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  • Kairi Kivirähk

The Master of Keys

Updated: Aug 28, 2019






Film or animation script, that tells a story about the Parallel World where each person gets their true vocation and skill when they reach 7-years old and they have their secret room, where all their knowledge is kept. What happens when one boy is not satisfied with the content of his room and starts to find ways to manipulate with his destiny - read and find out.


EXT. FRONT OF THE KEY STORE - DAY


NIKLAS, 5 years old boy comes along the street with his DAD, who is 30 years old serious guy. They enter to the Key Store.


INT. KEY STORE - DAY


Niklas and his dad are moving nearer to KEY MAKER KRIU.


KRIU

Come closer, there is nothing to be afraid of!


Niklas is watching weird machine with mistrust. Kriu is directing Niklas into the machine. Niklas watches his dad before going in, dad nods to Niklas encouragingly. Niklas goes in.


INT. INSIDE KEY MACHINE - DAY


Niklas watches machine with interest. There are weird peeps and clangs and Niklas hears a voice outside.


KRIU

And ready it is!


The machine door opens.


INT. KEY STORE - DAY


Kriu takes key out of the machine and gives it to Niklas. Dad nods seriously, but proudly to his son

DAD

Lets hope the best!


Kriu bows to Niklas.


KRIU

Everything, what will be in your room - is making the person what you will be! Do not forget that everyone are special and different from others and it is a good thing!


Niklas nods and fidget to get home. Dad gives paper to Kriu, where is written “Help with advise and strength”.


KRIU

Thanks! Be good boy, young Niklas!


Niklas and Dad leave the Key Store.


INT. NIKLASE HOME - DAY


Niklas mother is waiting with a cake. Niklas and dad arrive.


MOTHER

I am so happy of you my dearie. This will be your one of the most important days in your life. That day will point your life direction.


DAD

We really hope that those things you will find in your room will help you to get successful and good man. Hold your skills well!


Niklas nods and goes to a wall. He touches the wall with his key and door appears. Dad comes next to Niklas.


DAD

As you already know you are the only one, who can enter your room and also only one, who knows what is in there. You should never tell everyone what is there, because someone can use it in wrong way..


Niklas already wants to open the door and is getting nervous.


MOTHER

Dont forget that things what are there is your talent! But if you want to be a talented, you have to practise. Go now and take your time to get to know your things and afterwards we can eat some cake!


Niklas looks his parents and smiles then. He turns the key and enters his room.


INT. ROOM OF NIKLAS - DAY


Niklas watches his room and happiness in his face turns to sadness. There is only one book in his room. He goes to the book and reads from the cover " The Book of The Master of Keys". He desperately looks over all of the corners, but there is nothing. He opens the book.


INT. DREAM


Niklas sees in fast motion, how to built a key machine and what does he need for that. He sees different details and how the keys differs by one another. He understands the logic and buttons and consequences after pushing the buttons.


INT. ROOM OF NIKLAS - DAY


Niklas throws the book to the corner. He is not sad, but really serious. He hears his mother voice.


MOTHER

Those things in your room..


NIKLAS

Things..


He stands up and leaves the room.


INT. HOME OF NIKLAS - DAY


Mother and father are watching Niklas surprisingly.


DAD

You are already out. Didn't you liked your things? Or these doesn't interest you?


Niklas makes a fake smile.


NIKLAS

I love those things. I would just like to celebrate with you before I start to look closer of my things.


INT. ROOM OF NIKLAS - DAY

A small tear appears on the floor of Niklas.


INT. HOME OF NIKLAS - DAY


Niklas looks down.


DAD

So, will you be a famous, successful man? Give us some hints!


NIKLAS

You said yourself that it is not really wise to tell, what is in your room.


DAD

Smart kid! I am not worried at all.. As we with your mother are so talented, I am sure that our only son will be the same talented in many fields! Did you locked your door?


NIKLAS

No


DAD

Remember it for a rest of your life - when you are not in your room, the door must be closed!


NIKLAS

Why?


DAD

( mysteriously)

Everyone should keep their treasures safe!


Niklas goes and locks the door.


NIKLAS

Dad, is it possible that someone have only one thing in their room?


DAD

(Laughing arrogantly)

I haven't heard that it can happen. In our family, the members have always had a lot of stuff! People with one thing will end up in roomless house, sooner or later..


NIKLAS

But can they bring some new stuff inside their room?


DAD

Oh, I thought you already knew it! That is the worst act you can commit. There is always consequences when you would do that..


Niklas is really worried and starts to ask more, but his mother interrupts him.


MOTHER

Come now, take some cake!


NIKLAS

Dad, I need to go to hardware store.


DAD

Now you are talking! That is my son


Dad ruffles Niklas head and Mother offers some cake, everyone eats.


INT. ROOM OF NIKLAS - NIGHT


Niklas sits in the middle of his room and reads the book. There is a loud sound of opening the door. Niklas puts calmly his book away. Smoke starts to come from the edges of the room and Niklas falls asleep.


INT. ROOM OF NIKLAS - DAY


There is a loud sound of closing the door and NIKLAS, 20 years old wakes up. His room is like before only there is a small puddle in the middle of the room. There is a book next to him. He leaves his room.


INT. HOME OF NIKLAS - DAY


Niklas dad is reading a newspaper.


DAD

Aren't you getting late for work?


NIKLAS

No, there should be coming only one small girl and after lunch.


DAD

You are already 20 and you are still only playing with that key making. I have repeated already many times, it is time to start developing your other skills.


NIKLAS

Patience dad, i have told you I want to be a master of one thing before I start with a new one!


Niklas goes away, dad looks disappointed.


INT. ROOM OF NIKLAS - DAY


Puddle gets bigger.


INT. KEY STORE OF NIKLAS - DAY


Niklas cleans his key machine, bell rings and SMALL GIRL with her FATHER comes in. Small girl is really afraid.


NIKLAS

Come closer, there is nothing to be afraid of!


Father and daughter are coming closer to Niklas and Niklas directs girl to machine.


NIKLAS

If you have any wishes, then think about those while you are there.


Girl smiles and goes inside the machine. There is a clang and Niklas takes out the key. Proud father gives Niklas a card and they start moving out.


SMALL GIRL

Thank you!


FATHER

Thank you, if you are ever hungry, you know where to come!


Girl's father points to a card he gave him.


NIKLAS

Have a nice day!


Niklas is thoughtful when suddenly a girl RA , 20 years old runs in.


NIKLAS

Hi, how can I help you?


Girl starts to cry hysterically and sits.


NIKLAS

Please calm down, what have happened?


RA

The worst thing possible. I am changing every second much more messier and I forget, I forget everything!


NIKLAS

I am not sure can I help you. Maybe we should go to a doctor, I can take you there!


Ra watches Niklas. Niklas expression changes.


RA

My key got lost.


Niklas is shocked and Ra cries even more.


RA

Is it possible to help me? I don’t know what to do anymore. I don’t want to go there where are the people without the rooms. I don’t want to, please help me.


NIKLAS

I have never done or read that it would be possible. I think it is impossible what you are asking from me.


Niklas watches Ra.


NIKLAS

Ok, we don’t have time to lose. Go inside the machine, I have to try that.

Ra goes inside the machine. Niklas tries to push some buttons, but nothing happens. He closes his eyes.


INT. DREAM


Niklas is in his room and looks "The Book of The Master of Keys". He breaks the book casket and there are symbols inside. He watches those.


INT. KEY STORE OF NIKLAS - DAY


Niklas tries buttons. Key pops out and machine opens. Ra comes out and watches Niklas. Niklas gives her a key. Girl runs to Niklas kisses and hugs him.


RA

You saved my life! I can never repay you that!


NIKLAS

I have to ask you that you would never talk about it to anyone.


RA

Why? Then all the people could come here from the roomless houses and get new keys!


NIKLAS

It is late for them. In your head there was still the room where you have grown up, but they don’t remember that room anymore.


Ra and Niklas are watching each other with silence.


RA

I would really like to thank you. If you have time, come to visit me today. She gives him a card, maybe I could help you somehow as well.


Niklas thanks Ra and she leaves. Niklas goes back to the machine and sees that there is one key more.


EXT. ROAD TO THE KEY MAKER - DAY


Niklas is walking on street.


INT. KRIU KEY STORE - DAY


Niklas steps into Kriu key store.


NIKLAS

Kriu! I need to talk with you!


Kriu clatters with tools and comes.


KRIU

What is wrong? You look pale!


NIKLAS

Do you have time?


KRIU

But of course, who wouldn’t have time for colleague!


They sit down and Kriu offers some cookies.


NIKLAS

Is it possible to make a copy of other person’s key?


Kriu goes serious and watches Niklas scowlingly.


KRIU

Those are dangerous thoughts! Why do you want to do something like that?


NIKLAS

I don’t want to do something like that, I just did it! I copied the girl’s key, who lost her key.

Kriu is shocked.


INT. RA’S HOME - DAY


Ra opens her door with her new key and goes in.


INT. RA’S ROOM - DAY


All the room is full of soap bubbles, there are some books, fossils and binoculars to see stars. Ra is looking for something desperately. She finds a small mouse and lets the mouse go out of the room. She watches her key and holds it strongly in her hands.


INT. KRIU’S KEY STORE - DAY


Kriu watches Niklas really seriously.


KRIU

You have to destroy the other key. Those kind of things are not allowed. If someone loses their key, then it have to happen like that and it is not our business to change this person’s future!


NIKLAS

So you think it is better that the people, who will lose their keys will end up a place without rooms?


KRIU

It is not our job to decide it! We live in a strange world, but this world is in balance. Think about it, if this key would end up in a wrong hands.. If someone would go to this girl’s room..


NIKLAS

What happens then?


KRIU

Don’t play with fire! There is a lot in this world what we don’t know and will never know. It is better if the things will float in their own way. Do you promise me that you will destroy the key?


Niklas makes a pause.


NIKLAS

(steadily)

Ok. You are right. I will destroy the key and I won’t do nothing like that anymore.


Kriu pats his shoulder.


KRIU

It would be better if it will stay between us, can you talk with the girl as well?


NIKLAS

I already talked with her. Don’t worry.


Niklas leaves. Kriu sighs deeply.


INT. HOME OF NIKLAS - NIGHT


Parents are drinking tea. Niklas sits next to them. Everyone are silent.


DAD

Niklas.. We have talked with your mother and we really feel that you don’t use your skills, what have been given for you. We really hope you can start already develop your other skills and come out of the closet.


Niklas watches down.


MOTHER

What you father wants to say is that we love you a lot, but do you really want to be a key maker for the rest of your life? You won’t get your own house, if you only deal with that. Not that we want you would move..


Niklas is thoughtful.


NIKLAS

I have already started, don’t worry. I just have to do a bit more and you will see.


He watches down.


INT. ROOF OF NIKLAS - NIGHT


Puddle grows bigger.


INT. HOME OF NIKLAS - NIGHT


Niklas cheeks are red, he finishes his tea.


NIKLAS

I have to go, I have a meeting.


Parents are changing glances with each other.


MOTHER

Have a nice meeting.


Niklas leaves.


INT. RA’S HOME - NIGHT


Ra hears knocking. Her eyes start to shine like stars. He opens the door and lets Niklas in.


Come forward!


Niklas sits down.


RA

I have thought a lot about today. I was totally sure that no one can help me and I was too scared to go to Kriu.


NIKLAS

I didn’t believe as well, that it would be possible.


RA

I made you a cleaning chemical what will clean your key machine, or actually it will clean everything.. I forgot it downstairs where is my laboratory. Can you wait a second?


Niklas nods. Ra leaves. Niklas takes a key from his pocket. He goes to Ra’s room and tries it to the keyhole. He breaths heavily. He turns the key and door opens. He watches inside the room.


INT. RA’S ROOM - NIGHT


Niklas goes in and is astonished, he touches binocular and watches the books. In one of the books it is said “Chemical elements” and other one “The Work with Wood”. He understands that he have been in room long enough and leaves.


INT. RA’S HOME - NIGHT


When Niklas have locked the door he sits to sofa. Ra comes up and gives him a small bottle.


RA

Sorry it took so long. Here, it is for you.


Ra’s eyes started shining like a stars even more.


NIKLAS

Thank you, tell me what are your skills?


RA

Oh, I do all kind of medicine, cleaning powder and so on. I like those things, but I could deal with others as well. And you, do you have anything except key making?


NIKLAS

Oh course, but I like to be exhaustive with one of the things and then move on.