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Asylumthink song video lead-out.
Donner Party & LA Riot song video lead-in.

MAN is still standing at that intersection facing up. The light changes and people start crossing. MAN comes to himself and hurries to cross before the light changes again.

MAN walks on sidewalk.

Interior shot as MAN enters apartment. He locks door, then crosses room away from camera, sits down, lifts a remote, and points it at a small TV set on a little table such that the back of the TV faces the camera, with MAN facing it visible over top of the TV.

TV says, "The story of the Donner Party is one of the great tragedies of the American Old West. The lurid tales of can...." At this point the scene fades out.

When scene fades back in, you hear two notes played in closing on an acoustic guitar. Tears are streaming down MAN"s face.

MAN raises the remote, and the TV says, "... King. The riots that followed ...." At this point the scene fades out.

( see novel, Transapparent )


Donner Party & LA Riot song video scene list.

xx. Clouds
xx. Old and new montage
xx. Barrel and scale
xx. Knife and brick
xx. Memorial and alley
xx. Knife and brick reversal
xx. Knife and brick fade
xx. Two mazes
xx. Mazes shrink away
xx. Tea
xx. Hands
xx. Broken wagon and car
xx. Knife/Fire/Brick
xx. Judge
xx. Gavel
xx. In their place spins
xx. Mirror
xx. Two mazes
xx. Saturn
xx. Two mazes
xx. Car/Wagon
xx. Brick raised
xx. Maze rotation
xx. People
xx. Unified maze
xx. Time, tracks and moccasins
xx. Asphalt
xx. Flatline


  << intro >>
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xx. Clouds

Dissolve shots between falling snowflakes and falling ashes.

Dissolve shots between clouds of blowing snow and clouds of smoke.

Smoke leitmotif for Predator album is that world is going to burn.


Tonight on different channels
In different worlds,

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xx. Old and new montage

an old book
falling snowflakes
tv set
falling ashes
yellowed newspaper
falling snowflakes
satellite
falling ashes
yellowed journal book
falling snowflakes
PC
falling ashes
Conestoga wagon
falling snowflakes
Camero
falling ashes
saddled horse
falling snowflakes
Space Shuttle
falling ashes

or the following crosscuts:
B&W flint and steel
COLOR disposable butane lighter
B&W wagon wheel
COLOR tireless car wheel
B&W oil lamp
COLOR 3-D cell black Maglight
B&W boot leather
COLOR broken window
B&W campfire
COLOR ragged microwave
B&W horses
COLOR rats


I saw different shades of desperation,
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xx. Barrel and scale

B&W of loaf of bread.

COLOR closeup of Justice scale.

Idea here is that these are essentials of life.


Dreadful struggles,
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xx. Knife and brick

B&W of handmade knife.

COLOR of a brick.


annihilation.
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xx. Memorial and alley

B&W of memorial at Donner Pagg

COLOR of broken glass alley


Different?
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xx. Knife and brick reversal

B&W of a brick.

COLOR of handmade knife.


No connection?
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xx. Knife and brick fade

Knife and brick fade to black.


Tonight two worlds came into view,
Showing people trapped by walls I say
I'd have broken through.

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xx. Two mazes

Two mazes appear on screen, B&W screen left and COLOR screen right. Mazes are shot from above, straight down. Each has a vehicle one quarter of the way advanced in the maze up from the screen bottom edge. Each maze is identical except for color and for fact that they are rotated 180 degrees to each other. Vehicle in left maze is a toy wagon. Vehicle in right maze is a toy diecast metal car.

Idea is that Donner Party was trying to get into California. That was their dream: dashed. Riot folks were trying to get out. That was their dream: dashed.


But I was not and am not there.
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xx. Mazes shrink away

Mazes shrink to blank whiteness.


I'd have kept my nobility,
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xx. Tea

Closeup of hand with pinkie extended raising a china cup of tea.

Reference is to the Reed's "pioneer palace car".


my humanity -
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xx. Hands

White man's left hand reaching in from upper screen left grasps black woman's right hand reaching in from lower screen right.


Not been so driven by despair
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xx. Broken wagon and car

B&W broken wagon

COLOR broken down car

B&W broken wagon

COLOR broken down car


As to sink to such depravity.
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xx.

B&W homemade knife

COLOR disposable butane lighter

B&W campfire

COLOR brick


But my judge's gown's ill fitting
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xx.   Judge

Man in judge's robe 4 sizes too big sits in a chair far too large for him


And my gavel is still sitting on the dock.
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xx.   Gavel

Pull back shot to reveal top of the dock, which comes up to his chin, with a gavel the size of a post maul.


I turn back the clock to stand in their place
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xx.   In their place spins

Scene spins counterclockwise
Rugged snow capped mountains
Scene spins clockwise
Reenactment of cop hitting a man on the ground
Scene spins counterclockwise
Desert flats stretching into the distance
Scene spins clockwise
A 'poverty street' shot
Scene spins counterclockwise
Old-West-dressed man, up to his waist in snow
 


And find it hard to see my noble face.
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xx.   Mirror

Scene spins clockwise
image of a person's face just discernable in a dust covered mirror


The Donner Party and the LA riot,
California dreams gone

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xx. Two mazes

The two mazes.


nightmare.
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xx. Saturn

Goya's Saturn Devouring His Children.


The Donner Party and the LA riot,
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xx. Two mazes

The two mazes.


A day late going nowhere.
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xx.

Car and wagon at opposite ends of a maze section. Outside screen left wall of maze is B&W while right is COLOR. It can be seen that both vehicles are headed toward long straight maze dead ends.


Feeding on each other's despair.
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xx.

B&W handmade knife.

COLOR hand with brick raised ready to strike.


The Donner Party and the LA riot,
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xx. Maze rotation

The two mazes.

Then color maze on screen right rotates 180 degrees, settles over top of B&W maze, and loses its color. So now the only thing color is the car that is now at screen top pointing down while wagon is screen bottom pointing up as it has always been. This overlay shows the two mazes are exactly the same except for color and vehicle.


In the old, learn something new.
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xx.

B&W Lansford Hastings

COLOR Joyce Karlin Fahey


The Donner Party and the LA riot,
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xx. Unified maze

Maze as unified above.


For one men died to break through.
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xx. Time, tracks and moccasins

8:15 pocketwatch.

B&W of large set of horse tracks in snow.

B&W of 4 moccasins.

B&W of large set of horse tracks in snow.


For the other . . . .
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xx. Asphalt

Bare stretch of asphalt with a few bits of broken glass.

( 3 bass drum 'heartbeats', ending on last word, "other" )
( all music ends here as well, except...)


<< instrumental close >>
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xx. Flatline

COLOR of heart monitor in flatline.

( ...except a drawn-out guitar note at the pitch of a heart monitor in flatline )


THE END
 


Falling ashes tie to Sky of Smoke video and it's images of fire.

"Trapped by walls" ties to the metaphor of The Dark Wall and to the "hand is writing on the wall" on the Finest Hour video as an image of doom.

"Turn back the clock" image ties to road becoming paved with clocks in Art of Pantomime video.

 
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