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More than just a look into the making of a motion picture, this is a collection of film artwork that is, in its own right, a major artistic statement. Drawings and paintings from the production show the depth of artistry that goes into the creation of Burton's world. His stunning vision of neo-Gothic nineteenth-century America comes alive: the foggy valleys of Sleepy Hollow, the cobbled streets of old New York City, and the menace and terror of the Headless Horseman. This volume proves that his vision not only resonates on the screen but on the canvas and sketchbook as well. The masterly work that accompanies the dramatic script demonstrates Burton's awesome creative prowess -- as both an artist and a major force in American cinema.
1 EXT. CITY STREETS -- NIGHT
Empty cobblestone streets are bordered by stately buildings. A rapidly CLANGING BELL breaks the silence from afar.
2 EXT. CITY WATERFRONT -- NIGHT
ELSEWHERE, piers border the Hudson. The BELL is LOUDER here. The two constables arrive, searching, pistols drawn.
CONSTABLE ONEWhere are you?! MAN'S VOICE O.S.Here...! Over here!
The constables hurry to the river's edge...
Down an embankment, the MAN, another constable, has his back to us. He's waist deep in dark water, throwing aside his ALARM BELL, struggling to pull something from the murk...
MANI need your help with this.
Constable Two and Constable One move forward, wary.
The MAN turns. Meet ICHABOD CRANE, handsome, eyes piercing but nervous and unsettled.
ICHABODNone other, and not only me...returns to liftingI have found something...
Ichabod drags a bloated MALE CORPSE out from the water. He backs away, shaken, looks to the constables...
ICHABOD CONT'D...which was lately a man.
3 INT. CITY WATCHHOUSE, JAIL -- NIGHT
In a dank, cavernous room, the distinguished HIGH CONSTABLE lifts a blanket off the corpse in a wheelbarrow manned by Constable Two. Constable One and Ichabod are near, watching.
HIGH CONSTABLEBurn it. CONSTABLE ONEYes, sir.
Constable Two wheels the corpse down a RAMP to another room.
ICHABODJust a moment, if I may...we do not yet know the cause of death. HIGH CONSTABLEWhen you find 'em in the river, cause of death is drowning. ICHABODPossibly so if there is water in the lungs, but...by pathology we might determine whether or not he was dead when he went into the river. HIGH CONSTABLECut him up? Are we heathens? Let him rest in peace -- in one piece as according to God and the New York Department of Health.
Ichabod is about to protest, but stops himself, frustrated.
Two THUGGISH CONSTABLES -- different ones -- bring in a bleeding SEMICONSCIOUS MAN.
HIGH CONSTABLE CONT'DWhat happened to him? THUGGISH CONSTABLENothing, sir. Arrested for burglary.
The constables throw him against the bars of the slammer while one of them opens the cage door. With their leather truncheons, the cops beat their prisoner into the cage and lock him in.
HIGH CONSTABLEGood work...
Ichabod hurries to follow his two constables and the corpse.
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This book's outstanding! Its my favorite book on a script. I normally really don't read that often and this book was worth reading, seriously. They even added some scenes, for the better. I higly recomend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.