Sunday, 6 May 2012

@Phil- Commission: Script Revision

Phil, I've changed the script considerably in order to highlight the production of the White Blood Cell more specifically. I know that you mentioned just simply depicting the bloodstream as a highway of unspecific cells in your email, but I've struggled with a way of doing that without finding myself focusing on a specific cell type anyway. Whilst it looks like a hefty change in the script, its pretty much just remodelling and rearranging what was in the last version. I'm finding it difficult to simplify this idea in my head and I think I'm just overcomplicating it every time I try to fix it. Please let me know if it looks like I'm just getting in way over my head and I'll keep breaking bits off until its less hectic. Anyway, here is the updated version of the script. 

Innerspace Adventures Through the Human Body
                  Episode Three: Mitosis

Opening Credits

On last week’s episode, we continued to investigate the Cell Cycle, looking at the importance of the Interphase. This time, we will be seeing how and why Cells divide in this week’s exciting installment of Innerspace Adventures Through the Human Body!

Title Sequence
The title sequence provides a brief visual summary as to how the human body is represented as a space age society, with each different element playing specific roles that can be compared to similar roles in reality, such as the emergency services etc. The sequence ends with the words “Innerspace Adventures Through the Human Body!” across the screen.

Scene One
                  EXT. Bloodstream
FADE IN and PAN OVER a bustling highway of fast moving objects.

This bustling highway is the human bloodstream, the regular route of travel for many Cells, specifically, Red and White Blood Cells.

A Bacterium enters the bloodstream and is seen swerving violently through traffic.

Every so often, there are trespassers in the bloodstream and this is where White Blood Cells come in handy.

Scene Two
                  INT. Bone Marrow ‘Police Station’
CUT TO CLOSE UP of sign that reads “Bacteria Detected in Bloodstream”, accompanied by flashing lights and sirens.

A Hematopoietic Cell emerges from a garage.

White Blood Cells start of as Hematopoietic Cells in the Bone Marrow.

The Hematopoietic Cell moves through a device which speeds up the maturation process.

These Hematopoietic Cells grow and mature to become White Blood Cells. The next step is Mitosis, where the White Blood Cell divides and increases its numbers in order to tackle bigger threats.

CUT TO ABOVE White Blood Cell. A large magnifying device enters off screen, magnifying the dome on the White Blood Cell and showing the genetic material within. The camera moves in, transitioning into the Mitosis sequence.

Scene Three
                 INT. White Blood Cell
Mitosis takes place over several phases.

First of all is the Prophase, where the chromosomes coil up and condense. This makes them shorter and thicker, and the nuclear envelope containing them is broken down. The separate copies of a single chromosome are known as sister chromatids. Spindle fibres are formed whilst centrioles move to either end of the Cell.

The next step is the Metaphase. The chromosomes line up in the centre of the Cell. Microtubules formed during the Prophase attach to the sister chromatids.

The sister chromatids begin to separate, this is the beginning of the Anaphase. The sister chromatids are held together by the centromere, which begins to divide as each sister chromatid, moves down its spindle fibre.

The final step is the Telophase, in which the two now separate groups of chromosomes reach opposite sides of the Cell. Both groups gain a new nuclear envelope and the chromosomes uncoil.

Scene Four
Camera PULLS BACK from Cell, returning to an exterior view of the Cell, the door to the Police Station garage opening in the distance.

The division is finalised through a process known as Cytokinesis, where the cytoplasm and organelles divide. The completed processes of Mitosis and Cytokinesis result in two separate cells that are genetically identical, known as daughter cells.

The White Blood Cell divides into two and speeds out through the now open garage door.

These daughter cells are free to duplicate further before they go on to fulfil their specified tasks.

Scene Five
                  EXT. Bloodstream
The White Blood Cells are seen entering the bloodstream from the Police Station. They begin to speed down the bloodstream, moving through traffic and eventually catching up to the Bacteria. One of the two Cells swerves in front of the Bacteria, cutting it off and bringing the pursuit to a halt. The camera pulls back as the sirens continue to whirr and the shot fades out to the credits.

Next time, we’ll be investigating specific Cells and their roles in the Human Body. Make sure to tune in for more exciting Innerspace Adventures Through the Human Body!


  1. Hey Steve - it reads fine, and I'm sure if there's anything in there that's a bit wobbly in terms of process, Dr Klappa will be able to help. I think it's highly unlikely that there will be a problem found with the concept itself. In terms of narration, what's the plan?

    1. For the time being, I'll provide a basic narration myself as a placeholder for a professional one when I find a suitable voiceover artist. So far I've not had much luck finding one that fits the bill, but I will settle on one by the end of the week.