Monday, December 28, 2015

Warren Ellis's Trees - The Tree of Green Gables - Grant McLaughlin

1 - Establishing shot. The parking lot / entrance of an amusement park set up around a large Tree that rears into the sky. The sign out front reads Charlottetown Tree Park. There's plenty of cars in the lot, people queuing to go inside.

CAPTION: Prince Edward Island, Canada

MIKEY (tailless): Why do people keep coming?

2 - Two young men, Mikey and Ian, working as janitors in the park, are cleaning up litter and the like. Mikey is just out of high school, the kind of kid who is malcontent with the world, but not always clear with what he's malcontent about. Ian is a few years older, a bit gothy, and is clearly a figure that Mikey looks up to. Mikey and Ian look at each other in conversation, The Tree looms in the background.

MIKEY: You can see it from anywhere on the island.

IAN: People want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

3 - From the Tree's perspective, looking down towards Mikey and Ian. Ian gestures towards the Tree. There are visitors all around them, but unlike Mikey or Ian, they are all looking up at the Tree.

IAN: But seeing as that's so hard to find, most people will mistake being in the presence of something physically immense as one and the same.

4 - Long shot of the shore of Prince Edward Island / Charlottetown. The Tree looms large in the distance, standing out from everything around it.

IAN (tailless): Sad really.

1 comment:

  1. I must confess, I haven't read TREES yet, but I saw the trade just came out in my local shop. That said, I admire the philosophical bend you went down, and provided me a bit of food for thought this morning. Good page, Grant.


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