While in grad school, I would like to write Chuffa. Chuffa is a full-length major motion picture that I began thinking about in 2003. The story’s main character is The Reez, a world-renown domino master in the competitive world of domino toppling.
The Reez is a good looking guy with a slight goatee and medium-long red wavy hair. He’s in good physical shape, very lean and a tad muscular. He wears large eyeglasses and always wears a “Team Reez” polo.
In Chuffa, we follow The Reez as he tries and break the Team Record For Most Dominoes Toppled In A Chain Reaction. The world record of 3,992,397 dominoes was set by his European arch-rival. The Reez considers himself the Michael Jordan of dominos, and must have this record. He and his team will attempt to break the record in a spacious convention center arena, where he will set up the most impressive display the domino world has ever seen.
The movie will open with a close-up on Chris, a Team Reez member. We’ll watch as he painstakingly stacks several dominos. Suddenly, Chris slightly mishandles a domino and the camera follows the line of dominos as hundreds fall. We hear panic from off-screen. Out of nowhere a foot stomps down on the dominos, bringing the topple to a halt. The camera pans up from the foot and we see it belongs to The Reez, who has a look of fury on his face.
Chuffa will follow the weeks leading up to the event, where The Reez survives team set-backs and attempts of sabotage. We’ll watch as The Reez rules his domino team with an iron fist. His passion and quirky leadership, however, make the team (and the audience) idolize him.
Finally, it’s the big night. The Reez is anxious but prepared, as spectators and media fill the large arena. The Reez wears an earpiece and holds a walky-talky. The camera also shows us that there is a luxury box that peers over the arena. In the box there are some men that we have never seen before, who don’t seem as festive as the rest of the crowd. The Reez looks at the box often; it seems that whatever or whoever is in the box is the only distraction to his otherwise total concentration. It is no matter though, as the event begins. The dominos fall at beautiful speeds as we race around and watch all the unique domino setups that The Reez has prepared for us. There is an electronic-counter that counts how many dominos have fallen and we see that The Reez is minutes away from having his record.
The audience is roaring, the team ecstatic, but The Reez keeps his cool as he watches on. He then looks up at the box, and sees one of the men hold up a piece of paper as he stares at The Reez. The piece of paper has “Chuffa” written on it, and nothing else. The Reez is frozen for a moment, and his face becomes incredibly serious. Slowly, in a very drawn out statement, The Reez utters “Make it look like an accident” into his walky-talky. The Reez says this while the camera is on his face, which is now without much expression. Through his glasses, we see the reflection of the domino counter, which continues to rise...