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Baroque - Scene 3


EXT. ART ACADEMY - DAY

JASON, bearing a striking resemblance to the Countess’ Son from the first scene, is pulling into the parking lot of an older building, The Art Academy. Jason honks at a pedestrian walking slowly in front of his car. They exchange waves and smiles.

He parks his car, retrieves a portfolio and painting case from the trunk, and walks to the main doors of the Academy.

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INT. ART ACADEMY HALLWAY

Jason is glancing at his watch as he walks quickly down the hallway.
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INT. ART ACADEMY, PROFESSOR WILLIAMS’s STUDIO - DAY

The large studio looks to be devoted to the restoration of paintings and sometimes, apparent by the number of easels against the wall, is used for classes. CARL, a fellow student at the Art Academy, is diligently restoring a painting. Jason rushes into the room, and places his personal effects in a cupboard. Carl looks up, taking notice of Jason's late entry.

CARL (smiling)
You’d be late to your own funeral.

JASON
What are you talking about? It’s only five minutes.
(looks toward closed door leading to PROF.
WILLIAMS’s office)
Williams come in yet?

CARL
Yeah, and he’s pissed. If I were
you, I’d just start working.

JASON
I’ll talk to him. We’ll see.

Jason arranges his tools for restoration. Out of view of both Jason and Carl, PROF. WILLIAMS enters and listens.

CARL
You’re so lucky, getting away with
all the shit you pull... You ever
have a hard time breathing with
your nose so far up Williams’s ass?

JASON (laughs)
Whatever. He just recognizes a
genius when he sees one.

CARL
I think I’ll stick with my “nose up
ass” theory.

PROF. WILLIAMS
I believe, Mr. Banks, that we
should put your theory to the test.
Mr. Sutherland, a word in my
office, please.

Jason follows Prof. Williams through the adjacent door and into his office. Prof. Williams sits at his desk, and motions Jason toward a chair.

PROF. WILLIAMS
How's the watch?

JASON
It's fine.

PROF. WILLIAMS
So it works then?

JASON
Yeah. I'm sorry. I was up late
painting and overslept.

PROF. WILLIAMS
Any later and I would have had to
give the job to Carl.

JASON
What job?

PROF. WILLIAMS
A restoration. Have you ever heard
of Adolphe Starne?

JASON
No. Should I have?

PROF. WILLIAMS
No, not necessarily. He’s an art
collector. Lives here in town,
though you wouldn't know it.
Spends most of his time in Europe
hunting down pieces for his
collection. He recently purchased
a painting and wants it restored
right away - he’s very excited
about it.

JASON
That's cool. When do we start?

PROF. WILLIAMS
Well... Theres something else. I'm
going to let you do this one
yourself. I think it will be a
good experience for you. Besides,
it’s about time you handled a
painting yourself.

JASON
Right on. Thanks.

PROF. WILLIAMS (smiles)
Just make sure you are professional
- particularly in front of Mr.
Starne. If you impress him,
then... Well, let’s just say that
it could be the perfect kind of
side business for a starving artist
who really wants to focus on
painting.

The phone rings. Professor Williams picks it up.

PROF. WILLIAMS
Professor Williams.
(pause)
Thank you. Please send him down.

Prof. Williams gets up, and opens the door. ADOLPHE STARNE is walking down the hallway toward the office. Prof. Williams approaches Adolphe, and they shake hands.

PROF. WILLIAMS
Thank you for coming by, Mr.
Starne.

ADOLPHE
Not at all. I appreciate you
seeing me on such short notice.
Prof. Williams leads Adolphe back to his office.

PROF. WILLIAMS
Can I get you anything? Coffee?

ADOLPHE
No, thank you.

They enter the office. Adolphe notices Jason and seems almost taken aback. Jason stands.

ADOLPHE
Have we met?

Jason and Adolphe shake hands. They all sit.

JASON
No, I don’t think so.

PROF. WILLIAMS
This is Jason Sutherland, one of
the rising stars here at the
academy... I expect Jason will be
taking a major role in the
restoration of your painting.

ADOLPHE
So you are able to begin right
away?

PROF. WILLIAMS
We were just discussing that. I
was thinking that he could start
the preliminary work, and I’d pick
up after I finish a few of the
other things I'm working on.

ADOLPHE
Splendid. In that case, gentlemen,
I shall expect you at my house
tomorrow. Say, nine o’clock?

Adolphe rises, followed by Prof. Williams and Jason.

PROF. WILLIAMS
That sounds fine. Jason?

JASON
Sure. Yeah, that's great.

They shake hands again.

ADOLPHE
Nine o’clock tomorrow, then. Good
day, gentlemen.

PROF. WILLIAMS
I’ll walk you out.

ADOLPHE
Thank you, but that won't be
necessary... I would hate to
distract you from your
preparations.

Adolphe leaves. Jason and Prof. Williams sit.

PROF. WILLIAMS
Are you sure you don’t know him?

JASON
Yeah. Positive.

PROF. WILLIAMS
He seemed to know you...

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