Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Ideas Towards A Screenplay for "A Game Of Glory," Section 1
(i) An aerial scene of snowflakes falling from a dark sky.
After a while -
Narrator: A murdered man on a winter planet gave Flandry his first clue.
More snowflakes falling.
Narrator: Until then, he had known only that a monster fled Conjumar in a poisoned wreck of a spaceship...
Narration from pp. 303-304 continues with background music.
Screen shows graphic scenes first of the fleeing monster, then of our region of the galaxy, then of the incidents in Flandry's career summarised on these pages.
Aycharaych moving surreptitiously appears very briefly with a change in the music for "...discovered how to lie to a telepath." (p. 303)
Flandry on a planet described as a Merseian aristocratic hunting preserve;
Flandry at a banquet:
Flandry fighting a duel;
the Braean High Temple declining an offer of a military base on their planet.
(ii) Narrator: Wherefore Flandry walked through smashed ruins under a red dwarf sun.
Live action scenes start. Flandry and his escort, surrounded by ruins, walk towards camera. (p. 304)
Flandry, voice-over, not yet speaking on screen, replaces Narrator: The usual project in cases like this...(until)...a governmental framework. (p. 304)
Flandry's voice-over interrupted by the crash of a blaster. Action scenes including debris from their own explosion striking Imperial marines' helmets as they charge towards the house from which one of their number was shot. Flandry and the sergeant of his escort stand above the dying marine, African-descended but with skin gone gray. Stomach ripped open. Under the dim sun, blood looks black on muddy snow.
Subtitles with partial translation in square brackets necessary for the marine's dialogue.
Marine: It's him in Uhunhu that knows. Ai! 'List nay, they said. (Do not enlist, they said.) Etc.
Marine draws attention to the statue of a girl on the icicled fountain. Flandry looks up at it.
We see it.
Narrator (low): She was springtime and a first trembling kiss...(no more)
Marine screams, addresses the statue, "...don't eat me, mother -" etc, dies (pp. 305-306).
Flandry questions his escort (p. 306). Then he and they walk away. The screen freezes on the departing Terrestrials.
Narrator: Flandry was lonesome among his fellow conquerors. At least a planet bearing some Africans might be decently warm.
We see the girl on the fountain.
Narrator: Behind them the girl on the fountain...
Sound and light from a massive explosion.
Narrator, emphatically: ...smiled.