NCIS SB007 Soyuz Flight

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Screenplay

Next we cut to a view from far above, as the rocket rises into view. The camera then follows the rocket as it passes, and we go through all the staging steps, intercut between exterior views and cabin views. INT - SOYUZ Free fall. The stuffed animal is floating loosely on the strap.

GEORGIANA
Can I have it now.
SERGEI (laughs)
HIROMI
Alright Georgy.
SERGEI
Here little one.

Sergei releases the strap and pushes the STUFFED TOY over to Georgy with a bit of a spin. GEORGIANA catches it and she smiles.

NCIS SB007 Soyuz Flight


Direction

Next we cut to a view from far above, as the rocket rises into view. The camera is now free, flying smoothly around the rocket as it flies.

As the music reaches the first dip, we see the launch tower eject and then roll around the rocket while the pod stages are released. We cut to an interior view of the cabin. We can see the console showing the rocket status. The stuffed animal on the cable is swinging gently, showing the gee-load and the rocking motion of the spacecraft.

Next, the shroud is ejected, and the Soyuz orbiter can be seen riding on top of the rocket. We cut to a close-up of GEORGIANA's face, and a quick reverse of her view of the toy and the console. There are voices from the CAPCOM, HIROMI, and SERGEI talking over the headsets.

The corestage burns out and the upperstage ignites at an appropriate dip in the music, and then we follow the upperstage as it flies. We see a shot through GEORGIANA's helmet out the window at the limb of the Earth. HIROMI looks across to GEORGIANA. SERGEI is absorbed in what he's doing, punching a button on the console with his pointer.

We cut to the exterior back shot just as the upperstage goes out, and the music stops.

We immediately cut to a subjective shot from GEORGIANA's POV of the toy, now in free-fall, as it springs back on the cable tension and starts to float. She smiles and releases her doll, which she positions to float in front over her face. She's simply enjoying the effect.


(Ros Adds)EXT – SOYUZ- SPACE In the exterior view, we see the orbiter's solar wings and antennae deploy. Beauty shots. INT – SOYUZ We see both the STUFFED TOY and Georgianas DOLL in free fall above her. We immediately cut to a subjective shot from GEORGIANA's POV of the toy. SERGEI and HIROMI remove their helmets. Hiromi unfastens and removes GEORGIANA's helmet. SERGEI removes the passage hatch to the orbiter and passes through it.

EXT – SOYUZ

As the music fades, the Soyuz orbiter is viewed from the front, and passes slowly off to upper screen left, leaving the frame. [ ... this is where I had the line about "Are we in space now, Mommy?", but I'm not sure about it now ... ]

In the exterior view, we see the orbiter's solar wings and antennae deploy. Cutting back to the interior, the three are removing their spacesuits and opening the passage hatch into the orbiter. They will actually be in this configuration for a couple of days.

As the music fades, the Soyuz orbiter is viewed from the front, and passes slowly off to upper screen left, leaving the frame.

Storyboards

Sound

MUSIC: "Return to Adventure" by "Butterfly Tea" from "Magical and Fantasy Musics"

Less ambient noise as we leave the atmosphere (starts with rocket noise, but it slowly fades through the sequence). We hear cabin noises as if we are on the internal communications loop in a spacesuit.