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Misasa Bridge song video lead-out.
Sky of Smoke song video lead-in.

MAN closes Manhattan book. He gets up, slaps Redstone nuclear warhead, and walks back through the exhibits to the V1 and V2 rocket display. Note that the Redstone rocket was merely a glorified version of the V2. MAN leans on display and gazes at seated figure of slave worker.

( see novel, Transapparent )


Sky of Smoke song video scene list.

1. House
2. House and city
3. Star and brand
4. Chorus smoke, sky
5. Bell
6. Chorus smoke, head
7. Pipe and children
8. Marble shatter to stars
9. Same three shot of chorus
10. Industrial smokestacks
11. Same three shot of chorus
12. Bomb smoke
13. Same three shot of chorus
14. Trains
15. Same three shot of chorus
16. Crematorium smoke
17. Same three shot of chorus
18. Censer
19. Earth
20. Final chorus smoke


  << intro >>
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1. House

Black.
Fade in to shot of a house in isolation under full daylight.


Some lives are seen through clean air,
Where trouble is a distant stain.

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2. House and city

Raise shot to see over house to the dirty air of a distant city.


Others appear through twisted flame
As wraiths who pray for rain.
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3. Star and brand

Star of David (Israel flag) is seen through a fire.

Closeup of Jewish man's side lock of hair.

Star of David (Israel flag) is seen through a fire. From under camera a branding iron reaches through flame and onto flag. Iron pulls back out of view under camera, revealing swastika branded into flag.


Over our heads is a sky of smoke,   <<chorus shot 1>>
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4. Chorus smoke, sky

View up into the sky of a mass of smoke.

          Wheat fire will probably work quite well.


In our ears a rumored knell.   <<chorus shot 2>>
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5. Bell

British 'division bell'

(this cut shot is different on each chorus so it forms a progression of it's own, positioned to prefigure the context of each verse, in this instance the Allied decisions to pursue appeasement)


Over our heads is a sky of smoke    <<chorus shot 3>>
And we wonder what it foretells.
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6. Chorus smoke, head

wearing British derby

Same chorus smoke, but this time just enough lower to see back of the head and shoulders of someone looking up at the smoke.


Father's pipe frees a wreath
Children sit beneath,
Safe to pass
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7. Pipe and children

Interior, evening.

Lips, nose, and a lit pipe.
Smoke ring rises from pipe.
Shot down through smoke ring shows three children sitting on floor.
Smoke ring shatters as camera zooms quickly down to a marble on floor among kids.


The night before Broken Glass.
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8. Marble shatter to stars

Zoom appears to shatter the marble.  Shot goes out of focus on the light shining on the marble shards, then back to focus with those points of light now being stars in a night sky, with several stars altered to be distinctly Star of David.

Blend this night sky back into chorus smoke.


<<chorus>>
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9. Same three shot of chorus

school bell  (which by the way does contain a distinct industrial element)
head wearing worker's cap


On the walk to school
Dew lies in grey jewels
Beneath shrouding black
Industrial stacks.
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10. Industrial smokestacks

Raise chorus smoke shot back up so can no longer see head.
Lower shot to see smoke is now coming from industrial smokestacks.
Keep going down to see sun glistening on dormant dew covered grass.
A shoe enters picture.
Follow until we can see three children walking away carrying books belted together.
Raise back up until smokestack goes out of frame.


<<chorus>>
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11. Same three shot of chorus

fire bell
head wearing fire helmet


Converted cash,
Now a bomb flash
Lights the dark release
Of houses burning peace.
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12. Bomb smoke

Raise chorus smoke shot back up so person can no longer be seen.

Fade back to stars.

Blinding flash.

Now we are watching houses burn.

Another bomb explodes, and the smoke from the houses goes black for that instant.

Cut to metal box in the flames.

Zoom in to see it is leaking molten gold. Gold is flowing toward a bullet mold.

Doves being thrown into a wood stove.

Follow smoke up from box back up into sky and fade it into chorus smoke.


<<chorus> >
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13. Same three shot of chorus

locomotive bell
head wearing Nazi helmet


No cattle in the cars
Adorned with stars.
Locomotive exhaust
Trails to holocaust.
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14. Trains

Raise chorus smoke shot back up so person can no longer be seen.
Fade from chorus sky to Star of David sky.
Zoom in on one of these 'stars'.
Blend from star in sky to a Star of David painted on wood.
Pull back to show star is painted on a cattle car.
As cattle car jerks into motion, turn camera to see locomotive smoke.
Cut to shot on smoke as it streams back from locomotive in full motion.
Raise very high into sky to look down on a map of Europe.
Hundreds of lines of smoke stream toward Auschwitz.
Fade to chorus smoke.


<<chorus> >
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15. Same three shot of chorus

church bell
shot through bottom of a skull and out through eye holes to smoke
(back of skull is toward ground)


Over the gates and beyond the wall -
A pall.
Showing too well
The reason for Hell.
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16. Crematorium smoke

Raise chorus smoke shot back up so person can no longer be seen.
Lower to see smoke is coming from crematorium smokestack.
Turn to follow the smoke as it drifts over the walls and out of the camp.
Extremely fast montage of some of the horrific scenes from the camps.
Closeup of a fire.
Fade to chorus smoke.


<<chorus> >
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17. Same three shot of chorus

Liberty Bell
head wearing U.S. helmet


How long will You wait oh Lord?
Earth like the temple will shake
As it fills with the smoke of Your glory.
People will see Death forsake them
As You draw Your sword to end the story.
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18. Censer

We are still on chorus shot when the camera shakes, then 'falls' forward.
Camera stabilizes looking down into smoke rising from very tight shot of interior of a glowing fire.
Pull back to reveal fire is incense burning in a golden censer.
Keep pulling back to show censer is being held by an angel.
Angel throws censer up into the air.
Follow censer up to it's apex, then lock on smoke so censer falls from view.
Blade of a sword arcs up into view and exits view where censer did.

Black hood and robe going out screen left with part of sickle shown over its shoulder. Arm reaching in from screen right cannot quite reach to grab ahold of the back of the robe.


How long oh Lord?
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19. Earth

View of Earth from space.
Zoom on clouds of Earth.
Blend to chorus smoke.


Over our heads is a sky of smoke,
And the best we can call it is strange.
Over our heads is a sky of smoke
But soon its essence will change.
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20. Final chorus smoke

The 3 chorus smoke shots as before.
Smoke turns a brilliant white.
Fade to white.


THE END
 


Here we complete the process of turning human beings into smoke and ashes. In the next song, "Finest Hour", the Beast will want even the ashes gone, will want unpersons erased from all memory.


Note we never directly look on a person's face.

The recurring look to the sky symbolizes, among other things, looking to heaven for rescue.  This also connects to the view of Earth from space that represents God looking on, delaying vengence.

"Wreath"
Image of wreath as seen in smoke ring ties to encirclement, in that the Jews were surrounded by their enemies at this point.  The result of the Crystal Nights was the walled in ghetto.

"Converted cash"
The box of melting gold is a symbol of the Golden Calf (as a symbol of the forsaking of God which scattered Israel and led to the cattle cars), a symbol of the converted cash, and ties to the golden censer.

"Adorned with stars"
Did the Nazi actually paint the Star of David on the cattle cars?  If not, this part is a bit of artistic license.  If they did, need to get design and color they used.

"Trails to Holocaust"
There were of course hundreds of death camps, but the visual effect of all the lines converging on that particular point is worth another round of artistic license.

If possible make the map of Europe shot one of a globe so you get the curvature.  This will allow that shot to tie to the much more joyous shot from a similar vantage in Curve of The Earth.

"Earth like the temple will shake"
Golden censer is drawn from Revelation chapter 8.

 
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