Contest - Full-Length Series
"Which Witch is Which"
Written by K.F.M. Marshall
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Marshall lives by the sea in Birchington, England. Although she enjoys writing in almost every genre, as a mother of three, her real passion lies in writing family films. A writer for over ten years, this is the first year she has entered any screenplay competitions, and she is thrilled to have been awarded first place in the Writers Place Screenplay Contest. Kelly currently has three original television projects and two original screenplays in development. Kelly is a graduate of the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, where she now also teaches part-time.
Additional Writer Information:
A dysfunctional family has to stop squabbling long enough to destroy a malevolent witch and her army of goblins.
The estranged Scott family discover they have untapped magical powers when Marney (16) and her annoying brother Tyler (13) are accidentally transported into an evil witch’s kingdom after using their departed grandfather's book of spells. They are stuck with each other, and if that isn't bad enough they are slowly turning into goblins. They need to escape before the next full moon traps them in this form forever. To save them, Mum has to take a crash course in witchcraft, and the kids have to put aside their sibling rivalry to face the biggest adventure of their lives. As the Scotts battle together to defeat a malevolent sorceress intent on destroying them, it dawns on them that not only are they a real family but, more to the point, a family of witches in line to the throne.
Teenage hormones and witchcraft - it's a lethal combination.
The Which Witch is Which screenplay, copyright, and story idea below is owned by K.F.M. Marshall. No copying of any of the below pages is allowed unless approved by owner.
EXT. DARK IMPENETRABLE FOREST - NIGHT
Shadows. Trees tortured by lack of sunlight.
A magical ceremony is underway.
An ornate book of spells hovers in midair. On the front a beautiful face. Its lips move in time with the words of -
Witch - HETTWINA (Hetty) 30 - strange unconventional beautiful.
Spectica - dorium. Lethusa - de.
GERARD 34 - human - watches close by. His strong arms wrap around their baby - LORNA.
Light grows in intensity.
Gerard steps nervously closer and holds his child aloft.
Power of light - take her!
The effulgent envelops Lorna - lifts her into the night.
Protect her from the darkness!
The earth shakes violently. Trees tear from their mooring.
The light vanishes and Lorna plummets to the safety of her shocked father’s embrace.
The ground splits beneath them. A foul green vapor erupts from the gaping crevice. Flora wilts on contact.
The skies open in an angry storm.
Skin rips - lashed by razor sharp hailstones.
A deep gash appears on Gerard’s cheek. He fights the pain as he shields his daughter from the savage elements.
A car - mere feet away but a dangerous distance to breach.
Hetty stands steadfast between her family and the materializing enemy.
ARMINYO takes form - a witch ugly in soul and appearance.
Where is she?
She’s no threat to you!
An unseen force smashes Hetty against a broad tree trunk.
Gerard places Lorna in the passenger foot well. He clambers inside - fumbles with keys.
EXT. DARK IMPENETRABLE FOREST
Arminyo raises her hand. Hetty lifts into the air.
Arminyo. The prophecy’s just a
Give her to me!
The car smashes through vegetation - screeches to a halt.
Caught by surprise Arminyo drops her power. Hetty falls heavily to the ground.
The passenger door flies open. Hetty scrambles inside.
The engine screams as the car weaves deep into the forest.
Furious Arminyo aims lightening bolts after them.
A tree is obliterated inches from the vehicle.
The car hits a mound of earth - hurtles through the air. Bodywork crumples - threatens to over- turn as it lands.
Gerard fights for control. Lorna cries. Hetty hugs her close.
Now’d be a good time for those
Hetty touches the dashboard. An electric surge enters the facia.
EXT. DARK IMPENETRABLE FOREST
Gerard’s car moves into breakneck speed. Narrowly misses natures obstacles at every turn.
A fireball lands inches ahead of them. The car swerves seared by flames.
Arminyo - flies inches behind them - enjoys the chase.
Trees spring to life - grab the car with gnarled fingers. Game over.
Car doors swing open. Forms bundle into the night.
Hurt - Hetty rolls with Lorna into a ditch. She touches her daughter’s forehead - mute. Her cries stop instantly.
Gerard crawls beneath a copse.
The empty car is bowled at a huge rock face. Impact. It explodes into a thousand pieces.
Hetty opens an amulet that hangs around her neck. A protective translucent vapor seeps out to cover her and Lorna. Part breaks away and oozes quickly to where Gerard hides. It covers him too.
Hetty and Gerard stiffen with fear as Arminyo sniffs for signs of life as she checks the smoldering wreckage and its surrounding area. She is inches away from them.
Satisfied she cackles - returns to vapor and oozes back into the gaping ground which closes in behind her.
Hetty and Gerard watch and wait - unsure whether it is safe to move.
EXT. CHURCH - DAY
A funeral. A sea of black clothes.
LORNA (now 37) - the weight of the world on her shoulders.
MARNEY (16) - complicated imperfect beauty whose distance from the group speaks volumes.
TYLER (11) - a large red baseball cap tipped low over his eyes to hide his tears. In his arms JAKE - a scruffy lap dog who seems to understand the gravity of the event.
...so we say goodbye to Gerard -
a loving father and grandfather.
May he rest in peace - -
Three single white roses hit the top of a coffin.
INT. LORNA’S HOME - LIVING ROOM
A photograph - Gerard 70’s smiles out in the red baseball cap. An ugly scar on his cheek reminds us who he was.
Lorna - emotionally drained - but still the perfect hostess.
Marney sits at the breakfast bar. The television on mute but she watches it none the less.
Lorna enters with an empty food platter.
D’you have to?
What else is there to do - play
Dad should be here.
Jake jumps up at Marney’s leg but she pushes him away.
We need more sandwiches.
Marney glares at her mother and leaves the room.
Jake watches Lorna sigh with frustration.
Tyler sits in silence with --
DAVID (11) - likes his food - likes to worry.
David’s plate is empty but Tyler hasn’t touched his.
Tyler hands his plate to his friend. David tucks in.
He was cool for an old guy.
D’you remember --
He burps a tune - badly. Tyler finds a smile.
Marney barges through on her way up stairs. Hears David’s rendition.
Err - gross.
The two friends return to silent reflection.
He did it better.
Below them they watch Lorna show guests to the door.
GERARD’S ROOM - LATER
Tyler sits in his grandfather’s old leather chair.
Lorna enters. Exhausted she nudges onto the seat beside him. They share a sad smile.
A splash of water hits the arm of the chair - and again.
They look up. A large wet patch drips down on them.
Lorna, Tyler and Jake explore the clutter.
Water seeps from the bottom of an old ornate trunk. Jake sniffs it inquisitively.
What d’you think it is?
An expensive call out fee.
Lorna gently looks through her father’s possessions.
She pulls out the ornate book of spells. Tears leak from the closed eyes on the beautiful face.
Confused Lorna looks inside but there are just pages of text. Nothing that seems to be causing the water.
Tyler looks at the book. He reads the first page --
Hettwina - Princess of Terbor.
He turns the pages in excitement.
It’s a book of spells!
Letters tied neatly with ribbon catch Lorna’s attention. She opens a letter and reads nervously.
Jake WHINES - something is wrong.
Lorna rips open another letter and then another.
How to turn someone into a frog.
Warts and moles. Levitation.
Put it back.
D’you think it’s grandad’s? What
would he be doing with --
Put it back!
Lorna throws the letters into the trunk - snatches the spell book and tosses it in after them.
I don’t want you touching this!
D’you hear me? Nothing in there
belongs to us!
Lorna slams down the lid. Tyler and Jake are shocked by her reaction. Confused Tyler watches his mother head back downstairs.
EXT. LORNA’S HOME - EARLY EVENING
Tyler helps his mother carry the heavy ornate trunk. He drops his end. The spell book and letters spill onto the drive - SPARKS of electric like energy as the tome lands. It goes unnoticed.
As Tyler collects the items Lorna turns her attention to his sister.
I’ll be back in the morning.
Tyler stares at the spell book then towards his mother.
Take as long as you like.
I’m not sure you can be trusted.
Don’t go then.
Marney storms into the house. Lorna is torn - unsure.
It’s just one night.
Decision made. Lorna helps Tyler put the trunk into the back of her car.
Tyler gives one of his best smiles.
As Lorna pulls away we see the spell book tucked down the back of Tyler’s trousers.
INT. LORNA’S HOME - TYLER’S ROOM - NIGHT
Tyler leafs through the spell book.
Jake BARKS to get his attention.
He jumps up at the window.
Tyler goes to see what his dog is so agitated about. Outside under an almost full moon teenagers mill around on the front lawn.
Tyler becomes aware of noise and voices from downstairs.
A party. Music - too loud. Teenagers - too many.
Marney - the perfect hostess.
Tyler - can’t believe his eyes. Jake WHINES.
You crazy? Mum’ll burst a vessel.
Can’t waste good food.
Marney - its for Grandad.
Won’t bring him back.
David arrives is his best togs. He hands Marney a vintage bottle of scotch.
Hope its okay. Dad’s had it for
Marney opens it and takes a sniff.
A bit of Pepsi - no one’ll
Marney sees her friend BELLA - and walks off.
David starts to fill a plate with food. Tyler looks on in disbelief.
INT. / EXT. LORNA’S CAR
Lorna’s car crawls along a quiet road.
She checks the number of each house she passes.
A weatherboard bungalow covered in rambling roses. No.165.
Lorna’s car stops for a moment - then pulls onto the long driveway.
EXT. HETTY’S HOME
HETTY (now 67) - tears fall as she digs for worms and places them into a jar. She senses her visitor and drops her hand spade in shock.
You recognise me then?
How’d you find me?
Over thirty years - that’s all
Please leave. You’re not welcome.
Hurt - Lorna opens the back of her car. Hetty flinches as the heavy trunk hits her drive.
You can stop writing. Dad’s dead.
Heartbroken - Hetty watches Lorna slam her car into reverse and drive back down the driveway.
INT. LORNA’S HOME - TYLER’S ROOM
Tyler shows David the spell book. Jake sniffs it cautiously.
What’s he doing with a spell
Like it’s real.
Tyler flips through the pages.
Wanna see if it works?
Don’t turn me into no frog.
How ‘bout someone Marney fancies.
David pulls a face.
Marney and three male friends burst into the room. They grab David and Tyler as Jake BARKS his protest.
Hey! What you doing?
Oow - careful!
And then it is over. Marney laughs with satisfaction.
Sorry losers. Invite only.
Tyler and David are left - tied twister style to the bed. Legs where arms should be and vice versa.
Don’t s’pose there’s a spell for
Tyler thrashes about to loosen the rope.
Stop! STOP! Rope burn!
Jake jumps on the bed to assess the situation. He sniffs close to David’s face.
You smelly breath lick me and I
swear I’ll -
Jake gnaws at the boys’ bindings.
Jake. Good boy!
Jake stops and passes wind. David wriggles in disgust and spits away the smell.
Ew. My mouth was open. Dirty dog!
Tyler sees the funny side --
He didn’t lick you.
Jake continues to gnaw the rope.
INT. LORNA’S HOME - LIVING ROOM
Party in full swing. Loud music. Alcohol. Nibbles. Hormones. Teenagers - everywhere.
Marney sees --
BILLY (16) - handsome but waiting to grow into his body.
He is with his new girlfriend --
JULES (16) - much too pretty for Marney’s liking.
What’s he doing here?
Billy and Jules help themselves to food and drink.
Don’t. He’ll know you still like
I don’t like him. I hate him!