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SECOND HALF

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INT - SCHOOL WEIGHT ROOM - MORNING

DAKOTA is sitting on a bench with his headphones in. He puts his hands on the bar and adjusts to have a balanced grip. He closes his eyes and takes a deep breath right before lifting the bar. He flashes back to a memory of ELIAS and him on their first team together in Little League.

He quickly lifts the bar and holds it over his face for one second and then starts his repetitions, every time he brings the bar back up, he lets out a grunt as he’s getting tired after each rep. After 12 reps he starts to struggle bringing the bar back up to the safety stand. He he holds his breath and pushes with all he’s got until he finally gets the bar up on the stand. He drops his hands to his chest as he breathes heavily.

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INT - ELIAS’ LIVING ROOM - MORNING

ELIAS sits on the couch holding his cousin’s electric guitar. He attempts to play a few notes on his own and then turns to his laptop and opens up some YouTube tutorials.

YOUTUBER
“Hi, this is Henry from sickmuziktricks595 and I’m here to teach you how to shred like The Grateful Dead in just five minutes with these easy-to-learn tricks. Alright, let’s go!!”

ELIAS follows along as it goes, getting frustrated but sticking with it. After the video ends, he tries to play back what he learned a few times but can’t quite get it. He puts the guitar down on the couch and goes to make some nachos.

He comes back after his snack and goes on Twitter. As he scrolls, he sees a link to an article about a big ice deposit discovered on Mars that’s apparently the size of New Mexico. He stumbles into a Reddit thread about Mars through the comment section and then falls into a rabbit hole of space posts. An hour later, he finishes looking at that and is still kind of hungry. He looks up some quick appetizer recipes to try out himself.

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INT - LOCKER ROOM - MORNING

DAKOTA is in the team locker room, drinking some Gatorade. A group of the teammates walk in, middle of discussing something.

KENNY
You buzzin…

ROBERTO
What the hell does that even mean?

KENNY
How you gon’ say that Kershaw is Top 5 All Time…

ROBERTO
Bro. How is he not. You put anyone besides Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax up next to him and no one would stand a chance.

KENNY
What?!

DAKOTA chips in as they walk closer towards him and the rest of the lockers.

DAKOTA
How you leaving out Tom Seaver, Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson?

KENNY
Yeah, and like Mariano.

ROBERTO
Relievers don’t count.

DAKOTA
Man, Giants beating the Dodgers this year anyway.

KENNY
Oh my god, here we go again.

The rest of the team who came continues getting shit out of their lockers.

ROBERTO
Aye DK, how come you got here mad early?

KENNY
We thought you had quit like ELIAS after you didn’t show up at breakfast earlier.

DAKOTA
Nah man, I’m not gonna abandon y’all like that.
Can’t lose both your captains.

ROBERTO
Y’all good though?

DAKOTA looks down and shrugs his shoulders. ROBERTO realizes it might not have been the best thing to ask yet.

KENNY
I’m so ready to crush EPA.

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INT - ELIAS’ ROOM - NIGHT

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EXT - ELIAS’ HOUSE - MORNING

JD, who went to highschool with ELIAS’ father at Carlmont, picks up ELIAS in a black Tesla Model S out front of his place.

JD works at Google as a developer. ELIAS has known JD through his dad for years from going to baseball games together for the Giants - which JD always got tickets from his job for, right along the first base line.

With having more time, ELIAS asked him to see the campus. It’s a little over twenty minutes away. JD fiddles with the radio as they start to pull off. A few blocks later at a stoplight, he finally settles on a jazz station.

JD
Ah man, nothing like Miles Davis in the car.

ELIAS
Yeah, he’s not bad.

JD
Not bad?!

ELIAS
Relax, it’s a compliment. (laughs)

JD
I mean… not bad… I guess Google is just a “not bad” company then?

ELIAS
…yeah, I’d say that.

JD
(laughs) Damn.

ELIAS
How’d you work there anyway? I always thought it was kinda crazy my Dad just happened to know someone who worked there.

JD
I mean, it is exclusive.. But the company's pretty big. 
We have like 60,000 employees.

ELIAS
What? No way.

ELIAS takes out his phone and looks it up as they continue talking. He laughs at the irony of searching it through Google itself.

JD
So why the sudden interest in seeing the campus?

ELIAS
Damn, you were right. 60K, that’s a lot.

JD
Feels like a family, though.

ELIAS
That’s a big ass family.
Not even Spanish families have that many heads.

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INT - GOOGLEPLEX CAMPUS BUILDING - DAY

ELIAS and JD walk through the halls.

JD
And this is where we play ping pong on Friday afternoons.

ELIAS
Do you guys ever work?

JD
Yeah, the ping pong season is only 40 weeks of the year so we have a good 12 weeks of free time to do work.

ELIAS
(laughs) Not mad at that.

JD
So what have you been trying to do with all that new free time that you have? Your season’s down to zero weeks now.

ELIAS
Yeah, it’s cool. Honestly, I don’t even know.
Still trying to figure a lot of things out.

JD
We all go through this at some point, man.
Usually multiple times throughout your life really.
Or like me, every other week.

ELIAS
Really?

JD
Yeah. Some people have mid-life crises’ or teenage ones.. But mine is life-long, baby.  

ELIAS
Good to know I’m not alone. But yeah, I guess I just want to discover things I don’t know much about. Even like if I’m doing something I’ll look up the history of a random thing I see - like when light posts were first used and why they glow orange at night.

JD
Nice. That’s the key, man. Can’t ever lose that curiosity.
Whatever you do, that’ll be valuable.

JD
Enough of this for now… you hungry?

ELIAS
I could eat.. like.. 24 hours a day.

JD
Hah!
Alright let’s walk over here first then.

JD and ELIAS walk over to the cafeteria, and stand looking around for their options.

ELIAS
Not going to lie, I thought this place would be a little bit fancier.

JD
Yeah, probably not the nicest place on campus.
But the food isn’t bad at all.

ELIAS
Hmmm
Food an A?
Decor, about a C+

JD
Oh so you’re thinking of doing interior design?

ELIAS
Oh no no.
I’m more of a digital/ graphic design person.

JD
Interior design is a lot harder than it looks.  

ELIAS
Yeah aight, I could make this shit 10x better in a day.

JD
Word? Alright I’ll take you to the bossman right now.

ELIAS
What?

JD
Yeah let’s go, he’s a friend of man. The head of interiors.

ELIAS
Oh, I mean.. But we still gotta check out that other building, I don’t know if we’ll have enough time…

JD
(laughs) I guess you’re right.
Too bad, we could really use your help.

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EXT - CARLMONT VS. EAST PALO ALTO GAME - DAY

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INT - GOOGLEPLEX - AFTERNOON

JD and ELIAS are walking down the hallways and ELIAS notices a wide open office with about 40 people in it. He stops and steps closer to the glass doors to get a better view. Most of the workers are on their own space throughout the office, except for a group of four and a group of five that are standing opposite of eachother.

ELIAS
What is going on here?

JD
This is the the mobile app development team offices.

ELIAS
So like they literally develop apps from scratch, and like design them?

JD
Something like that, a lot of brainstorming and planning, discussing, strategizing and all that stuff. You interested?

ELIAS keeps looking around the office, mentally lost in the space.

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EXT - DAKOTA’S HOUSE - DUSK

DAKOTA is sitting in his room. The sun is leaking in through his skylight as he sits on his light green bed, listening to music with his headphones on. KENNY and ROBERTO pull up outside of the house and come to a stop. They knock on the front door, but no one answers. They walk across the lawn to the side of the house where DAKOTA’s room is and are about to lift the latch on the back fence when they hear a dog growling at them.

KENNY
What the --

ROBERTO
When this boy get a Rottweiler?

ROBERTO
Iono. Not sure I want to find out right now if it’s trained though.

KENNY and ROBERTO take a few steps back away from the fence and think of what to do. KENNY looks around on the ground.

ROBERTO
Looking to see if you stepped in the dog's shit?

KENNY
Nah, for a rock.

ROBERTO
For what? Dogs don’t play fetch with stones.

KENNY
To throw at his skylight.

ROBERTO
Oh word, yeah. Here’s one that might work.

They throw a couple little pebbles but don’t hear any doors opening after a few minutes.

KENNY
Maybe we gotta use one a little bigger?

ROBERTO
Yeah I guess it’s not working.

The next one they throw ends with a loud shatter.

ROBERTO
That couldn’t have been good…

KENNY
Fuck dude.

DAKOTA gets up and takes his headphones off. He storms out of his room and walks outside and doesn’t see anybody. KENNY and ROBERTO are hiding in the bushes in front of DAKOTA’S house.

ROBERTO
Ah, damn, ahh.

This shit got thorns or something?

KENNY
You so loud, bro.

DAKOTA can overhear them whispering in the bushes, he walks over.

DAKOTA
Which one of you fucking idiots thought it was a good idea to throw a stone at a glass window?

KENNY and ROBERTO look at eachother and don’t say anything.

DAKOTA
Like, ya know I own a cellphone right?

KENNY
We were just trying to be cute you know?
Like in the movies, when the guy tries to get the girl to look out the window.

DAKOTA
Dude, my window is on the roof, who the fuck am I going to look at?

KENNY
It sounded like a good idea at the time.

DAKOTA
Ya two better come here later when my parents are here and tell them your cute story.

KENNY
Well, that can wait for now. Ya shit’s broken anyway, fam, just throw a tarp over that for right now.

ROBERTO
Yeah, we gotta hit up Lake Topango remember?

DAKOTA
I don’t know, man.

ROBERTO
C’mon man. Is this about ELIAS? That’s why you left early?

DAKOTA looks at the ground, kind of annoyed.

KENNY
Look man, it sucks and I know ya were like "BFF’s" and shit but you gonna let his decisions completely affect the ones you make?

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EXT - NEIGHBORHOOD - AFTERNOON

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EXT - IN-N-OUT DRIVE THRU - DUSK / NIGHT

The employee passes JD their order, and JD passes it to ELIAS who looks inside to make sure everything is in there, and quickly grabs a fry and eats it.

ELIAS
I think we’re good.

JD
(to employee) Perfect. Thank you!

ELIAS
Ah, finally some good food for the soul.

JD
What do you mean, the food at the Google cafeteria is curated from twenty of the finest culinary institutions around the world.

ELIAS
Eh.. doesn’t hold up to In-N-Out though.

JD
I mean, if you say so… Just pass my chocolate shake please.

JD grabs his shake, stabs the straw into the cup and starts to sip it. The shake is so thick that as he sips, his face starts to become red. ELIAS can't help but laugh.

ELIAS
Man, you should’ve gotten a spoon instead.

JD
You’re just like your dad huh, always with the little remarks.

ELIAS
Guess it runs in my veins… which don’t pop from milkshakes.

JD
Ok I take it back, you’re worse than him.

ELIAS takes out his phone to Snapchat the meal.

JD
You know, I consider myself to be one of the more progressive adults about technology. And, obviously, you know where I work.
But I don’t really get Snapchat…

ELIAS
It’s not made for you.

JD
Damn, it’s like that…

ELIAS
Nah, it’s not even a diss. I know when I get older there’s gonna be some stuff I won’t understand either. It’s cool.

JD
I guess. Would this, like a social app or network, be a type of thing you’d wanna try to work on? Or a company to work at?

ELIAS
Um… maybe. I like the idea of working on something that a lot of people use daily. And as you know I like the phone as a device. But I don’t know. It’s a little overwhelming.

JD
Oh yeah, totally. I mean last week you only had to think about beating East Palo Alto.

ELIAS
Word. I think that game was this afternoon.

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EXT - LAKE TOPANGO - NIGHT

Over by the lake, East Palo Alto’s players take turns one by one jumping into the freezing water after losing the rivalry game and the bet. COREY announces them each as if he was announcing a lineup.

COREY
And now #9, Leonard Paisleyyyyyyy

A couple more players jump in. DAKOTA takes over announcing duties. ROBERTO makes a fake trumpet announcement noise.

DAKOTA
And last but not least, our favorite… #5, Sandersonnnnnn Tershawwwww

The rest of the players finish jumping in and one by one gather around a fire that some of the Carlmont players started. Both teams get hot dogs out and start grilling them over the fire.

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EXT - ELIAS - NIGHT

ELIAS heads up the stairs in his house and is about to walk towards his room when he sees his sister’s door open. He walks over and knocks as he enters, not waiting for an OK to come in. JEANETTE is doodling in her notebook next to her homework while the TV plays The Office in the background.

JEANETTE
There’s leftovers in the fridge if you want.

ELIAS
Nah I’m good, I had some In-N-Out.

JEANETTE
Double double animal style with fries and a Vanilla shake?

ELIAS
Meal of the Gods.

JEANETTE
I’m jealous. You went with DAKOTA? Ya cool again?

ELIAS
Nah… I went with JD.

JEANETTE
Oh, were the Giants playing?

ELIAS
Nah, still Spring Training right now.
We actually went to the Google offices.
I don’t know if you remember, he works there.

JEANETTE
Damn, how was that?
Is it like that movie The Internship?

ELIAS
It was aight.. I mean, it’s better than a traditional office.
And they do cooler things obviously.
But still feels like a job you know.

JEANETTE
Duh. You expected a giant ball pit or something?

ELIAS
I don’t know. It’s just not as magical I guess.
But I did meet these app developer guys who were chill.
Might actually hit one of them up next week about trying out helping him on a project or something. But I don’t know.

JEANETTE
Shit. You never mentioned that before. Like that you were interested in that kinda stuff.

ELIAS
I didn’t even realize I was either. I just knew I liked it but I never really thought about the possibility even of doing it myself.

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EXT - LAKE TOPANGO - NIGHT

DAKOTA, ROBERTO, and KENNY pull up to the parking lot on the lake. They see the bonfire going in the distance. By the time they’ve arrived, some players have already moved on to heating up s’mores over the fire now. They’re all talking about the game.

COREY
Man, I gunned your ass out Michael. Off-balanced, too.

DAKOTA
Yeah, but then you almost lost the game for us with that throw to first. You were only off by about 10 feet.

KENNY
Seriously, luckily it was EARL’s slow ass running, anyone else would’ve scored.

COREY
Man, it was my second game starting, give me a break.

LEONARD
What happened to ELIAS, wasn’t he the shortstop last year?

SANDERSON
He’s their captain, dumbass. Or was, at least.
Well, one of them.

COREY
Yeah...

The boys kinda act like they don’t want to talk about it.

LEONARD
Oh, you guys good?

SANDERSON
Man why you being so sensitive, acting like a therapist.

COREY
Probably not the best time to talk about it anyway.

LEONARD
(puts on a girl voice) Aw no, drama in the clubhouseee!

SANDERSON
You finna be thrown out of our clubhouse at this rate.

Everyone laughs.

DAKOTA
Yeah, he’s no longer with us.
That’s all you need to know.

LEONARD
Damn, making it sound like he’s dead.

DAKOTA
Nah, it’s not like that.
But you know, his decision.

EARL
Shit, that’s good for us I guess.

DAKOTA
Relax, ya still took the L.

SANDERSON
Yeah, but we winning the championship babyyyyy.

The entire Carlmont team collectively rolls their eyes.

EARL
Ain't like a third of your school from East anyway?
So even if y'all beat us in the playoffs --

LEONARD
Which they won't.

EARL
-- either way though, it's all cause of East Palo Altoooo.

COREY
Nahhh. We got some kids from your hood, but we also got a bunch of kids from Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, and San Mateo.

MARCO
We roll deep out here.

SANDERSON
Yeah, but Belmont and San Carlos kids can't play for shit.
Then Redwood and San Mateo hogs them all for their school.

KENNY
Whatchu mean? I'm from San Carlos and look at me.

SANDERSON
My point exactly.

Both teams laugh. Even KENNY can't help and smile.

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EXT - HIGH SCHOOL - DAY

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INT - HALLWAY, HIGH SCHOOL - AFTERNOON

ELIAS is standing at his locker, he puts some books in and goes on his phone for a moment. DAKOTA walks over after a few seconds.

DAKOTA
Hey man.

ELIAS
Sup big head.

DAKOTA
(laughs) Always with the jokes.

ELIAS
What’s good fam.

DAKOTA
So, uh, I just wanted to let you know.
I got into Menlo.

ELIAS
Word?

DAKOTA
Yeah man, just found out yesterday afternoon.

ELIAS
Oh damn, congrats.
I know that’s where you’ve wanted to go since middle school.

DAKOTA
Thanks man, I felt like I wanted to let you know after you helped me with the essay and everything last Fall. I don’t always write as well as I speak.

ELIAS
It was all you, fam.

DAKOTA
What about you? Decided yet?

ELIAS
I have it narrowed down to two, still making the final decision.

COREY and some of the other teammates are coming down the hallway.

ELIAS
But I’ll probably pick by the end of the week.

DAKOTA
Word. Is the deadline --

COREY slaps DAKOTA on the side of the face as he walks by. DAKOTA laughs and shakes his head.

COREY
How’s that leg, ELIAS?

ELIAS
(laughs) Doc said it’s a miracle I’m even standing.

DAKOTA looks confused. COREY hasn’t stopped walking down the hallway with the other teammates.

COREY
DK you coming or what?

ELIAS
DK? You Donkey Kong out here?

DAKOTA laughs and starts running away beating his chest like an ape.

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EXT - BEACH - DAY

ELIAS rides his bike over to the pier and ties it up next to a light post. He swings his backpack to the front of his body and puts the key in a small pocket. He walks over to a food cart and gets a hot dog. He puts on some ketchup and a little bit of mustard.

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INT - LORENZO’S SANDWICH SHOP - AFTERNOON

DAKOTA and his teammates are sitting inside the shop eating their sandwiches.

COREY
Man… I can seriously eat one of these meatball subs before every game.

DAKOTA
If we keep winning every time you eat one of these, you better believe we’ll be in here every day.

ROBERTO
Damn, they look too good.

DAKOTA
Why are you looking at me eat, bro?

ROBERTO
My bad, I just don’t have any cash.

DAKOTA
C’mon man.. COREY got you.
Order whatever you want under 20 dollars.

COREY
Yeah, just Venmo me bro.

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EXT - BEACH - AFTERNOON

ELIAS is sitting on the sand, looking out at the water. He notices the tide is unusually high today. At least compared to when he’s been here in the past, which isn’t too often. Suddenly he feels a tap on his shoulder. He looks behind and there’s MARIA.

ELIAS
Oh shit. Where’d you come from?

MARIA
(laughs) Good to see you, too.

ELIAS
My bad, I just --

MARIA
Nah, I’m just messing with you.
I work here a couple days a week, giving swimming lessons to kids.

ELIAS
Oh word? I didn’t realize.
Since when?

MARIA
Like the beginning of last September.

ELIAS
Oh wow.

MARIA
Yeah. I’m actually on break right now for like fifteen more minutes in-between groups.

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INT - LORENZO’S SANDWICH SHOP - AFTERNOON

The boys are finishing up their meal.

COREY
Y’all done or y’all done?

ROBERTO
Just a few more bites.

COREY
Man, if you hadn’t waited twenty minutes to order..

DAKOTA
Shit, we’re already late.

ROBERTO
Man, he can’t bench all of us. We’re good.

KENNY
Who else tryna leave this dude behind here..

DAKOTA
I would say take it in the car, but I know MARCO keeps that minivan crispy clean.

KENNY
You mean the soccer mom mobile?

MARCO
Now you finna pick up the tip or I’ll leave you here with ROBERTO.

ROBERTO
Alright last bite.

DAKOTA grabs his jacket and brings the check to the counter and walks out the door. The rest of the team quickly follows suit behind him.

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EXT - BEACH - DAY

MARIA is now sitting down next to ELIAS.

MARIA
So you don’t listen to any of those old bands?
Like Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Pink Floyd…

ELIAS
Nah, not really. I don’t know, just don’t get it. The appeal.

MARIA
You’re missing out dude.

ELIAS
Eh, I’m good with Frank Ocean.

MARIA
What about the Pacific Ocean?

MARIA points out to the water in front of them to show it off.

ELIAS
(laughs) That was terrible.

MARIA
My little sister thinks I’m funny.

ELIAS
Well, that explains a lot…

They laugh.

ELIAS
Nah but yeah, I have been trying to catch up on old movies now though.

MARIA
Word? My dad’s a big movie buff so I’ve seen a bunch.
What have you seen so far?

ELIAS
Um. Let’s see… North by Northwest, A Clockwork Orange, Blue Velvet, Dazed and Confused, Pulp Fiction, and Taxi Driver.

MARIA
Oh nice! Good picks. I love Kubrick and Scorsese.

ELIAS
Yeah and a few others. And DAKOTA made a joke recently about French New Wave, so I ended up looking into that and watching some of this guy Jean Luc Godard’s work. And Truffaut.

MARIA
Damn, going foreign. Those were always a little bit too abstract for me. But y’all cool again?

 

ELIAS

Nah, it was before all this happened. Oh and I started on some TV shows, too.

MARIA
Ah, damn. I mean not the TV stuff - that’s cool.
But you guys seemed like such good friends.

ELIAS
Yeah, it’s been such a rollercoaster ever since that morning.

MARIA
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

ELIAS
Who said that again?

MARIA
What do you mean, I just made it up right now.

ELIAS
Oh. I thought I --

MARIA
Charles Dickens.

ELIAS
Word, I knew that. I was just testing you…
But yeah, at least I get to go dip in the water today instead of being on that scorching hot field.

MARIA
Not a bad switch.
Speaking of, I gotta head back to give the next lesson.

ELIAS
Aight. I’m expecting one of them to become the next Michael Phelps.

MARIA
(laughs) It’s just the basics.

ELIAS
That’s how it all begins..

MARIA
True. Or how they end up quitting in high school.

ELIAS
Shieeeeeeet.

MARIA
Oh, and you should watch The Big Lebowski next. I noticed you didn’t have any Coen Brothers on your list.

ELIAS
Aight. It better not have below a 85% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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EXT - BASEBALL FIELD - DAY

The team is in the middle of a game. DAKOTA has only given up one run so far in five innings pitched but has put a man on first and third.

He looks down at MARCO catching behind home plate and shakes off two pitch options. Again on the third, he says no. Finally, MARCO picks the pitch DAKOTA is looking to throw. He drills a fastball in and the batter pops it up high beyond the pitcher's mound. COREY calls for it but DAKOTA is still walking to it, head up to the sky at the ball.

DAKOTA
It's mine.

DAKOTA looks like he's in position to catch it but loses the ball in the sun at the very end. He missteps, but COREY has been waiting nearby and swoops in at the last minute. Unfortunately, he's too late and the runner from third manages to score during the confusion.

Before the next batter, COACH comes out to the pitcher's mound and has a brief word with DAKOTA but keeps him in the game. The next run from the opposing team would tie it. DAKOTA pitches a two-seamer and the hitter drills it to right field. It goes into the corner, running just left of the foul line. ROBERTO scoops it up into his glove and hurls a throw home. It beats the runner by a mile and Carlmont gets out of the inning still holding onto the lead. For now.
 

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INT - ELIAS’ ROOM - NIGHT


ORIGINAL CONCEPT
JACK SOMMER

WRITING
JACK SOMMER + KEVIN DE LOS SANTOS


DIRECTION
JACK SOMMER

CAMERA OPERATION

KEVIN DE LOS SANTOS

CINEMATOGRAPHY

JACK SOMMER + KEVIN DE LOS SANTOS

ACTING
PEDRO PINCAY ("ELIAS")
ANDREW "DREW" WHITE ("DAKOTA")

WEBSITE DESIGN
JACK SOMMER

AUDIO ASSISTANCE
ALBERTO DE LOS SANTOS