Endless Ocean: Blue World Movie Script; Act 1: Welcome to L&L

ENDLESS OCEAN: BLUE WORLD
Fan-Made Screenplay adaption written by Stephanie Cusumano (Elven Ariaera)
Original Directors Akira Kurabayashi & Masaki Tawara

The screenplay format is slightly off due to the formatting of WordPress.

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EXT. ZAHAB REGION; RED SEA – JEAN-ERIC’S BOAT – MORNING

Seagulls hover together above the ocean, illuminated by the morning sun. As the bird’s chatter, a humpback whale breaks the surface of the water and takes a breath, spraying mist into the air before diving back below the water. Another humpback breaches out of the water, twisting about as it majestically leaps through the air. A pod of four humpbacks can be seen just below the water’s surface, all swimming in the same direction. A much larger blue whale joins the pod, skimming the surface, releasing a puff of mist from its blowhole. More and more, all different types of whales begin to join the pod, increasing in a stunning number. JEAN-ERIC, an elder gentleman garbed in a fishing vest and captains hat, and OCEANA, a teenage girl with her hair tied back and dressed in a diver’s suit, look over the rail of the boat.

OCEANA
Incredible… I’ve never seen so many in one place!

A humpback whale breaches out of the water.

JEAN-ERIC
It’s like every whale in the ocean is here.

Jean-Eric faces ARIANA, a young woman with a short pixie cut and a jet black divers suit. She continues to stare out into the sea.

JEAN-ERIC
So your intuition was correct.

Ariana turns her head to Jean-Eric when he speaks. Oceana faces Ariana as well, keeping one hand on the rail of the boat.

OCEANA
I believed you… but this is amazing!

HAYAKO, a woman of Asian decent clothed in a light toned divers suit sits on a bench near the oxygen tanks.

HAYAKO
For this many whales to have gathered, there really must be something here…

G.G., a dark-complexioned young man with an elaborate red divers suit and bold haircut stands next to her and gives a slight nod.

G.G.
Well, we won’t know what it is until we start looking.

He looks to Ariana, who is now seated on the floor. She slips on her flippers one at a time.

G.G.
You’re ready to dive in, aren’t you? I can see it in your eyes.

Ariana gets her foot into the flipper and looks up at him and smiles with a quick nod. G.G. takes a quick look at the water as another whale slaps its tail against the ocean’s surface.

G.G.
You sure you want to dive with all these whales around? It could be dangerous.

Ariana stands up and straps on an oxygen tank. She gives G.G. another nod.

ARIANA
I’m that kind of girl.

G.G. seems taken aback, then gives a soft laugh.

G.G.
Well, you’re one brave gal, that’s for sure.

Jean-Eric takes a few steps closer to Ariana. Oceana walks to her side and starts helping her put on the rest of her gear.

JEAN-ERIC
Your courage has saved us countless times, and this time is no different. We have complete faith in you.

Another whale breaches from the water, this one fairly close to the boat. Everyone flinches back from the water splashed onboard from the whale’s collision with the water. Jean-Eric turns back to the sea. Oceana also pauses and looks towards the water before facing Ariana again.

OCEANA
You should still be careful… We don’t know what’s down there.

JEAN-ERIC
We’ll monitor you from the boat for now.

Oceana nods.

OCEANA
So please stay in contact with us, okay? And stay safe!

Ariana, now fully clothed in diving gear gives a nod and takes a seat on the edge of the boat.

OCEANA
Good luck!

Ariana falls backward into the water.

EXT. ZAHAB REGION; RED SEA – UNDERWATER – MORNING

ARIANA’S POV: Slowly to ocean begins to turn darker. The silhouette of the boat fades as she

ARIANA’S POV: Slowly to ocean begins to turn darker. The silhouette of the boat fades as she descends into the deep. Around her, some whales come in and out of her view.

ARIANA (V.O.)
It’s hard to believe it was just a few months ago that I started this incredible journey, but here I am. This is it. This has been the moment I’ve been waiting for my whole life.

FLASHBACK:

EXT. PELAGO COMMONWEALTH; SOUTH PACIFIC – JEAN ERIC’S BOAT – NOON

The sky is sunny and the waters are crystal blue, surrounded by a few tropical islands here and there. Jean-Eric drives his vessel out from one of the islands out towards the sea.

JEAN-ERIC
The song of dragons? You told me you’re studying folklore in college, didn’t you?

Ariana sits in the back of the boat. She stares out to the water before answering Jean-Eric.

ARIANA
That’s right, sir.

Jean-Eric lets out a small chuckle.

JEAN-ERIC
Well, there’s definitely mention of that legend here in Pelago. “The Song of Dragons brings misfortune,” or some such superstition. It’s an odd type of thing to be interested in.

Ariana giggles.

ARIANA
Well, I’m just an odd type of girl.

JEAN-ERIC
But to have taken time out of your studies to pursue it here?

ARIANA
Even if I don’t find what I’m looking for, I’ll at least get the field experience for working with you.

JEAN-ERIC
That’s true, and at the very least, working with L&L Diving Service will take you to oceans all across the globe. In between your little research, you know I’ll be expecting you to do your share of guided tours and photography.

Ariana nods.

ARIANA
Of course, sir, and I look forward to doing so!

JEAN-ERIC
Fantastic, glad to hear it… Ah… Pardon me for forgetting, but what was your name again?

ARIANA
Ariana. Ariana Whalin.

JEAN-ERIC
Right, right, of course! My apologies. As I’ve gotten older, it’s become harder to remember people’s names, you know? I remember faces, though. I think your face is that of a person of great resolve.

Ariana smiles. Jean-Eric slows down the boat as they approach a sandbar in the water. He stops the boat and lets down anchor. Once the boat is fully stopped, he turns around and looks at Ariana.

JEAN-ERIC
Now let me introduce myself properly. My name is Jean-Eric Louvier.

ARIANA
Oh, I know! It’s been a dream of mine to work with you, sir!

Jean-Eric lets out a hearty laugh.

JEAN-ERIC
In my younger days, I could understand someone saying that, but this old man?

He leans casually against the wall of the boat.

JEAN-ERIC
It’s been a long time since I made a name for myself as a marine adventurer. A long time since I’ve done anything really… I dove too deep one too many times, and I suffered badly from decompression sickness– the bends, we call it.

ARIANA
I had no idea.

JEAN-ERIC
It’s left me with a serious medical condition… I can never dive again.

He leans over the rail of the boat and gazes out towards the water.

JEAN-ERIC
I’m just an old man abandoned by the sea…

ARIANA
So you won’t be able to help me with my research then, I suppose…

He gets back up and turns to her, giving a light sigh.

JEAN-ERIC
Truth be told, I have no time for things like your “Song of Dragons”, but we are shorthanded here, so anyone willing to work is more than welcome.

Ariana’s bright and cheery expressions lessen when he speaks. A loud motor can be heard in the distance, getting louder progressively. Both Ariana and Jean-Eric turn their heads to the source of this noise. Oceana rides a jet-ski close to the boat and stops it when she is near. She frantically jumps off the jet-ski onto the boat, tying the two vessels together with a thick rope.

OCEANA
Sorry, I’m late!

JEAN-ERIC
Nonsense, you’re just in time.

OCEANA
Oh! You must be the new job applicant!

JEAN-ERIC
Ariana, let me introduce my granddaughter, Oceana- my pride and joy!

ARIANA
Oh! That’s easy to remember, like the ocean! A pleasure to meet you!

She reaches out and shakes Oceana’s hand eagerly.

OCEANA
And you as well!

JEAN-ERIC
Right now, she’s the only diver at L&L.

OCEANA
Uh-huh! Believe it or not, I’m a seasoned pro with years of diving experience! I hear you’ve done a little diving before yourself as well?

ARIANA
Oh yes! I’ve gone a few times in Florida and once when I fell in the octopus tank at the aquarium. Don’t think that counts but I put it on my resume anyway!

Oceana laughs.

OCEANA
Alright then! Let’s see what you can do!

JEAN-ERIC
This dive will be your entrance examination for L&L Diving Service. Follow Oceana’s instructions and see how well you can move around underwater.

ARIANA
Sounds like a plan!

OCEANA
Grab your gear and we’ll go!

EXT. PELAGO COMMONWEALTH; SOUTH PACIFIC – GATAMA ATOLL -UNDERWATER – NOON

The area is small and circular, surrounded by land with a small opening into more water. The water is shallow here with many colorful coral reefs on the ground surrounded by thousands of tropical fish. Oceana and Ariana, both equipped in full diving gear, swim side by side towards the opening in the reef.

OCEANA
Testing 1, 2, 3! Can you hear me, Ariana? Is your radio working?

ARIANA
Loud and clear!

Ariana swims by, twirling about leisurely.

OCEANA
By the looks of things, it looks like you have more than a little diving experience!
Ariana swims by a huge school of blue tangs.

ARIANA
Look at all the fish! This was always my favorite part of diving.

OCEANA
We work with a lot of the wildlife here in Gatama Atoll. You’ll get to see a lot of different species around here! Come on and I’ll show you around.

Oceana swims past Ariana, who then follows her lead.

OCEANA
I’ll show you some of the hot spots that guests love to visit while they’re here.

Ariana makes a sudden stop when following Oceana.

ARIANA
Hey, look at that!

Oceana looks behind her at Ariana. Ariana points to a baby humpback whale. Oceana eyes follow Ariana’s finger.

OCEANA
A whale calf! It’s so rare to see one! We might never get this chance again! Let’s try to get closer!

Oceana and Ariana swim closer to the whale calf, but still maintaining a distance.

ARIANA
It looks like a humpback!

OCEANA
Looks like it and judging by how small it is, it  could be just a month or so old.

ARIANA
Don’t whale calves usually stay with their mothers for a long time?

OCEANA
You know… You’re right. I wonder if they got separated? This isn’t a good situation…

ARIANA
Let’s find the mother!

OCEANA
Great idea! She must still be somewhere near Gatama Atoll, but where? Maybe the Spring Garden area?

ARIANA
It’s worth a try! We’ll guide the calf there together. Lead the way!

Oceana and Ariana swim beside the calf, guiding it to the south. The calf tries to swim ahead, but the two divers keep up with it, swimming slightly ahead of it when it tries to turn in the wrong direction.

OCEANA
I’m surprised to see you so eager to find the whales mother.

ARIANA
Of course! We can’t just leave it alone, it could die!

OCEANA
I’m really happy to hear you think that way. My Grandpa often scolds me for putting myself in these sorts of situations, but I just can’t abandon an animal in need, even if it might be dangerous.

Oceana stares at the whale calf for a moment.

ARIANA
I don’t like the dangerous part, but I agree. If I can help, I want to.

As they progress forward, large, pillar-like rock formations begin to appear more often. They are shelved with flat, green corals. They pass by several creatures such as angelfish and a marbled ray that is burying itself underneath the sand. A deep, loud cry is heard. The two divers continue forward. In the distance, a much larger humpback whale is seen.

OCEANA
There she is! The mother humpback whale!

The whale cries out again with its deep, mesmerizing song.

OCEANA
They usually live in deeper areas farther out in the open sea, but this time of year, when they’re giving birth and raising their young they come to the warm, shallow waters of Gatama Atoll.

The two stop swimming and let the calf roam freely again. The calf starts swimming towards its mother immediately. The bigger whale swims towards the smaller on, nuzzling it lightly with its snout.

OCEANA
Aw, look! They’re so excited! The mother must have really missed her calf. I’m so glad we got them together again!

The baby whale swims around its mother and heads back towards the two divers. It is swimming directly at Oceana. Oceana stammers backward, just barely dodging the whale. She shakes her head a little and swims back towards Ariana without realizing her lapis lazuli necklace has fallen from her neck.

OCEANA
How rude!

ARIANA
Oceana, your necklace!

Oceana looks down. The pendant is falling to the ocean floor.

OCEANA
Oh no– My pendant!

As the pendant drops, an eerie three-note tune is heard.

ARIANA
What was that?

OCEANA
It… Sounded like it was coming from the pendant!

The humpback whales cry is heard again, this time closer than before, and this time sounds more aggressive. The divers turn behind them to see the huge creature headed towards them rather quickly. Oceana starts to swim off as quickly as she can.

OCEANA
She’s going to ram us! Get out of the way!

Ariana dives downwards and spirals herself out of the way just as the whale gets close. The whale continues on and appears to calm down. Oceana swims next to Ariana, who is still watching the whale as it swims back towards its baby.

OCEANA
Nice dodge! Are you okay?

ARIANA
Yeah… I’m fine.

 A little traumatized, but I’ll be okay.

OCEANA
What on Earth was that all about? That sound coming from the pendant… Then the whale going crazy… Hey- where did the whale go?

Ariana turns around and watches the whale with its baby. Oceana faces it as well.

OCEANA
Well, it looks like she’s settled down, probably because she’s with her baby.

The baby whale circles around its mother happily.

OCEANA
They say that whales are even closer to their young than other sea creatures… It’s so great to see them back together!

The calf swims right under its mother as the two start to head south. Ariana looks down to the sand. Something shimmers from in the sand. She dives down and picks up the object, which turns out to be Oceana’s pendant. She examines the pendant on a silver chain. It is a blue cylinder with engravings in the side. Ariana puts the necklace closer to her face. It has the words “The road to the truth” engraved on it in small letters. Oceana swims by her side.

OCEANA
Oh, thank goodness! You found my mother’s necklace!

Ariana hands it to Oceana, who quickly puts the necklace back on and sticks it under her diving gear.

OCEANA
Thank you. It’s a memento from my mother… I’m so glad I didn’t lose this.

There is a moment of silence.

OCEANA
We should get back to the boat. Grandpa’s probably worried about us.

Ariana nods and they both turn north and start swimming together.


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Click here to read Act 2: The Deep Hole

Screenplay adaption written by Stephanie Cusumano (Elven Ariaera)
Original Directors Akira Kurabayashi & Masaki Tawara

Disclaimer: I do not own Endless Ocean or any of its characters. This project is simply for entertainment purposes.

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3 thoughts on “Endless Ocean: Blue World Movie Script; Act 1: Welcome to L&L

  1. Oh please continue this! This is my favourite Wii game, and I’ve been wanting to write a sort of after the fact story with the diver ML -the one who lost his memory and you’ve been taking photos for.- reading the screenplay motivates me to do it 🙂

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    1. I will be doing the second act soon and I will link it here once it’s complete. I think you should go for it! It could be a really great story, I would love to read it if you do!

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      1. Oh thank you for the update! 🙂 I’m so looking forward to it.

        I’ve started to work on the short story and will be posting it on Deviant Art once it’s done 🙂

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