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The Long Death
“One out of four hides were usable, the rest ruined through
clumsy skinning, and spoilage through poor drying and insect
1(extreme wide shot) large buffalo herd grazing.
2(sound cues) birdsong over soft violins.
3(medium wide shot) the quiet grazing herd, covering the hills,
waves of bobbing heads, humps, horns, & swishing tails.
4(freeze frame on previous shot)
5(sound cue) the violins become strident, throbbing, screeching.
6a red wash starts at the top center, & upper corners, seeping
into a rapid stream of blood--soon covering the frame.
7(cut back to former medium wide shot) the grazing herd.
8(medium tight shot) a pair of buffalo calves frolicking, an old
scarred up bull stamping his foot and snorting in annoyance.
9(sound cue) Indian branch flute trilling, deep reedy line.
10(another freeze frame of previous herd shot)
11(silence for a two count)
12(camera roaming the still frame)
13(sound cues) dozens of rifle hammers clicking back, followed by
popping sounds in the distance, then louder multiple cracking, then
the lethal roar of several rifle squads firing Creedmoor & Sharps
14(jump cut between close-ups & medium shots) of buffalo being hit
by bullets & thudding to the ground,
15(using some CGI, but mostly real stock footage) of the Montana
sports kill shots, and game warden tranquilizer dart shots; real bison,
real blood, snorting blood spittle as they go down hard.
16(sound cues) beginning with hundreds of pounding hooves, reducing,
fading into mere dozens, finishing with the sound of one buffalo running
through the kill cloud of alkali.
17(cut to medium close-up) thousands of buffalo skulls piled high, &
bleached white in the sun, shot against an electric blue sky.
18(Loman crane shot pulling back) to reveal huge hillocks, many a
hundred feet high, of buffalo ribs, broken spines, & leg bones,
foothills of bone pyramids,
19(crane shot continuing to pull back & back further) revealing hordes
of hunters scraping & staking the buffalo hides to dry,
20(overhead helicopter shot traveling over the hunters) and we see a
railroad siding, with two large water tanks, coal & wood bins, and on
sidetracks there are flat cars with fresh-cut tree stakes sprouting out
of the edges, being loaded with the buffalo pelts.
21(sound cues) trumpets fading to the sound of one pair of large hooves
galloping across the hard ground.
22(medium wide shot) the white spirit bison bull charging through the
hunters & staked hides, running right to left across the frame.
23(sound cues) Spanish flamenco chords over breaking of wooden stakes,
hunters cursing, yelling, some screaming, a few random rifle shots.
24(cut to medium wide shot) the white buffalo running flat out up
a grassy hillside.
25(sound cue) harmonica, guitar, violin riffs.
26(medium one shot) the albino bison comes to a halt near the
crest of a hill.
27(cut to tracking shot moving toward the bison)
28(jump-cut close-ups) blinking pink eyes, ivory horns, frothing nostrils,
heaving shoulders adorned with two broken arrows, & a broken lance
imbedded in his hump, an eagle feather still tethered to it, fluttering
in the soft breeze.
29(reverse tracking shot) pulling back until we see on the green flats
below the brute the town of Blackthorne standing blue in the shimmering
30(sound cue) a pair of saloon pianos playing counterpoint tunes.
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