When Elevators Dream
Two long-abandoned grain elevators have a wonderful dream.
AUDIO: CLANG OF CROSSING BELL
Huh? Huh? What’s that?
It sounds like the crossing bell.
The crossing bell!! You’ve gone mad! There hasn’t been a bell there for decades. There hasn’t even been tracks here for 20 years (PAUSE) but you are right. It’s…
AUDIO: train whistle
It’s a train! (PAUSE) It IS a train!
But…but…It can’t be…
AUDIO: He is drowned out by the sound of the train passing,
CREDITS: on a vertical roll, end credits over the invisible train. When the credits end, the train passes.
AUDIO: after train passes, the crossing bell stops, peace and serenity return to the prairie.
That was fun!!
I still don’t believe it!! We must be dreaming?
(MORE A MURMUR) ummm…maybe.
AUDIO: Prairie sounds arise
Written, Produced and Directed by Reid Dickie
Steve Black, Duane Braun, Troy Buschman, Reid Dickie, Mitchell Johnston, Borys Kozak, Carol Anne Miller, Nora Nordin-Fredette, Liz Olson, Allan Palmer, Chris Scholl, Dennis Scullard, Tannis Zimmer
Troy Buschman, Reid Dickie, Garcea Diehl, Liz Olson, Chris Scholl, Tannis Zimmer
Sound Recording at Video Pool, Winnipeg
Special Thanks to Kevin Uddenberg, Kenny Boyce, Terry Lewycky, Vonda Bos, Rick Fisher, Prairie Dog Central
Dedicated to Beautiful Linda
A BE HAPPY PRODUCTION
© REID DICKIE 2012
Both characters sound groggy and confused by what they are hearing because they are hearing the impossible. This is established quickly.
It’s the clang of the crossing bell that catches their attention then the train whistle adds further disbelief until they are drowned out by the sound of a modern fast freight with lots of low rumbles and screeching steel on steel sounds.
To create a crossing the end credits run on a vertical scroll over the elevators as the invisible train passes horizontally.
Once the train is gone, there is joy and disbelief. The prairie silence returns.
For her fourth appearance in The Lonesomes, Nora Nordin-Fredette plays the female elevator and I play the male.
This sad pair of elevators is in Isabella, Manitoba, again south of Shoal Lake. Long abandoned by the railroad and most of its residents, little remains of Isabella today.
I captured this bucolic scene one hot afternoon. The story is a conversation between the buildings resulting in an imaginary train passing by. I used it has the background for the end credits creating a crossroads with the invisible train moving horizontally and the scrolling credits moving vertically. I saw it as fitting end to The Lonesomes, reinforcing the dream-like quality of the piece.