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Storyboards demonstrate the look of the movie before it's made. They depict each shot in order from the beginning of the film to the end. They are used to help keep the shooting costs down by planning every shot in advance. These sequences demonstrate Scene 4, pages 7-8 of the first script in the Ludington's Ride franchise, where we meet Sybil for the first time. She is in what appears to be a knife fight for her life, battling against a mean-looking Nochpeem warrior. (To rapidly establish our lead character, the knife fight demonstrates her strength, resilience, and quick thinking and helps focus the audience's emotions so that the audience comes to care for what happens to her.) The storyboard artist is Ryon Peck.

 

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A large KNIFE slams into the dirt…

 
 

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…and 16-year-old SYBIL LUDINGTON, slender with long blond hair knotted in a tight braid down her back,…

 
 

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…dives INTO THE SHOT, grasping desperately for the knife. She wears an outfit made out of buckskin.

 
 

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…grasping desperately for the knife. She wears an outfit made out of buckskin.

 
 

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SUPER TEXT: TWO YEARS LATER. As she reaches for the knife, a YOUNG INDIAN BRAVE jumps on top of her. This is DAVID NIMHAM, 19 years old, slender, sinewy.

 
 

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He wears buckskins and a TOMAHAWK at his belt. A peculiar BLUE TATTOO runs down his neck behind his left ear, the mark of a Nochpeem warrior.

 
 

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It's all sweat and grunts as a carefully choreographed fight for the knife ensues.

 
 

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Entwined on the ground in their fight, Sybil and David might as well be making love, but they aren't.

 
 

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David grabs the knife at last.

 
 

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He smiles a wicked grin.

 
 

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Sybil elbows his arm aside, pushes him away with her feet, then flips herself up.

 
 

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[a] Three other NOCHPEEM WARRIORS step in, surrounding her.

 
 

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[b] Three other NOCHPEEM WARRIORS step in, surrounding her.

 
 

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[c] Three other NOCHPEEM WARRIORS step in, surrounding her. JOHN, another Nochpeem warrior,…

 
 

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…moves in behind her. Sybil sees him from the corner of her eye.

 
 

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Before he can step in to grab her, Sybil spins around and delivers a sharp smack to his head with her foot. John goes sprawling.

 
 

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ANOTHER WARRIOR steps in, grabs her from behind, and holds her head in an arm lock. She is immobilized for a moment.

 
 

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David, still sprawled on the ground, orders them away, speaking in the Nochpeem tongue.

DAVID: Bihiya nachool! (then in English with a wicked grin) This one's mine!,

 
 

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Taking advantage of the break, Sybil elbows her assailant in the throat,…

 
 

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then flips him over her back. The other warriors relent as…

 
 

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David rolls aside and springs to his feet, brandishing his knife.

 
 

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Sybil lashes out with her foot again.

 
 

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[INSERT REACTION SHOT.]

DAVID: You ready to die, white girl?

 
 

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[INSERT REACTION SHOT.]

 
 

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David runs toward Sybil, brandishing the knife.

 
 

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[INSERT DETAIL SHOT.] Sybil hikes up her boots.

 
 

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[INSERT DETAIL SHOT.]

 
 

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[INSERT DETAIL SHOT.] They run toward each other like powerful locomotives.

 
 

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Sybil lashes out with her foot again.

 
 

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The knife goes flying… up, up, up...

 

 
 

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[INSERT CLOSE SHOT of knife]… up, up, up...

 
 

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GLINTING in the morning sun,…

 
 

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and lands…

 
 

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…right into Sybil's outstretched hand. She catches the knife deftly.

 
 

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She catches the knife deftly.

 
 

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[INSERT REACTION SHOT]

 
 

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The other Nochpeem warriors are impressed.

 
 

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They look over at David,…

 
 

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who reacts: an eyebrow raises.

 
 

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Sybil turns…

 
 

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…and throws her knife forcefully.

 
 

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[INSERT DETAIL SHOT]

 
 

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[DETAIL SHOT CONTINUES]

 
 

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Sybil turns and throws her knife forcefully…

 
 

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The knife TUMBLES THROUGH THE AIR

 
 

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[INSERT SLO-MO] The knife TUMBLES THROUGH THE AIR with a TWIRLING SWOOSH across the screen.

 
 

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[BACK TO 24 FPS] The knife buries itself in... A BARREL that sits upright next to a Nochpeem LONG HOUSE. The knife bites into the barrel,…

 
 

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…landing right between the legs of an OLD MAN who sits on the barrel, smoking a CORN COB PIPE. He looks up, startled at the intrusion into his thoughts.

 
 

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Sybil pants from the exertion.

SYBIL: Not today, David.

She wipes the sweat from her brow.

 
 

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He looks over at the barrel. The old man, sitting on the barrel, stares down at the knife.

 
 

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Not to be outdone, David pulls his TOMAHAWK from his belt and heaves it toward the barrel. We HEAR a TWIRLING WHOOSH as the tomahawk spins toward the barrel.

 
 

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The tomahawk embeds itself in the barrel, right next to the knife. The old man decides it's too much for him.

 
 

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He taps the tobacco out of his pipe, gets up and walks away… as John and the other Nochpeem warriors follow him. The training session is over.

 
 

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…as John and the other Nochpeem warriors follow him. The training session is over.

 
 

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We SEE that we are in the NOCHPEEM TRIBAL SETTLEMENT of the Wappinger Indian Confederacy: two dozen WIGWAMS, a half-dozen LONG HOUSES…

 
 

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a half dozen CAMPFIRES BLAZING, and about 100 Nochpeem Indian women, children, and a few braves.

 
 

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These are "Christianized" Indians, and they speak, read and write the King's English.

 
 

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David and Sybil step over to a LOG, beside which lay his bow and a quiver of arrows.

 
 

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SYBIL: 'Cuz our fathers serve under General Washington? And they make you?

He slings the quiver across his back and picks up his bow.

 
 


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