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Time travel people lost
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1.  Native American woman/freeway

high angle shot
15 feet up

she is standing on shoulder of freeway facing toward the opposite
shoulder of road

view is from over freeway, traffic approaching camera and going
on under camera

view has road running 12 to 6 o'clock
Native American woman is in view at 10 o'clock

When she appears instantly in scene, her mouth drops in shock,
frozen for a moment.  Then she looks wildly back and forth and
takes one step backward.

frame goes from 4 feet past shoulder to halfway across the
opposite-direction 2 lanes.


IN OUR ADVANCING DAY
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2.  Native American woman/mall

slightly high angle
7 feet above Native American woman's floor level

shot from opposite balcony of an open-style mall's second floor.
Since nothing of rail camera side shows, camera appears to be
floating above the first floor below.

She has back to stores, facing rail and camera

She stands motionless, fearful but mouth closed, as crowd mills

view is wide angle, so that she is a small segment of a large
complex shot full of people and things


HAVE NON-FICTION COUNTERPARTS
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3.  bag lady

eye level shot
brick wall background

Bag lady lifts garbage can lid and looks inside

view filled by lady with her two-wheel cart and the cans


LOST IN THE USA
     (instrumental break)
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4.  Native American woman/children/hydrant

high angle
10 feet up

Native American woman back to camera, frame bottom just above her buttocks

she is standing by a building that rises verticly out of frame.
Building goes right to street corner except for the sidewalk
area.  She is back from the corner of the building about 2 feet.
There are traffic lights on her corner and corner directly up-frame
across the street from her.

Traffic light's top on her corner is horizontaly level with a group
of children on the opposite corner playing in the spray coming
toward the camera from a fire-hydrant just back from traffic light
frame-right.

behind children is a canvas-awninged shop with plate glass
windows, with the word ACCORDIONS painted in big green letters

frame left shows to centerline of empty street parallel to view

children are of several races, ages 5-11

no moving cars
frame-up-left is a car parked along street facing away from camera

a housewife is crossing the intersection left to right, so that
she nears wet corner carrying half-full grocery sack.  She
watches the children from the corner of her eye with alert indifference.


PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW WHY
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5.  library

(like Hutch Public interior)

eye level

frame-low-left, stand-up terminal tables

frame-low-right, half checkout counter seen

rest of shot centers on stacks

only person is librarian sitting behind checkout desk


WE STAY ON THE GROUND
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6.  American/Japanese

down shot
4-5 feet up
as if camera were person's head looking down at own feet

camera-person wearing t-shirt, jeans, Nike's

narrow field of view, 6 sq. feet of ground

Ground American's feet rest on is an inverted worms-eye
level shot of the sky, as if he stood on a mirror.

between his feet center frame is a cloud that looks like a dragon

an obviously Japanese man in suit is seen right, from soles
of his feet down toward head.  American's and Japanese's feet
point toward each other, heads in opposite direction.

(sky seen is Japan's)


WHAT STARS ARE   -  A
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7.a.  sunbathers

up angle
2 feet up

10 am sun top center of frame

cloudless sky

crowded beach with people laying out

lake edge starts frame-center-left and curves up to nearly
frame-up-right

couple playing Frisbee near water's edge


WHAT STARS ARE   -  B
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7.B.  sun

astronomical shot of sun, showing at least one long plume of a
solar flare


WHAT STARS ARE  -  C
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7C.  Voyager

Voyager left center

stars as background

Voyager 1/10 or less horizontal length of frame
     this is to make Voyager small comparitively, yet still
     be large enough to be recognized


THAT SPEED CAN MEASURE SOUND
     (& instrumental break)
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8.a.  people calling

eye level

screen left is left side of person's head looking out toward
person in far corner of yard who is bent over a lawn mower.

the near person cups hands over mouth and calls

far person looks up


THAT SPEED CAN MEASURE SOUND -  B
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8B. people of (8a.) fighter

jet fighter screams low over (8.a.)

appears over houses/trees of center background and goes right
over camera


THEY GET BY BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW
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9. paycheck

eye level
background is a wire-glassed office

man in white long-sleeve shirt looking down at clipboard he's
holding ---  right center screen

man in work clothes stands in front of white-collar and left
enough not to block view

white collar hands worker a paycheck, and as he leaves and
another worker walks forward, white collar checks off something
on the clipboard
 


TO DRIVE ANOTHER MAN'S CAR
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10. pizza truck

eye level

7 to 8 o'clock to the left of a small pickup pizza truck pointed
upscreen, which fills over 3/4 of screen

youth enters shot wearing pizza delivery uniform, unlocks truck,
gets in and starts truck which gives a slight lurch as its put
into gear with his foot on the brake


TO DIG DIRT
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11. sharpshooter/backhoe

5 feet off ground

waist-deep trench enters shot at lower left of frame, just right
from lower left corner

man waring hardhat is in trench, facing upscreen wall of trench.
His right hand grips sharpshooter handle, left 3/4 down shaft,
extending right arm up full length and bringing shovel down to
true edge of trench

30 feet uptrench right is the backhoe that's making trench.  The
rearmost parts of backhoe offscreen right.  Backhoe top is screen
top


TO LIGHT THE RICH MAN'S CIGAR
  (& instrumental break)
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12. cigar

4-5 feet up level shot
solid black background

fat balding man sits leaning back in a huge leather padded chair.
 Chair/man face left and are located left center.  He is wearing
tux, wineglass in right hand, feet on leather ottoman.  In his
left hand he's raising a big cigar.  He is carelessly looking
offscreen left.

youth in fastfood uniform is kneeling beside chair, camera side,
holding out a lit disposable butane lighter

fatty slowly gets cigar to lips, slowly leans forward looking
only at cigar end, and puffs it to life

as he lays back, youth shuts off flame


   (end of instrumental break)
THEY PERFORM...
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13. accordion player

eye level

brick wall fills screen but for sidewalk crossing foreground
lampost rises past screentop right of center

left center a man wearing stubble and worn jean coat plays
accordion.  A large coffee can sets on the sidewalk to his right,
which places it centerscreen bottom

swaying with his playing, he looks up and down sidewalk, sighs
hopelessly, closes eyes, and keeps playing


...FOR THE PEOPLE WITH THE ANSWERS
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14. Bandstand

eye level shot of a platform
camera 3 feet above floor of platform, so slight up angle

similar to American Bandstand set

host in casual suit stands to left of board that's centerscreen.
young couple stand board's right   all face camera

board says           2
       Supply and Demand
        by THE WORKING STIFFS

host's left hand rest on a lever

host and couple in 20's dress


_______ PLAY THE MUSIC DEMANDED BY THE DANCERS - B
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14b.  very brief flash of (13) accordion
 


PLAY THE MUSIC DEMANDED BY THE DANCERS - C
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15. frown

same setup as (14), but the couple are dressed for big-band
host pulls lever


PLAY THE MUSIC DEMANDED BY THE DANCERS - D
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16. jerked

(13) setup

long cane comes in screenleft and jerks accordion player off


PLAY THE MUSIC DEMANDED BY THE DANCERS - E
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17. big band

big band on (13) setup
coffee can now Cain's brand


PLAY THE MUSIC DEMANDED BY THE DANCERS - F
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18.  frown 2

(14) setup with couple in bobby socks, letter jackets,sweater, etc.
couple frown, host pulls lever


PLAY THE MUCIC DEMANDED BY THE DANCERS - G
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19.  Letterman

(13) setup
new group is like the Lettermen
cookie jar


PLAY THE MUSIC DEMANDED BY THE DANCERS - H
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20. frown 3

(14) setup
couple in Brando-style leather jackets
frown, pull


PLAY THE MUSIC DEMANDED BY THE DANCERS - I
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21. Elvis

(13) setup
german beer mug


UNTIL THEY'RE TOO SLOW - A
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22. frown 4

(14) setup
couple dressed as hippies
 


UNTIL THEY'RE TOO SLOW - B
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23. Buffe Saint-Marie

(13) setup
herbal tea can


UNTIL THEY'RE TOO SLOW - C
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24. frown 5

(14) setup
couple in psychodelic clothes


UNTIL THEY'RE TOO SLOW - D
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25. Hendrix

(13) setup
open wood stash box


_______  LEARNING A NEW SONG
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26.frown 6

(14) setup
couple in disco clothes


LEARNING A NEW SONG - B
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27. Bee Gees

(13) setup
crystal wineglass


LEARNING A NEW SONG - C
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28. frown 7

(14) setup
couple punked out


LEARNING A NEW SONG - D
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29. Kiss

(13) setup
large tin garbage can


LEARNING A NEW SONG - E
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30. frown 8

(14) setup
couple are manequins dressed in silver bodysuits
host shrugs, pulls lever


   (instrumental break)
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31. robot band

(13) setup
instruments are various colored spheres
personal computer


   (instrumental break)
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32. frown 9

(14) setup
no couple
board reads          00
                  Welcome
               by THE FLASH

host turns and looks at lever he's not touching
lever moves itself
host vanishes in a burst of blue light, his startled open mouth
          fading away last of all


   (instrumental break)
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33. Cray

(13) setup
Cray supercomputer w/big orange smile-face button on it
50 cal. machinegun on tripod


   (instrumental break)
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34. accordion/computer

(13) setup
same accordion player
(31) computer with generic coffee can on top of it

bag lady wheels her cart left to right along sidewalk
just before she disappears she does a little jig step


   (instrumental break)
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35. a-j
a. person behind horse drawn plough
b. model T passing person walking away down dirt country road
c. child sweat shops
d. army Jeep passing person walking dirt road
e. corporate board room
f. mechanical cashregister
g. 57 Chevy passing person walking county blacktop
h. drillpress operator
i. old folks home
j. corporate boardroom
 


EVERY NEW LEVEL WE EMBRACE
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35. k-o
k. fastback Mustang passing person walking suburban street
l. monorail train
m. nuclear powerplant from air
n. Blackbird jet
o. old folks home


STRETCHES THE LINE ANCHORED AT THE BASE
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35. p-v
p. Mazda rx-7 passing perons walking 4-lane
q. wrist tv
r. corporate boardroom
s. space shuttle
t. robot auto assembly line
u. corporate boardroom
v. starship enteprise


BY PEOPLE LIVING...
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35. w-y
w. digital cashregister
x. unemployment line
y. old folks home


...AT THEIR ANCESTOR'S ...
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36. backpacker/Native American woman/watermelon

down angle  12 feet up
medium long shot

an 8 lane expressway runs left to right across bottom half of
frame, divided by concrete wall.  But not whole road fits in frame.

centerline of frame, just down from top, is the Native American woman on the far
side of a 2-lane acess road paralleling the expressway on the
other side of a chain link fence.  The pickup points upframe,
tailgate down to fully reveal a load of watermelons.  The Native American woman
sits on a lawn chair facing road on left side of pickup.  To
right of pickup is a white plywood sign with WATERMELONS in black
letters

right of centerline walking left with traffic is a bearded
backpacker/hitchhiker who is walking on the shoulder frame up
from the expressway dressed om denim.  He looks at the woman.


... PACE
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37. impact

(36) setup
Fleetwood Caddy nicks backpaker from rear and keeps on going


   (instrumental break)
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38. ambulence

medium shot, eye level
ambulence with red lights going
frame goes from just inside hood to halfway down rear of ambulence


   (instrumental break)
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39. nurse

low angle  1 foot up
white wall background

nurse frame right
EMT frame left
edge left shows just end of the stretcher
EMT has back to nurse, pulling the stretcher in
EMT half turns to face nurse, both hands still on stretcher

Nurse, clipboard hanging at her side in one hand, looks at
patient offscreen left, looks at EMT and asks,"INSURANCE?"

EMT drops eyes, and nurse looks sad


WE CAN...
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40.
tv's on display in store, running


...HELP...
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41.
microwave ovens on display


...THEM...
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42.
new car lot


...WITH OUR...
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43.
supermarket, shot down aisle, checkers using laser readers


...ADVANCES...
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44.
high angle down on stock market floor in action


BUT THERE'S MORE...
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45.
high angle down on huge graduation ceremony
 


...OF THEM ...
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46.
old man opening Alpo can


...THAN CHANCES...
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47.
poor woman looking in bewilderment at a supermarket display
of white and black generic packages


TO WEAR A MODERN COSTUME
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48. bag lady of (3),(34)

eye level
bag lady fills frame facing right
wearing layer upon layer of clothing
pulling two-wheel shopping cart full of sacks


EVERYONE WANTS ON THE EASY SIDE
BUT THERE ISN'T ROOM
   (& instrumental break)
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49. Rich & Famous

eye level looking slightly down

dead center frame battered black and white tv on wooden chair
wall behind tv is cracked pea green plaster and utterly bare
no other objects share floor near tv

man on wooden chair faces tv, back to camera, head on horizontal
with tv, off to right.  He is wearing a t-shirt.  A little girl
is sitting on his right knee.

young boy lies on stomach on floor, body pointing at tv, left of
centerline, feet at bottom of frame

early teenage girl sits on floor near left edge center of frame

woman drying hands on ragged towel stands far right edge of frame

all watch tv

tv shows the mansions, stables, Rolls, etc. of
      "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"


THEY PERFORM...
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50. unemployment line


...FOR THE PEOPLE WITH THE ANSWERS
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51. rich man handing out dimes to children


PLAY THE MUSIC...
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52. Rolls drives past man opening door of welfare building


...DEMANDED BY THE DANCERS
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53. man in suit brushes past accordion player of (13)


UNTIL THEY'RE TOO SLOW
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54. old woman in gown stands inside the fence of an old folks
home and watches the Rolls of (46) drive past


LEARNING...
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55. library stacks of (5)


...A NEW SONG
   (& closing instrumental)
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56.Native American woman/children/hydrant of (4)

This time, the accordion shop behind the children is boarded up.
The accordion player, now an old man, leans against it playing
just for himself and his memories.  The Native American woman squares her
shoulders and walks across the street, around the hydrant spray
and children, and stops on the sidewalk near the old man and
listens.  The old man opens his eyes, and seeing her listening,
stands upright and plays his heart out.

 At this moment the bag lady enters frame left.  She crosses
the street that runs upscreen, and stops at the curb, about 3
feet from the Native American woman's back, and 8 feet from the old man.  Then
Native American woman turns, and smiling, holds out her hand.  By now the
accordion player is beaming and bouncing and playing like a
lifetime of music had waited 80 years to be released in one
moment.  The two women hold hands and look on him.

 As the old man plays, he looks at the bag lady closely, and
recognition dawns on his face.  He stops playing and hand the
accordion to the suprised bag lady.  Embarassed at first, she
plays slowly, but quickly she gains confidence, and plays a walz.

 The old man bows to the Native American woman holds out his arm, and they dance.

 Children leave the spray, one or two at a time, and join in
the dance.  Soon the old man, looking at the small crowd stops
dancing, turns, and pulls at the boards that cover the accordion
shop door.  The first one comes off, but not the others.  Seeing
this, a small boy stops dancing and picks up a rusty piece of
pipe out of the gutter.  He hands it to the old man, who levers
the rest of the boards off.

 Out of his pocket the old man takes an old leather case,
opens it, and reverently lifts out an old-fashioned key.  He
unlocks and opens the door and, tossing hands over head in glee,
dances inside.  The Native American woman and the children follow.
 The bag lady, still playing, turns and joyfully kicks over
her cart.  Laughing, she too dances inside.


     THE END 

 
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