Shot of an old desk littered with papers, books (Including Chi Lun’s Almanac of the People), an image of Artemis Senior, and a photograph of a mottled green hand reaching from the shadows. Music (Montserrat Caballé performing Bellini’s “Casta Diva” from Norma, as an allusion to Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony) plays.
Shot of Angeline wearing her wedding gown, by herself, in a darkened room with heavy velvet drapes to block out sunlight, lamps on, next to a lipstick and pillowcase mannequin of Artemis Senior. Shot is mostly blue; dark colors used.
Music fades when Juliet speaks. High angle shot of Holly by herself, wading through a crowd at Police Plaza. Image is primarily orange in tone, but Holly wears a dull green jumpsuit and a reflective helmet.
Juliet (Voiceover): Leprechauns. You know they’re not real, right?
Callas music picks up again.
Camera slowly focuses on an early-2000s computer with the words “Translation Complete” gently pulsing on screen. The background is an image of fairy hieroglyphs.
Cut to black. Dramatic musical cue.
Cut to Artemis and slowly pan out to reveal image of a tree at a riverbend, specs for abduction.
Artemis: Let us proceed under the assumption that the fairy folk do exist, and that I am not a gibbering moron.
Open with studio logos. Cue music.
Camera flies toward establishing aerial shot of Fowl Manor. Cut to the gate with “Fowl Manor” visible.
Artemis and Butler are in the computer control room. It is clearly an old study. The left side of the frame includes an old oak floor-to-ceiling bookcase, expensive carpet, and bare lighting. The bookcases are crammed full of early 2000s Apple Mac computers. In the background, a DAT projector throws updating images of CNN world news on a bare wall.
Camera centered on Artemis, in a silk shirt, and Butler, wearing a suit and Omega Speedmaster. Artemis and Butler are both well-groomed. Butler stands slightly behind Artemis.
Artemis: Shut them all down, except the Book. I need quiet for this.
Butler: [visibly surprised] All of them?
Artemis glances wistfully at the back wall, then to the photograph of his father.
Artemis: [emotionally, because he is giving up the search for his father] Yes. All of them.
Butler pats Artemis on the shoulder before turning offscreen.
Musical cue, intense spy music. Int. Corridor. White-lit.
Foaly and Commander Root walk with purpose through the corridor. Handheld camera accentuates intensity of the scene.
Foaly: [urgently, holding a tablet] We lost contact with Captain Short.
Camera whips around. Foaly and Commander Root have arrived in a brightly lit, high-tech computer room. There are several monitors with satellite images, a tracking system, and other information. An Interpol database is running.
Forced perspective used.
Commander Root: [buries face in hands] Why am I not surprised?
Foaly: [Focused on tablet] Here we are. Look. The important bit. [Looks up at the projector on the wall] We lost visual. We’ve got sound, so I’ll bring that up.
Foaly presses something on his tablet. Video from a camera that has fallen on the ground begins playing onscreen.
Butler: [voice recording, muffled] Nice pea shooter.
Commander Root: She drew her weapon.
Artemis: [voice recording, muffled. Cold tone] I don't suppose you would consider peaceful surrender? [pause] No, I suppose not.
Ext. Shot to establish isolated field, next to a riverbend and oak tree. Nighttime. Full moon is visible.
Holly: [voice recording, muffled]: Stay back, human.
Holly is silhouetted by the moonlight, beneath the oak tree. Her wings and gun are visible. Spy music picks up again.
Holly: You don’t know what you’re dealing with.
Cue title card + Artemis Fowl’s theme:
Cut back to Foaly and Commander Root in the LEP computer room.
Foaly pauses the video. Camera is still to achieve forced perspective. No music.
Commander Root: [takes a moment to compose himself, looks down. Voice is hoarse] Captain Holly Short is missing in action. [Looks up toward Foaly angrily, because someone has kidnapped Holly.] Go full alert.
Montage timed to the music, As the Crow Flies:
1. Butler, in medieval armor, fighting the troll in Fowl Manor.
2. Holly fighting the troll in the Italian restaurant.
3. Mulch swinging open the secret vault behind the painting.
4. Holly pulling back to punch Artemis in the face.
5. Japanese whaler floating by docks suddenly explodes. A fairy (Commander Root), obscured by silhouette, flies from the explosion. He is on fire. He flies in a reverse loop and splashes down in the water. Camera pulls away.
6. Artemis leaning back in his chair. Computer room, lit only by the glow of the computers, fingers steepled. He is smiling a creepy smile.
Music changes. Cue post-title card:
THE MAGIC BEGINS