Tim Buttner - Multi-Media Expert


Tim is a Multi-Media Expert with skills that span various forms of media. Tim began writing screenplays before he was twelve, completing his first feature-length screenplay at sixteen. He began filming in high school and at seventeen gained experience interning at Edgewood Studios on the set of Zombie Town. Tim continued to study film at Drexel University, establishing himself in the Stereoscopic 3D revolution after attending workshops in New York City with Florian Maier on Stereoscopic Film Production. After graduating from Drexel's Film & Video Program with a Bachelor of Science, and with a Screenwriting & Playwriting Minor, Tim worked for Digital Revolution Studios under Craig Tanner and further worked in stereoscopic 3D. While at Drexel Tim co-founded a company (One Forest Films) with high school friends and for several years helped build the company as CTO, and Chief Web Designer. Tim has been a contributing writer for MarketSaw, and as well selected as a Beta Tester for Blackmagic Design on the URSA Mini 4.6K camera.


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—Favorite Quotes—

"Cinematography, a military art. Prepare a film like a battle." — Robert Bresson

"'Nobody's perfect' is the line that most sums up my work. There is no comedy, no drama about perfect people." — Billy Wilder

"Structure depends on strategy: strategy is determined according to events." — Cao Cao, from Sun Tzu's The Art of War

"I shall hang my 'lecturing' on the same peg with my other failures and follies. It must be a long peg and a strong peg to hold them all." — George Perkins Marsh

"Will the science of the human heart, around which all contemporary art is based, exhaust so completely the writer's powers of imagination that in future the only novels that are written will be chronicles of various events?" — Giovanni Verga

"Train easy, fight hard… and die.
 Train hard, fight easy… and win." — Unknown

 

—Personal Quotes—

"Movies are not watched. They are an encounter with a life's experience not your own."

"I'm well trained in the art of turning shit to gold."

"'My favorite movies are the ones inside my head."

               FADE IN:


               EXT. CROWDED STREET - NIGHT

               THUNDER RUMBLES OVER THE ASSEMBLY.

               The people zigzag across the city street. Each individual is
               prepared for rain, and busies their step to their
               destination. It's tight amongst the buildings.

               A SINGLE RUNNER CUTS THROUGH THE RANKS--

               He brushes against people and bounces off the bigger
               bystanders. His boots keep hitting the asphalt. He bumps into
               another person and as a result his leather jacket opens
               briefly to reveal a Glock tucked in his jeans.

               LIGHT POST--

               He dodges and diverts into a GIRL IN A RED SKIRT--

               They fall to the ground... but he quickly spins to take the
               fall. She rolls off--

               VAL (19) rises and discretely feels his jacket for the gun.
               It's there. He checks the surroundings--

               The bystanders ignore them, and divert around to continue to
               their destination. Val looks back to the girl.

                                   VAL
                         Sorry.

                                   GIRL IN RED SKIRT
                         It's okay.

               The girl (17) stares at him through her blonde hair. She
               brushes it aside to reveal her green eyes... and extends her
               hand. Her nails are a the same red as her skirt.

                                   VAL
                             (lifts her up)
                         I've got to--

               He lets go, but she holds on to his jacket.

                                   GIRL IN RED SKIRT
                         Wait.

               Val focuses his attention on her. She lets go.

                                   VAL
                         I can't stay...
                             (grimaces and steps
                              closer)
                         I'm sorry, but I can't explain.

               Val turns to go--

                                   GIRL IN RED SKIRT
                         What about your name? I'm--

               Val breaks off into the crowd. He pushes through the sea of
               dark rain coats to the other side of the street. There he
               pauses at the mouth of a dark alley. He turns back to the
               crowd.

               He rises to the balls of his toes to peek over the heads of
               the assembly--

               A BLACK HAND GRABS THE GUN--
               AND THE OTHER COVERS HIS MOUTH--
               HE'S PULLED INTO THE ALLEY--


               INT. DILAPIDATED LOBBY - NIGHT

               Dust. It's on everything. It floats in the beams of lights
               from broken windows, walls, and holes in the ceiling. Doors
               that hang from their hinges lead into ballrooms with walls
               torn and crumbling. 

               THUNDER RUMBLES OUTSIDE... AND THE STRUCTURE SHAKES.

               More dust lets loose and swirls in the light pouring in from
               outside. A stairwell descends from the upper floors behind
               the  circular concierge desk, or what remains of it, in the
               middle of the room. The carpet on the stairwell is gone, the
               banister is missing chunks, and the step boards are broken.

                                   COM UNIT (V.O.)
                         Caecilius-four do you copy?

               The dust absorbs and muffles it, but it's distinctly a female
               voice on the other line.

               CREAKS ECHO--

               RATS AND MICE SQUEAK AND SCURRY ABOUT. The walls they scurry
               inside of has paint peeling from the parts of it that remain.
               A FIGURE STEPS OUT FROM SOME DEBRIS--

               CAECILIUS-FOUR's disheveled appearance blends in with the
               dust covered surroundings, and he could be mistaken for a
               blind homeless man. Dust and other grimy things cover his
               large overcoat, his hair is long and unkempt, and his
               stitched hat has faded from red to brown. He doesn't have a
               beard, but is unshaven and rough. He wears goggles...

               The CANE & GOGGLES are the only interesting part about him.
               The cane is a sleek black metal with four silver strips at
               the end, and at the top near his hand is a transmitter
               antenna.
               The goggles don't have lens, but instead are permanently
               attached to his face. A receiver is on one side and buttons
               and a dial on the other.

               Caecilius-Four removes a COM-UNIT from his coat. He turns it
               off, and Val and MEREDITH enter into view through a wall.

               Meredith (34) is an attractive black woman in skin-tight
               black Under Armor and black cargo pants with a knife on her 
               right thigh. Her long dark hair and bangs make her sexually
               deadly, and she is the perfect killer. She pulls Val, tight
               to her, by the elbow into the room and--

               Shoves him away to reveal his Glock in her hand nearest to
               him. She checks the chamber and points the gun at his head.

                                   CAECILIUS-FOUR
                         Reynard wants to speak with him.
                             (turns to go)
                         Turn your com off.

               Caecilius-Four pulls a MOBILE SCREEN out of his coat and
               leaves it on the desk.

                                   CAECILIUS-FOUR (CONT'D)
                         In case you fall behind... we have
                         our orders.

               Caecilius-Four leaves the room down a corridor. Meredith
               motions for Val to follow and takes an earpiece out of her
               ear. She grabs the mobile screen and follows.


               INT. DILAPIDATED UPPER FLOOR - NIGHT

               Meredith pushes Val out of the stairwell--

               HOLES! They litter the floor like swiss cheese, and the
               floors below are similar so that one can see far down.

               LIGHTNING FLASHES AND THUNDER FOLLOWS--

               Val spots Caecilius-Four ahead of them. He makes his way
               across the beams and boards between collapsed concrete
               expertly. He uses the cane for balance. The lightning stops
               and he disappears into the darkness.

               Val glances back at Meredith.

                                   VAL
                         How do you expect me to follow?

               Meredith takes the gun off him as she lifts the mobile screen
               to activate it. Val glances outside the windows.

               RAIN SMASHES AGAINST THE BROKEN GLASS. A smirk crosses his
               face. Meredith shoves the mobile screen into his chest.


               INSERT - MOBILE SCREEN

               Val watches playback of a THREE-DIMENSIONAL GRAPHIC OF THE
               BUILDING'S STRUCTURE. All the weak points are exposed, and he
               sees the path that Caecilius-Four took once he entered the
               floor. He rewinds it to that start point--

               BACK TO SCENE

               Val finds that path and follows it, with Meredith close
               behind. Meredith doesn't train Val's Glock on him, but
               focuses on balance.

               Lightning leads their path, but the resulting THUNDER shakes
               the structure and sends dust into their eyes. Val pauses and
               COUGHS--

               THE FLOOR CREAKS AND GROANS--

               He checks the mobile screen:


               INSERT - MOBILE SCREEN

               It's a weak beam that supports the two of them! He hits a
               demand to see the present beam--

               IT CRACKS!

               BACK TO SCENE

               VAL JUMPS FORWARD AS THE BEAM GIVES! His chest hits the
               floorboards, but his feet dangle--

               MEREDITH FALLS BACK INTO A SPLINTERED SHARD AND INTO THE
               DEPTHS OF THE FLOORS BELOW AS HER SCREAMS ARE MUFFLED BY
               THUNDER--

               Val thrashes his hands to grab hold of something as the floor
               around him cracks--

               GOT IT! Val pulls himself up--

               THE DESK SLIDES TOWARDS THE HOLE! Val kicks and pulls to get
               up... but he slides back! The weight of the desk splinters
               shards of the floor and one impales Val's elbow--

               VAL SCREAMS... and lets go.

               CAECILIUS-FOUR GRABS HIS ARM! He pulls Val up as the desk
               falls into the abyss. CREAKS AND GROANS from the floor forces
               Caecilius to move Val fast.

               The floor falls behind them and dust rises everywhere.
               Caecilius-Four shoves Val next to a concrete column under a
               light. He pulls out a knife.

               Val grabs the splinter... and grinds his teeth and moans. He
               hanks it free as Caecilius-Four TEARS off a piece of his coat
               with the knife. Val YELLS and drops the splinter. Caecilius
               Four hands him the rag. Val wraps it around the wound.

               THUNDER RUMBLES

               Caecilius-Four uses his cane to get his bearings, and adjusts
               the dial on his goggles. Val tightens his bandages knot.

               Caecilius-Four hanks him up and pushes him forward--


               EXT. DILAPIDATED BUILDING ROOF - NIGHT

               The building is surrounded by taller buildings on three
               sides, but it is open to a view of a greater expanse. A city
               skyline is past the lower buildings and park in the distance,
               and skylights shoot up from the middle of the park. A soft
               orange glows against the overcast sky, but the rain has
               subsided.

               LIGHTNING STRIKES BETWEEN THE CLOUDS AND THUNDER FOLLOWS
               SECONDS AFTER!

               The storm has passed. Caecilius-Four leads Val out of a
               stairwell. Val notices three large holes, each descending to
               the floors below, cluster a section of the roof. He pants and
               motions for Caecilius-Four to hold.

               Caecilius-Four takes his knife and holds it to Val's throat.
               He leads Val across the roof to the edge facing the park,
               which is nearest the cluster.

               REYNARD (46) steps out from the cover of an alcove. He's in
               stealth clothing with an overcoat and a fedora hat. His hair
               greys, but retains its brownish hue, and his cold-blue eyes
               examine Val carefully. A smirk creeps across his perfect
               smile, and he lets out a chuckle.

                                   REYNARD
                         Val, your efforts are entertaining,
                         but... I can't say how much I love--
                             (closes eyes and chuckles)
                         You know your actions have made
                         matters worse.

                                   VAL
                         I'm glad to amuse you.

               Reynard glares at him. He nods to Caecilius-Four and he lets
               Val go. Val straightens his jacket as Caecilius-Four goes
               past Reynard to the alcove he was under.

                                   REYNARD
                         Why do you bother?
                             (steps closer)
                         You know you can't escape what
                         you've already set in motion?

                                   VAL
                         I never set--

                                   REYNARD
                         Bullshit.
                             (beat)
                         You're as much a party to this as
                         everyone else. There's no stopping
                         the inevitable.

               Caecilius-Four leaves the alcove with a SNIPER RIFLE. He
               approaches the roof's brick wall, which crumbles and has
               gaps. He mounts the rifle--

                                   VAL
                         I didn't want to stop you... How
                         could I?

                                   REYNARD
                         Right.
                             (takes out a mobile
                              screen)
                         There's no way in which you could
                         stop this. You're meaningless. As
                         is he and she.

                                   VAL
                         She?

               Caecilius-Four attaches wires from the scope to ports in his
               goggles and adjusts the dial. He presses two buttons and a
               light on the reciever flashes yellow and is gone.

                                   REYNARD
                         Val, no one is greater than our
                         purpose so there's no life that
                         will get in the way. Our job serves
                         that cause, which makes our
                         contacts expendable.

                                   VAL
                         Who's she?

                                   REYNARD
                         Don't act like you don't know.

                                   VAL
                         You wouldn't jeopardize--

                                   REYNARD
                         What? Caecilius-Four is more than
                         capable of getting the necessary
                         shots off.

               Caecilius-Four flips a small lever on the scope and Reynard
               turns on the screen and checks it. His smirk widens and he
               glances coldly at Val.

               Val turns his screen back on--


               INSERT - SCOPE

               CROSSHAIRS CENTER ON THE GIRL IN THE RED SKIRT--

               She stands under a light post next to a vender. Caecilius
               Four ZOOMS IN until the crosshairs are fixed on her head. The
               girl looks around for someone, and bites her lip.

               BACK TO SCENE

               Val glares at Reynard for a moment, and steps towards--

                                   REYNARD (CONT'D)
                         I wonder if she's waiting for you.

               Val freezes. Reynard chuckles.

                                   REYNARD (CONT'D)
                             (to Caecilius-Four)
                         Lock Primary-One.
                             (to Val)
                         Technically speaking she's
                         collateral damage.

                                   VAL
                         She's innocent.

               Caecilius-Four flips a second lever.

                                   REYNARD
                         What does that matter?
                             (steps towards Val)
                         Consider her a casualty to a
                         disease. The CDC can't save her...
                         in fact she needs to be quarantined
                         and put out of her misery. And
                         remember that you, in stupidity,
                         brought it upon her.
                             (to Caecilius-Four)
                         Are you ready to take both targets?

                                   CAECILIUS-FOUR
                         Affirmative.

               Reynard checks his screen--

               VAL DARTS AT CAECILIUS-FOUR!

                                   REYNARD
                         Take the targets!

               REYNARD THROWS HIS HAT INTO VAL'S KNEE AND WRAPS HIS COAT
               AROUND VAL'S HEAD--

               Reynard elbows and kicks Val to the--

               BANG! BANG!

               Caecilius-Four dismounts the rifle. Val takes off the coat
               and stares up at Reynard.

                                   REYNARD (CONT'D)
                         I told you... there's no stopping
                         this. There's no escape. And it has
                         to be done.

                                   VAL
                             (rises)
                         You didn't have to--
                             (steps back toward hole)
                         I'm out. No more.

               Caecilius-Four trains the rifle on him.

                                   REYNARD
                         Why take that door. You're useful,
                         and still young and na•ve. We can
                         train a soldier like you.

                                   VAL
                         I'd rather join the diseased than
                         you.
                             (steps to edge)
                         Any last words?

                                   REYNARD
                         Sure...
                             (steps closer to him)
                         You're more of a loss than her.

               Reynard chuckles and turns away. Val grinds his teeth for a
               moment. He sighs and opens his mouth--

                                   REYNARD (CONT'D)
                         Take him.

               BANG!

               VAL FALLS BACK INTO THE ABYSS--

                                                              FADE OUT.