Vellowstone Volcano Screenplay 4
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Out of Yellowstone, a screenplay, continued


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               EXT.  HELICOPTER SHOT, HAYDEN VALLEY - DAY

               Seen from above, spitting lava, ash and steam spew from areas
               near the road in south portion of the Hayden Valley.  Patches
               of charred grass smolder.

               Only two cars remain unscathed on the evacuated roadway.

               The lava devours them.



               EXT.  LONE PINE TREE - DAY

               The bear throws dirt on Rex.  HELICOPTER NOISE.

               Robin looks up.  It is difficult to see the helicopter
               through the evergreen branches.

                                   ROBIN
                         Oh thank God!



               I/E.  MILITARY HELICOPTER - DAY

               The copilot DARRELL (who speaks with a backwoods southern
               accent) looks down below.  Pilot JOE is a cool-headed local
               boy.

                                   DARRELL
                         Lookee there, Joe, a grizzly bear!
                         I never seen one of them before.



               EXT.  HELICOPTER SHOT, BEAR - DAY

               The bear's mass completely hides Rex.  The tree is too thick
               to see Robin.

                                   DARRELL (O.S.)
                         Hey lookee.  He's kilt himself
                         somethin'.  Lets get us-en a closer
                         look.

               I/E.  MILITARY HELICOPTER - DAY

               Switching his gaze from the bear to straight ahead, Joe
               shakes his head firmly.

                                   JOE
                         No, these animals are stressed
                         enough.



               EXT.  HELICOPTER SHOT, BEAR - DAY

               The bear completely ignores the helicopter.



               EXT.  THE LONE PINE TREE - DAY

               Robin waves her arm and pleads in anguish.

                                   ROBIN
                         Oh please.  Oh please. She looks
                         down at Rex.

               The bear, still over Rex, paws and throws dirt over him.



               I/E.  MILITARY HELICOPTER - DAY

                                   DARRELL
                         That bear won't make it.  You know
                         that.  He's trapped in here. Let's
                         get a closer look.

                                   JOE
                         Darrell, we got human survivors to
                         look for.

               Joe shoves the cycle stick forward.



               EXT.  LONE PINE TREE - DAY

               The helicopter flies away.

               With disbelief and anguish, Robin watches it go.

                                   ROBIN
                         No!  Come back.

               Now she's angry.

                                   ROBIN
                         Come back here you idiots. 

               She looks down at the bear. The bear has almost completely
               buried Rex. Robin yells from her perch.

                                   ROBIN
                         Get off him.  Go.  Get.  Get outta
                         here.

               She takes off a shoe and takes aim.  The tree shakes with the
               violence of a major earthquake.

               Losing her balance she falls but grabs the limb she was
               standing on.

               The large beast gallops off.

               Robin hangs with arms and legs wrapped around the wildly
               shaking limb.

               Rex lays in a heap covered with dirt and torn up grass.



               EXT.  HELICOPTER SHOT, NEAR LONE PINE TREE - DAY

               The shadow of Frank's helicopter passes over the nondescript
               heap that is Rex.



               INT.  FRANK'S HELICOPTER - DAY

               The majority of the Boy Scout troop, now quite disheveled,
               fill Frank's helicopter to capacity.

               Looking intently down, Frank lowers the microphone from his
               mouth in a weary sigh.

                                   ADULT LEADER
                         Guys, keep your eyes peeled.

               Frank glances out at the smaller Jet Ranger helicopter that
               parallels his path.



               EXT.  JET RANGER HELICOPTER - DAY

               A Boy Scout waves from the Jet Ranger Helicopter.



               EXT.  THE LONE PINE TREE - DAY

               Robin, clinging to the shaking limb, looks up at the
               helicopters flying over.

               The quaking subsides.  Robin drops down and scurries to
               signal the helicopters with wildly flapping arms.

               The helicopters keep on going.

               Robin rushes to Rex.

                                   ROBIN 
                         Rex.  Rex, can you hear me?  The
                         bear's gone.  Rex?

               The mound of dirt stirs and Rex looks around.  Slowly he
               brings the weight of his upper body onto his hands.

                                   ROBIN
                         Are you all right?

               Rex, sitting, feels his head and looks over his arms.

                                   REX
                         I think so.

               With much concern, Robin examines his head and neck, brushing
               off dirt and debris.  Meanwhile they both keep a nervous eye
               out for the bear.

               A LITTLE LATER

               Rex's shirt is off.  Robin finishes the examination.  She
               finds herself admiring the strong physique, then catches
               herself.

                                   ROBIN
                         Incredible, there's hardly a
                         scratch. 

               The bear episode still unnerves him.

                                   REX
                         I guess that playing dead stuff
                         works.
                             (trying for humor)
                         Would you like to admire my legs
                         too? 

               Robin breaks down.

                                   ROBIN
                         I never felt so helpless in my
                         life.  I thought you were being
                         killed and I couldn't do anything.
                         I thought that chopper would scare
                         it, but it didn't.  I should have
                         come down and signaled.  We could
                         have been rescued.  But he didn't
                         see us.  I could have... 

               Rex grabs her shoulders and gently shakes her.

                                   REX
                         Stop it.  It's okay.  I'm okay 

               Robin is even more anguished.

                                   ROBIN
                         But I froze.  I couldn't help you.
                         I should have distracted the bear.
                         But I couldn't leave the tree. 

               Rex brings her into a hug.

                                   REX
                         You did the right thing.  You don't
                         mess with grizzly bears. If you
                         came down you'd have been mauled.

                                   ROBIN
                         But...

                                   REX
                         Shhh.

               Robin relaxes into the hug.  Rex releases the hug.  They look
               at each other as if they're going to kiss.  Robin snaps back
               into responsible ranger mode.

                                   ROBIN
                         We can't stay here.  That bear'll
                         be back.  He was saving you for
                         dinner.

                                   REX
                         You're probably right.  But there's
                         a good climbing tree.  And the
                         searchers will be looking for us
                         here.

                                   ROBIN
                         Unless they've given us up for
                         dead.

                                   REX
                         They wouldn't give up that easy.

                                   ROBIN
                         I don't think we're the only thing
                         they've got to worry about. 

               She nods in the direction of the road.

                                   ROBIN
                         Besides, that lava's too close for
                         my comfort.

               Lava sparks over the area where the road should be.

                                   REX
                         And just where do you suggest we
                         go?

                                   ROBIN
                         We could go up toward the Norris to
                         Canyon road.  That might still be
                         open.

                                   REX
                         That's a long way.

                                   ROBIN
                         Eight or nine miles, maybe. 

               The land rises up beneath them.  In brilliant red light, they
               shield their faces with their arms from the sudden burst of
               heat.

               The lava fountains up.  Clouds of ash spew.

               Hot rocks and ash plummet.

               Rex and Robin flee.

               The land rises and tilts until the lone pine leans at a 45
               degree angle.

               The noxious gasses are thick enough to be visible.

               The two sprint, watery eyed, coughing.

                                   REX
                         O.K. we're gone.  But if that bear
                         comes after us, it's your turn.



               EXT.  GEORGE'S PICKUP TRUCK - DAY

               A very nice pickup with a canopy is parked along a "Jeep"
               trail surrounded by pine forest.  The body is a bit crumpled
               around one of the headlights.



               INT.  BACK OF GEORGE'S PICKUP - SAME

               On a mattress, in a sleeping bag, in the bed of the pickup,
               George sleeps.  His identity is obscured by the cowboy hat
               over his face.

               A mild quake rocks the pickup.  George stirs and mumbles
               incomprehensibly.

                                   GEORGE
                         Syl.  Ish a furska.  Uhmn.

               Awake now, he brushes his hat back and blinks sleepily at his
               surroundings.  He looks at his watch, GROANS, and unzips the
               bag.



               EXT.  SIGN, WEST YELLOWSTONE - DAY

               George's pickup drives past the sign at the edge of the
               village of West Yellowstone.  He's the only life on the road.



               EXT.  CANYON STREET - DAY

               The main drag in town is deserted until George rolls in.



               I/E.  GEORGE'S PICKUP, CANYON STREET - SAME

               Still sleepy-eyed, George looks around uneasily.  The
               deserted street has a ghostly feel.

               A SIREN wails briefly.  George checks the rearview mirror and
               sees a Montana Highway Patrol car.



               EXT.  CANYON STREET - DAY

               A HIGHWAY PATROLMAN stands outside the driver's side window
               of George's parked truck.

                                   PATROLMAN
                         How did you get passed the road
                         block?

               George returns a sleepy, puzzled look.

                                   GEORGE
                         Road block?

                                   PATROLMAN
                         The whole area's been evacuated.
                         Nobody's allowed in.

                                   GEORGE
                         I'm with the Park Service.  I'm
                         supposed to come up and join a
                         command post.

                                   PATROLMAN
                         They left last night.  The National
                         Guard had a command post to
                         evacuate everybody.  But they moved
                         on.

                                   GEORGE
                         Where'd the Park Service go?  

               The Patrolman shrugs and shakes his head.

                                   PATROLMAN
                         If I were you, I'd get out of here,
                         far away, like I'm going to right
                         now.

                                   GEORGE
                         Might as well head back to Jackson.

                                   PATROLMAN
                         You can't get there.  Teton Pass
                         avalanched last night.

                                   GEORGE
                         Avalanched?

                                   PATROLMAN
                         Jackson Hole had a big quake. Don't
                         know how much damage there was. 
                         But it's being evacuated because of
                         Yellowstone.



               INT.  GEORGE'S PICKUP - DAY

               The gas gage is near empty.



               EXT.  CANYON STREET - DAY

                                   GEORGE
                         I don't suppose there's any gas
                         stations open?

               The Patrolman shakes his head.

                                   GEORGE
                         Places for coffee?

                                   PATROLMAN
                         I've got a thermos.

               Major shaking.  A room above one of the stores bursts into
               flames.  The fire spreads.

                                   GEORGE
                         A propane line probably broke.

                                   PATROLMAN
                         God help me.  We're going to rob a
                         gas station.



               EXT.  A FLOWERING MEADOW - DAY

               Robin and Rex walk along through meadow.  There are pine
               trees nearby.  A small flock of Canada geese fly overhead
               HONKING.  A red squirrel in a pine tree chitters a warning. A
               coyote is absorbed in looking for mice.

                                   ROBIN
                         Right here, right now, you wouldn't
                         think anything was wrong. Rex looks
                         up at the sky.

                                   REX
                         It is a nice day for a walk in the
                         park.

               A hawk circles overhead.

               Robin stops and cocks her head to listen to the SOUND OF
               SANDHILL CRANES.  She spots them, smiles and points.

               The cranes strut through the grass.

               The coyote suddenly dashes away in terror.  The cranes take
               to the air, SQUABBLING.

               The earth rumbles violently.  The land rises beneath Rex and
               Robin.  Unbalanced, they drop to the ground.

               The earth splits apart.

               Robin is caught in the middle of the rapidly widening split. 
               She claws for a hold on clumps of grass.

               The cleft widens to a steep chasm.  Robin struggles for
               footing but the loose ground slides beneath her feet.

               She grasps for a better grip on the grass clumps.

               Rex anxiously watches from the other side.

               She gains a foothold and grasps a tiny willow bush.  Feeling
               secure in her handhold, she climbs.  An aftershock rumbles.

               The land gives way around her hold.  Earth, grass, willow and
               Robin tumble and slide to the bottom.

               Robin reorients herself and looks up at Rex.  She searches
               for a way up the steep loose slope toward him.  Nothing looks
               good.

               She climbs up.  The rock gives.  She slides back down.  She
               tries again with the same results.

               Rex unbuckles his belt.  Robin climbs.

               Smoldering red glows through the rocks on the bottom.  Robin
               slides.

                                   REX
                         Look down.

               Robin looks.  The rocks get redder.  In a mid-slide
               adrenaline rush she scrambles up, farther than before.

               Rex has lowered his pants, holding one pant leg.  Robin grabs
               for the other pant leg, just out of reach.

               Her feet give way.

               Rex thrusts himself precariously farther.  Robin grasps the
               pants.

               The weight pulls Rex.  His bare legs slide.  His stocking
               toes dig in futilely.

               Robin gets a foot hold.  Rex manages to shinny back.

               A BIT LATER

               Robin catches her breath as she sits, energy spent.  Rex
               brushes the plant fibers off his legs.

                                   ROBIN
                         Nice legs.

               Rex throws her a surprised smile.

                                   ROBIN
                         Cute butt, too.

               He playfully flicks the pants at her.



               INT.  DISPATCH OFFICE IN TRAILER - DAY

               A couple desks and several old chairs furnish the cramped
               makeshift dispatch trailer.  There is a bunch of radio
               equipment of various types and ages.  Antenna wires run up
               the wall to a small hole.  A large map of Yellowstone is
               tacked up and dotted with colored pins.

               Notebook computers sit on the desks.

               Mike, the older ranger, and a young PARK POLICEWOMAN watch a
               portable color TV.

               On the television, Angela Greyfeather reports outside the
               entrance of the Church Universal and Triumphant where vans,
               pickups, and rental trucks, loaded with boxes of supplies,
               head out the gate.

                                   ANGELA (ON TV)
                         Just outside the north boundary of
                         Yellowstone National Park is the
                         church-cult community and world
                         headquarters of the Church
                         Universal and Triumphant.

               On TV, a group of CHURCH MEMBERS load a rental truck, bucket
               brigade style.

                                   ANGELA (ON TV)
                         Here the followers of their
                         prophet, Elizabeth Claire, have
                         built well stocked fallout
                         shelters, in preparation for an
                         eminent Armageddon.  But right
                         here, apocalypse is now, not from a
                         nuclear holocaust but from the very
                         ground they hoped would be their
                         refuge.

               Of the three watching the television, only the policewoman
               stands.  The TV continues in low inaudible volume under their
               conversation.

               The policewoman rubs her hands gleefully.

                                   POLICEWOMAN
                         I think that's poetic.  That is so
                         poetic.

                                   OLDER RANGER
                         You think that's so funny, look
                         where we're sitting.  Anyone with
                         any sense has flown the coop.
                         Everything I own is back in Mammoth
                         And they haven't let me go back in
                         to get any of it.  I should have
                         retired two years ago.

                                   ANGELA (ON TV)
                         Evacuation orders have been issued
                         for everyone within a hundred miles
                         of the Park.  Although the area
                         around Yellowstone is sparsely
                         populated...

               Angela's voice fades out.

                                   OLDER RANGER
                         A hundred miles?  If it blows, I
                         heard all life will be wiped out
                         for four hundred miles.  Every
                         direction.

               A small quake hits.

                                   POLICEWOMAN
                         Mercy, not again!

                                   MIKE
                         That's it.  We're gone. 

               The older Ranger picks up a microphone.



               EXT.  WOODS - DAY

               Robin and Rex head through woods.

                                   REX
                         ...and Alan wants to play video
                         games professionally.

                                   ROBIN
                         You mean like in tournaments?

                                   REX
                         No, these companies hire people to
                         master their games.  They have
                         these toll free numbers that people
                         can call when they get frustrated
                         and can't get to the next level.
                         And when the phone's not ringing,
                         they get...

               Near Robin's feet, the bushes thrash in sudden commotion.

               Robin jumps out of her skin.

               A flushed GROUSE bursts into flight.

               Robin places a hand over her racing heart and breathes
               rapidly but with relief.

                                   ROBIN
                         Boy am I jumpy.

               Rex smiles kindly.

                                   REX
                         It scared me too. 

               She laughs slightly.  He laughs a little back. They head off
               through the woods laughing, laughing way out of proportion. 

               Robin approaches a shallow spring and kneels by it.

                                   ROBIN
                         Water!

                                   REX
                         Wait!  Don't all the streams have
                         giardia?

                                   ROBIN
                         Yeah, but look at it this way, if
                         we get sick it won't affect us for
                         two weeks.  In two weeks we can
                         either get to a doctor or giardia
                         will have been the least of our
                         problems.

               LATER

               Robin and Rex sit by the little stream.  Rex has a shoe and
               sock off and checks his foot for blisters.

                                   REX
                         We made an acoustic room in the
                         basement so that Kevin could play
                         the drums.  It could be the nicest
                         day and he'd be down there
                         practicing drums... But I guess I
                         shouldn't knock it.  He just bought
                         a van, paid cash. It's a tax write
                         off because he hauls around the
                         band's sound equipment.  He makes a
                         lot of money for a kid his age.

               Suddenly repulsed by something, he hastily gets up and, still
               wearing one shoe, hobbles away from the stream.

                                   REX
                         Oh gosh!  Ugh!

               Robin looks all around trying to figure out the cause of his
               behavior.

                                   REX
                         Ticks!

               A tick crawls up her pant leg.

                                   ROBIN
                         Wahhh!  Geez!

               Robin picks off that tick and scrambles toward Rex.  She
               checks herself and picks off many.

                                   ROBIN
                         I hate ticks.

               Rex picks more off himself.

                                   REX
                         Place is infested with 'em... Here,
                         check the back of me. She pulls
                         several off his back.

               He looks over his arms, feels his hair, and scratches all
               over.



               EXT.  FARTHER IN WOODS - DAY

               Robin checks her watch as the two walk along.

                                   ROBIN
                         We should be there soon.



               EXT.  FLOODED WOODS AND MEADOW - DAY

               Walking along, Robin and Rex stop abruptly.  In front of
               their feet, the forest floor is covered with shallow water. 
               Squatting down, Robin gently touches a glacier lily.

                                   ROBIN
                         These don't grow in water.

               Beyond the tree trunks lies a flooded meadow with boiling
               springs and rising steam.

                                   ROBIN
                         This isn't supposed to be here.

                                   REX
                         We're lost?

                                   ROBIN
                         No, this is brand new.

               Ducking tree branches, the two hurry along the edge of the
               water.

               They leap over a wide puddle and plow through thick low
               brush.

               A grassy point seems to connect to the far shore.  Rex and
               Robin head onto the point, then stop.  

                                   REX
                         Nuts!

               Off to the right they see another flooded boiling meadow. 
               This one is larger and more thermally active than the other. 
               The two flooded fields are connected by a shallow area, about
               100 feet across in front of Rex and Robin.

               Squatting, Rex dips a small stick in the water and feel it to
               check the temperature.  Satisfied, he puts his hand in the
               water.

                                   REX
                         It's not very hot.

               Rex in the lead, the two wade across the shallows.  In the
               middle, knee deep in water, Robin steps into a hole.

                                   ROBIN
                         Aarch!

               Rex turns around to look.  Robin struggles to free her foot.

                                   ROBIN
                         My foot's stuck in a hole.

               Rex wades back, giving Robin something to lean on as she
               manages to free her leg.

                                   ROBIN
                         Crap!  I lost my shoe.

               She reaches down into the water, lower and lower until she
               can barely keep her mouth above water.

               Choppy wavelets ripple the water.  The ground trembles.

                                   ROBIN
                         Oh Geez, Oh Geez!  It's getting
                         hot.

                                   REX
                         Come on, let's go.

                                   ROBIN
                         My shoe!

               The quaking and rippling intensify.

                                   REX
                         Forget the shoe.

               Robin finds the shoe and raises it triumphantly overhead. 
               Her triumph transforms into terror.

                                   ROBIN
                         Aaaaaah!

               As she scrambles onward, a geyser blows through the water
               behind her.

               Rex grabs her arm and they stagger to a safe distance where
               they watch the geyser gush impressively.

               A bedraggled Robin dumps the water out of her shoe.



               EXT.  WOODS SOUTH OF NORRIS TO CANYON ROAD - DAY

               Rex and Robin plod through the forest.

                                   ROBIN
                         Oh God, I'm so hungry.

               Smacking his lips at the reminder of food, Rex nods in
               agreement.

               Spying the vehicles on the road they stop.  Taking almost
               simultaneous deep breaths of relief, they smile at each
               other.

               Part of the long line of parked vehicles can be seen through
               the forest.  All the rigs face west (left).  

                                   REX
                             (disappointed)
                         They're abandoned.

                                   ROBIN
                         That ain't no elk jam.



               EXT.  THE NORRIS TO CANYON ROAD - DAY

               As they approach the road, Robin brightens with a wonderful
               thought.

                                   ROBIN
                         People don't drive through the park
                         without food.

               Rex imitates Yogi Bear.

                                   REX
                         Come along BooBoo.  We're a gonna
                         snatch us a pic-i-nic basket.

                                   ROBIN
                             (cartoonishly)
                         Right behind ya, Yogi.

               The line consists of a variety of vehicles including large
               motor homes, shiny pickups (with or without the fifth wheel
               trailers they are designed to pull), various cars (some with
               bicycle racks, one with a canoe), and a few rigs with
               trailers.

               One of the pickups is an extended cab four wheel drive with
               oversize mud tires.

               They try the doors of the last car of the procession.  They
               are locked.

               The next vehicle is locked.  So is the next, and the next. 
               Rex is calm, but Robin seethes.  She tries in vain to get
               into the canopy of a pickup.

                                   ROBIN
                         Geez, everybody locks everything. 
                         There's nobody left in the park. 
                         Who the heck do they think is going
                         to steal anything?

               This amuses Rex.

                                   REX
                         Maybe a couple of marauding
                         rangers.

               Farther on, Robin spies a bag of groceries in the back seat
               of a mid-size car.  Picking up a healthy rock she angrily
               smashes the driver's window.



               I/E.  MID-SIZE CAR - DAY

               Rex opens the rear passenger side door which was unlocked. 
               He reaches for the grocery bag.

                                   REX
                         	Uh, this side was unlocked.
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