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ARNE BUE Screenwriter, Published author

Anchorage, AK, USA Alaska eBooks Alaskan Authors
writer/screenwriter
Writer / Screenwriter

Born in Ketchikan, September 17, 1939.  High school graduate, Kayhi.  3 1/2 years college, Pacific Lutheran University.

Retired, State of Alaska.  22 years experience writing audit reports, performing field audits on multinational corporations.  10 years writing novels and screenplays.

Wishing to locate an Alaskan Filmmaker to consider “THE HERRING GULL” a completed feature film.

Opening of the Screenplay starts here:

“THE HERRING GULL”

BLACK SCREEN:

SUPER:

“When you suffer a shock, denial is

often accompanied by an intrusive stage

– a time when emotions flood in …

These emotions are usually triggered by

a haunting smell or sound or a flash or

something familiar caught in the corner

of your eye.” — Slaby, Andrew E., M.D., Ph.D., M.P

FADE IN:

SUPER:

ACT ONE.

EXT. A SIDEWALK ABOVE A BOAT HARBOR – DAY

A sprinkle of rain. A shaft of sunlight breaks through

overcast skies and strikes a long wet rail separating the

sidewalk from the harbor waters.

A dignified Alaskan Native couple in their 40s, CHARLES

MARENKOVICH and his wife MINNIE, approach. A MAN (60) tips

his hat in respect.

A MAN AND WOMAN (50s) wave and smile at them.

Above the beak of Charles’ cap is emblazoned “HARBOR MASTER.”

At the rail, Charles looks up at the shaft of sunlight.

CHARLES

You see that?

MINNIE

What, that? … Oh, just the sun.

CHARLES

Yeah but whenever I see one of them

beams of light, ones just like

that, I know it’ll show up.

 

MINNIE

You think so? … You know I

haven’t seen it in a long time.

 

Below, a few hundred commercial fishing boats. Fishermen in

yellow oilskins working on the docks, some aboard the boats.

Rain dimples the surface of the water.

The light beam strikes a low-lying fog bank in the channel

across the harbor and illuminates the fog.

Charles lights his pipe, lofts tendrils of smoke into the

sunbeam.

 

A magnificent HERRING GULL flies out of the fog.

It lands on the rail. An aura surrounds the bird.

The gull moves closer, ruffling its feathers.

Charles stands up straight, full of himself. He beams with

joy.

CHARLES

Oh yeah I knew you’d show up! Yeah,

I know … I know … oh boy I sure

do remember what happened in those

days.

 

MINNIE

(tears in her eyes)

Oh yeah. Me, too. I remember.

The shaft of light strikes the couple.

The Herring Gull opens its wings and lifts off.

The Gull soars above the harbor, sails over the fog toward

the mountains across the channel. It climbs through wisps of

cloud. And higher through thick gray clouds where strong

winds blow. The light subsides.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. PANORAMIC VIEW OF A CITY.

SUPER: “Anchorage, Alaska, Twenty Years Ago.”

Snow and wind blow in gusts about the streets.

 

EXT. AN ANCHORAGE FREEWAY OVERPASS – DAY

The overpass arches over Ship Creek. Parka hood covering his

head, young Charlie Marenkovich treks across. No sidewalk.

He’s nearly in traffic. Vehicles honk, woosh past, throw

wakes of dirty snow.

A sign above: “Port.” An arrow points right.

He slips, sprawls in the snow. A car honks, swerves to miss

his legs.

He crunches ahead.

===

LOGLINE:

Logline:

An Alaskan man cannot recall his early life. Plagued with horrendous dreams, he’s unable to relate to others. However, an unrelenting, magical woman from his village and an ‘animal identity’ follow him in order to use an ancient, secret way to intervene.

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