I am a sculptor / In all but name/
I find a beauty / Then take too much away/
Please call the doctor / I’m not the same/
I need some medicine / To numb the pain/
I fear the worst until things turn out ok/
I found the right path /
And now I pave my way
/ I’ve been here once or twice
/ But things are different this time
/ I carve my heart out of ice
/ With every word that I write
/ We walk around in the night
/ She falls asleep by my side
/ Until we wake up in the light
/ And see the truth in our eyes
/ There is a string on my heart
/ She pulls it down like a blind
/ That plunges me into dark
/ Then lifts me up to the light
/ There’s more to see from this height
/ She’s got her hand locked in mine
/ As soon as we fall asleep
/ She starts to wake in my dreams
/ We fall asleep in the light
/ And we wake up in the night
/ It’s like medicine
The lyrics seem to talk of a bad relationship/break up, so my idea will be based around this.
I can’t really storyboard these scenes out meticulously as I am only going to have a maximum of two chances to film the band playing, and only one chance if they can’t play the full song during the sound check. Moreover, it will be a busy pub and I won’t get a chance to visit the venue beforehand, so I can only make assumptions of what it’ll be like from pictures online.
For these scenes, all I can do is go with rough ideas of what kind of shots I want; apart from that, I have to go with the flow and adapt if necessary.
List of shots:
- I want this whole segment to have a distorted feel and I feel like this will match the vibe I’m getting from the song. Therefore, wide-angle may be the only lenses needed for this, particularly for close-ups. Perhaps a fisheye lens could be used as well.
- First of all, I want some shots of the band setting up their equipment and testing their instruments. In post, I will add the ‘buzzing’ sound of a guitar amp being tuned, along with other sounds such as people chatting etc.
- Wide-angle shots of the stage.
- Up-close wide-angle shot of the lead singer singing; this will create an interesting shot that feels distorted.
- Steadicam shot moving through the stage, around the band whilst they play their instruments.
- I want shots up close of the lead singer’s hands and guitar as he plays the guitar solos.
Acted out scenes:
Establishing wide-angle shot.
There’s an ill-looking guy sitting alone on a rocking chair in a white room. He’s rocking back and forth slowly. We hear sounds coming from a TV.
Camera switches to a shot from behind.
In front of him is an old TV. He’s flicking through boring programs.
Camera switches to a close-up wide-angle shot of his face.
He’s lifeless. He’s passing time. We hear the TV channels switching in the background. He stops.
Camera switches to a shot from behind.
On the TV, we see a live band setting up their equipment. They start playing. For the 46 second intro of the song, we very slowly pan towards the TV.
Cut to the band itself playing live. Wide-angle close up of singer singing.
We see the lead singer singing the lyrics ‘I am a sculptor / In all but name/ I find a beauty / Then take too much away/’. He finishes these lyrics at 59 seconds. We see him playing the guitar solo, and we have interchanging shots of singer, the band and the venue until the lyrics start again at 1:44. We see the singer about to start singing again, but cut.
Cut back to a distant front shot of the ill-looking guy in his rocking chair.
He’s sat like Daniel Day Lewis from ‘My Left Foot’. He looks ill. The camera slowly pans towards him as he murmurs the lyrics ‘Please call the doctor / I’m not the same/ I need some medicine / To numb the pain/ I fear the worst until things turn out ok/ I found the right path / And now I pave my way’.
During this, on the white wall behind him we see a projector start projecting video of his past relationship. Happy times.
*These lyrics finish at 2:08. At 2:19 in the song, we start to hear whispering. The whispering stops at 2:53.*
Intercut close-up wide-angle shots from the right and left when whispering segment of song starts.
He’s in discomfort. He’s shutting his eyes hard. He’s moving his head around. He trying to forget.
We cut to the images being projected by the projector.
The happy times have turned dark. There’s arguments, fighting, a break up. When the whispering stops at 2:53, a guitar solo begins to close out the song. At this point, we cut to another shot.
Intercutting shots of the band playing live, the ill guy and the projections during guitar solo.
Close-up shots of band, with the lead singer playing his guitar solo.
Close-up wide-angle shots of the guy. He’s in a lot of discomfort at this point.
Shots of the projections.
All these things start to intercut even faster as the guitar solo goes on.
Cut to a shot just of the guy
The second the song finishes, he’s clicks. He’s back to normal. Sat up straight.
Cut to shot of a guy in a white coat. The lights are blinding. You can’t see his face.
Relationship/break up scenes
Her boyfriend is standing alone, looking at the camera plainly. We glitch to a shot of her appearing from behind him. He starts to smile. She stands next to him, they hold hands and smile.
He puts his arm over her as if they’re posing for a photo.
We glitch to a shot of them facing each other. They’re smiling whilst looking into each other’s eyes. They hug for a few seconds, and then turn back towards the camera to resume their original pose.
We have the exact same shot, but we glitch to a shot where the boyfriend is wearing dark clothes and the smiles have gone. They aren’t holding hands anymore.
He goes to put his arm over her, but she shrugs away. He starts to argue with her, as she turns her back to him. ‘Oh, come on! It was a one-time thing!’.
We glitch to a shot of them facing each other. She’s not making eye-contact. He goes to huh her, but she pushes him away. He exits the screen to the right.
She’s now standing alone. Lost. Heartbroken. She’s looking around her.
She falls to the floor. Her arms are wrapped around her knees and her head down. She doesn’t know what to do.
A person comes into shot and places a chair down. He lifts her up and places her in this chair. (We’re now in the present day, and have a mirror effect going on as this shot will look exactly the same to the shots of the actress in the chair watching the TV)