Outline for The Anza-Borrego Pleistocene Video
The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park(
Park Ranger and Young Student
opens looking out on a panorama of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
from the view of the Visitor Center as music plays. Music fades as the
camera backs up and we see the back of the Ranger and Student looking
out onto the scene as they also examine part of a Southern Mammoth tooth
that Ranger has in his hand.
looks over their shoulder and zooms into the fossil they are examining.
The dialogue between them is one where the student is asking questions
and the ranger is answering and explaining about the animal that lived
below in Borrego Valley between .5 and 1.5 million years ago (the late
Pleistocene) and what the land looked like then.
dialogue (actual dialogue will come with the script):
You mean that this is a fossilized tooth from a mammoth that once lived
(Jimmy or Janie or Grover) this mammoth, and many like it, and lived here
over a million years ago.
to Park panorama:
But how is that possible? How could they live in such a desert? I thought
mammoths lived in cold climates?
a narrator takes over the explanation as a voice over while transitioning
the visuals. As the narrator explains that mammoths lived all over the
northern hemisphere and he explains what the land was like at that time
the panorama transitions to the mural view of the Park during the Pleistocene,
Landscape 5. (Music here in background.) The narrator explains that the
area was a combination of rivers, lakes, streams, forest and savannah,
and before that an ocean environment to the east. Camera pans the mural
Landscape 5 and highlights areas from the narration.
explains about the mammoth's life, what they ate, what other animals lived
here, etc. As the narrator explains all this the images we see are different
aspects of the environment, different animals and the mural Landscape
Visuals will start with a bare landscape and highlight specific plants
as the narrator discusses them. Dissolve animals in they are discussed.
Music continues as animals transition in.
the time it takes to explain each one, the plants and animals will include:
- Palm trees
(upland and riparian forests)
and lake shore plants-reeds, grasses, etc.
dogs- Canis edwardsi (no Borophagus)
camels, mammoths and a variety of savannah, river and lake animals
fact a bird with the largest wingspan ever to fly over North America
(17ft.)-as well as flamingos and other birds in the distance
and amphibians that were only found here and no where else in North
and beavers - in streams
As more plants
and animals are discussed the narrator explains that we know all this
because of the paleontological research and discoveries over the past
150 or so years.
As the video
draws to an end, the camera pans the desert landscape again and then draws
back so we see the Ranger and Student looking out over the landscape and
hear them talking. The Ranger points into the distance and explains that
there was a lake straight ahead and a river/stream to the left. The student
asks what kind of animals lived there and the Ranger says that when you
come back tomorrow we'll learn about the plants and animals that have
been discovered in those locations. (Music comes up as we pull back over
their shoulder and dissolve to sunset/dark landscape in the Park.)