|Four Men, One Company (FMOC)
Author: Winter2012 PM
Four friends own and operate a small independent comic book publishing company in Chicago's business district. They deal with personal problems while trying to keep their lackluster business afloat during the recession.Rated: Fiction K - English - Humor - Words: 4,046 - Published: 01-22-13 - Status: Complete - id: 3094337
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INT. DEMONIC SANCTUARY – DAY
MONDAY 8:25 AM CHICAGO
A TALL, SKINNY BLACK MAN SITS AT HIS DESK GOING OVER THE COMPANY'S
FINANCIAL RECORDS FOR THE PAST THREE MONTHS AND DISCOVERS THE
BUSINESS'S FINANCIAL TROUBLES. IN HIS SUIT AND TIE HE HEADS TO THE
CO-PRESIDENT'S OFFICE TO BREAK THE BAD NEWS.
THE MAN WITH PAPERS IN HIS HAND KNOCKS TWICE, AND THEN ENTERS.
THERE THE CO-PRESIDENT SAT SIGNING DOCUMENTS.
What is it, Kenny?
We are in bad shape, man.
We are barely turning a profit.
I know, but I and Jake are figuring it
No. No we aren't.
KENNY ROLLS HIS EYES AND TAKES A BREATH.
It isn't that bad, K.
Isn't that bad, yeah right, dude.
We have bills to pay on a four-bedroom
House in the suburbs. We need to turn a profit!
That's Kenny. He takes four kinds of
Medication all for anxiety. Despite that
He's a genius with numbers and business
Operations. Which is why he's Demonic
Sanctuary's CFO, COO and a talented
Comic book artist and writer.
Okay, Ken, calm down. You're
More worried than ABC was when
Nancy Grace's nipple slipped out.
That black guy in the chair is me:
Company co-president. I'm young,
Black and handsome in a Bow Wow
Meets Chris Brown kind of way. So I
Was told. I'm sort of the leader here.
KENNY LEAVES THE OFFICE.
IN WALKS JAKE, THE CO-PRESIDENT, AND THE ONLY
WHITE GUY IN THE COMPANY.
Dude, Eric is on his way up.
And he knows we haven't been
Doing that well.
CUT AWAY TO BIG BLACK GUY WALKING DOWN
THE STREET. 2
Eric Watts is the richest black
Man in Chicago. His family owns
The Wasp Investment Firm, one
Of the most successful companies
In the state. By being a billionaire Eric can
Do just about any and everything he wanted.
His aggressive personality is why people both
Fear and respect him.
ERIC J-WALKS INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC, BUT ALL
THE CARS STOP FOR HIM AS A SIGN OF RESPECT.
CUT BACK TO THE OFFICE.
INT. RON'S OFFICE – DAY
ERIC SITS IN RON'S CHAIR AS HE TALKS OUT
HIS CONCERNS ABOUT DEMONIC'S PROFIT
PROBLEMS. BOTH JAKE AND RON ARE A LITTLE
INTIMIDATED BY ERIC'S PRESENCE.
Now boys, you know that
I like you two, right?
RON AND JAKE JUST STARE QUIETLY AT ERIC.
Feel free to talk.
No! No I don't!
Not at this moment because
You idiots haven't turned a descent
Profit in months!
RON AND JAKE LOOK AT ONE ANOTHER, AND THEN BACK
I and –
ERIC LEANS BACK IN HIS CHAIR.
Here's the deal: if you
Do not turn a reasonable profit
By the end of this year, I'm pulling
ERIC GETS UP AND HEADS FOR THE DOOR.
Good day, gentlemen.
ERIC EXITS THE OFFICE.
That was scarier than Flavor
RON CONTACTS THE RECEPTIONIST.
Yes, Mr. Ferral?
Assemble everyone to the
Conference room for a meeting.
Thank you. 4
Why a meeting?
Because we're going to do
What Wall Street couldn't: save
Our own asses without government
CUT TO OPENING CREDITS.
INT. CONFERENCE ROOM – DAY
Okay, people, we have a
Serious issue upon us. Our
Main investor, only investor, has
Threaten to pull out unless we
Turn a profit by the end of this year.
We need to generate ideas that'll
Get us what we need, or we all are
Looking at the unemployment line.
Over my dead body.
Aren't you dying of cancer?
Yeah. That's why I said over my
And none of my baby daddies paid 5
Their child support this week. I'll
Drown one of my kids before I lose
EVERYONE STARES AT TANYA IN DISBELIEF.
Don't judge me!
Anyway, does anyone have any
Ideas they want to share.
EVERYONE IS SILENT.
Come on people. Jobs hang in the
And I would hate to see Tanya's
Mugshot on the 6 o' clock news.
TONY RAISES HIS HAND. FREEZE FRAME.
That is Tony. He's a lifelong
Friend of mine that I believe
May be gay. He's in charge of recruiting
New talent into the company. Seriously
Though he may be gay.
Why don't we create and publish
Pornographic comics only?
What?! No way. We'll be taking the
Easy way out.
You're right. 6
Not you, Kenny. Tony that's
Brilliant. Why didn't we think of
Are you serious?
As a terror attack.
Writers get started on some scripts.
Artists wait to draw your work according
To the scripts.
You are all dismissed.
EVERYONE LEAVES, AND KENNY GOES OVER
TO TALK WITH RON.
Ron I –
KENNY EXITS THE CONFERENCE ROOM.
INT. BREAKROOM – DAY
THE EMPLOYEES ENJOY LUNCH. AT ONE
TABLE AN UPSET KENNY SITS ACROSS
Ken, why are you looking at me like that?
No reason. None at all.
KENNY CONTINUES TO STARE AT TONY.
Seriously, dude, cut it out.
Tell Ron your idea is a bad one,
And I'll stop.
No. Replacing Charlie Sheen with
Ashton Kutcher on "Two And A Half Men"
Was a bad idea. My idea will save our jobs
And this company.
KENNY BECOMES FURIOUS. HE THEN
STANDS FROM THE TABLE.
Fine, Tony, have it your way.
(SARCASTIC) I always do like Burger King.
KENNY STORMS OUT OF THE BREAKROOM.
EVERYONE LOOKS AT TONY.
HE TAKES A BITE OUT OF HIS SANDWICH.
INT. THE JANITOR'S CLOSET – DAY
JAKE EXITS THE JANITOR'S CLOSET, AND
FOUR UNKNOWN WOMEN FOLLOW.
I think you ladies know the
THEY LEAVE OUT OF FRAME.
Now that's what I call a
INT. RON'S OFFICE – DAY
RON SITS AT HIS DESK COMPLETING
PAPERWORK WHEN JAKE WALKS IN.
Ron, those new comics
Will be completed, published
And shipped to stores in one
One month. We have to wait
That long? We need them now.
Dude, have some patience.
A month in our industry goes
INT. RON'S OFFICE – DAY
ONE MONTH LATER
RON IS READING THE FIRST ISSUE OF
"THE SEXLESS WIDOW", THE NEW
PORNOGRAPHIC COMIC BOOK.
Man, time does move fast 9
In our industry.
INT. BREAKROOM – DAY
EVERYONE IS PLEASED WITH THE WAY THE
COMIC TURNED OUT EXCEPT KENNY. HE
TURNS EACH PAGE WITH A LOOK OF
DISGUST UPON HIS FACE.
We should be ashamed
Of ourselves. We are now
KENNY LOOKS AROUND AT EVERYONE
READING THE COMIC.
So no one heard me?
If it makes you feel any better
We never listen to you.
INT. CONFERENCE ROOM – DAY
ONE WEEK LATER
A MEETING HAS BEEN CALLED TO
ACKNOWLEDGE THE COMPANY'S
BOOST IN REVENUE.
Congratulations on a
Job well done everybody.
Sales are up, and Eric won't
Pull out. And we owe it all to
Tony Parker. I just want to say
That even though rumors of
You possibly being gay get around,
You'll always be straight in my book.
EVERYONE RAISES THEIR GLASSES.
EVERYONE SHOUTS OUT "TO TONY".
THEY EACH TAKE A DRINK FROM THEIR
This is water.
There is no drinking
In the workplace –
RON'S CELL PHONE RINGS, AND HE
STEPS OUT INTO THE HALL WAY TO
Hey, Ron, good job.
I like the new direction
You've taken with the raunchy
But one thing though.
What is it?
We are under fire now!
That's right. The all-female
Organization, "Filth Haters",
Are protesting the comic book.
They're all over the place. They
Say that the comic is disrespectful to
Widows and women in general.
Oh no. Are these women at all
Yeah we're screwed.
Fix this, Ron.
RON HANGS UP THE CELL PHONE
AND DIALS ANOTHER NUMBER.
Hey, Uncle Todd, I need you
To do me a favor.
EXT. OUTSIDE THE BUILDING – DAY
THE FILTH HATERS ARE PROTESTING OUT
INFRONT OF THE COMPANY. THEY ARE CARRYING
SIGNS WITH "SMUT PEDDLERS" WRITTEN ON THEM,
YELLING, "SHAME ON YOU".
RON, JAKE AND THE REST OF THE OFFICE
WATCH THE PROTEST FROM THE BREAKROOM
This is bad.
A NEWS VAN PULLS INTO THE PARKING LOT.
And it just got worse.
Don't worry. I enlisted
Some outside help that'll
Solve all our problems.
INT. LIVINGROOM AT HOME – NIGHT
JAKE, RON, KENNY AND TONY WATCH THE
7 O' CLOCK NEWS WHILE AWAITING THE
ARRIVAL OF RON'S UNCLE. THE NEWS SHOWS
FOOTAGE OF THE ON-GOING FILTH HATERS
PROTEST FROM EARLIER THAT DAY.
They say that "The Sexless
Widow" is a disgusting comic
Book, and that it is a cheap form
Of reading material.
THE LEADER OF THE ORGANIZATION IS
Our job right now is to force
This company behind us to
Cease the publishing of this
Comic, and to make sure that
No one, especially women, feels
I'm Josh Martin. Have a good
RON TURNS THE TV OFF.
Where is this Uncle of
THERE IS A KNOCK AT THE DOOR.
That's him now.
RON GETS UP TO ANSWER THE DOOR.
HE OPENS IT, AND IT'S HIS UNCLE TODD,
A TALL AND OLD BLACK MAN.
Uncle Todd. How's it
THEY HUG ONE ANOTHER.
Same old, same old. What did
You call me for?
THEY TAKE A SEAT ON THE COUCH.
Lately we've been having some
Problems with this group called –
Yeah. How did you –
I just know things, nephew. They've
Been giving your business a bad rep.
But don't worry. I'll take care of it. 14
Just exactly how are you going to
Go about it?
UNCLE TODD GIVES JAKE A LOOK.
Let me deal with that. Got a
UNCLE TODD FLASHES A GRIN.
Good. Because I'm going to
Need a driver.
EXT. DRIVEWAY – NIGHT
BOTH RON AND UNCLE TODD
SIT IN RON'S CHEVELLE AS TODD
GOES OVER SOME SORT OF LIST.
Just a checklist, nephew, now
RON STARTS THE CAR.
INT. KENNY'S BEDROOM – NIGHT
KENNY PETS HIS CAT, KENNY, JR.
TONY KNOCKS AND THEN ENTERS. 15
Hey, Ken, can we talk?
TONY SEATS HIMSELF ON KENNY'S
I know that you're
Upset with me because
Everyone at work liked
And used my idea. And I
Know you're only upset
Because you feel that none
Of your ideas ever get used.
Am I right?
Okay. I just want to say:
Despite you being a paranoid,
Heavily-medicated freak, you
Are one of the smartest guys I
Know. And I'm glad to work with you.
And? That's it.
Well I guess if that's your
Idea of cheering me up, then
TONY EXTENDS HIS HAND FOR A
Are we good?
BOTH MEN SHAKE HANDS.
Yeah we are.
TONY EXITS THE ROOM, CLOSING
THE DOOR BEHIND HIM. KENNY
LOOKS DOWN AT KENNY, JR.
I guess I feel a little
THE CAT LOOKS UP AT KENNY.
Dude, he's totally gay
EXT. PRESIDENT OF FILTH HATERS' HOME – NIGHT
RON SITS OUT IN THE CAR WHILE
TODD "TALKS" TO THE FILTH HATERS
PRESIDENT IN HER HOME. TODD FINALLY
REEMERGES AND GETS INTO THE CAR.
What took you so long?
RON STARTS THE CAR AND BACKS OUT
OF THE DRIVEWAY.
Where to next?
31 Aspen street. 17
THE CAR DRIVES OUT OF FRAME.
INT. AT HOME – DAY
THE GUYS WATCH THE MORNING NEWS.
Around midnight last night
Filth Haters president, Samantha
Harris, was found in her home.
She died from a gunshot wound
To the chest. Neighbors did not
See anything. More on this tonight
THE TV IS TURNED OFF.
That's odd. I and
Uncle Todd visited that
Lady last night around 9.
Why were you two there?
SUDDENLY THE FRONT DOOR BURSTS
OPEN. ITS UNCLE TODD COVERED IN BLOOD,
WITH A SHEVEL IN HIS RIGHT HAND.
Hey, Uncle, what you
Been up to?
Don't play dumb, boy.
I'm going to take a shower.
Do not disturb me.
THE SERIOUSLY CREEPY LOOK UPON
UNCLE TODD'S FACE MAKES THE GUYS
NERVOUS. TODD HEADS UPSTAIRS.
What does your uncle do
He scares me more than the thought
Of a second "Sex and the City" sequel.
Whoa. Did you see that blood?
I know. I'll talk to him. Right after work.
THEY GET UP AND EXIT OUT THE DOOR.
THE CAT IS LEFT ON THE COUCH.
Don't leave me here alone with
Him. He might turn me into a hat.
THE CAT EXITS THE LIVINGROOM.
INT. THE HOUSE – DAY
JAKE RETURNS HOME DURING THE LUNCH
HOUR TO PICK UP A DECK OF PLAYING CARDS
FOR A GAME WITH SOME CO-WORKERS. JAKE
LOOKS IN THE KITCHEN CABINETS.
JAKE HEARS A LOUD NOISE FROM UPSTAIRS.
What the hell?
HE HEADS UPSTAIRS TO CHECK IT OUT.
HE RUNS INTO UNCLE TODD WITH A LARGE 19
BLACK GARBAGE BAG.
Aren't you supposed to be at
I just came to get some playing
Cards. What's that you got there?
Taking out some trash.
BEFORE JAKE CAN TURN AND WALK AWAY, A HAND
SLIPS OUT OF THE BAG. JAKE GASPS.
That's a body, isn't it?!
UNCLE TODD GRABS HIS TRANQUILLIZER GUN,
AND SHOOTS JAKE IN THE NECK. HE FALLS OUT
INT. DEMONIC SANCTUARY – DAY
RON SITS IN HIS OFFICE COMPLETING PAPERWORK.
Where the hell is Jake?
RON PULLS OUT HIS CELL PHONE, AND DIALS
JAKE'S CELL NUMBER.
Come on, pick up.
THERE IS NO ANSWER. HE THEN TRIES THE HOME PHONE. 20
ALSO NO ANSWER. RON HANGS UP HIS CELL PHONE.
INT. THE HOUSE – DAY
JAKE AWAKENS TO FIND HIMSELF CHAINED UP
IN THE BASEMENT. HE REALIZES THAT HE IS IN
Oh my God. Help!
No one's going to hear you
From down here.
UNCLE TODD COMES DOWN THE STAIRS.
You're trapped, son.
JAKE'S FACE IS FROZEN WITH FEAR.
INT. THE HOUSE – DAY
KENNY ENTERS THE HOUSE IN SEARCH OF
Jake? Where are you? It's
Not quitting time yet. You're
Still on the clock. Jake?
A TRANQUILLIZER DART IS SHOT INTO
KENNY'S NECK AND HE FALLS OUT. KENNY 21
AWAKENS CHAINED UP IN THE BASEMENT
NEXT TO JAKE.
How's it going, buddy?
Whoa! What the hell is
Going on? Why are we
Chained up down here?
AT THE CORNER OF THE BASEMENT, UNCLE
TODD IS CLEANING A CHAINSAW. THE SIGHT OF
THIS SENDS CHILLS DOWN KENNY AND JAKE'S
Todd? What the hell are
You doing, man?
UNCLE TODD BEGINS TO LAUGH IN A VERY
I'm going to let you in on
Something: I've killed all
The key members of that
Pain-in-the-ass group, Filth
Why'd you do that?!
Because my nephew called
Me up and told me that they
Were a problem. I took care of
That problem so that your
Company can continue to publish
Your sex comics. No more bad press.
You should be thanking me.
You really killed those innocent,
Barely attractive women? Are you 22
That that's what Ron wanted?
I guess. He called me and told me
There was a problem. In my line of
Work, when a guy says they have a
Problem, I get paid to "solve" it. And
The white boy here saw one of the bodies.
You two now know too much, so I have to
Kill you both.
So that's why you have that chainsaw.
No. I'm just cleaning this. It was very
Dirty. I don't like dirt.
Neither do I.
I'm going to kill you with this gun.
THE MEN GASPS AS TODD PULLS OUT A GLOCK WITH
A SILENCER CONNECTED TO IT. UNCLE TODD WALKS
OVER TO THEM POINTING THE GUN AT THEM.
Any final words?
(CRYING) I like white girls.
JAKE CLOSES HIS EYES.
Like Michael Jackson, this is it.
SUDDENLY AT THE LAST MOMENT UNCLE TODD
IS SMASHED OVER THE HEAD FROM BEHIND WITH
A BIG ROCK. HE FALLS OUT UNCONSCIOUS.
Tony! Man I'm sure glad to see you.
TONY DROPS THE ROCK AND WALKS OVER TO A
RELIEVED JAKE AND KENNY. 23
I had a feeling that something
Was wrong. You two were MIA
TONY PULLS OUT HIS CELL PHONE, DIALS
911 AND PUTS THE PHONE TO HIS EAR.
I'm calling the cops.
TONY LOOKS OVER AT AN UNCONSCIOUS TODD.
Ron won't believe this.
INT. THE HOUSE – NIGHT
RON, JAKE, TONY AND KENNY SIT IN THE
LIVINGROOM WATCHING THE EVENING
Todd Barnes was captured
At a home in the Chicago
Suburbs a week ago. He was
Wanted for over 300 murders
In the past 15 years. All were paid
Hits. His trial starts next month, and
If convicted, he will face the death penalty.
THE TV IS TURNED OFF.
Sorry about your uncle.
I guess its best that he's in
Custody. I never really knew
That he was a professional
Hitman. He did like "The
Godfather". He did take away
All the bad press we were getting. 24
Starting Monday we are going
Back to publishing our usual
Material. And the best part is that
Eric won't pulls out his investment
Despite the company's terrible
Performance because he likes us.
THE GUYS ARE QUIET FOR A MOMENT.
I think he's gay.
CUT TO ENDING CREDITS.
Synopsis of F.M.O.C.
Logline: Four friends own and operate a small independent comic book publishing company in Chicago's business district.
Story Arc: As the company grows and expands, the guys change along with it over time.
Ron, Jake, Tony and Kenny all share a four-bedroom house in Chicago's suburbs. The bills are split equally between them. Every now and then they host parties. They almost always go out. The group often find themselves in situations based off of stupidity and poor decision-making.
In the pilot, the group realizes that the company has come into hard times profit-wise. And their prime investor, Eric Watts, has threatened to pull out if the company does not turn a profit by the end of the year. So in an effort to save Demonic Sanctuary Comics, Tony comes up with a plan to publish only pornographic comic books to increase sales and profit. For a while the plan goes great until an all-female organization called, Filth Haters targets the company for its degrading and disrespectful material. To end the protests and bad press, Ron calls in a favor from his hitman uncle, Todd. Todd misinterprets what Ron wants him to do about the problem and kills key members of the group one-by-one.
Jake comes home during his lunch break to pick up a deck of playing cards for a game with some co-workers. He catches Todd with a big, black garbage bag containing a woman's body. Todd shoots Jake in the neck with a tranquillizer dart. Jake awakens chained up in the basement. Kenny arrives home in search of Jake and ends up shot in the neck with a tranquillizer dart. He too awakens chained up in the basement next to Jake.
Uncle Todd lets them know about the murders and why, and decides to kill them for now knowing too much. But before Todd can pull the trigger, he is struck from behind by Tony and a big rock. Uncle Todd is arrested, the guys go back to publishing their usual comic books and Eric decides to keep the company open despite poor business performance because he simply likes the guys.
Four Men, One Company (FMOC)
Name: Ron Ferral Age: 25 Occupation: Co-President/Publisher/Writer
Note: Ron is kind-hearted, and often the center of the social circle. He loves comic books, and is a talented comic book writer. College drop-out.
Name: Jake Willis Age: 26 Occupation: Co-President/Editor-in-Chief/Artist
Note: The bestfriend and business partner of Ron. The fun-loving guy who likes to have a good time who is also a comic book lover and a talented comic book artist. College drop-out.
Name: Kenny Smith Age: 25 Occupation: CFO/COO/Artist-Writer
Note: Kenny is a genius with numbers and business operations and has a Master's degree in business. He is the anxiety-filled member of the group, often taking three kinds of medication to manage his anxiety and panic attacks. He sometimes casually talks with his cat, Kenny, Jr., for reassurance and comfort. He is also a talented artist and writer.
Name: Tony Parker Age: 25 Occupation: Development Coordinator/Submissions Executive
Note: Tony is a very energetic, positive and caring human being. Sometimes around the office to be a closet homosexual that often disappears days at a time, and is visited by unknown men during lunch time who claim to be cousins of his. His primary job at DSC is to find, develop and new talent into employable comic book creators for hiring at the company. College drop-out.
Name: Eric Watts Age: 33 Occupation: CEO/President/Investor
Note: Eric is the CEO and president of Wasp Investment Firm, one of the most successful investment firms in the state. Eric is a billionaire, who is the main investor (only investor) of Demonic Sanctuary Comics because he is a good friend of the group. Eric gets 40% of the company's annual earnings in exchange for providing the resources to the guys to run and operate the business. Eric is a graduate of Harvard Business School with intelligence, business savvy and an aggressive nature professionally, personally and emotionally. His aggressive side often intimidates others. And for some reason he harbors semi-homo-erotic feelings for Ron.
Name: Tanya Hartwell Age: 24 Occupation: Receptionist
Note: Tanya is a single mother with lots of attitude and kids. She says that she has only two children but co-workers believe she has at least six. She does not know who the fathers are, always says that if she loses her job, she will lose the kids. She speaks her mind, and no one really tries to question her. Education-wise she is believed to have only a GED, and no future plans to further her education.