Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Blackthorne Episode 99

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Cinemagenic Ninety-Nine


"The most miserable outcast still hoards some
memory, or some illusion."--Joseph Conrad.

1(shot note) all of the scenes in this epic are shot
with three cameras, allowing for maximum
coverage--not counting the steadicam, crane
and drone shots.
2(one-shot) Johnny Eagle stood in the Buck
family graveyard; three graves, with plain
headstones, with a low white-washed fence
around them. There was ample room for
several more graves. 
3(sound cue) piano and cello.
4(slow pan) across the three headstones; left to
right, Martha May Buck--beloved wife and mother,
Jackson Tobias Buck--second son, and William
Tiberius Buck--husband and father.
5( one-shot) from behind the father’s headstone.
There was another Winchester cradled in his arms, 
a completely full shell belt of 30-30 brass strapped
around his thin brown waist, and the leather fringes
on his short vest and twin knife scabbards danced in 
the warm breeze that blew across the bluff.
6(sound cue) sweet coronet and guitar.
7(medium close-up) Johnny: Bill Buck, you were my
compadre, almost a brother. I miss your sad laughter.
8(tight close up). Now your son is like my son. Aye,
carumba, he is like you said. He is valiante. But I
must tell you, he distresses me. 
9(cut to overhead drone shot, near him, but slowly
rising) dialogue continues as Voice Over:
He wants to try and make peace with Bronson. You
know how foolish that is. Bronson is like a scorpion
with its tail erect. You can not reason with a scorpion.
10(overhead shot) levels out into a wide shot of the
ranch: But he is the Buck now, and I will do as he
wishes. Things change here, brother. Soon it will be
a grand rancho again, with lots of fine horses. Perhaps
there will be a woman here again, new blood, new life.
I think I will die here, and I will rest with my brother,
and his wife that I never met, and his youngest
muchacho, whom you said was always pale, who
never felt any warmth from the sun.
11(flashback) sepia photograph of Bill, Mary and
Jack on the front porch.
12(cut to close-up) But not today, old Buck. Not
today. There is so much to do. There is this pinche
Bronson, and your son needs me. I am his man.
13(sound cue) Spanish chords on guitar.
14(overhead medium wide low drone shot) the
Eagle ambled down the trail behind the barn.
15( a series of flashbacks)
Johnny, a stranger in Blackthorne, befriended by
Bill Buck. They liked to sit by the fireplace in
Pedro’s Cantina. Bill would play his banjo.
Johnny: They say I am too white to please the
Indians, and too red to please the white eyes.
Bill: Fuck ‘em, you’re just right for me.
***Johnny had scouted for the Army, and had
killed Indians, Navaho, Apache, Comanche,
Sioux, Kiowa and Crow.
***He ran with the Mescaleros for a winter, and
he had killed soldiers.
***Wherever he went, no one could break horses
like he could. At first he did it for nothing, for the
thrill of it .
***Then he teamed up with a black ex-cavalryman,
a Buffalo Soldier. They caught wild horses, broke
them and sold them to the Army.
*** one night at Ft. Riley, there was a drunken brawl,
and three soldiers ganged up on the black man, and
cut him to pieces with their bayonets. Johnny escaped
, knifing a guard on the way out.
*** He rode into Blackthorne, and got cat piss drunk
in the China Doll. Ramos had tossed him into a horse
trough in front of the saloon. Bill Buck pulled him out
of the tepid water, and half carried, half dragged
Johnny over to Pedro’s. He fed him beans and hot
coffee as their friendship began.

Glenn Buttkus

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Kim M. Russell said...

I like the intricacy of the camerawork in this episode, Glenn, and the way t opens with the Buck family graveyard, and the ominous direction: ’There was ample room for several more graves’. Piano and cello music fit so beautifully in this scene. It also gives us some insight into the history of family and friendship.

Jade Li said...

I love that opening quote by Conrad. I also appreciate learning some of Johnny Eagle's story. Hoping to see a future chapter that talks about Johnny's childhood years as well. Glenn, pardon me for being forward but have you tried to "market" this to anyone? I think you were involved in the film industry before. I would love to see Tarantino turn this into a movie :)

Glenn Buttkus said...

You and I both, dear heart. I quit trying to market any of my manuscripts decades ago.It was just not meant to be. Tarantino writes all his own scripts. I think Ron Howard would do a bang up job with this; look at MISSING with Tommy Lee Jones.

Grace said...

I like the backstory Glenn and made me appreciate what is happening to the family. Be careful of dealing with that scorpion character - they can kill.

Dwight L. Roth said...

Very well done Glenn!... What do you do with your scripts... do you have any outlet for them?

Jade Li said...

I know that Ron Howard has made some wonderful movies. Haven't seen MISSING but will check it out. Have you seen Tarantino's latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood? First class movie!

Frank Hubeny said...

I like the intervals of kindness as when Buck rescued Johnny and they became friends.

Truedessa said...

Hi Glenn,

I really do enjoy reading these story segments. I always try to stop over on open link night in hopes of another segment. I can almost hear the Spanish chords on a guitar. I think there will be a woman and life once again. I think in storytelling it's nice to get a bit of back history on how characters became engaged. No one does this type of story better than you. I have to say I think Tarantino or Ron Howard could really bring this to the big screen. I would go see it!

Victoria E Ceretto-Slotto said...

I would go see it too. You have captured a perfect old west atmosphere and your skill with dialogue is impeccable. One could almost learn script-writing from reading these.

grapeling said...

I can also imagine an old fashioned radio series with this vivid story, Glenn~

robkistner said...

Beautifully visual Glenn. Hadn’t read any Blackthorn in a while. This is a marvelous tale bros. It needs to be a Netflix series!

brudberg said...

This a great view into the past... you have given Johnny his past, I like that. said...

Just catching up on my reading.....can't miss one of your episodes here! I absolutely LOVE the description of the graveyard.
"There was ample room for
several more graves. "
And these omen? Will there be another grave here soon?
Loving the reminiscing and the talking to the graves, spirits, nature, in this scene. I can just picture him standing there....somehow I also picture tall grasses....kind of an unkempt natural field for this graveyard? Your scripts so remind me of the old Zane Grey (Gray?) books? I do enjoy them!!!