Synopsis: A short film that proves that people of power and influence can often be found in the most unlikely of places…
Production Year: 1998
Type: Fiction Short
Role(s): Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Cinematography
December 5, 1998 – Shooting Script
My first short film, “The Johnfather,” commenced production this evening. It was shot and edited entirely in-camera. Note that there were some logistical issues since the bathroom that we were using was in demand due to Luther College having a performance of its annual “Juletide” concert this evening.
Here is the shooting script.
Shooting Draft (November, 1998)
INT. COLLEGE DORM BATHROOM
A lone figure sits motionless in a men’s room stall. JOHN is doing his
The door of the bathroom swings open and in comes LOU the janitor. Lou
is a leftover from the sixties, burnt out and hunched over.
Hey man, you still in here?
John, What are you always doin’ in that stall?
I’m doing what feels good Lou. This is where I
get my business done.
Maybe its time you moved shop out my bathroom.
I gotta mop this place up, big inspection by
the president in the morning.
Lou pulls out a bottle of cleaning fluid and grips it two-handed while
he blasts at the floor. He jumps back with each blast, as though the
bottle is generating strong recoil.
Lou then pulls out a toothbrush. He gets on his hands and knees and
starts to scrub.
INT. BATHROOM – LATER
The bathroom door opens and a student comes in to do his business at
one of the urinals. After a quick job, the student turn and walks out.
Lou stands up and begins shaking his toothbrush toward the door in
Did you just see that!
All I’m seeing right now is some poor girl’s
phone number scribbled on the door.
That punk came in here and left without washing
Sounds like the end of society to me Lou.
Damn right. Right now he’s probably flapping
his hands all over the walls. I just cleaned
the hallway and he’s gonna have crawling over
Lou bends down and continues cleaning the floor.
INT. BATHROOM -LATER
A TALL MAN walks into the bathroom and begins to do his business at the
urinal. A moment later a SHORT DRUNK staggers to the urinal next to
the tall man.
The Tall Man glances down in the direction of the Short Drunk who is
having a hard time controlling his aim.
What’re you lookin’ at?
Somebody who needs a little more practice on
Oh, you think so huh?
The Short Drunk begins to turn and piss on the foot of the Tall Man.
SHORT DRUNK (CONT’D)
How’s this for practice?
The Tall Man turns and grabs hold of the shirt of the Short Man,
pushing his back.
You’re going to die little man.
John’s voice echoes through the bathroom. Everyone turns toward his
Let the fool go. He knows not what he does.
What are you talking about? My shoes are
ruined and I’m gonna beat the piss out of them
with his head.
I don’t want any trouble in my bathroom.
Here’s what you do. You go back to your room
and you have him wash those shoes for you.
Make sure he gets every last drop out and he’s
going to smile while he’s doing it.
Why in the hell would he do that?
He’s going to do it because I tell him to. A
long time ago I helped Mickey out with a
problem that he had. Isn’t that right.
The small drunk looks over at the stall.
Yeah, man. I’ll do it.
As Mickey is led out the door, the tall man looks back at the stall.
Hey, what are you buddy? Some kind of
The CAMERA zooms in tight on the stall.
I’m the Johnfather.
The CAMERA pulls back and as the door shuts, Lou looks up at it.
Those punks just left without washing their
hands didn’t they?
Calm down Lou.
Lou rushes over to the door and yells out.
Hey punk! Get back here and wash you hands.
TALL MAN (V.O.)
Wash your own damn hands you hippie
Lou steps back and begins to shake his toothbrush.
I hope you and your filth rot in hell.
INT. BATHROOM -LATER
The bathroom quiet with only the sound of Lou scrubbing on the floor.
Suddenly the door flies wide open, hitting the wall with a loud crash.
In runs a tall man with wild red hair, JED is so hysterical that he is
about to explode.
Omigosh, Omigosh. John I need you help. It’s
so bad. It’s so bad.
What is it this time Jed.
It’s my girlfriend John, she’s pregnant man!
What the hell am I going to do!
Jed stands in silence shaking.
Lou stands up from his scrubbing and walks over to Jed. He puts his
hands on Jed’s shoulders and calmly looks him in the eyes.
Now just calm down son. Everything’s going to
What the hell are you talking about? My life
Listen kid. The same thing happened to me when
I was your age and look at where I am now.
Jed turns and looks at the camera, his eyes are near tears.
I was nervous about becoming a father too.
But I’m not the guy who got her pregnant, my
best friend did.
I don’t want any crying in my bathroom. Here’s
what I’m going to do.
Are you going to kill him for me John?
No and don’t interrupt me. I’m going to
arrange for them both to get transferred to
another school. Somewhere where we won’t hear
from either one of them again.
Jed moves over to the stall and throws himself against it.
Thank-you John. I knew that I could count on
There is one thing however.
Jed begins to back away in fear.
Some day I may need you to do a favor for me.
That day may never come, but if it does, you
will not question my call for your help.
Whatever it is, you can count on me. God bless
Jed turns and solemnly walks out of the bathroom.
Another life is set back on course.
The world is full of lives that are off course.
But eventually they all go to the bathroom.