- Shot opens to the wide open Savannah Dessert landscape.
A distant dust storm can be seen while heat waves can be observed as they reflect a kind of transparency on the ground near the horizon.
A massive elephant is portrayed as passing much time as an old, single, male elephant roaming the flat lands.
- No sound track, only the desert’s eerie silence which makes every stumping, snarling, tail-whipping noise to be amplified as if we are the elephant.
Scene jumps to different small events; he sees a bright flower and investigates, he walks near a tree. He snarls at it and begins to walk off.
- To show that this animal has a unique character the camera accurately portrays the elephant thinking twice.
He droops and sighs. He has nothing else to do but walk. So he walks backwards to the tree and commences to scratch his back against it.
The shot shows the mass of this immense creature bednding the strong tree like if it were rubber.
- Next shot: seeing some dust and sounds of animal commotion in the distance, but to again show individual persona; he stares for a minute and decides to take a 90 degree turn to the right instead of going straight on his path.
-After 20 minutes of individual events that make it seem it encompasses his entire typical day and life, the final shot of the sequence shows him smelling some cactus. The dangerous spikey needles foreshadow what’s to happen. He looks at the cactus cautiously as if something is wrong. A crow lands on his back. He gets frightened. A shot is heard. The bird flaps away crowing dramatically.
(In reality it was a new species of cactus that he never saw, this makes him realize he is in a new environment and is getting nervous givig logical reason why he jumps to the crow.) *All this has to be portrayed by zooming in close to different eye signs.
Right after the crow jumps off he is disoriented and it happens so fast from the moment the bird landed. SHOT- Seen through the POV of the elephant as he watches the bird fly away while at the same time gets increasingly blurry. Everything including trees get hazy to view. With blured vision the camera quickly pans right to the see to slim dark figures in front of what looks like a camouflaged 1989 Range Rover. An almost faded pop is heard again. This time more distant than the first. At the same time 40 birds jump out of a single tree spreading across the sky.
- SHOT close up of the elephants eyes.
He seems dazed. Kind of stumbles back then refocuses his eyes on the two hunters loading the gun and looking and pointing. He shakes his head and starts walking fast in directly the opposite direction of the objects. We hear, pop, and again pop, and another pop. His pace slows to a crawl. One front knee touches the ground first, then the second. He pauses kneeling like at a steeple. Then another 3 shots pop in a faded distance and are echoed for an extended period by a faded high pitched ringing noise.
The large animal collapses.
Shot zooms framing his eye for a few seconds, with what looks like an amazed look that says; “that’s life, that’s it, I wasant ready, this is not real.”
As the camera almost unnoticeably zooms out, a bullet hole emerges into the frame. Its near his eye running blood which starts to drain into his eye that begins to blink rapidly as the socket gets submerged in red and we only see the eyelashes going up and down.
A loud shot is heard and the eye shuts. SHOT fades to black.
A female narrator’s voice fades in with black and white slide shots of the hunters photos of the successful hunt. (image of local bush hunter shaking hands of Caucasian hunter over the kill. Making observation of its foot diameter and tusks, etc.)
The largest elephant ever recorded was shot in Angola in 1956. A male weighing 24,000 lb, 33feet long, and 13feet tall. The largest living land animals by mass are male African Bush Elephants (Savannah Elephants or Bush Elephants).
The following is narrated with the corresponding imagery:
- note: images of extremely large antecessors of small creatures we currently know today is interesting to see. Ie Giant Deer, tigers, bison, sloths, etc.
Overkill occurs when hunting occurs at rates greater than the reproductive capacity of the population being exploited. Holocene extinction is the notable disappearance of large mammals, known as megafauna, starting 10,000 years ago as humans developed and spread the populations of large animals simultaneously dissipated throughout the world. Exploitation of wild animals have been a characteristic of modern man since our exodus from Africa 130,000 – 70,000 years ago. The rate of extinctions of entire species of plants and animals across the planet has been so high in the last few hundred years that it is widely considered that we are in the sixth great extinction event on this planet; the Holocene Mass Extinction. The effects of this are often noticed much more dramatically in slow growing populations such as many larger species. The largest specimens of a species are the ones hunters thrive for and kill off leaving only the small ones to reproduce. Thus all animals are getting smaller and smaller with evolution in a process I call Unnatural Selection.
The world governments do not enforce hunting laws nor put a limit to capture size, only in some cases smaller animals are needed to be released so that they may grow to reproduce. In addition any species that poses a threat is immediately taken out of the way for human ‘good’.
Noticeable megafauna extinctions due to human interaction are documented in small islands around the world. It is scientifically noticeable in smaller continents like New Zealand, Madagascar, but even noticeable in the Americas.
By volume and weight, the largest known living animal is the blue whale, an endangered species. Some already extinct animals were much larger still. Now 99% of all wildlife are smaller than the human body. A 1985 study concluded that the theoretical limit for land-dwelling animals based on known types of body plans was between 100 and 1000 metric tons. The current average in the world now is 100lbs…
The remaining 1.5 hours of the program documents in great detail the unique lives of the still alive endangered mega fauna.
- The following info is from Wikipedia.org
• Bats (Chiroptera) The largest bat species is the Giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus), a rare fruit bat and endangered species that is part of the megabat family. The maximum size is believed to approach 1.5 kg (3.3 lb), 55 cm (22 in) long, and the wingspan may be almost 1.8 m (6 ft). The Spectral Bat (Vampyrum spectrum), averaging 168 grams (6 oz), 13.5 cm (5¼ in) and about 80 cm (32 in) in wingspan, is believed to be the largest carnivorous bat, belonging to the microbat family.
• Parrots (Psittaciformes) The longest and largest overall parrot is the endangered Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), reaching nearly 1.2 m (4 ft) long and 2 kg (4.4 lb). However, the heaviest parrot is the nearly-extinct Kakapo (Strigops habroptila), which can weigh over 4 kg (8.8 lb), but doesn't much exceed 60 cm (2 ft).
• Sturgeons (Acipenseriformes) The largest species is the huge beluga sturgeon (Huso huso). The maximum recorded size of this endangered species is nearly 7.9 m (26 ft) and 2,075 kg (4,565 lb). The Kaluga or Great Siberian Sturgeon has been recorded at 1000 kg (2200 lb), making it the largest known freshwater fish.
Conclusion: We cannot do much about human population growth that is the main component, other than counterproductive promotion with shows like Jon and Kate plus 8. It would be hard to get all humans to eat minimal portions of meat as well as get it all from the supermarket. We can however enforce better hunting laws that take into consideration the Holocene Extinction.