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“When Equus leaves, if he leaves at all, it will be with
your intestines in his teeth.”--Martin Dysart.
1(medium wide shot/fade-in) a high plateau vast meadow, dotted with
fat clumps of yellow wild flowers, punctuated by red Indian paint brush.
2(sound cue) harmonica & guitar.
3(medium close-up) Long dew-covered blades of tall grass waving in
a soft breeze.
4(sound cue) pleasant wind whoosh over the harmonica riff.
5(extreme wide shot) the eternal prairie with its verdant flats lying lush
between rambunctious rolling hillocks, a dark mountain range rough
on the horizon, the day’s sun rising blood red out of the blue haze in
6(sound cue) horse herd whinnying midst far-off galloping hooves.
7(slow zoom-in crane shot to medium frame width) as we begin to pick
out twenty-plus equestrian dark dots rolling up white dust along the
right side of the frame.
8(sound cue) twin guitars & French horns.
9(cut to helicopter shot) skimming high over the prairie toward the horses.
10(shot begins to zoom & tighten) as the lens introduces the herd galloping
ever larger into the frame.
11(sound cue) wonderful rumble of pounding hooves, the larkful whinnying
of joyous horseflesh.
12(cut to medium wide shot) camera tracking the herd at ground level.
13(medium close up) Beautiful mustang heads, rippling muscles, long
manes & tails streaming, galloping at full speed.
14(cut to the same shot in slow motion) massive shoulder muscles undulating,
manes wind-swept, tails straight out.
15(sound cue) piano & banjo.
16(medium close-up) a tall magnificent Appaloosa stallion leading the herd,
running like the lyrics of an Apache song, like the paintings on Navajo drums,
like the stories told around Comanche campfires.
17(medium wide-shot) the great spotted stud slid to a stop & the small herd
halted behind him.
18(close-up) the stallion bobbing his head, his neck muscles bulging, staring
off to his right,
19(sound cue) Indian branch flute, train whistle, bison bellow.
20(camera dollys back) opening up the shot to include a bluff on the mesa
above the herd with a lone albino bison standing on its edge.
21(cut to medium close-up) the white buffalo as sentinel, as medicine brute.
22(sound cue) trills on Indian flute with choral chanting.
23(cut to medium wide shot) with the pair in counterpoint, the
white buffalo on the right side of the frame, the Appaloosa on
the left side, with the morning sun rising hot between them.
24(shift locale, close-up) two eagle feathers twitching, fluttering
from the back of a short-brimmed flat black hat.
25(camera dollys back) as we see an Indian wrangler in a corral;
a swarthy figure in the morning light, short & heavily muscled, wearing
a beaded vest, a white breechclout over leather breeches.
26(sound cue) horse snort-song over Indian snake rattle.
27(cut to wide shot) a horse-breaking corral, near the large Bronson
barns on the edge of town. The wrangler standing still in front of the
central breaking post, watching a chestnut mustang--a dozen cowpokes
perched on the fence around it.
28(close-up) the horse’s dark eyes as it shook its head.
29(two shot) the horse rearing back on its hind legs, showing itself to
be a mare.
30(close-up) the Indian’s face, smiling.
31(two-shot) the horse pawing at the ground, eying the breaking bridle
in the man’s brown calloused hands.
32(close-up) big hands with thick rope veins that stood out.
33(cut to medium close-up) a red-faced pot-bellied man in a drugstore
Western shirt, in an Eastern tan suit coat.
--Come on you half breed bastard, we don’t have all day--are you going
to fuck it or ride it?
34(medium close-up) The Indian giving no acknowledgement to the
taunting, intently watching the mare.35(sound cue) long reedy trills on Indian branch flute.
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