Night of the Living Dead

  • Night of the Living Dead

  • EXT. CEMETERY - DUSK

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    It is an ordinary dusk of normal quiet and shadow.

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  • The gray sky contains a soft glow from the recent sun, so that trees and long blades of grass seem to shimmer in the gathering night.

  • There is a rasp of crickets, and the rustle of leaves in an occasional whispering breeze.

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    Transitions are easy and gradual, with relaxed studies of earth, grass and leafy branches on a high-mounded hill.

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  • Revelation of cemetery markers does nothing to disrupt the peacefulness of our established mood; when awareness comes, it is almost as though we have known where we were all along.

  • We are in a typical rural cemetery, conceivably adjacent to a small church ... Although the presence of a church is felt rather than confirmed.

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    The stones range from small identifying slates to monuments of careful design…an occasional Franciscan Crucifix, or a carved image of a defending angel.

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  • Over a hundred years of death indicated in stones syllabic with their year and the status of the families they represent.

  • Over the other night sounds is added the gravel-rumble of a slow-moving car.

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    A wider shot reveals the car and the mounded cemetery, as the car pulls into the gate and moves down one of the cemetery roads, the car passes in extreme foreground and moves away from the camera.

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  • In the breeze of its passing, the dead leaves that clutter the little road swirl and move.

  • Beyond the distant trees, the last receding gray of dusk in surrendering to the black.

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    The car continues.

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  • When the car stops, we feel the absence of its sounds…replaced by the crickets and the subtle wind.

  • Even as the car is still rocking slightly form its stopping action, we cut to a shot through the driver window at the occupants of the car.

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    The DRIVER is a young man in his mid-twenties, and his PASSENGER is a young woman, his sister.

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  • The man is in shirtsleeves with a loosened tie.

  • His suit-coat is on the clothing hook over the back seat.