Michael Jackson 24-Hour Tribute: Hour #7 Butterflies

Michael Jackson among butterflies.

Butterflies

Music Video Concept/Script

By

Rico Lamoureux

Song

By

Michael Jackson

All Rights Reserved

Special Guest Star

Morgan Freeman

 

INT.DANCE STUDIO – EVENING

About a half dozen young men (mid teens to early 20’s) work on what appears to be fall-away walls to a set.

On the walls of the studio, framed pictures of past legends; James Brown, Fred Astaire, etc.

Seated at a front desk under a reading lamp, Morgan occupied with an open book.

EXT.DANCE STUDIO – CONTINUOUS

A pair of black shiny shoes walk down the hall.

INT. DANCE STUDIO – CONTINUOUS

A young man rushes in through the front door of the studio, quickly shutting it behind him.

 

YOUNG MAN

Maestro’s coming!

 

YOUNG MAN #2

Quick, hit the lights.

 

With the synchronized timing of the smoothest of seasoned performers the young men whisk the walls on wheels away as the studio goes dark, the only remaining light coming from Morgan’s reading lamp.

KEYS unlock the front door.

Those shiny black shoes enter.

MICHAEL

(silhouetted as he closes the door behind him)

What you doing here, pops?

There’s no class tonight.

 

Morgan gets up and comes from around the desk, joining Michael who is now watching through the glass window of the studio. His gaze goes across the hall, through an office window and at a woman who defines beauty as she gets ready to leave for the day.

 

MORGAN

(looking her way as well)

And yet you’re right on time.

(Turning to Michael)

You know, Michael,

I’m no ladies man,

but if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years,

it’s the fact that they wanna know what’s going on inside.

You stand here every night admiring from afar.

Go on and tell her, son.

Set those butterflies free.

 

YOUNG MAN #2 (O.S.)

Yeah Maestro, we got your back.

 

Surprised, Michael turns around just as the lights come back on.

Standing in a circle and there to serve their mentor the young men begin to glide clockwise with a smoothness they could’ve only learned from him.

 

YOUNG MEN

(singing)

Tell her…

Show her…

Let her feel the rhythm…

 

Michael smiles, his own mantra being sung to him.

EXT.DANCE STUDIO – MOMENTS LATER

With briefcase in hand and coat draped over that amazing body, the beauty Michael adores locks up for the night.

 

MICHAEL (O.S.)

Excuse me –

 

She turns her head and looks his way.

 

MICHAEL

I don’t mean to get you on your way out.

It’s just that I know it’s been a few weeks

and I just want to welcome you to the building.

(Extending his hand)

My name’s Michael.

 

With a smile you know is sending those butterflies of Michael’s a craze, Trina’s soft hand slides into his.

 

TRINA

Oh, thank you.

Trina Carver,

(she motions to the glass door of her office)

attorney at law.

 

MICHAEL

Michael Jackson.

 

He motions to his glass door behind him.

There on the glass, a decal of a pair of dancing shoes between the name of the studio.

MOONWALKER

DANCE STUDIO

MICHAEL

(playing along)

Moonwalker.

 

TRINA

Interesting…

 

MICHAEL

Would you like to have a quick look?

 

INT.DANCE STUDIO – CONTINUOUS

Morgan, now wearing a tux, greets Trina as she enters.

 

MORGAN

Ma’am, may I hold your things for you?

 

She hands him her briefcase, then he helps her out of her coat.

She glances to her back and is surprised to find Michael is no longer there.

 

MORGAN

Oh, he’ll be out shortly.

 

Morgan steps to the side, presenting the dance studio to her.

She enters this simple yet immaculate empty space, her footsteps coming to rest in the center as she looks around.

With a sudden shift of the lights, which slightly startles Trina, they go out, replaced with one spotlight showcasing the appearance of Michael. (Head tilted down)

 

LYRICS

Butterflies

 

As the BEAT comes in four of Michael’s pupils moonwalk into the scene, one right after the other. The first two taking a position behind him, the other two at his front.

They all start to glide toward Trina. Michael, on what appears to be nothing but air, and the remaining four with a side shuffle moonwalk.

*NOTE: with each SOUND of the CHIMES, this will serve as a transition from night to day and vice versa unless otherwise indicated.*

CHIMES: the four pupils disperse into four directions with a moonwalk that takes them out of the scene. Simultaneously, the studio transforms into what appears to be a garden at night, which includes stars up above.

Trina’s speechless.

In his settle yet masterful dance moves Michael glides over to Trina and around to her other side.

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

All you gotta do

is walk away

and pass me by

Don’t acknowledge my smile

His back now to her, he’s in foreground, she in background.

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

When I try to say hello

to you yeah

CHIMES: with the set and the lighting working together as one in a domino effect, the scene goes from night to day, the garden full of beauty.

Like magic, Michael is now behind her as he grooves to the feelings he expresses to her.

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

And all you gotta do

is not answer my calls

when I’m trying to get through

keep me wondering why

when all I can do is sigh

CHIMES: day to night. With his gravity-defying footwork, he whisks away via left frame…

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

I just want to touch you

And with an unexplained quickness comes back in via right frame with some more of his students. (He’s in the center, their at his sides, all doing their air walks in sync, which kinda resembles a butterfly.)

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

I just wanna touch and kiss

and I wish that I could

be with you tonight

You give me butterflies

inside inside and I

CHIMES: night to day, dancers disperse out of scene again.

Michael SERENADES Trina from the other side of the studio, standing next to a bed of roses.

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

All I got to say

is that I must be dreamin’

Can’t be real

You’re not here with me

(he glides his hand over the roses)

See what I can

will you near to me

MATCH CUT:

CHIMES: (but remain day) in a surreal moment rose petals start to fall from above in Slo-Mo, raining down upon Trina.

In wonder, with her arms outstretched to her sides, she’s like someone in awe who is for the first time experiencing snowfall.

LYRICS

I caress you

let you taste us

just so blissful listen

Michael is now at her back, feeling the words he SINGS while she is mesmerized by the falling petals.

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

I would give you anything babe

just make my dreams come true

(his arms go out to his sides)

Oh baby you give me butterflies

CHIMES: back to night, Michael’s students rotate around he and Trina in a circle with their smooth glide while he moves to his ab-libbed VOCALS.

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

I just want to touch and kiss

and I wish that I could

be with you tonight

You give me

You give me butterflies

inside inside and I

CHIMES: with the return of light the students once again glide off.

Simultaneously, Michael starts to glide in a circle around Trina.

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

I just want to touch and kiss

In another surreal moment she suddenly levitates a few inches off the ground.

LYRICS

And I wish that I could

be with you tonight

Eyes widened, she looks at Michael. Starts to rotate counterclockwise.

LYRICS

You give me

it’s like he’s using his magic to keep her up, the two rotating like binary stars as he continues to encircle her.

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

You give me butterflies

inside inside and I

CHIMES: with the transition she gently lowers back to the ground.

While facing her Michael moonwalks away as his protégés glide back in, his hand extended out to her.

The back-and-forth glide routine they do is truly remarkable.

LYRICS

If you would take my hand

baby I would show you

Guide you to the light babe

If you would be my love

Baby I would love you

Love you

til the end of time

CHIMES: among the pupils of moonwalk Michael suddenly appears within a spin, night turning back to day as they’re whisked away.

The master of moonwalk does his magic, performing for his lady-to-be.

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

I just wanna touch and kiss

and I wish that I could

be with you tonight

Girl you give me

You give me butterflies

inside inside and I

CHIMES: with night the students reappear, only this time is silhouettes in the background, the focus still on their teacher, who continues with his amazing feat.

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

I just wanna touch and kiss

and I wish that I could

be with you tonight

You give me butterflies

inside inside and I

CHIMES: Michael re-approaches Trina with the day, his groove continuing with every step and gesture.

He holds his hand out to her.

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

I just wanna touch and kiss

and I wish that I could

be with you tonight

You give me butterflies

inside inside and I

As she takes it the last transition occurs. The surrealist of them all. The setting is still day, only now they are in a truly complete garden, stream and all.

A world of their own…

We fall back to a wide shot, leaving the studio through the front glass window.

LYRICS

(Michael singing)

I just wanna touch and kiss

and I wish that I could

be with you tonight

You give me butterflies

 

Outside in the hall, Morgan moonwalks away.

LYRICS

inside inside and I…

FADE OUT:

Now fly on over and have a listen to the song,

making music and video become one…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyIWfz7JXIk

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