Wednesday, June 29, 2016

#HEATWAVE 2016--Scene Eight--Tiltrotor--SCREENPLAY IN PROGRESS--#ERSKINEFIRE



#HEATWAVE 2016 by JC Langelle//WGA West Reg 56f893s (c) 2016 reconpresseusa


#HEATWAVE 2016--Los Angeles Under the Sun--SCREENP...
#HEATWAVE 2016--Laguna Beach--SCREENPLAY IN PROGRE...
#HEATWAVE 2016--California Bear Dispatch--SCREENPL...
#HEATWAVE 2016--Sherpa Fire--SCREENPLAY IN PROGRES...
#HEATWAVE 2016 --Scene Five--Hollywood--SCREENPLAY...
#HEATWAVE 2016--Scene Six--Lake Isabella--State of Emergency-...
#HEATWAVE 2016--Scene Seven--Iridium GO--#ERSKINEFIRE...


EXT. Daytime at the Kelso Valley Airport, Coordinates: N35°23.30' / W118°13.22' Located 20 miles NW of Mojave, California.  The small private airstrip has been set up as a forward command by Fire Officials  involved in the Erskine Fire, still burning but now about 60 percent contained. There is an FAA Temporary Flight Restriction posted for all aircraft except those directly related to the firefighting effort.

INT. Tactical Airnet PERSONNEL monitor makeshift radar screens and computers to coordinate flights in and out of the no fly zone related to the wildfire.  There are numerous violations of the zone ranging from news aircraft, both fixed wing and helicopters, and others.

AIRNET#1  (looking at screens on computers)
Harry, could you come over and take a look at this?

HARRY drops a clipboard on a table nearby and walks over to the screen.

HARRY
That's not one of ours, see if you can bring it up on the radio.

AIRNET#1 (lifting a small handheld device)
Unidentified aircraft, this is Erskine Restricted Firenet, be advised, you are in a no fly zone. Vacate immediately, I say again, vacate immediately to the west.

EXT. A helicopter flies high above the smoldering landscape where far below, firefighting equipment is concentrated on particularly stubborn western flank of the fire. A large tanker buzzes the helicopter in a near miss as it drops its load of retardant on a nearby hillside. A logo on the side of the helicopter reads KFWY/66, Los Angeles.

INT. The helicopter PILOT  makes a last second turn to avoid the tanker taking the aircraft into a temporary dive toward the surface. On board are GODFREY PHELPS and NANCY NOLAY. On the radio, the AIRNET command is repeated.

AIRNET#1
Unidentified aircraft, I say again, you will immediately remove yourself from the zone of operations, fly due west to the Kern County Airport and land.

NANCY
I told you we weren't allowed to go into here, Godfrey. You're going to get us all killed!

PILOT
I agree, we have been given orders to leave.

PHELPS
We leave when I say leave. Stay on track toward Red Rock.

PILOT continues on into FAA no fly zone as tankers buzz nearby dropping retardant.

EXT. On the ground and not far away are a few unauthorized RUBBERNECKERS in pickup trucks all gathered around a large private drone.

RUBBERNECKER#1
OK, let's see what this thing can do. Steve, do you have the GoPro video setup ready to go?

STEVE (in the back of a pickup truck camper shell where a host of electronic gear sits on tables and shelves.)
That's affirmative.

RUBBERNECKER#2
Let's get this thing airborne.

The large drone races down a makeshift dry lake runway and climbs into the sky almost immediately, headed due east toward the fire line.

EXT. A few minutes later, the drone buzzes over the fire zone as video is being transmitted back to STEVE's setup in the camper shell.

INT. Camper shell, RUBBERNECKERs are crowded around the  screen where  video  of the front lines of the fire is being played back.

RUBBERNECKER#1
Awesome!

RUBBERNJECKER#2
Totally epic!

As they watch, suddenly a helicopter flashes in front of the screen bearing the KFWY//66 Los Angeles logo. The drone hits the helicopter squarely in the fuselage and the screen goes blank.

STEVE
WTF?

RUBBERNECKER#1
Damn...

RUBBERNECKER#2
Ah--mazing..!!


EXT. Miles away and on a desolate dirt road, with smoke from the fireline on the distant mountaintops, a stalled Highlander sits with the hood up. HECTOR is looking it over for damage to the motor. SOLDIER walks over.

HECTOR
Looks like we have a cracked block, all the water is gone from the radiator.

SOLDIER
Well, we will just have to wait it out until someone spots us.

HECTOR
In this heat, it better be soon. And I am worried about Fatima.

FATIMA walks over, having just placed a call on her satellite phone.

FATIMA
You are worried about me?  I am from Yemen, the desert out here is a pushover compared to the great outback. I will be just fine, and I have called in help

SOLDIER
Help? From where?

FATIMA
Have some patience, Soldier.

EXT. A few hours later, as the scorching heat becomes unbearable around sundown, a faint roar of engines is heard on the distant horizon. HECTOR and SOLDIER hop out of the Highlander.

HECTOR
Yeah, I can hear it, headed this way.

SOLDIER
Right, but the sound of the motors are like nothing I've heard lately, maybe a helicopter.

HECTOR
Yeah, two at the same speed, like a Chinook.

SOLDIER
No, the synch is different.

FATIMA hops out of the Highlander holding her satellite phone up as the faint speck in the distance becomes larger and the engine sound louder.

FATIMA
They are zeroing in on my signal.

SOLDIER
Yes, but who? I mean what?



As he speaks, a US Marine V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor descends with its engines vertical, touches down and a squad of Marines deploys immediately around the Highlander. They are joined by female Marine Colonel MiMi Poppa, shouting orders to the squad, and by Yemeni Colonel Faroud., who walks over to FATIMA and issues a snappy salute.

FAROUD
Miss Fatima, I am Colonel Faroud at your service.

MiMi Poppa joins HECTOR and SOLDIER who are taken by complete surprise with the developments.

MIMI
Tim Soldier, I am Colonel MiMi Poppa. We have orders to assist you in the ongoing mission.

SOLDIER
Well its all a surprise to me, how did you find us so fast?

MIMI
Command has been keeping tabs on this Operation, called "Outback" for some time, at the request of the Yemeni government. By going through the Pentagon, it was the best way to keep the Ambassador's abduction from the press.

As MIMI speaks, they are joined by the RADIO OPERATOR

RADIO
Colonel, we have just got a message of a downed helicopter due east from our position. We have been given orders to go over and assist if possible.

MIMI
Why didn't they take that to the local fire officials?

RADIO
Didn't say.

MIMI
OK. Let's see what we can find out from the air on the Ambassador's whereabouts.

MIMI motions to a Captain deploying his squad around the Highlander where a few of them unload some field gear and set up a makeshift command post.

MIMI (to SOLDIER)
We'll leave a few good men here to secure the vehicle and use it as an FOB.

SOLDIER
What about the firefighters, this is restricted airspace.

MIMI
We don't as of yet have clearance, but they'll just have to deal with it. Let's get on board.

MIMI, SOLDIER, HECTOR (with video gear), FATIMA, FAROUD and a few Marines hop on board the Tiltrotor, it ascends vertically into the sunset sky and flies off due east, soon disappearing over the horizon..

TO BE CONTINUED.





Saturday, June 25, 2016

#HEATWAVE 2016--Scene Seven--Iridium GO--#ERSKINEFIRE, #LAKEISABELLA

#HEATWAVE 2016
by JC Langelle
WGA Reg 3rd789mm
(c) 2016 reconpresseusa

#HEATWAVE 2016--Los Angeles Under the Sun--SCREENP...
#HEATWAVE 2016--Laguna Beach--SCREENPLAY IN PROGRE...
#HEATWAVE 2016--California Bear Dispatch--SCREENPL...
#HEATWAVE 2016--Sherpa Fire--SCREENPLAY IN PROGRES...
#HEATWAVE 2016 --Scene Five--Hollywood--SCREENPLAY...
#HEATWAVE 2016--Scene Six--Lake Isabella--State of Emergency-...




SCENE SEVEN--Iridium GO

EXT. Early Morning at the shopping mall where most of the news crews have set up rear echelon command posts. Highlander pulls to a stop near the KFWY van. Nearby, a Skylife helicopter descends through the haze and settles down on a makeshift landing zone across from the mall. An ambulance is seen departing from an area where a newsvan is marked  KTTV, Fox, Los Angeles and headed toward the Skylife chopper.

SOLDIER hops out of the Highlander and walks over to the KFWY newsvan where JOCK is busy going over some wiring.

SOLDIER
Good Morning

JOCK
Hello, need something?

SOLDIER
I'm looking for Nancy Nolay, your producer down in Los Angeles said I might be able to find her here.

JOCK
And who are you?

SOLDIER
Tim Soldier from the California Bear Dispatch.

JOCK
She went out to the fire line with Phelps.

SOLDIER
Godfrey Phelps?

JOCK
That's right.

SOLDIER (pointing to Skylife)
Looks like someone had a casualty.

JOCK
That's Lisa B. from the Fox L.A. Morning Show, she and her cameraman got fried last night when the winds shifted and they got caught in the fire, toasted their newsvan and they barely made it out. Now Phelps and Nancy are out there looking to become toasted marshmallows.  They wanted to take the van but I pulled the rotor off the distributor.

SOLDIER
They hard up for taking pics of burning sagebrush?

JOCK (laughing)
No, actually, Nancy showed up unexpected like and had some crazy story she relayed to Phelps about some kidnapping or hijacking or something, I only caught part of it.

SOLDIER
They say where they were going?

JOCK
I did see them looking at a firemap and how to get around it to the other side, past Red Rock and over on the road into Indian Wells.




HECTOR hops out of the Highlander, motions for SOLDIER.

SOLDIER
Thanks

JOCK
You going out there?

SOLDIER
Confidentially, I'm on the same trail as Nancy only one of our field journalists has turned up missing.

JOCK
If you run into Nancy, bring her back, alive; you can leave Phelps.


SOLDIER returns to the  Highlander, grabs HECTOR, drags him across the boulevard to where the Skylife is loading LISA B. and her CAMERAMAN. Both are charred, wrapped in bandages and sedated.

SOLDIER (to FIRST RESPONDER)
They look in bad shape.

RESPONDER
They might even pull through if we get them to the  USC Medical Center in time, you friends?

SOLDIER
Only seen Lisa's Morning Show a couple times. Anybody else out there?

RESPONDER
Yeah, we saw some crazy blonde bitch driving an SUV out toward Red Rock right through the fire lines, didn't stop for anybody. Had some dippy looking clown with a small video camera, probably a couple of rubberneckers. Sheriff ignored them, he and his deoputies have enough to do.

SOLDIER and HECTOR hustle back to the Highlander.

HECTOR
Cellphones are down, the whole system locally has crashed. If Picasso got through to the Governor's office for that tracking request and fireline pass, there's no way of knowing it..

Back at the Highlander, FATIMA is leaning on the front of the SUV reading a text on her mobile phone.

HECTOR
Fatima, sending out texts won't do you much good, all the towers are down from the tower.

FATIMA  points to a small item next to her bag on the hood, it's an Iridium GO satellite mobile data link.



FATIMA ( hands her phone to SOLDIER)
Here Tim, I got through to Picasso and he's sent out these co-ordinates for Yesenia's location, and here's the Governors fireline pass.

SOLDIER
A satellite data link.

FATIMA
Right, my father set it up for me when I was on the road back home. We can set up the app on your phones.

SOLDIER pans the parking lot where all the news people are tapping and punching their mobile phones, some tossing them on the ground.

FATIMA
Let's get back on the road, that drive over to the other side of Red Rock is a long haul, right through the heart of the fire.

HECTOR (hands phone to SOLDIER, trotting toward the supermarket)
Give me a few minutes to go over to Von's and load up on supplies.

SOLDIER
And ice, bring plenty of ice..!!

SOLDIER and FATIMA go about setting up satellite access on phones and examine the map co-ordinates.


SCENE EIGHT--Tiltrotor