Vellowstone Volcano Screenplay 3
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Out of Yellowstone, a screenplay, continued


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               A LITTLE LATER

               Rex directs the remaining 9 visitors into the helicopter. 
               Standing by the cockpit, Robin strains to hear Frank. 

                                   FRANK
                             (loudly to Robin)
                         This makes a full load.  I'll have
                         to come back for you two.  It'll be
                         about dark then.



               EXT.  LANDSLIDE AREA - TWILIGHT

               A convoy of motor homes, pickup campers, and camper trailers
               travel in the twilight.  Gus's motorhome travels through the
               excavated landslide and past the abandoned bulldozer. 



               I/E.  GUS'S MOTOR HOME - SAME

               The motor home closely follows behind a travel trailer in the
               procession.  Up ahead, just left of the roadway, a new geyser
               develops in steams and spurts.

                                   GUS
                         What the Hell's that?

               As they approach, the geyser erupts before them.

               Stella grips the dashboard and screams.  Water SPLASHES down
               on the roof.

                                   STELLA
                         Gus!

                                   GUS
                         I hate this place.



               EXT.  LANDSLIDE AREA - TWILIGHT

               A pickup camper following Gus's motor home gets pounded by
               water from the geyser.  The right side of the road sinks and
               takes the camper with it.  The earth trembles.

               More of the road breaks up followed by a devouring torrential
               slide.  The procession behind comes to a halt.

               Gus's motorhome is unharmed and the convoy ahead travels on.



               INT.  GUS'S MOTORHOME - TWILIGHT 

               Gus taps on the empty Coke can in his cup holder.

                                   GUS
                         Stella.

               She dutifully gets him one from the refrigerator.



               EXT.  GRANT VILLAGE - TWILIGHT

               The helicopter lands on the empty roadway.  Tim, the Park
               Policeman assists the people getting out.  

                                   TIM
                             (extremely concerned)
                         Where's Robin?

                                   FRANK
                         Gotta go back for 'em.

                                   TIM
                         Let me go with you.

                                   FRANK
                         Why not.  You gotta see this.



               I/E.  FRANK'S HELICOPTER/ OVER YELLOWSTONE LAKE - TWILIGHT

               Seen through the helicopter, every facility in the Grant
               Village area within 200 feet of the water is destroyed.  Lots
               of debris.  The road along West Thumb is washed out in
               several places.  There are submerged cars, abandoned cars.

                                   TIM
                         Unbelievable.

                                   FRANK
                         Check that out.

               On the east side of Yellowstone Lake, a small but violent
               emerging volcano spews ash, steam and rocks. 



               EXT.  ROADWAY, HAYDEN VALLEY - TWILIGHT

               Rex and Robin sit on a car hood, looking toward the fires. 

                                   ROBIN
                         ... course the pines are full of
                         pitch, so they'll burn, and that
                         area has a lot of small pine and
                         deadfall.  But everything else is
                         really green.  Of course anything
                         will burn if you take a blow torch
                         to it.

               The front of the car raises up.  That rouses them.  Upheaval
               and rocking continue.  A new crevice opens up.  

               While being jostled about, Robin sees the terrifying.  She
               grabs Rex's arm.  Fear grips them both.

               Lava spits out of the older crevice.  The new fissure
               enlarges. 



               EXT.  GRASSLAND - TWILIGHT

               Robin and Rex sprint across the grassland.  They run hard.

               Finally stopping, heaving to catch their breath, they look
               back in dread.

               Lava sparks and oozes where the cars and roadway used to be.

               Robin hears something unnerving and turns to see the
               terrifying.

               A HERD OF BUFFALO stampedes toward them.

               Robin and Rex dive for the protection of a long, low rock.

               The buffalo thunder closer.



               EXT.  HELICOPTER VIEW, LAVA, HAYDEN VALLEY - TWILIGHT

               HELICOPTER NOISE.  As seen from above, sparking lava oozes
               over portions of the former road bed.



               INT.  FRANK'S HELICOPTER - SAME

               The Frank frantically tries for radio response.

                                   FRANK
                         ...Do you read me...Unit 3... Unit
                         3?  Robin, Rex...

               EXT.  GRASSLAND - TWILIGHT

               Pressing himself against the rock, Rex, on top of Robin,
               shields his head with his arms as the buffalo storm over and
               around them.

               Dust, dirt, and clumps of grass fly.

               They hear the radio but can't maneuver to get it with the
               situation such as it is.

                                   FRANK (V.O.)
                             (on radio)
                         Come in...Robin, Are you there...
                         Unit 3, Come in...Rex...Rex?

               The last of the herd thunders by.  Robin struggles (under
               Rex) to get up.

                                   ROBIN
                         Get off of me.

               Staggering to her feet, ready to answer the radio, her
               expression again turns to terror.

               A BUFFALO BULL freight trains toward her.

               The radio flies from her hand as Robin hits the deck on top
               of Rex.

               Dirt flying, a massive HOOF SMASHES THE RADIO.



               EXT.  LAVA, AERIAL SHOT, HAYDEN VALLEY - NIGHT

               The only details perceptible are the ribbon of lava and the
               river below.  Darkness and clouds of steam obscure the
               visibility.



               INT.  FRANK'S HELICOPTER - NIGHT

                                   FRANK
                             (coughing into radio)
                         No, not a word.  We've got to get
                         out of here.

                                   TIM
                         We just can't leave them.

                                   FRANK
                             (to both Tim and Radio)
                         . 
                         I don't have a mask, The fumes
                         getting to me.  Plus it's too dark
                         to see.



               INT.  DISPATCH OFFICE - NIGHT

               Mike and a wise looking OLDER RANGER are at a dispatch desk.

                                   OLDER RANGER
                             (into microphone)
                         Get some sleep, Frank.  You'll have
                         National Guard reinforcements
                         tomorrow.

               Mike and the older ranger are solemn.

                                   MIKE
                         Well, if anyone could make it, it
                         would be those two.

               The older ranger places a hand on Mike's shoulder.

                                   OLDER RANGER
                         It's all up to you, guy.



               INT.  FRANK'S HELICOPTER - NIGHT

                                   TIM
                         Come on, let me go down there.

                                   FRANK
                         No.

                                   TIM
                         You should have brought them out
                         first.

                                   FRANK
                         They wouldn't hear of that and you
                         know it.

                                   TIM
                         I know I can find them.  

                                   FRANK
                         I'm sorry.  I'll be back in the
                         morning.  It's all we can do.



               EXT.  GRASSLAND - NIGHT

               Ash rains down on Rex and Robin as they keep moving on,
               covering their noses as best they can.

                                   ROBIN
                             (coughing)
                         I always figured when I died I'd
                         have my ashes scattered over
                         Yellowstone.  I didn't figure it
                         would be visa versa.



               INT.  YELLOWSTONE VOLCANO OBSERVATORY, UTAH - NIGHT

               The scientists and students watch an aerial video, taken late
               day over Yellowstone, showing the destructions of facilities,
               the fracturing, the venting, the lava, etcetera.    

                                   HUFF
                             (into wireless headset)
                         ...yeah Rob, we're watching it now.
                             (pause to listen)
                         No, haven't come to it yet.  Wait,
                         there it is.  

               The screen shows the small developing steaming volcano on the
               east side of Yellowstone Lake.

                                   HUFF
                             (into wireless headset)
                         Steam blast.  Oh lordy!  

               LATER

                                   HUFF
                             (to everyone present)
                         I've just enacted emergency
                         warnings.
                             (beat)
                         We've got a press conference in one
                         hour.  I need summaries of
                         everything.  And Karen, I need some
                         quick graphic art work.

               KAREN, a student, nods.



               EXT.  NEAR A LONE PINE TREE - NIGHT

               Rex and Robin have a small pile of wood and an unlit
               campfire.  The distance glows with the orange. 
               Surrounded by grassland, the campfire location is mostly bare
               from the years of buffalo trampling.  Close by is an easily
               climbable lone pine tree.

               Rex searches through his day pack.

                                   ROBIN
                         Oh good!  No matches.

                                   REX
                         I don't see your survival kit, Miss
                         Perfect.

               He nods his head toward the orange glow of the lava.

                                   REX
                         At least we know where to go to get
                         warm.

               Robin shivers from the cold night air.

                                   ROBIN
                         This is the only place on the
                         planet where you can simultaneously
                         bake, boil, fry, roast, blanch,
                         scald and freeze to death.

                                   REX
                         Ah ha!  One cigarette lighter.  No
                         Boy Scout should be without one.

               The ground shakes.  Robin grabs Rex's arm for balance.

               A LITTLE LATER

               Rex tends the fire that is still getting going.

               Poised in a stance of mock authority, Robin looks down at
               him.

                                   ROBIN
                         Hey you.  This is a National Park.
                         Don't you know fires are illegal in
                         the backcountry.  You could scar
                         the landscape.  You could cause a
                         wildfire.  You could get fined. You
                         dastardly criminal, you.

               LATER

               The two sit on the ground by the fire.  He pulls two granola
               bars from his pack and hands her one.

                                   REX
                         Here, its all I've got. 

               He stares pensively into the fire.

                                   REX
                         When I was a kid, I'd have given
                         anything for dad to do stuff with
                         me.  Like take me camping or
                         fishing or just play catch.  But he
                         was always too busy, so he said. 

               Robin uneasily gropes for a stick to throw into the fire.

                                   REX
                         No, he wasn't always too busy.  He
                         just didn't want to take time for
                         me.

               Rex unwraps his granola bar, but just stares through it.

                                   REX
                         How I envied my best friend, Bobby
                         Jordan.  He had the greatest
                         father.  Sometimes he'd even take
                         me fishing.  I vowed that when I
                         grew up, I'd be that kind of
                         father.  So here I am. Two boys
                         that really didn't want to do
                         anything with me.  Sports were
                         boring.  Fishing was boring.  I was
                         boring.  Yellowstone was boring.

                                   ROBIN
                         I don't think they'd have been
                         bored today.

                                   REX
                         I guess I should be grateful Lori
                         and the boys aren't here right now.



               INT.  BAR - NIGHT

               George and SYLVIA swirl a lively Western Swing as a COUNTRY
               BAND plays.  Sylvia's dancing dress is Western style, but
               very skimpy.  She's a knockout blonde in her early 20's.

               The bar is crowded with COWBOYS, URBAN COWBOYS, MISCELLANEOUS
               OTHERS, and A FEW MOUNTAIN MEN.  The motif is cowboy.

               George hugs Sylvia as the song ends.

                                   BAND LEADER
                         Don't go away.  We'll be back after
                         a short break.

               Arms around each other, George and Sylvia walk between the
               pool table and the bar.  A Television set above the Bar
               attracts the attention of several people.  The volume is too
               low to be audible.

                                   ONE COWBOY
                             (to the bartender)
                         Hey Dave, turn that up, will ya.

               DAVE turns the News way up.

               On the television screen Angela Greyfeather reports outdoors,
               in the dark night.

                                   ANGELA (ON TV)
                         ...An estimated four thousand
                         people remain trapped in the Canyon
                         Village area and above the Grand
                         Canyon of the Yellowstone.

               The Television is now the center of attraction in the bar.

               On TV, the attention shifts from Angela to the approaching
               helicopter lights.

                                   ANGELA (V.O. ON TV)
                             (continuing)
                         Evacuation has been slow, but
                         should speed up once National Guard
                         helicopters arrive.  The first are
                         expected within the hour... Glen.

               On TV, the Anchorman at his news desk talks to a screen with
               Angela on it.

                                   ANCHORMAN (ON TV)
                         Will road crews be able to get any
                         of the people out? 

               Angela fills the screen.

                                   ANGELA (ON TV)
                         No, they figure it's much too
                         dangerous at this time. 
                         Earthquakes have been pounding
                         Yellowstone. 
                         To the south of Canyon Village, the
                         road is not only broken up in
                         numerous places, but lava has been
                         breaking through the surface.

               The crowd around the set squeezes tighter.  George and Sylvia
               are in the core.  All are transfixed on the news.

                                   ANGELA  (ON TV)
                         To the north, there are both
                         landslides on top the road, and
                         roadways that just slid away. And
                         to the west there are now boiling
                         pools of water over the roads.

               On TV, the Anchorman speaks from his desk.

                                   ANCHORMAN (ON TV)
                         The confirmed death toll in
                         Yellowstone now stands at twenty
                         three.  The number of people
                         reported missing continues to rise. 

               Behind the Anchorman are photos of Rex and Robin.

                                   ANCHORMAN (ON TV)
                         Among the missing and feared dead
                         are Park Superintendent, Rex
                         Montgomery, and Head Naturalist,
                         Robin Taylor.

               George is stunned.  He lets go of Sylvia and looks for a way
               to leave.

                                   GEORGE
                         Stay here.



               INT.  DISPATCH OFFICE - NIGHT

               The older ranger rapidly shoves files into a cardboard box. 
               A YOUNGER RANGER (21) carries a computer toward the open
               door.

               The PHONE RINGS.  The two rangers exchange surprised glances.

                                   YOUNGER RANGER
                         Phone's working?

               The older ranger answers it.

                                   OLDER RANGER
                         Dispatch... George, where are
                         you?... Still in Jackson? ...
                         No, there's no way you can get
                         through the park.  But there's a 
                         command post in West Yellowstone.
                         You can get around through Idaho. 
                         They need you, buddy. Everyone's
                         been working extended shifts... Oh
                         yeah, I would leave tonight...

               The younger ranger, still holding the computer, eyes  the
               older one curiously.

                                   OLDER RANGER
                             (into phone, continuing)
                         We're the last ones here in Mammoth
                         and we're out the door as we speak.

               The older ranger has a mischievous smile.

                                   OLDER RANGER
                             (into phone, continuing)
                         We're making temporary headquarters
                         in Gardiner.



               INT.  BAR - NIGHT

               George hangs up and leans against the wall.



               INT.  DISPATCH OFFICE - NIGHT

               The younger ranger still holds the computer.

                                   YOUNGER RANGER
                         What'd you tell him to come up for.

                                   OLDER RANGER
                         Hey, you're working.  I'm working.
                         If I really liked the guy I'd of
                         told him to stay there.



               INT.  BAR - NIGHT

               The television, without volume, has a late night talk show
               that nobody is watching.  The band plays.  On the dance floor
               a few people two-step but the majority of the patrons have
               left.

               Sylvia, at the bar, chats with Dave.

                                   DAVE
                         Sure.  April in the Baja is premo.
                         You want to go next year, I'll give
                         you all kinds of tips.  Tip number
                         one, if a kid wants fifty cents to
                         keep an eye on your car... 

               George comes over.

                                   DAVE (cont'd)
                         Give him the fifty cents.

                                   GEORGE
                         Coffee to go, Dave.  Large.  He
                         gives Sylvia a big squeeze. Gotta
                         go, Love.

                                   SYLVIA
                         Tonight?

                                   GEORGE
                         Duty calls.  I'll take you home.

               No one notices as warnings scroll across the bottom of the
               screen and the video switches to the newsroom.  Superimposed
               scrolling on TV:  ... "Emergency Evacuation ordered for the
               following counties:  In Montana:" ... 



               EXT.  TETON PASS - NIGHT

               The snow remains deep at the high altitude.  The road is bare
               and dry.  A sign warns, "AVALANCHE AREA, NO STOPPING."

               George's pickup powers up the mountain.



               INT.  GEORGE'S PICKUP - NIGHT

               George grabs the coffee cup.



               EXT.  NEAR A LONE PINE TREE - NIGHT

               Rex and Robin lay close to the fire for warmth.

                                   REX
                         So you think it's going to blow?

                                   ROBIN
                             (smiling)
                         Like an egg in a microwave. 

                                   REX
                         One of my boys actually did that.
                         Blew the microwave door open.  Heck
                         of a mess.

                                   ROBIN
                         Heh.  Everything I read said the
                         dome building phase would happen
                         slowly over a long period of time. 
                         I don't think we had that, so maybe
                         it won't be the big one.  
                             (beat)
                         All the talk has been about the
                         super volcanos that have happened
                         every six hundred thousand years. 
                         But since that last colossal one, 
                         Yellowstone has had at least thirty
                         volcanos.  Nobody talks about that. 
                         Some of those were huge, like five
                         times more powerful than Mount
                         Saint Helens.  That's as big as any
                         in recorded history.  The last one
                         was seventy thousand years ago. 
                         That kind of thing is more likely
                         to happen.  
                             (beat)
                         And it would kill us just as dead.

                                   REX
                         Your kidding.  I've yet to see a
                         volcano here - well except what's
                         happening right now.

                                   ROBIN
                         They blew themselves apart,
                         collapsed, filled in with welded
                         ash and lava.  West Thumb is one of
                         those calderas. 



               INT.  CONFERENCE ROOM, UTAH - NIGHT

               Huff speaks at the podium to MEMBERS OF THE PRESS crammed
               into a conference.  Scientists #1 and #2 are in the
               background.  

                                   HUFF
                         .... Although we monitor every
                         which way we can think of, we can
                         not predict the scale of the next
                         eruption. 
                         However, we do predict a
                         significant and violent, explosive
                         volcanic eruption within twenty
                         four hours.

               The lights dim.  The screen shows the VIDEO of the steam
               blast on the east side of Yellowstone Lake. 

                                   HUFF
                         You are looking at a lit fuse. 
                         This video was taken just after
                         sunset today.  This is called a
                         phreatic eruption or steam blast. 
                         Real time satellite imagery show it
                         is now five times as large.

               Simple ANIMATION illustrates his talk.

                                   HUFF
                         A fracture occurred below
                         Yellowstone Lake, allowing water to
                         come in contact with hot rock and
                         instantly flash to steam.  As water
                         expands into steam it forces the
                         crack to get larger and create new
                         channels, allowing more water, more
                         steam blasting, causing a chain
                         reaction that quickly leads to a
                         horrific conclusion.
                             (beat)
                         Double jeopardy, the surrounding
                         hot rocks are porous and are full
                         of compressed steam.  When the
                         pressure is released the rock
                         explodes, releasing more pressure,
                         more explosions.  
                             (beat)
                         Triple jeopardy.  The molten rock
                         in the magma reservoir below is
                         also full of gas under tremendous
                         pressure.  Suddenly releasing the
                         pressure above is like uncorking a
                         shaken up champaign bottle.  This
                         thing could blow at any moment.
                             (beat)
                         Quadruple jeopardy ...



               EXT.  NEAR A LONE PINE TREE - NIGHT

               Rex and Robin separately huddle by the fire.

                                   ROBIN
                         It's impossible to sleep.  Wish we
                         had found more wood.

                                   REX
                         How come you never got married? 

               Robin shifts uncomfortably.

                                   ROBIN
                         I don't know.  I guess a career's
                         always been more important to me.
                         I'm married to the Park Service.
                         You know this game.  You can get
                         transferred anywhere.  He'd have to
                         quit his job to follow me around. 
                         What man would want that?  There's
                         no way I could be just a housewife
                         or a store clerk or something.

                                   REX
                         What about relationships?

                                   ROBIN
                         Oh, I've had a few, very few. But
                         they lasted for quite a while. Once
                         they start pushing for a
                         commitment, I get scared.  I can't
                         picture myself being married to any
                         one of them.  I like men better as
                         buddies than as lovers.  I like my
                         freedom.

                                   REX
                         Don't you ever get lonely?

                                   ROBIN
                         No.  Well, if I go somewhere where
                         everyone is with someone, yeah
                         then.

                                   REX
                         I get so lonesome it hurts inside.
                         But the last couple years was
                         painful, all the put downs.  I'd be
                         afraid of all that happening again. 
                         But I can't take the loneliness. 

               WOLVES HOWL

                                   REX
                         Who can you meet around here
                         anyway?
                         The locals are either isolationists
                         or ranch widows looking to marry a
                         ranch hand.  I really don't think I
                         know how to date anyway.

                                   ROBIN
                         You must have dated your wife.

                                   REX
                         I never thought of it as dating. We
                         just did things together.  After
                         awhile I couldn't picture myself
                         doing anything without her.  

               They both stare into the fire.  The earth violently shakes. 
               They grab on to each other looking around helplessly.

                                   ROBIN
                             (yelling up at God)
                         Knock it off.

               Rex pulls her closer.

                                   REX
                         Uhm.  It's warmer this way.



               I/E.  FRANK'S HELICOPTER - EARLY MORNING

               Frank and his WIFE scan landscape.  She spots something
               significant.

                                   FRANK'S WIFE
                         Down there!

                                   FRANK
                         Yo!



               EXT.  BRIDGE BY LEWIS FALLS, HELICOPTER SHOT- EARLY MORNING

               HELICOPTER SHOT: a large passenger van with a canoe trailer
               and six canoes is parked on the road.  The bridge is out from
               earthquake damage.

               The Boy Scouts signal.  Some use mirrors, others wildly wave
               things like yellow raincoats.  Two boys send smoke signals
               from the campfire burning on the road.  There is also a big
               "X" made from large sticks.



               EXT.  BRIDGE BY LEWIS FALLS - EARLY MORNING

               HELICOPTER NOISE.  Some scouts jump up and down, others wave
               arms or raincoats exuberantly.  

               The land beneath the rig buckles and breaks apart.  Pavement
               cracking, the troop flees up the road.



               EXT.  NEAR THE LONE PINE TREE - EARLY MORNING

               Robin kind of marches in place, vigorously rubbing her upper
               arms as she tries to get warm.

                                   ROBIN
                         Too bad we let the fire die. 

               Rex drops what little wood he was able to collect.

               Standing behind her, he maneuvers his hands as if he's about
               to rub her arms.  Catching himself, he brings his hands back
               to his sides.

                                   REX
                         They should be looking for us
                         pretty soon.

               Eyeing a buffalo chip, he picks it up and smiles.

                                   REX
                         You know, I always wanted to try
                         burning buffalo dung.

                                   ROBIN
                         Trust me, the stuff stinks.  I
                         don't know how the pioneers could
                         stand it.

               GRIZZLY BEAR'S POV: About 150 feet away, Rex and Robin are
               watched from behind.  The sounds are the HEAVY BREATHING and
               LOW SNORTS of a bear.

               Robin quits marching and stretches her arms upward, eyes 
               closed.  

               Arms still up, she pops open her eyes and cocks her head,
               suddenly apprehensive.  Slowly lowering her arms she looks
               behind her.

               A grizzly bear stands on his hind legs, sniffing the air.

               Robin stares back, wide-eyed, muscles tense.  But she remains
               relatively composed.  Quietly, she warns Rex.

                                   ROBIN
                         Rex.  Grizzly!

               Rex and Robin slowly back toward the tree.

               Bear's POV:  The bear drops down to all fours and charges the
               terrified duo.  Rex drops to the ground in a fetal position,
               arms covering his neck.  Robin dashes for the tree.

               The bear is on Rex, GROWLING ferociously.

               Robin scrambles to a safe limb.

               The bear straddles Rex.

               Robin helplessly looks on in horror.

                                   ROBIN
                         No!  No!  No!  Oh Rex! 

               A National Guard helicopter flies overhead.
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