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“Shake it until the moon becomes the sun.”
1(sound cue) saloon glasses clinking, a woman’s laughter, a dog barking.
2(medium 3-shot) the three loafers staring after the stranger.
3(medium close-up) the hatless man: there’s something about that man.
4(close-up) the beanpole: something besides the fact that he is one scary
5(3-shot) the hatless man: just seems like I seen him before.
6(close-up) the fatman: hey, I think we would have remembered a guy
7(sound cue) guitar strumming, then a long slide.
8(close-up) the hatless man: No, it will come to me--must have been a
long time ago.
9(medium 3-shot) the three men exchange confused looks.
10the fat man: I got a bad feeling.
11(sound cue) cello, elongated bowing.
12(cut to a wide shot) a road winding through the foothills, bordered
with pine, scrub oak, aspen, & thick brush.
13the stranger rides into the frame, loping smoothly with the black dog
14(sound cue) violin & harmonica.
15(medium shot) the rider reins up.
16(cut to a low angle shot) as the proud roan stallion dances & prances,
red muscles rippling, eyes flashing.
17(medium close-up) the stranger is staring off into the past, thick memories
rising up in his blue eyes; a soft breeze ruffling the back of his long hair.
18(sound cue) Indian snake rattle.
19(medium wide shot) the tall rider turns off the main road & starts climbing
up a steep twisting side road.
20(smooth crane shot) the stranger traveling up the hill, moving in & out
of the thick patches of trees.
21(medium close-up) shivering aspen leaves.
22(sound cue) lonesome wind becoming harmonica chords.
23(medium close-up) a cougar high up on a rock shelf.
24(close-up) the puma’s yellow eyes.
25(cut to reverse shot) the cougar swishing its tail.
26(sound cue) Indian flute, short reedy bursts.
27(pull back to medium wide shot) the rider in the distance passing
below the mountain lion.
28(cut to medium close-up) the black dog has stopped,
and is staring up at the rock shelf.
29(medium wide shot) the rider passes through the frame,
behind the dog.
30(sound cue) a cougar’s growl.
31(close-up) the dog’s brown eyes
32(sound cue) the dog’s growl, followed by a distant
33(medium shot) the stranger stops his horse, and looks up,
scanning the rocks above him.
34(close-up) the stranger’s hand resting on the stock of his
35(sound cue) cello being strummed fading into a hawk’s
36(overhead traveling shot--crane, helicopter, CGI) moving ahead
of the rider around several bends in the road, past a huge rock
shaped like an Indian head, out into the open where the
topography leveled off, revealing....
37(wide shot) an abandoned ranch.
38(hold on shot for a 3 count)
39(sound cue) horses whinnying, chow bell clanging, children’s
40(medium close up) entrance to the ranch, wide gates open, one
hanging broken on it hinges, thick timber center posts with a gunshot
sign swinging under the cross-tie on top that read ANTLERED BUCK.
41(sound cue) piano playing sweetly.
42(traveling crane dolly shot) into the ranch yard--we see a two-story
ranch house, a long low bunkhouse, a large red barn, several sheds
& three corrals.
43(medium close-up) a black feral cat sitting on the front porch.
44(close-up) the house cat’s yellow inquisitive eyes.
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