the armor covered their faces, they needed identification marks to show in battle so that they didn't get clobbered by their own men. These heraldic symbols completed the separation of the aristocrats from the rest. Immensely powerful and immensely rich, the armor-plated upper crust must have felt that they had absolutely got it made.

By the fourteenth century, the knight was a massive, expensive, complex, two-ton war machine, and at full gallop it would annihilate anything coming the other way, except, of course, another knight. And then from out of the valleys of South Wales came something that was to take away from the armored knight his four centuries of domination, like that!

Let me tell you what happened. Henry, here, had about eight thousand men knocked out by fatigue from marching nonstop seventeen days in the rain. About a mile

Burke sync.

Burke in Westminster Abbey, moving around the statue of Henry V.

Pan with Burke as he walks.

Burke looks at Henry's sculptured face.

away, across a battlefield of mud, were thirty thousand French men, half of them fully armored aristocrats who'd been up all the previous night, 'cause they'd slept in their saddles because they didn't want to get all their lovely armor dirty. An arrogant, overbearing, effete lot, full of death and glory, and me first. So when, at about eleven in the morning, Henry had some arrows shot at this mob to get them to do something, anything, because they had been standing around arguing the toss about who should lead the French army, oh, since seven in the morning, the French army upped and charged straight at Henry, straight across the sea of mud, straight on to the stakes that the English had put point up in their path, and that was when Henry played his trump card, didn't you?

He called up the secret weapon his grandfather had discovered in the mountains of Wales, and when it came into action, the slaughter was unimaginable.

Montage of shots of longbow, arrows, and battle in slow motion.

Welsh longbow, and Henry had over one thousand of them. In the hands of a

That weapon was the master, they were deadly at one hundred yards — and in three bloody hours, the French were massacred.

Most of Burke's tricks are obvious, so only two comments need be made. First, Burke uses a lot of English slang that may be unfamiliar to American ears, so a purist American television station might raise objections to the script on that ground. Second, Burke writes for himself and goes very fast, packing a tremendous amount of information into a few seconds. He just about gets away with it, but I would be wary of emulating his style.

In The Gates of Time, I was asked to write a half-hour film on the history of the Old City of Jerusalem. One problem I had was the question of the narrator's stand-ups. As this wasn't a news, verite, or personal history film, I was able to write the core narration before we started shooting. However, as we came to editing, I realized that the film was a bit too loose and could do with a few stand-ups to tie the sequences together. I then went through the film, choosing five or six places where I thought a very short stand-up would help. If I wasn't sure that I needed a stand-up, I still wrote one, noting in my mind that I could always discard it if it wasn't necessary or didn't work.

The stand-ups were easy to write, taking only about an hour. The only real problem was to make sure that the entrances into and the exits from the stand-ups were integrated smoothly into the rest of the script.

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