NCIS SB005 Suiting Up

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Screenplay

INT – BAIKONUR LAUNCH COMPLEX – PREP ROOM


Launch crew checks seals on GEORGIANA's suit.

PAD-CREW WOMAN:
Вы все в порядке. хороши. All okay.
(You are okay. Good. All okay)

Georgy holds up her doll who is also in a space suit.

Crew woman smiles a big smile and checks the doll's space suit Crew woman: And your doll, she is good too.

PAD-CREW WOMAN:
да, ваша кукла хорошо тоже.
(Yes, your doll is okay too)

We cut to a little later, with HIROMI getting her suit on. GEORGIANA is holding her ventilator. Two technicians are helping HIROMI with her suit.

HIROMI:
This doesn't feel straight.
PAD-CREW MAN:
(Russian accent, but in English)
Is this better?
HIROMI:
Yes, that's much better.
(to GEORGIANA)
Georgiana, come here. Are you Okay?

GEORGIANA nods.

HIROMI:
It won't be long now. And in a few days, we'll see Daddy again. Would you like that?

GEORGIANA nods a little more enthusiastically.

HIROMI smiles and takes GEORGIANA's space-suited hand.

PAD-CREW WOMAN secures the doll to GEORGIANA's spacesuit using a velcro strap that seems to have been added for that purpose.

We cut again to GEORGIANA's face, but she's wearing the snoopy cap now, and her helmet is closed. She's in the small test seat, and there are some test cables attached to the suit.

HIROMI
(filtered voiceover)
Testing. Testing. Sergei are you receiving?
SERGEI
Affirmative.
HIROMI
Georgy, can you hear me now?

GEORGIANA nods and smiles.

SERGEI (laughing)
Ahh, the little one is listening. I'll have to watch my language when we take off.


PAD-CREW MAN
It's time.

Cut to the three walking out towards the pad. HIROMI is holding both her own ventilator and GEORGIANA's. SERGEI looks pretty normal. Of course, there is the incongruity of GEORGIANA's small size. These shots show them from the front.


NCIS SB005 Suiting Up

Direction

We cut to the crew preparations. SERGEI, HIROMI, and GEORGIANA are putting on their "Sokol" IVA spacesuits for the Soyuz flight.

The scene starts with a slow track in on the open trunk, which is now revealed to contain the special child-sized spacesuit that the ISF had to have custom-manufactured to fit Georgiana. It is quite different from the standard adult Sokol spacesuits, although it is clearly meant to be compatible. Large patches of the exterior fabric (covering the arms and legs) are pink, with an ISF patch, and pink-anodized aluminum fittings. Because of the pink, it looks a little like the suit in Whelan's "Ultimate Sandbox" painting, but it's an IVA suit. Another, subtler difference is that the controls are all positioned to be convenient for an adult guardian, rather than the child wearing the suit.

Next: a slow pullback from GEORGIANA's face, as someone (PAD-CREW WOMAN?) vigorously brushes her hair back, preparing to put on the "Snoopy Cap".

Intervening shots show a compression of time. We see a number of white-suited PAD-CREW technicians and equipment. We also see SERGEI undergoing the pressure test on a test seat.

All through this scene, there are camera flashes, because there are people documenting the preparations.

We cut to a little later, with HIROMI getting her suit on. GEORGIANA is holding her ventilator. Two technicians are helping HIROMI with her suit.

At the end of the scene, we cut to the three walking out towards the pad. HIROMI is holding both her own ventilator and GEORGIANA's. SERGEI looks pretty normal. Of course, there is the incongruity of GEORGIANA's small size. These shots show them from the front.

Storyboards

Sound

MUSIC: "Restless Heart" by "Yunus" from "Running Against Time"

Ambient sounds from actual Soyuz procedures. This is closer to real-time. Photo-snaps from observers. Suit and machine sounds. Talking.

I have sound that was released by NASA. I think it's probably public-domain so long as it's not used in a way that identifies the people involved.