Thursday, May 4, 2017

Blackthorne--Scene 62

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Cinemagenic Sixty-Two


“We talk a lot about hope. and the main message
is that we are more powerful together.”
--Victoria Osteen.

1(cut to an overhead drone shot) the two men & the 
dog squatting by their fire--their horses hobbled 
behind them, as the morning sun rises higher into
the flat blue sky.
2(two-shot) Johnny over Buck’s shoulder, chewing his
bacon & beans: My heart is heavy. It was not an easy
thing to watch them drag Chatawa off like that.
Buck: Uh-huh--damned hard.
3(close-up) Johnny: You know there will be no love for
him on the Bronson ranch--just cruelty.
4(two-shot) Buck over the Eagle’s shoulder: Christ. if
only love could be the solution for everything--but there
seems to be so little of it to go around.
Johnny: Do you think we will ever see that grande 
stallion again?
5(close-up) Buck: I’m going to try and buy him.
6(sound cue) piano & harmonica.
7(two-shot) Johnny, over Buck’s shoulder: You might as
well piss on the stars to put them out.
Buck: Still, I will try.
8(medium close-up) Johnny : I think Chatawa will never
give in to the whip & the spurs. They will never break his
beautiful spirit. They’ll have to kill him.
9(close-up) Buck: It could be true that one day we will 
have to let go of our dreams for him--but his story is not
over yet.
10(medium wide shot) the men finished their breakfast,
saying nothing more to each other.
11(smooth jump cuts) They wiped down their pans and
cups, packing up their gear. They tied the mares together
and brought them out of the willow corral. Johnny’s white
stallion was still limping, but he saddled him just to let
him know he was still part of the plan. Then the Indian
mounted up behind Buck on the red stallion, They 
started off at a fast walk.
12(tracking shots) The tall roan stud had no difficulty
carrying the two riders. The pack mule & the pair of 
mares were lashed together, & Johnny held the tether.
13(sound cue) The metal pans & gear rattled on the 
gray mule, over saxophone & banjo.
14(stationary overhead crane shot) they rode from left 
to right across the frame, with the white stallion limping 
along behind them, the reins wrapped loosely around 
the saddle horn. the wide stirrups slapping his alabaster
sides as he struggled to keep up.
15(cut to medium wide shot) as they walked slowly down 
into Antlered Buck ranch late in the afternoon.
16(smooth jump cuts) Cheewa was scampering around
chasing a cat, a rabbit, & some chickens--the entourage
made its way to the the big barn--the mares were still a
bit wild eyed, & their flanks were wet from the heat.
17(two shot) the men’s exhausted faces.
18(sound cue) banjo & harmonica.
19(smooth series of cuts & fades) Johnny opened the tall
barn doors, and he walked his horse & the mule inside;
Bob was limping badly.  Outside, Buck put the mares into 
an adjacent corral already holding two dozen other horses.
He dismounted & walked his roan into the barn. Johnny 
was placing his silver saddle on a saw horse. Buck walked his
horse over to a stall, & began unsaddling it. 
20(sound cue) harmonica riffs.
21( two shot ) Buck: Well you haven’t said a word to me
for several hours. Now would be the time to unpack your
thoughts. Johnny’s face was calm, but he remained silent.
Buck: Compadres talk.

22(sound cue) Indian branch flute.

Glenn Buttkus

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brudberg said...

Oh what melancholy... I really hope for some good news for Buck soon... he has some rights I think to that horse. Love the scenery and hope for some Compadre plans in the next installment.

Thotpurge said...

Great scene ..from putting out stars to compadres talking...loved the ebb and flow.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Such an incredibly evocative new addition to the series, Glenn. Fingers crossed for Buck!

indybev said...

"... if only love could be the solution for everything--but there
seems to be so little of it to go around." Well said!

Truedessa said...

I stopped in quick as I knew you would post a segment. I'm still a big fan of the story.
My favorite parts

if only love could be the solution for everything--but there seems to be so little of it to go around. (so true)

Buck: It could be true that one day we will have to let go of our dreams for him--but his story is not over yet. (A story is never truly over & and I'm hoping they hold on to that dream and find a way to make it happen)

You are a master of putting the reader right in the scene, it felt like I crossed into another world.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

What melancholy indeed - but I love your evocative write.
Your words remind me of my younger years when I was a cowboy addict, watching black and white movies and buying paperbacks by the dozen. I could never stand anything with John Wayne in it though...
Anna :o]

Grace said...

We await the conversation then ~ In the meantime I hope they will never break his beautiful spirit ~ Have a good weekend Glenn ~

Charley said...

Played Elton John's Roy Rogers is Riding Tonight in my head while I read. Well done!

Walter J. Wojtanik said...

Compelling, Glenn. And that kind of spirit you can never break without breaking a part of yourself!

Frank Hubeny said...

You have got me hoping Buck and Johnny rescue Chatawa.