INT. FUTURISM TECHNOLOGIES HQ - DAY
The awkward silence brings ANDREA back to reality. All eyes are still on her. Waiting. Watching.
Hello, I'm Andrea Summers. I'll be leading this project-
I can't hear you!
ANDREA becomes nervous.
(a little louder)
I said, I'm Andrea Summers-
This is who Ms Williams picked to head her new project? What was she thinking?
The room bursts into chatter.
Whoever Ms Williams chose to head this new project, she did with good reason.
GREGORY watches MARIA with suspicious eyes as she defends ANDREA.
Maybe she's testing us. Maybe this is just a game to her.
(looks at ANDREA)
Or maybe, just maybe, she actually believes that this woman could bring this company closer to a level of grandeur that none of us could ever accomplish.
ANDREA looks at MARIA surprised.
If so, then no matter our opinions - we must obey.
So - what do you want us to do, Andrea?
A sudden spark fills ANDREA's eyes.
(whispers to herself)
What if she believes in me? In me?
ANDREA looks around the room. Her colleagues waiting like soldiers for their commands. A wide grin curls onto her lips.
INT. FUTURISM TECHNOLOGIES HQ - VARIOUS ROOMS
MONTAGE as ANDREA directs her colleagues alongside MARIA who helps oversee the production of various sketches and designs of ANDREA's car. They feedback to GREGORY who critics their designs till their fit to show LAURAINE. END OF MONTAGE.
EXT. LAURAINE'S OFFICE - LATER
GREGORY leads ANDREA and MARIA through the white hallway to LAURAINE's OFFICE. ANDREA admires her golden framed photos that hang on the wall all of which show her various accomplishments. But MARIA looks at them with a relatable sadness.
GREGORY knocks on the door.
With her permission, GREGORY opens the doors and ushers ANDREA and MARIA in. They marvel over her ethereal interior. The huge windows revealing the sun slowly disappearing behind the cityscape. It's fading light creating a halo behind LAURAINE. She looks like a goddess.
ANDREA holds the folder full of sketches against her chest. A bright smile on her lips. LAURAINE seems surprised by this.She beckons ANDREA forward. ANDREA approaches her desk cautiously.
(placing folder on her desk)
We changed the designs from my original sketches as Gregory and Maria felt that they were too futuristic and far-fetched.
So we came up with a chic model with elements of futurism.
LAURAINE looked through the sketches, flicking through the pages quickly, barely given them a second glance.
I didn't ask for Gregory and Maria's designs.
(closing the folder)
I asked for yours.
ANDREA is disheartened at LAURAINE's comments.
Isn't this your project?
Is this not your idea?
Then why have you brought me somebody else's work?
MARIA smirks as ANDREA bows her head in embarrassment.
Would you rather I give this project to Maria?
Then give me what I asked for.
With the wave of a hand, LAURAINE dismisses them. ANDREA wastes no time in leaving, she heads to the elevator, Maria and Gregory close behind.
When they're all inside the elevator, she presses the button for the ground floor.
Going home so soon?
MARIA presses the button for the fifth floor and ANDREA sulks in the corner as the elevator descends.
When the elevator arrives at the fifth floor, ANDREA seems hesitant on if she should stay or go with them.
Let me help you.
You're the Project Leader, aren't you?
Why have you brought me somebody else's work?
Give me what I asked for.
But as the doors close, she stays in the corner.
ANDREA becomes frantic as the elevator descends.
Andrea, what are you doing?
Her eyes watching the number of levels decrease. Sweat plastering her brow.
The elevator reaches the ground floor and as the doors open, many of her co-workers flood in. She walks out.
Standing in the reception area, she's aimless. Unsure of what to do, or where to go. She watches the elevator doors close behind her. No way back now.
Reluctant, she heads to the exit. But her reflection on the revolving doors makes her stop. She becomes fixated by it.
INT. MEETING ROOM - FUTURISM TECHNOLOGIES - DAY
ANDREA finishes presenting her idea. The silence makes her nervous as she waits for LAURAINE's response.
(standing up to leave)
GREGORY stands at the mention of his name.
Help Andrea with anything she needs to make this a reality.
A bright smile appears on ANDREA's lips as she watches LAURAINE leave. LAURAINE give her no attention until the last moment - a brief glance but it's enough to make ANDREA gasp in shock.
INT. FUTURISM TECHNOLOGIES HQ - LATER
ANDREA laughs to herself.
She noticed me.
At the realisation, ANDREA runs back inside and heads to the stairwell. ANDREA climbs the five flight of stairs till she gets to the fifth floor.
Taking a breather, ANDREA waits by the wall corresponding her department to compose herself. She can hear chatter and laughter in the office.
How bad was it?
Bad enough to make run back to that cheap flat of hers.
Nonetheless, she's shown Ms Williams how much of a mistake she's made in making her the Project Leader. Sooner or later, she'll rectify her decision.
ANDREA storms into the office.
Ms Williams didn't make a mistake. She chose me, knowing that I would deliver.
You've done a good job at that so far.
Yes, I've made mistakes and I've disappointed both Ms Williams and myself but I refuse to let that happen again.
I know we're from different worlds. I'm not from a corporate background, I didn't graduate from elite universities like you all did. But I was given an opportunity and I seized it!
MARIA eyes soften as she watches ANDREA.
All I ask is that you give me a chance. Let me prove that I deserve to be here because I've worked hard, if not harder to get this position.
The following silence causes ANDREA to retract to her anxious behaviour. Her colleagues exchanges glances around the room, as if to ask who would be the one to answer her call of arms.
It's no secret that I wanted to be Project Leader.
Hell I even showed you my idea and you still had the decency to steal it from me.
MARIA approaches her.
But for today, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. But tomorrow - I'm coming to take what's mine.
MARIA extends her hand to ANDREA - a truce. At first ANDREA is hesitant to take it but in the end she shakes her hand.
The floor is yours.
ANDREA takes a deep breath, bringing herself to a state of tranquillity before greeting her colleagues with a smile.
INT. FUTURISM TECHNOLOGIES HQ - VARIOUS ROOMS
MONTAGE as ANDREA directs the team and explains her vision of the car model. MARIA leads the team with ANDREA's vision in mind to produce sketches and designs which she shows to ANDREA who critics and gives feedback for her to change until she's happy with the designs. GREGORY helps ANDREA to plan the production schedule.
EXT. LAURAINE'S OFFICE - NIGHT
With the new sketches and designs in place, ANDREA heads to the sixth floor. She approaches the door with confidence and pride.
ANDREA knocks on the door.
Despite it LAURAINE's office being shrouded in darkness, the moonlight covers her in a celestial glow. She's holding a glass of wine in her hand, her back to the door, looking out into the city.
ANDREA approaches her desk with circumspect. LAURAINE turns to face her. She cocks her head to the side as if she's expecting others to have accompanied her. But it's just her.
ANDREA places the folder on LAURAINE's desk.
The sketches you asked for.
LAURAINE puts her glass of wine to the side and looks through the folder, each page gripping her attention. When she closes the folder, ANDREA waits with bated breath for her opinion.
ANDREA can't help but smile at LAURAINE's comment just before she's dismissed. Skipping through the hallway once she shuts the doors behind her.