Synopsis: After a tragic car crash, a man finds himself caught between this life and the next. In retracing recent events, he’ll face the ultimate choice.
Production Year: 2006
Type: Fiction Short
Role(s): Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Cinematography, Special Effects
“How We Did It” – A ‘Making Of’ Film:
“Outtakes” – More ‘Making Of’ Footage:
February 11, 2006 – The Choice: Pre-Production
February 11, 2006 – The Choice: Production Diary
February 11, 2006 – The Choice: Cast & Crew
February 11, 2006 – The Choice: Trailer & Marketing Materials
May 7, 2005 – The Choice – Script
The following is a new script that I’ve written, with shooting intended for this summer.
Initial Draft (May 7, 2005)
An endless vista of white nothing.
A lone individual steps into view, he is of medium build and athletic
with sandy blonde hair. His name is KYLE and he is very confused.
His voice echoes and there is no response. He rubs his eyes and gazes
Somebody help me!
Without any sense of direction, Kyle simply runs into the white void.
He eventually holds up to catch his breath. He looks afraid.
The scream sounds as though it came from deep within a desperate soul.
Kyle collapses to the ground. He sits slumped over, unmoving.
Tell me the last thing that you remember.
The source of the voice is not visible, yet it sounds like it is coming
from everywhere all at once. Oddly, the voice sounds vaguely similar
to Kyle. In a projection against a section of the void, Kyle sees an
image of his wife; of their children. The picture shows a loving
moment between the members of the family, with Kyle holding his wife’s
hand as their children stand by their feet.
Kyle is tentative in his reaction, looking sad then cautious.
What is this? Who are you?
I’m a friend.
Kyle stands up and freezes in place, staring at the images in front of
Where are you?
I’ve been waiting for you.
A vortex opens in place of the images and a bright white light
EXT. HAY FIELD – DUSK
A long, open hay field juts up against one side of a small grove
sprinkled with trees. The remaining edges of the grove are surrounded
by cornfields and, with it being landlocked, the grove seems like an
island in the prairie.
Kyle walks down an open expanse of hay and is surprised to find what
seems like a mirror image of himself waiting next to a tree in the
grove. Kyle hesitates to approach. The duplicate is actually BETA.
Don’t be afraid.
Kyle walks up to Beta and tries to touch him. Kyle’s hand passes
directly through Beta’s body. Kyle moves around Beta and steps back.
You’re not real. You’re me.
Beta laughs at the remark.
Kyle, I can assure you that I’m as real as you
What’s going on?
I’m sure you have many questions, but now isn’t
the time to answer them.
Kyle looks frustrated.
Now, tell me the last thing that you remember.
A burst of light suddenly flashes around Beta. He assumes the
appearance and voice of Kyle’s wife. She is of a slight build with
brown hair and stands only a bit shorter than Kyle. Her tone is soft
What were we doing?
I was driving you and the kids.
Kyle looks down at the ground.
It was my fault.
It wasn’t your fault Kyle. The truck pulled
out too quickly.
Kyle’s features tighten as senses that he is being toyed with. He
tries to hold back his emotions, tries to prevent them from spilling
Don’t do this to me.
Beta turns and begins to walk through the tall grass along the grove of
trees. Kyle trails behind her and then catches up.
Kyle, are you familiar with the concept of
As Beta switches topics, Kyle’s tension eases.
Beta stops, picks up a large rock, and holds it in front of Kyle.
It means that this rock was meant to be here.
It has a purpose, just as you have a purpose
and a reason for being in a certain place at a
That’s not how I see things.
Beta smiles. She resumes walking side-by-side with Kyle.
Given your present circumstances, it might
benefit you to be a bit more open-minded.
Why are we at this place? Anywhere in the
world and we’re here.
This is where I asked you…
My wife to marry me.
A flash of light envelops both Kyle and Beta.
EXT. STREET – DAY
Kyle and Beta walk next to each other down the middle of a simple
The circumstances that led up to that moment
didn’t magically happen, did they?
I thought so.
Where did you first see her?
The pair stop walking. Kyle points over to an anonymous-looking street
Over there. She was walking with her
groceries. The handles on the bag broke. I
Kyle and his WIFE can be seen as translucent figures re-enacting the
scene of their first meeting.
Very kind of you, but rather amazing that that
would happen as you were walking past?
Why are we talking about this? I don’t know
what I’ve gotten myself into, but I’d like to
go back now.
Kyle, you have a choice to make and I’m telling
you what you need to understand before making
Unnatural light floods back into the scene and washes away the
neighborhood around Kyle.
Kyle sits up. He is still stunned. Beta is no longer visible, but her
voice again booms around Kyle.
Unfortunately, this has all been somewhat of a
Kyle looks around himself, trying in vain to find Beta before giving up
and looking up into infinity.
How could that happen if everything was
I didn’t say that everything was already
What are you saying then?
If you accept that nothing can ever be
completely perfect, then the unexpected can
easily occur. Circumstances can be suggested,
but you’re not a puppet – it’s like how you met
Of course, we’d like to think that a certain
bit of efficiency is in place.
I wasn’t supposed to hit that truck.
INT. SEDAN ON EXPRESSWAY
A scene plays out involving an angry BUSINESSMAN driving in his car.
No, you were – it was there right on schedule
and so were you. It ran that stoplight and
caused the accident. At the same time, a man
who was racing home after work got caught up in
the ensuing traffic jam.
EXT. RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD – EVENING
The BUSINESSMAN continues his driving through a quiet neighborhood.
Because of his delay in getting home, that man
narrowly missed hitting a boy who didn’t look
before crossing an intersection on his bicycle.
A boy rides down a long, quiet street on his bike.
BETA (V.O.) (CONT’D)
The boy went home to his family. When he grows
up, he’ll dedicate his life to helping children
in poverty and save the lives of thousands.
But I didn’t go home to my family.
EXT. HAY FIELD – DUSK
Kyle is back in the grove of trees at the edge of the hay field. Beta
appears behind Kyle in his wife’s form.
That’s the problem. You weren’t supposed to
Kyle spins around to see Beta
Can’t you just send me back?
Things like this don’t happen very often. When
they do, they’re hard to correct without
affecting everything else.
So I can’t go back.
It would be difficult and there would be risks.
What kinds of risks?
Beta sits down in the grass and Kyle slowly crouches down across from
If you return, the future could go in a
different direction than was intended.
So if I go back, that boy could die and without
him, I’d be responsible for everyone he would
That may happen, but maybe not. You’d continue
to be with your family until your time was
supposed to come to an end. That could be
tomorrow or in another forty years.
What’s the other option?
You’d stay with me and help them in ways that
you’d never thought possible.
What’s the catch?
Everything in sight turns into a kaleidoscope of colors. Kyle and Beta
You won’t be able to interact with them like
you could when you were alive.
There are many roads that your wife and your
children could go down. This would be a way to
walk with them down each of those roads.
You said that they’re not puppets.
No, but you can be a guide. That’s how it
The speed of the kaleidoscope of colors decreases before it vanishes to
A plain wooden door appears facing out in the void. The door is shut
and Beta – still as Kyle’s wife – appears to one side of it. Kyle
appears on the adjacent side of the door.
When you’ve made a decision, come through the
Beta opens the door and walks through it. The door is left hanging
open behind him; only pitch black can be seen through the doorway.
Kyle stands and walks over to the door. He grips the doorknob and
pauses. Taking a deep breath, he walks through the doorway and the
door closes behind him.