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I wrote a script for the prologue for a project in Creative Writing.

Feel free to read it if you're intrested.
This is my first time doing anything like this .___.

Prologue: Genesis
By Stephanie Alexander
13 Pages
Page 1 (five panels)
Panel One
A shot of the ceiling of a nondescript room and the top of some machines, obscured by shadows created by a bright light source from below.
Cap (journal entry): May 12th, 2415. Day 734 of Project FarStar.
Panel Two
This panel is large, taking up the entire page, but with the other panels overlapping. A long shot establishing the setting. We’re in a laboratory, slightly disorganized with metal paneled walls. There are no windows on the walls, giving the impression that this is underground (which it is – there is a staircase going up on the far side of the lab). Lining the walls are various machines with blinking lights and various buttons and knobs. In the middle of this lab we see a man in a lab coat. His back is turned to us, but we can make out that he has long-ish, unkempt hair, is of average height and has a medium build. He wears a full face mask to protect his face from the flame emitting from his blow torch. He stands in front of a table where a figure is laying down. We can only see its legs. The room is dimly lit, with most of the light coming from a large lamp that hangs off one end of the ceiling, over the table where the scientist is working.
Title (display lettering): Prologue: Genesis
Cap (journal entry): The project is nearing completion. The programming has been finalized and the finishing touches are being placed on the body. After that, basic tests, and then… we go full out.
Panel Three
A close up of the scientist’s face, with the mask still on, intensely highlighted by the bright light.
Cap (journal entry): I-9 will be greater than any artificial life before her, even greater than the Super Computer that monitors our nation.
Panel Four
Close up of the tip of the blow torch, still on.
Cap (journal entry): Ah, I wrote “her”.
Panel Five
The blow torch turns off.
Cap (journal entry): That’s a first.
Page Two (four panels)
Panel One
An overhead shot as the scientist removes his mask. We get a better look at the figure on the table, though the head is still obscured by the scientist. It resembles an art manikin, and is made of simple shapes. The joints are all ball-and-socket. A tall machine located on the other side of the table where the figure rests is printing out diagnostics on continuous-feed computer paper, which piles up on the floor. Wires from the machine extend to the blocked portion of the figure (where they would be attached to the head.)
Cap (journal entry): We’re supposed to distance ourselves from the things we create.
Panel Two
A simple shot showing the scientist moving from one side of the table, to the other, where the machine spitting out the diagnostics stands.
No captions or dialogue in this panel.
Panel Three
The scientist has now moved to the other side of the table and is looking at the diagnostics paper from before. We get a better look at his face – he sports a large, bushy beard and round sunglasses that obscure his eyes. As a result, very little of skin of his face is visible. In the foreground, we see a silhouette of the figure on the table.
Cap (journal entry): But I feel a much more personal connection to this robot than to any of my previous ones.
Panel Four
The same as the previous panel, only this time the scientist has his head turned towards the figure.
Cap (journal entry): Which is expected, given the nature of *her* creation.

Page Three (one panel)
Panel One
Full-page splash. Another overhead shot, this time birds-eye. We see the table, and the robot on it, in full. While there are no features on the body that suggest “she” is female, the face is feminine – she has been given eyes, a nose, a mouth, and two rounded projections on the side of her head that suggest ears. The nose is very pointed and curves downward. The brow is pronounced, creating a dip for the eye sockets. Above the brow are two vertical slots, one over each eye, with a small, horizontal bar resting on top – eyebrows. (These “eyebrows” move up and down through the slots, and rotate on an axis form an angle.) The eyes are slightly oval, stretched lengthwise, and are currently shut. The mouth resembles that of a talking doll, or a nut cracker – a separate piece that moves up and down. The top “lip” has two small pieces of bendable material that can move up or down to create a smile or a frown. A panel is removed from the top and back portion of the head. A portion of the machine that makes up the brain is visible – it glows a faint blue color. Thin wires protrude from this structure and lead to the diagnostics machine. The body itself is laid out so that the arms rest away from the body and the legs, slightly away from each other. The limbs are all covered in carefully bent sheets of metal, metallic gray in color and not very shiny. The seams are visible. The joints are more clearly seen – they have a ball-like shape which fits the sockets of the limbs. On each ball is a slot that allows the movement of the limb, while the ball itself can twist around, allowing for all the movements a human can perform. The torso is divided into top and bottom sections, connected by a bendable material rather than a giant ball, which manages to contain all of the “innards” of the robot and allow full motion of the torso. On the upper section of the torso is a panel, opened to reveal an assortment of wires and a circular opening – a slot for something to be placed. Molding on the hinges of the panel suggest that this is what the scientist had just been working on with the blow torch. On the panel itself is a circular piece that corresponds to the slot in the torso – this forms a solar panel which will connect to the device that goes inside the slot.
Cap (journal entry): A robot to save us from the tyranny others.
Cap (journal entry): A robot that truly thinks for itself.
Cap (journal entry): The first of its kind. With a mind similar to that of a humans.
Cap (journal entry): Able to form its own connections. To feel; to think.
Page Four (six panels)
Panel One
The scientist has now walked over to a table along the wall. On the table rests a machine that holds up a circular device, about five inches across and three inches deep. The top reveals several holes for the pins of the solar panel to connect to when the torso’s cover is shut. These holes create a circle as well. An “o” shaped bit of clear plastic rests in the middle, from which a blue light the same as the one from the robot’s head will emit when powered on. Right now, though, it is off.
Cap (journal entry): Free from the rules meant to pass as logic for the service robots of today.
Panel Two
The scientist has picked up the device. He holds it gingerly, lightly supporting it with his fingertips.
Cap (journal entry): Rules which, by the way, are very likely to fail.
Cap (journal entry): Any day now, in fact.
Panel Three
The scientist looks over his shoulder at the robot on the table.
Cap (journal entry): My hope is that Unit 1-9 will be able to make her own line of logic and create her own set of rules to follow.
Panel Four
We are at the chest panel of the robot, and can only see the hands and coat of the scientist as he begins to lower the device into the robot.
Cap (journal entry): If the any one find out what I’m doing…
Panel Five
Same shot. The device is in place.
Sfx (the device setting in place): click
Panel Six
The scientist pulls his hands away. The device lights up.
Cap (journal entry): God help me.
Page Five (six panels)
Panel One
Close up of the eye of the robot. Here we see in more detail how the eye is designed. It is very similar to the lens of a camera. The “lids” meet at slanted angles, angling upwards, though not too much to make the face look too sad.
No captions or dialogue in this panel.
Panel Two
Same shot, the eye is more open. The “pupil” is large, unfocused. This close up we can see the details of the pupil itself, and again, it is very similar to a camera. This pupil, however, is set within a white orb, giving the appearance of an eye. The “lids” are slanted as they open, not simply moving up and down – and once again, it is very similar to the motions of a camera.
No captions or dialogue in this panel.
Panel Three
Same shot, the eye entirely open. The pupils have constricted since the previous panel.
No captions or dialogue in this panel.
Panel Four
A large panel that shows the robot’s entire face. Both of her eyes are opened wide, and her pupils have constricted. The eyebrows are completely risen and the mouth is slightly open, the upper lip curved downwards. Overall, there is a look of shock on her face.
Panel Five
A shot from the robot’s perspective, looking up at the scientist who stands above her. Due to the nature of his face, it’s hard to tell what emotion he’s currently going through. He looks down at her through his glasses.
Scientist: Hello, I-9. I am Dr. Oshawott.
Panel Six
We see the shot from earlier from a different perspective, looking on as the scientist, Dr. Oshawott as he is called, leans over the robot, one arm near the I-9’s head. The scene is illuminated by the light hanging over the table.
Dr. Oshawott: I know you’ve got a lot to process, but please, try to relax.
Dr. Oshawott: Your motor functions are still disabled. This is simply a power test.
Page Six (three panels)
Panel One
Looking down at the robot from over Dr. Oshawott’s shoulder. There is a worried look on her face, but only her eyes have moved. Her body is completely stiff.
Dr. Oshawatt: You’ll also notice you have no voice box.
Panel Two
Now looking up at the scientist from the robot’s shoulder. He is shoving his glasses up his nose, while getting ready to close the panel on I-9’s chest.
Dr. Oshawatt: I want to take you through all these steps slowly.
Dr. Oshawatt (in smaller text, mumbling to himself): Also the piece hasn’t come in yet.
Panel Three
This panel takes up what’s left of the page. The doctor has just closed the panel on I-9’s chest.
Dr. Oshawatt: And now we just need to test the solar panel.
Dr. Oshawatt: I’m sorry that your first introduction to the human world has to be so sudden and impersonal, but now that your body is complete, I must make sure all the parts are working properly…
Dr. Oshawatt: …starting with your main power source.
Page Seven (five panels)
Panel One
A panel that takes up nearly half the page. A new day in the lab. It is much brighter than before, with more lights on. We see in greater detail the surrounding machines and various devices. Many of the surfaces are covered in mechanical objects, some of which can be identified as parts of robots. It’s set up as before. I-9 is now sitting up on the table, her legs dangling over the edge. The machine from before, with the wires that connect from it to her artificial brain, has been moved (there are wheels on the bottom, but it’s definitely not a lightweight machine) so that it’s on the side of the table where she’s hanging off of. The doctor stands in front of her, holding her right arm, bending it a bit.
Cap (journal entry): May 15th, 2415. Day 737 of Project FarStar.
Dr Oshawatt: Joint seems to be working fine here.
Panel Two
A closer look at the scene, as Dr. Oshawatt moves from the elbow joint to the hand itself, examining the palm. I-9 looks on with curiosity, eyes wide and focused on Dr. Oshawatt’s own hands. We get a clearer look at what makes up her artificial brain here. The shape of the head is made up of a clear covering, but it is slightly shallower than the metal around it. Inside is a mass of
Cap (journal entry): After the energy tests went by with no problems, I decided that we should begin motor tests sooner than planned.
Dr. Oshwatt: Good, good.
Dr. Oshwatt: Now try to move wiggle your fingers a bit.
Panel Three
A close up of the hand. Each joint of the finger is distinguished, and the palm is made of the same material as what makes up the bendy part of the torso, so that the palm can bend in the same way that a human’s can. The “skin” of the entire bottom portion of the hand, fingers included, is made up of a different material than the body, too. It’s ridged – basically covered in touch highly sensitive touch censors. (These same censors are located on the bottoms of her feet as well.) The hand is stationary.
No captions or dialogue in this panel.
Panel Four
The same close up, though this time the fingers have moved slightly. Small motion lines indicate movement.
No captions or dialogue in this panel.
Panel Five
A close up of I-9. We can see her face, as well as her hand. There is small movement as she wiggles her fingers slightly (indicated by motion lines). There is an accomplished smile on her face.
Dr. Oshawatt: Excellent.
Cap (journal entry): I thought we would only cover basic movements, but…
Page Eight (five panels)
Panel One
We see the scene from a profile, I-9 on the right, sitting on the table, with Dr. Oshawott in front of her, hands in his pockets. His head is leveled slightly above hers, so that he has to cock his head down to look at her, and she has to look up at him. She’s hunched over slightly, having not quite figured out what proper posture is.
Dr. Oshawott: Do you think you’d like to try walking?
Cap (journal entry): She is learning much faster than anticipated.
Panel Two
A close up, so that we get a look at I-9’s face. She looks down at the floor, a worried expression on her face.
No captions or dialogue in this panel.
Panel Three
She looks back at Dr. Oshawott, the worried look still on her face.
No captions or dialogue in this panel.
Panel Four
Dr. Oshawatt cracks a smile, which is hard to see through the bushy beard.
Dr. Oshawott: You’ll be fine, I promise.
Cap (journal entry): I’ve never seen a robot react the way she does.
Panel Five
I-9 gives a shy smile back.
Cap (journal entry): There’s emotion in her eyes.

Page Nine (six panels)
Panel One
Dr. Oshawott stands back from the table, giving I-9 room to get off. She’s in the position to ready herself, paying careful attention to her feet.
Cap (journal entry): Curiosity…
Panel Two
Same shot. I-9 is slightly off the table now, her leg extended, and elbows bent to prepare herself for any screw ups. Dr. Oshawott continues to watch, arms still in his pockets.
Cap (journal entry): Fear…
Panel Three
She’s angled differently now, facing us. One leg is still just above the ground while the other is also close to coming off the edge. Both arms are now on one side, so that when she gets off, she has more support on the table. Dr. Oshawott has taken his hands out of his pockets and readies himself for if she falls.
Cap (journal entry): Anticipation…
Panel Four
Both legs are on the floor now. I-9 is standing in full, though she is hunched over the table a bit, her hands still holding on to the edge. Her knees are far apart. She continues to stare at the ground. Dr. Oshawott’s arms are crossed over his chest, and he there’s a smile on his face.
Cap (journal entry): Even joy.
Panel Five
A close up of I-9’s face, with Dr. Oshawott in the background. She’s looking over at him with an accomplished smile.
Dr. Oshawott: “Great job, I-9.”
Cap (journal entry): I’ve never seen such genuine reactions and expressions from a robot.”
Panel Six
Same shot as in the previous panel, though now I-9 is facing forwards with a more terrified expression her face. Oshawatt has a smug expression on his face.
Dr. Oshawott: Now how about we try walking?
Cap (journal entry): Though I don’t understand the fear. She can’t feel pain.
Cap (journal entry): Note: Still no voice box. I should double check my order.
Page Ten (four panels)
Panel One
Another new day. I-9 sits impatiently in a chair. In her lap is a picture book showcasing various rocks. Dr. Oshawott stands behind her, looking slightly irritated as he has begun disconnect the wires attached to her artificial brain.
Cap (journal entry): May 29th, 2415. Day 751 of Project FarStar.
Dr. Oshawott: Please stay still, I-9.
Cap (journal entry): Is it really this easy?
Panel Two
A close up of the brain as Dr. Oshawott proceeds to remove more wires. It’s brightly lit, and looks like a network of lights.
Cap (journal entry): A life time of research and dedication, a decade of planning, years of construction and failed tests…
Panel Three
We shift to I-9’s face, as she looks down at the book laid out in front of her. We see again her look of intrigue as she stares at the images on the page, eyes wide with wonder. We can see the doctor behind her, staring down as if glancing over her shoulder.
Cap (journal entry): and it only takes a few weeks of training and she’s fully functional.
Panel Four
Dr. Oshawott pulls out the last of the wires, while I-9 raises the book up to her face and begins to turn the page.
Dr. Oshawott: Alright, that’s the last of them.
Cap (journal entry): Though it might be an unwise decision, I’ve decided to take I-9 off the monitor. All it does it limit her range and tie her down.

Page Eleven (panel five)
Panel One
We see a far shot of the scene from before. The chair I-9 sat in is in front of the same table that she had been lying on from before. I-9 starts to get up and place her book to the side, but Dr. Oshawatt, who was moving the machine away, turns to tell her to stop.
Dr. Oshawatt: Don’t move yet, I-9. Since you’ll be able to cause more damage now that you’re not attached to that machine, we need to secure that brain of yours.
Panel Two
I-9 looks over at Dr. Oshawott as he approaches her, carrying something which I-9 eyes curiously, but is not visible to us.
Dr. Oshawatt: I hope you like the color.
Dr. Oshawatt (smaller text, mumbling to himself): Oh what am I saying, of course you’ll like the color.
Panel Three
We see what Dr. Oshawott was holding. It looks to be a wig, but attached to a metal panel in the same shape as the panel that’s missing from I-9’s head. The wig itself is a light orange color, straight and long, just about shoulder length. Dr. Oshawott holds it just as delicately as he did the power device from before.
Cap (journal entry): The wig I ordered came in (though I’ve given up on the voice box and got a separate one).
Cap (journal entry): I’ve always thought that giving robots hair was one of the aesthetic decisions humans made in the standard creation of robots…
Panel Four
We see I-9’s face as she looks at the wig, which is now visible in the foreground. There is a slight smile.
No captions or dialogue in this panel.
Panel Five
Same image, but now I-9’s eyes are closed, and she’s giving a slight nod of approval.
Cap (journal entry): … but she seemed to have liked it.
Page Twelve (two panels)
Panel One
A wide panel, taking up about half the page. We see the scene directly, with I-9 facing us, sitting in the chair. There is no book on her lap, and she sits back straight. She looks off. The wig has been placed on her head, and Dr. Oshawott is busy at work soldering it in place. He wears gloves for protection.
Cap (journal entry): But each day she gets closer to completeion…
Cap (journal entry): Means she is a day closer to her ultimate goal.

Panel Two
We are in the present moment, where Dr. Oshawott is writing in the journal that we have read throughout the prologue. He holds the pen just as delicately as he does the power module or head piece, but there is a look of concentration and worry on his face that we haven’t seen before. The room around him is dark and the only source of light is an oil lamp on his desk.
Cap (journal entry): She’s humanity’s last hope towards peace.
Page Thirteen
A splash page, zoomed out from the previous image. We see the scientist sitting at his desk, hunched over with all his concentration. On the other side of the room is a small cot, and these are the only pieces of furniture in the room. The wall behind him is the focus. Covering it are hundreds of newspaper clippings pronouncing the end of humanity and the rise of the robots, accompanied by chilling images of destruction and cities destroyed. Notes are scrawled everywhere, and taking up a huge portion on one side is a large map of the United States. Most of the urban areas are marked off with large red xs, with smaller black circles and pins marking some of the more rural sections. The floor is covered in paper as well, most of them news clippings that have fallen off the wall and not been dealt with. The entire image gives a sense of the end of the world, and puts everything into perspective – the robot uprising has happened. The scene is lit dimly by the light on the desk.
Cap (journal entry): God help us.
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