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  • St. Nicholas : The Boy Bishop

    This is a Christmas time moving but not a Christmas day movie. It deals with St. Nicholas not Santa Claus.


    Logline:

    St. Nicholas, the Patron Saint for children, is still helping children without notice.

    Synops:

    The story starts before St. Nicholas became a saint or even before he was a bishop. Itís stars when he was sixteen and he helps a silver smith and his three daughters. Nicholas tosses bags of gold into the smithís house at night.

    Itís a few years later Bishop Nicholas convinces a ships captain to leave grain and other food with his town. The town and surrounding area is going through a drought. When the captain and his ship arrives at his home port nothing is missing. In and around Bishop Nicholasís town there is plenty of food for everyone and grain seed to plant.

    Itís centuries since Bishop Nicholasís death. He is a saint. In Alaska several Native American chiefs have dreams with St. Nicholas in them. St. Nicholas tells the chiefs to be baptized by Russian Orthodox Christians. It will save their language and culture. They did as St. Nicholas has told them to do. They built St. Nicholas Church in Juneau, Alaska. Their culture and language is part of their church services.

    Itís the twentieth century. St. Nicholas is going by the name Nick Bishop. He is seen differently by different people to fit in.

    In the 1930ís Nick helps a struggling family to survive the Great Depression.

    In the 1940ís Nick helps on little girl survive Polio.

    In the 1970ís Nick helps a young boy who is stuck in an orphanage find a family.

    Itís present day. A family in a car and a teenaged boy who is walking across the street are hit by a drunk driver.

    The families connected by Nick Bishop in the past come together. The families, Nick and faith bring their family members out of comas on St. Nicholas Day. They will all have a Merry Christmas, some what.

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    excerpt 1

    EXT. SILVERSMITHíS HOUSE - NEXT NIGHT

    The house is dark. The silversmith is hiding in the shadows of
    the buildings and trees. There is a young man walking his white
    horse towards the silversmithís house. The silversmith watches
    the young man and recognizes him as Nicholas.

    Nicholas looks in the daughtersí window and sees the youngest bed
    is to far from a window but is next to a fireplace that is dark
    and empty. Nicholas swiftly and silently climbs up on the roof
    and drops the bag of gold coins down the chimney going into the
    daughtersí bedroom. Nicholas climbs down from the roof as the
    silversmith walks out of the shadows.

    SILVERSMITH
    Nicholas, youíre the one whoís
    been secretly giving me coins.
    Why?

    NICHOLAS
    Why did you chose to lose your
    silver to save a young boy?

    SILVERSMITH
    It was a boys life at stake.

    NICHOLAS
    And so is your daughtersí.
    Besides I donít need the money.
    Do I?

    SILVERSMITH
    True. How can we thank you?

    NICHOLAS
    Take care of your daughtersí,
    help those who need help and
    donít tell anyone of my gifts.

    Not everyone is honest and kind.
    When I give I donít want people
    feeling like they owe me something.

    Iím just doing what Jesus taught
    us to help others who need it.

    SILVERSMITH
    I understand. Thank you.

    Nicholas climbs on his white horse.

    NICHOLAS
    You are welcome. Have a good
    night.

    Nicholas rides away. A coin falls to the ground without notice.
    The silversmith goes into his house.

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    • #3
      excerpt 2

      INT. MELISSAíS ROOM - NIGHT

      MELISSA, a small girl, is alone in her room. She is very sick.
      Nick Bishop walk into the room and lays a St. Nicholas coin on
      her chest. Nick prays to God.

      NICK
      God, help this child survive
      this disease and endure the
      after affects.

      Nick looks down at Melissa and puts a hand over the coin.

      NICK
      May this coin conduct all the
      good energies sent to you from
      other and help you heal and
      endure. Sleep well. God bless.

      Melissa moves in her sleep. Nick leaves. The coin has changed
      into a charm on a gold chain.

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      • #4
        excerpt 3

        EXT. LARGE CITY - U.S.A. - PRESENT DAY - DAY

        SUPERIMPOSE: PRESENT DAY

        Zoom over a large city that is covered with a layer of glistening
        white snow. Zoom to a preteen, RICHARD AMMON CARTER , an African
        American waiting on the sidewalk for the light to change. A
        Crown Vic with a family of five inside is also waiting for the
        light to change. The light changes. Richard and the Crown Vic
        start to cross the intersection. A speeding car coming out of a
        alley hits Richard then slams into the Crown Vic and pushes the
        car into on coming traffic. One car could not stop in time.
        Many people come running. They go to Richard and the Crown Vic.


        INT. CROWN VIC - DAY

        The mother , JENNY NATIONS, a white woman in the passenger seat
        is not moving. The oldest child, OSTARA MAY NATIONS, who is
        behind the mother, is moaning but not moving. The youngest,
        BRONSON JOSEPH NATIONS, who is sitting in the middle of the back
        seat is screaming. The middle child, CHAD ALLEN NATIONS, who is
        behind the dad, is moving and trying to calm Bronson down. The
        dad, PETER ROBERT NATIONS, who is part Native American is only
        moaning.

        CHAD
        Hey, you gotta calm down.

        Chad reaches out and smooths Bronsonís hair to try to calm him
        down. Chad also tries to unbuckle his seat belt with the other
        hand but shooting pain in that arm stops him.

        CHAD
        You have to calm down. If you
        donít youíll have an asthma
        attack.

        With pain shooting through Chadís left arm and now his left leg,
        that is stuck, he keeps petting Bronson. Trying to calm Bronson
        down until someone can get them out. None of the doors will
        open.

        BRONSON
        (screaming)
        They canít get us out! Mommy
        isnít moving! Daddy wake up.

        CHAD
        Relax! They will get us out.
        Everyone is just hurt. Sometimes
        people sleep when they are hurt.

        Bronson starts coughing.

        BRONSON
        Like when I was sick I slept
        a lot.

        CHAD
        I told you to calm down. Whereís
        your inhaler?

        BRONSON
        I forgot it at home.

        CHAD
        Oh, man. Youíre suppose to bring
        it with you wherever you go!

        Bronson is coughing and starting to wheeze.

        BRONSON
        I know.

        Chad checks if the window will roll down. It does. The person
        trying to open the driver door turns to talk to him.

        PERSON
        Are you all right? We are trying
        to get you out. Help is on the
        way.

        CHAD
        I know youíre trying. I canít
        move. Wheezer, Bronson, needs to
        get out.
        (pain pause)
        Can go out window?

        PERSON
        Yes.

        Chad turns to Bronson, who is wheezing pretty bad.

        CHAD
        Unbuckle yourself and crawl
        over me.

        Bronson unbuckles, crawls over Chad and out the window into the
        waiting persons arms. Ambulances and fire trucks arrive. Chad
        passes out from the pain.

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