Advanced Directing Final Scene Study:
This is a scene study I wrote and directed, out of a hypothetical feature film called “Favela Exclusive.”
The film takes place four years from now, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. In an attempt to better Brazil’s public image in the eyes of the world, it has become policy to crack down on the extremely rampant and notoriously crime-filled streets of Rio’s hillside shantytowns, known as “Favelas.”
Casey White is an extremely ambitious reporter/journalist for the New York Times. He has embedded himself with the law enforcement authorities of Rio and Brazil’s federal police force, who are determined to wash the stigma of the “world’s highest crime rate,” in time for the games. Not content in just covering the side of the law, Casey’s lust for the most compelling story takes him to the favelas themselves.
After being kidnapped by group of gangsters for snooping around, he makes a deal with Massimo, a powerful criminal ringleader. In exchange for sparing his life and allowing him all the exclusive access to interviews and documentation (that no other American reporter has), Casey has pledged to provide Massimo with detailed and sensitive information on the tactics /operations of the police force—in effect, becoming a double-informant. As this scheme continues, gang wars, police suspicion, and power struggles threaten to cost Casey his life.
This scene takes place right after Casey and Hector, his young, undercover police escort, attempt to rendezvous with a potentially crucial source. Instead, they were led into an ambush, clubbed unconscious, and kidnapped. The scene begins when Casey comes-to.