THE BIRD SHOOT

Stefanie Schneider’s 29 Palms, CA chapter “THE BIRD SHOOT”
Actors Haley Crone and Elias Brett.

EXT. REMOTE DESERT, BIRDCAGES. HALEY – DAY
HALEY watches a young Man in his twenties, JERRY, as he cleans some bird cages. Other cages are nearby, covered in blankets so as to keep the birds protected from the cold
desert night air.

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JERRY THE BIRDMAN
So you have to clean all the cages at least once a week. The birds need to be fed twice daily. Covered at night. And fresh water every day.

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If you take them out of the cages, make sure you are inside. I don’t clip their wings so they can easily get away.

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HALEY nods simply, to acknowledge what he is saying.

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HALEY
( INTERNAL MONOLOGUE )
UNDER THIS: IMAGES OF THE BIRD RESCUE. POLAROIDS OF BIRDS:
SOME ARE MISSING FEATHERS, SOME ARE SICK, SOME ARE DEAD.
I met Jerry last year and I have been working with him ever since. We save and rescue Parakeets and other exotic birds from households where the owners have either died or are simply so negligent that the birds need to be taken out of their care. Jerry is a US army trained soldier. This comes in really useful when a rescue gets a little out of hand.

EXT. HILL VIEW MOTEL. MEMORY SCENE. RESCUE BIRDS – DAY HALEY and JERRY (in full army attire) burst into ALEX’S and RON’S bedroom.

Havoc breaks out. Jerry grabs a pack of cigarettes from Ron’s bedside table.

JERRY THE BIRDMAN
Civilian, I have heard reports that you have been smoking in the presence of your love birds. Were you or were you not warned of the effect that passive smoke inhalation has upon the avian lung system?

Ron
Git’ offa’ my property or I’m calling the police.

JERRY THE BIRDMAN
Not until you relinquish custody of the birds. You don’t got no privileges just because you own some damn motel. Hand ’em over before I shoot you down like the dirty dog that you are.

HALEY
(freaking out)
Jerry, don’t do it. Please don’t do it. Lets just take the birds and go.

CUT TO:
EXT. BIRDCAGE, MIDDLE OF ISOLATED DESERT ( BACK TO PRESENT ) – DAY
Jerry holds the birdcage steady in the air as Heather feeds the rescued love birds.

HALEY
When you go off to Iraq… I don’t know if I can handle the rescues on my own.

JERRY THE BIRDMAN
Don’t worry yourself about that. You just take good care of the birds that we have.

CUT TO:
EXT. DESERT. REMOTE. BIRD CAGES. HALEY – DAY
HALEY opens the bird cage and lets them fly free.
HALEY leaves and walks off into the desert.

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THE SHOOT

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About Lance Waterman

Press & Promotion World traveler, adventurer. Lance Waterman has lived in Canada, Australia, Kenya, Japan, Germany and Thailand. Found the key to dream fulfillment  laid in the setting of wildly fantastic goals and then a simply solitary decision. "I take responsibility for everything that happens to me." Lance has been studying communications since 1991 with the help of his mentor Tony Robbins. Starting in advertising theory, then two local government elections in Byron Bay, Australia culminating with a successful election in 1997. Lance started working in visual communication in 2002 when he first moved to Berlin, Germany. A contemporary fine arts artist's liaison since 2005, developed into the project "29 Palms, CA" where working together with 'mica film" (Caroline Haertel)  produced a theater premiere of a short film "Till death do us part" complimented by a live concert performance at the Babylon theater. Currently working on a documentary of the making of the film "The girl behind the white picket fence" by Stefanie Schneider.
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