Rob Thomas – I Am An Illusion

Old barn in the middle of nowhere, for music video image to Rob Thomas song I Am An Illusion.

Music Video Concept/Script

By

Rico Lamoureux

 

Song

By

Rob Thomas

 

All Rights Reserved

 

FADE IN:

DURING INTRO-

We push in on an old barn…

And as we enter our floating camera heads over towards the back where four silhouettes stand.

As we get closer they come into view. Four black men ranging from middle-aged to senior, all rockin’ in place and singing.

Camera comes to a stop as intro comes to an end, the four black men simultaneously coming together as one before disappearing into nothing but a glimmer.

THEN AS MUSIC STARTS that glimmer turns into Rob Thomas, and he begins to sing while standing there alone. (Covering him with slow-moving camera)

LYRICS

(Rob singing)

Take this confusion

runnin’ round my head

Take back my unkind words

lay that weight on me instead

I’m the place where everything turns sour

Where you gonna run to now

QUICK CUT TO:

Medium Close-Up, Rob turning to camera…

LYRICS

(Rob singing)

Wrong step

you got off track

Camera with smooth fall back, the four black men frequencing out of Rob in four directions before disappearing.

LYRICS

(Rob singing)

You need someone

to help us get back now

Camera closes the distance back on Rob by JumpCutting to four different angles. (MATCHING MUSIC)

The last angle is the one we stay on for it is directly in front of Rob, framing him in a Close-Up while slowly/subtly falling back.

LYRICS

(Rob singing)

Worn thin

awful state I was in

I believe I was losing me now

I’m found

Well I am found

Slightly start to increase the speed of the fall back while Craning Up, the four black men frequencing out from Rob again one by one, off to the left but this time keeping their images intact.

LYRICS

(Rob singing)

I’m not real anymore

I am an illusion

I’m not real anymore

I am an illusion

And as camera gets slightly above eye level Rob returns and faces it. (It now slowly starts fall back)

LYRICS

(Rob singing)

I am the damage

Momentary frequency of the four black men flicker from Rob’s face…

LYRICS

(Rob singing)

I am the relief

Camera’s movement goes from slow fall back to slow float… (Right to left)

LYRICS

(Rob singing)

Sometimes I’m people

I never hoped that I would be

Then slowly pushing back in, Rob really starting to sing to camera as he engages the viewer…

LYRICS

(Rob singing)

If I take in

whatever they turn out

Then what’s that gonna make me now

Don’t you understand

Wide – Rob gets back to the CHORUS, the foursome reappearing for their parts.

LYRICS

(Rob singing)

I’m not real anymore

I am an illusion

Tighter…

LYRICS

(Rob singing)

I’m not real anymore

I am an illusion

DURING BRIEF INSTRUMENTAL…

FLASHBACK SEQUENCE of little twelve-year-old white boy hiding in the barn watching the four musicians perform…

They invite him over.

BACK TO PRESENT DAY

Camera tilts up on Rob singing to it…

LYRICS

(Rob singing)

Wrong step

You got off track

Start to fall back, revealing the four black guys now backing him with their INSTRUMENTS and VOCALS. (They’re now solid, no longer in frequency)

LYRICS

(Rob singing)

We need someone to help us

get back now

Worn thin

awful state I was in

I believe they were fooling me

now I’m down

Well I am down

We cover them with sweeping shots as they all perform together.

LYRICS

(Rob singing)

I’m not real anymore

I am an illusion

I’m not real anymore

I am an illusion

I’m not real anymore

I am an illusion

I’m not real anymore

I am an illusion

JumpCut Rob around in frequency as he counts, last on Extreme Close-Up, all to camera.

LYRICS

(Rob singing)

One…

Two…

Three…

Four…

WITH CLOSING INSTRUMENTAL…

FLASHBACK MONTAGE of old photos of Rob growing up over the years as he’s mentored by the foursome in the barn… (Harmonica, piano, vocals, etc.)

Now we know where white boy got his soul!

FADE OUT:

What’s your favorite Rob Thomas song?

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