ALVARO GOMEZ DVD MENU 1. History 2. Map 3. The Letter
History Short animation where the letter in context 1. SEQUENCE 1. Philip II of Spain appears with a lot of golden cash falling over him. With a map of his empire behind him. The sun goes from left to right no hidden. Voice over “In 1558 Philip of Habsburg, called Philip II of Spain, had one of the largest empires. The Empire of Spain was truly the Empire where the sun never set”. 2. SEQUENCE 2. Philip II appears playing chess. He looks very concentrated. A Christian cross appears in front of him. The cross goes forward. The chess table disappears and Maria Tudor appears sitting down next to Philip. Both want to marry in front of the cross. Maria disappears underground and the Christian cross became his tomb cross. That tomb disappears and Elizabeth II appears falling down the cross and sitting down next to Philip. Elizabeth I hits the Christian cross. Philip extends his hand toward her for marriage. Elizabeth goes out. Philip lowers his arm and goes out to.
Voice over “King Philip II was an ambitious and powerful king, but a poor strategist. He had two very important features in his reign: he was prudent and very Catholic. One of his main goals as sovereign was to unite all Catholic countries under one crown. His strategy included marring his catholic cousin and sovereign of England Maria Tudor. But she died and his sister, Elizabeth I, ascended to the throne and began to impose a Protestant regime in England. Philip, continuing with his strategy, formally announced his marriage to Elizabeth to stop the spread of Protestant regime. Elizabeth does not accept and Philip returned rejected to Spain.” 3. SEQUENCE 3. A dove of peace comes in. It’s killed and fall down to the sea. Pirate’s ships come in with Drake and Hawkins aboard and attacks Spanish’s ships. Voice over “Both live in peace the first ten years of their respective reigns. But the first conflict arises due to some attacks on Spanish ships in the Caribbean by John Hawkins and Francis Drake, captains under the British flag, whom the Spanish called pirates”. 4. SEQUENCE 4. Pope Pius V comes in and show the Christian cross to Elizabeth. Then he comes out. Elizabeth is over dartboard. A hand gives another hand a gun while Elizabeth turns on the background. The second hand rejects the gun. Voice over “Later, in 1570, Pope Pius V excommunicated Elizabeth. He authorizes any Catholic to murder her and any Catholic monarch to dethrone her. Roberto di Ridolfi papal agent, stationed in England, proposed to Philip I to make a conspiracy against the Queen Elizabeth I, but Philip refused this”.
5. SEQUENCE 5. The same pirate’s ships come in attacking churches in the coast. Voice over “Until in 1585 Francis Drake attacked several Galician ports, destroying boats, desecrating churches, killing priests and nuns”.
6. SEQUENCE 6. Philip II appears. The golden cash comes out.
“For that economy”.
Voice over Phillip II was
7. SEQUENCE 7. A hand comes in with a map of England crossed and gives to the other hand the paper. Voice over It was then, when Phillip decided to tell Pope that he was prepared to invade England and defeat Elizabeth. 8. SEQUENCE 8. Pirate’s ships appears attacking a big Fleet. Voice over A huge bascule appears over the sea. Pictures of infantries, mariners, gentlemen of fortune, clergy and ships appear over the bascule. The amount of the bascule it’s increasing. Voice over Philip decides to set sail in just six port of Lisbon with 19,000 infantries, 1000 gentlemen of fortune, 180 clergy over 57,880 tons with 2431 pieces of transport all”.
weeks from the 7000 mariners, and 130 ships artillery; to
9. SEQUENCE 9. Duke of Medina Sidonia appears aboard his ships. He thinks with the Duke of Parma. Voice over “Philip puts command of the army in the hands of the inexperienced Duke of Medina Sidonia, who is to lead it to Flanders, where he is to meet with the Duke of Parma, and later invade London. But this never happens”. 10. SEQUENCE 10. Pictures of the Spanish Armada like a wide crescent. The British’s ships become increasingly smaller. Voice over “The army was organized from the outset in a wide crescent, terrifying the British.” 11. SEQUENCE 11. An England map appears and numbers appears along the coast. Voice over “The Duke of Medina Sidonia has multiple opportunities to attack weak points found in several ports along the Channel.” 12. SEQUENCE 12. Same Sequence 9. Voice over “But he was obsessed with the purpose of the mission, to meet the Duke of Parma in Flanders and so fails to attack”. 13. SEQUENCE 13. British’s ships attacks Spanish Spanish Armada is fragmented.
Voice over “In one of the multiple attacks by the British, a leading Spanish vessel loaded with a big booty on board is seriously damaged, but Medina Sidonia
continues with his plan and abandons part fragmented army to the mercy of the British”.
14. SEQUENCE 14. Cards envelope disappearing. Spanish Armada stopping in a port near to Flanders. British Army attacking Spanish Armada and war pictures. Voice over “But in the 16 century communications were not as good as they are today, and many messages that the Duke sent from Lisbon to the Duke of Parma were never received.” 15. SEQUENCE 15. Drake and Hawkins attack a small part of the Armada Voice over “Drake and Hawkins Drake and Hawkins, make a strong and aggressive attack on the powerful Spanish Armada in port, causing its total fragmentation and 2000 dead men”. 16. SEQUENCE 16. Two small parts of the Armada goes to the North sea. Voice over “The next day, the British had left trapped in the port to five Spanish ships and the rest fled into the North Sea”. 17. SEQUENCE 17. Two ships returned to Spain, the ships are breaking in pieces. Voice over “On September 21st of 1588 the Duke of Medina Sidonia returned to Spain with only 8 vessels”. 18.
SEQUENCE 18. 8 vessels go to the Irish coast.
Voice over “Of the 130 others, 25 of them were shipwrecked along the Irish coast”. 19. SEQUENCE 19. A galleon with Francisco de Cuellar aboard goes to the Irish coast. Voice over “In one galleon, San Juan de Sicilia, was the captain Francisco de Cuellar”.
Map 1. SEQUENCE 1. Old map of Ireland appears. Zoom in little by little to the shipwreck point. 2. SEQUENCE 2. A ship broken in half and a wooden old sign with the words: “Streedagh beach” appears from below the map to its surface. 3. SEQUENCE 3. Footprint appears from the first point to the second. A Lake and a wooden old sign with the words: “Glencar Lake” appears from below the map to its surface. 4. SEQUENCE 4. Footprint appears from the third point to the fourth. A castle and a wooden old sign with the words: O’Rourke Castle appears from below the map to its surface. 5. SEQUENCE 5. Footprint appears from the fourth point to the fifth. A Christian cross and a wooden old sign with the word: “Lurganboy” appears from below the map to its surface. 6. SEQUENCE 6. Footprint appears from the fifth ti the sixth point. A sheep and a wooden old sign with the word:
“Largydonell” appears from below the map to its surface. 7. SEQUENCE 7. Footprint appears from the sixth to seventh point. A castle and a wooden old sign with the words: “Rossclogher Castle” appears from below the map to its surface. 8. SEQUENCE 8. Go from the last point to the Giant’s Causeway (ninth point) in the map. A symbol of the Giant’s Causeway and a wooden old sign with the words: “Giant’s Causeway appears from below the map to its surface. 9. SEQUENCE 9. Footprint appears from the ninth point to the tenth. A castle and a wooden old sign with the words: “Dunluce Castle” appears from below the map to its surface. 10. SEQUENCE 10. Footprint appears from the tenth to the eleventh point. A sheep and a wooden old sign with the words: “Binevenagh” appears from below the map to its surface. 11. SEQUENCE 11. Footprint appears from the eleventh to the last point. A wooden old sign with the words: Magilligan Point appears. 12. SEQUENCE 12. A ship appears and goes out.
The letter 1.CREDIT TITLES. BLACK BACKGROUND. Voice over “In September 21st 1588, the attempt by Philil II, King of Spain, to conquer England through the English Channel with his famous Spanish Armada, “The invincible armada”; was a fiasco.” “Of the 130 ships, galleons, galleys and merchant ships, who sailed from Lisbon with more than 30000 men aboard, only 25 ships escaped the English army, to the North Sea.” “Back to Spain, a violent storm of tornado strength broke up three of those ships and ran them aground in front of the coast of County Sligo, Ireland. One of the men who survived that shipwreck was Francisco de Cuellar, who wrote a letter to Philip II explaining his seven months he spent in Ireland” - Music and crash sounds 2. STREEDAGH BEACH, Co SLIGO, IRELAND. DAY. EXT. Some panoramic of beach, water, sky, etc… Voice over “I believe that you will be astonished at seeing this letter on account of the slight certainty that could have existed as to my being alive. Since the Armada sailed from Lisbon for England, I have experienced great misfortunes: naked and shoeless all the winter: passing more than seven months among mountains and woods with savages in those parts of Ireland, where we were shipwrecked”. “More than 20 ships here lost in the Kingdom of Ireland. A great force of select infantry, many captains, ensigns, commanders, and other war officials, besides several gentlemen and scions of nobility, out of all of whom, being more than two hundred, not five survived; because some of them were drowned, and those who reached the shore by swimming were cut in pieces by the English.
“On September 21st of 1588, a severe storm which arose upon the bow, we were forced to make for land with three ships, and to anchor more than half a league from the shore, where we remained for four days. On the fifth day there sprang up so great a storm on our beam, with a sea up to the heavens, so that the cables could not hold nor the sails serve us, and we were driven ashore with all three ships upon a beach, covered with very fine sand, shut in on one side and the other by great rocks. Such a thing was never seen: for within the space of an hour all three ships were broken in pieces, and more than one thousand were drowned, among them many persons of importance, captains, gentlemen, and other officials”. “Most of the men and all the captains and officers were already drowned and dead when I attempted to save myself upon a piece of the ship that had been broken off. When I tried to place myself upon it, it sank with me to a depth of six times my height below the surface, and I swallowed so much water that I nearly drowned. A huge wave came and a piece of timber crushed my legs. With great exertion I righted myself upon my supporting timber; and, supplicating Our Lady of Ontanar, there four waves came, one after the other, and, or I didn’t know swim, they cast me upon the shore, where I emerged, unable to stand, all covered with blood, and very much injured”. “The enemies and savages, on the beach stripped those who had been able to reach it by swimming, but did not touch me nor approach me, seeing me, as I have said, with my legs and hands and my linen trousers covered with blood. In this condition I proceeded, little by little. Most many Spaniards stripped chattering with the cold, which was severe. I was forced to lie down upon some rushes on the ground and spent the night there,because the reverse pain in my leg. -
3. GLENCAR AND WATERFALL LOUGH, Co SLIGO, IRELAND. DAY. EXT. Shoots of the waterfall. Panoramic of the Glencar Lough. Detail Shoots. Voice over “I, reached a mountain range and came upon a lake around which there were about thirty huts, all forsaken and unoccupied, and there I decided to spend the night.” “Not having where to go, I sought out the best hut, to take shelter in for the night. On entering the door, I saw it was full of sheaves of oats, bread that those savages eat, and I gave thanks to God that I was so well off as to have a place to sleep on them; but just then I saw three men emerge from one side, naked as when their mothers had brought them forth, and they stood up and stared at me. They gave me a fright, for I thought they were, without doubt, devils, and they understood no less that I might be so, swathed in my ferns and matting. As I entered, they did not speak to me, because they were quaking, nor, any more, did I to them, not having observed them, the hut being somewhat dark. Seeing myself in this great perplexity, I said: ‘Oh! Mother of God, be with me, and deliver me from all evil.’ When they saw heard me speaking Spanish, and calling upon the Mother of God, they also said: ‘Let that great Lady be with us.’Then I felt reassured, and went up to them, asking them if they were Spaniards. Yes, we are, for our sins, they replied. Eleven of us were naked. On the way here there met us a party of enemies, who killed eight of us were killed. As three made our escape through a wood so thick that they could not discover us. That evening, God provided us with these huts, where we have rested, though there are no people in them nor anything to eat”.
Diegetic sounds. Irish Music.
4. O’ROURKE’S CASTLE (CASTLETOWN), Co SLIGO, IRELAND. DAY. INT/EXT. View of the castle inside and outside. Detail shoots. Voice over “I said to them, then, to be of good courage, and to commend themselves always to our Lord; that near to where we were there was a land of friends and Christians; and that I brought word of a village, which was three or four leagues distant that belonged to Senor de Ruerque O'Rourke” “I arrived at his house with great exertion, enveloped in straw and swathed about the body with matting, in such a plight that no one could see me without being moved to great compassion. Some of the savages gave me a old blanket, full of vermin, with which I covered myself. Early next day, about twenty of us Spaniards collected together at the house of this Senor de Ruerque O'Rourke, in order that they might give us something to eat and while we were there begging, he heard that a huge Spanish ship was at the coast, wating for thos say us who had escaped.”
Irish music. Extradiegetic and diegetic sounds.
8. GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. DAY. EXT. Panoramic of the Giant’s Causeway. Detail shoots. Voice over “I dressed myself as best I could, and took to the road, with four soldiers, one morning ten days after the Nativity, in the year 88. I travelled by the mountains and desolate places, enduring much hardship, as God knows; and at the end of twenty days' journey, I got to the place where Alonzo de Leyva, and the Count de Paredes and Don Tomas de Granvela, were lost along many others, with many others. I went to the huts of some of the native Irish savages, who told me of the great misfortunes of our people who were drowned at that place and showed me many jewels and valuables of theirs, which distressed me greatly.”
â€œMy chief cause of misery was that I had no means of embarking for the Kingdom of Scotland until one day I heard of the territory of a savage whom they called Prince O'Cahan where there were some vessels that were going to Scotland. Thither I traveled, crawling along, for I could <scarely> move, but as it led to safety I did all that I could and reached it quickly. The vessels had left two days beforeâ€?.Irish music.
9. DUNLUCE CASTLE. DAY. INT/EXT. Multiples shoots of the inside and outside castle. Voice over I did not know what to do, as the soldiers who came with me had left, and gone to another port further on to seek a passage.
Some women, when they saw me alone, and ill, pitied me, and took me away to their little huts on the mountain, they kept me there for more than a month and a half in safety, and nursed me back to health. When I felt well enough to go to Ocan's O'Cahan's village to speak with him. But he did not wish to hear or see me; for, it was said, he had given his word to the great Governor of the Queen not to keep any Spaniard in his territory. The English, who were quartered there, having marched off to invade a territory and take it, Ocan O'Cahan accompanied them with all his force, so that one could go openly boldly about the village, which was composed of thatched huts. In them there were some very beautiful girls, with whom I was very friendly, and went into their houses occasionally for society and conversation.
One afternoon, while I was there, two young Englishmen came in, one of whom was a sergeant, the possessed information about me, by name, but had not seen me before. When they were seated, they asked me if I were a Spaniard; and what I was doing there. I said yes; that I was one of the soldiers of Don Alonzo de Lufon, who had lately surrendered to them; but on account of a bad leg, I had not been able to leave the district;
that I was at their service, to do whatever they wished to command. They told me to wait a little, and that I should have to go with them to the city of Dublin, where they were there many important Spaniards in prison. I said that I could not walk with them, and they sent to search for a horse to carry me. I told them I was very willing to do whatever they wished, and to go with them, with which they were reassured, and began to make fun with the girls. Their mother made signs to me to go away, and I did so in great haste, leaping banks as I went along. I got among thick brambles, into which I penetrated until I lost sight of Ocan's O'Cahan's Castle, following Irish music.
Extradiegetic and diegetic sounds.
11. MAGILLIGAN POINT. DAY, EXT. View of the point where Francisco de Cuellar stopped his trail and went to Scotland. Voice over â€œWe bless God who withdrew us from such perils and so many great hardships and brought us to a land where there might be more succour. Irish music. Diegetic sounds.