PAGE ONE – 7 PANELS.
All black panel.
Close up on young OTTO. A boy of eight. His eyes open wide a smile on his face as he wakes up from his sleep. It is very early christmas morning.
* Translated from German.
The empty bed of Otto, the sheets pulled back and left in a hurry as he rushes out to find Santa. The fuzzy dark blue light of pre dawn casting a chill over the room.
Otto holds on to the banister as he creeps as quietly as can down the stairs. A doorway has been left ajar in the hallway running next to the staircase. A pool of light, flickering red and green spills from the half open door.
Close up on Otto his face illuminated by the same flickering lights as he peaks in past the doorway, still to scared to enter and really meet santa.
<Is, is that you Santa?>
Large panel. Cut to inside the living room. A huge and beautifully decorated christmas tree twinkles with red and green lights.
KRAMPUS stands tall next to it, hunched over to fit into the room designed for humans. Krampus, is covered in blood red fur, he stands on two legs each with a large hoof in place of a foot, his hands have bird like talons, his face sharp and harsh, his nose more like a beak than a nose. Atop his head or a set of large rabbit like ears and a pair of twisted and savage looking horns. His belly is huge and round, but not jolly like Santa's.
(lettering note: Krampus speaks with a rough and scratchy font.)
Didn't your mother tell you? You're on the naughty list little Otto.
Cut back to Otto's room. The sheets still pulled back exactly as Otto left them. The room is now filled with a bright light from the christmas morning sun.