Notes For A Film

Notes For A Film

(characters will interact/argue with narrator)

Opening shots of Death Valley. Stark. Bleak. Desolate.

SUPER: "If Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what then is Madness?

FADE IN on Badwater, heat rising off the desert.

In the distance, a ghostly apparition manifests...

It's DAVE BRAUN, skinning across the sand—yes, on skis and skins, snow nowhere in sight, crossing Badwater.

Camera circles Dave to reveal ANDY, ahead, standing, with skis on back, peering through an old-fashioned mariner's telescope.

NARRATOR: My name is Andy, and I am strange.

Dave approaches Andy, stops alongside.

DAVE: What do you see?

ZOOM to Telescope Peak, rising over 11,000 feet above Badwater, snow-capped.

ANDY: I see...suffering.

Dave SMILES...


Found this dated August 22, 2011 in one of my journals. This was after Dave & I skied Iron Mountain. The following year I made a film of that experience called The Couloir to Nowhere, and after that I began thinking of a followup project. That effort, alas, never happened. Instead came the great 4-year drought. Will I ever do something like Badwater to Telescope? I don't know. I'm not sure I rank high enough on the crazy meter these days. Still, it is fun to imagine what might have been...

— August 16, 2015

Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents

Joseph Gregory August 19, 2015 at 12:52 am

Do it. Foresight and prudence are for those who finish second.

Colin September 4, 2015 at 5:35 am




boardwriter September 9, 2015 at 6:09 pm

That looks like brilliant writing even without specific peaks or markers. With the setting of the skins on sand, starts it off with really good conflict, extremities of weather and nature, it is a brilliant start to a hell of a ski snow backcountry movie. I have cameras, a split board and fond degree of madness if you'd need help?

ON my rails, best of health and luck this fine year of 2015-2016.