Britney Spears – Cinderella

Music video script for Britney Spears Cinderella by Rico Lamoureux of the Flash Fiction Ponder

Cinderella

 

Music Video Concept/Script

By

Rico Lamoureux

 

Song

By

Britney Spears

 

All Rights Reserved

 

FADE IN:

EXT./INT. PALACE – NIGHT

WITH INTRO OF THE SONG we push in from a wide shot on a majestic palace.

AS THE BEAT PULSATES IN we are taken along down the corridors of the palace.

WITH THE STRINGS POUNCING BACK IN we enter a large empty ballroom, only inhabited by Cinderella (Britney) seated at the center in a tall royal chair and surrounded by a half dozen servants (simultaneous with the strings, we close the distance quickly and are on a medium close-up of her by the time she starts singing.)

LYRICS

(singing)

I used to be your girlfriend

and I know I did it well

Oh yes you know it’s true

She runs away from camera, our cue for us to pan away as she does so.

MATCH CUT:

Continuing the run as if completing a180 we see that we are now in a different area of the palace, and bring the pan to a very slow movement as we find the Prince calling for Cinderella. She comes running up with a warm embrace, ready to cater to whatever need he has.

LYRICS

You’d call me Cinderella

all you had to do was yell

and I’d be there for you

AS SOON AS THE STRINGS RETURN we crank up on another 180…

MATCH CUT:

Completing it as we come back to rest on Cinderella as she stands from the chair she’s sitting in.

LYRICS

(singing)

Here I am

so try to forgive me

I don’t believe in fairy tales

The half dozen servants take up position slightly behind her (three on each side) and just stand there in stillness waiting to serve as she continues to sing to camera.

LYRICS

(singing)

Here we are

with nothing but honesty

I’ve had enough

I’m not gonna stay

WITH THE CHORUS the servants come to life, providing backup for Cinderella’s dance routine.

LYRICS

(singing)

I’m sorry

for running away like this

and I’m sorry

I’ve already made my wish

Ah, but Cinderella’s got to go

ONCE AGAIN THE ACCOMPANIED BY THE BEAT we’re taken down the corridors to the area at the entrance of the palace, transitioning to day as we enter for the new scene to play out.

The Prince and his buds head towards the doors to leave, Cinderella at his back trying to tell him what’s on her mind. He brushes her off with a gesture of the hand, leaving her standing in the big open space, alone.

LYRICS

From time to time I’d try to tell

just what was on my mind

You’d tell me not today

Frustrated, she turns away.

LYRICS

(singing)

Come back

do that

Well Cinderella…

Was all you had to say

Up in her room Cinderella plops a big suitcase atop her bed…

LYRICS

(singing)

Here I am

Flings open the top…

LYRICS

(singing)

So try to forgive me

Takes a handful of her gowns from the closet…

LYRICS

(singing)

I don’t believe in fairy tales

And walks them over to her bed.

LYRICS

(singing)

Here we are

with nothing but honesty

In Slo-Mo a shot of the gowns being tossed atop the open suitcase.

LYRICS

I’ve had enough

Still in Slo-Mo a shot of Cinderella’s glass slipper SHATTERING into pieces as it hits a wall.

LYRICS

I’m not gonna stay

BACK TO THE CHORUS we go back to present day, where Cinderella and her servants dance the routine.

LYRICS

(singing)

I’m sorry

for running away like this

and I’m sorry

I’ve already made my wish

Switching it up with different angles as we go along…

LYRICS

Ah, but Cinderella’s got to go

I’m sorry

Just trying to live my life

Don’t worry

you’re gonna be alright

but Cinderella’s got to go

Now in a new ballroom, where guests dressed accordingly fill the space as they watch a royal scandal unfold…

In the center and in the spotlight Cinderella walks around the Prince, with him just standing there, she gives her farewell goodbye.

She then comes to a stop in front of him, finishing what she has to say while he looks on, his arrogance and lack of caring for her obvious. The only worry that shows is when he looks to the watchful eyes, and what they think of HIM.

LYRICS

(singing)

I used to say I want you

you cast me in your spell

I did everything you wanted me to

but now I shall…

Break free from all your lies

I won’t be blind, you see

My love it can’t be sacrificed

I won’t return to thee…

Cinderella’s servants approach, the males coming forth with a long covered silver tray and the females doing a kind of ballerina dance…

LYRICS

I’m so sorry

The males lift the cover of the tray and look to Cinderella. Lying there for her to take…

A sledgehammer.

She looks at it…

LYRICS

I already

Her hands grip around its long handle.

LYRICS

made up my mind

An Extreme Close-Up of Cinderella looking away…

To a huge grandfather clock nearby about to strike twelve…

LYRICS

I won’t return to thee…

JUST BEFORE THE RETURN OF THE SLAMMING BEAT she brings the sledgehammer up and over her head…

AS THE BEAT SLAMS BACK IN the head of the sledgehammer SLAMS into the clock.

MATCH CUT:

SIMULTANEOUSLY we EXPLODE back to Cinderella and her servants performing the dance routine.

LYRICS

(singing)

I’m sorry to say

I’m running away now

but don’t worry

you will be alright

Outside the palace Cinderella uses all her might to haul her suitcase into an awaiting pumpkin carriage and then hops up in the front and takes the reins.

LYRICS

I’m running away

I made up my mind now

At the palace’s grand doors the Prince runs into frame, but it’s too late,  the carriage already off and running.

LYRICS

You’re gonna have to let me go

Again on Cinderella and her servants/dancers, going through the dance steps…

LYRICS

(singing)

I’m sorry

for running away like this

She yanks off her fairytale dress, revealing a more modern day outfit underneath it.

LYRICS

(singing)

And I’m sorry

I’ve already made my wish

With very quick multiple crosscutting between this scene and the carriage whipping down the road, Cinderella’s mode of transportation transforms into a hip new car, top-down, with her behind the wheel. (In her new clothes)

LYRICS

(singing)

Ah, but Cinderella’s got to go

She tosses her tiara up and away, letting her hair and herself free.

LYRICS

(singing)

I’m sorry

Just trying to live my life

A new Cinderella enjoys the moment.

LYRICS

(singing)

Don’t worry

you’re gonna be alright

Shooting from the side of the road the car comes zooming past.

LYRICS

But Cinderella’s got to go

Tilt up a little, showing the palace in the background, fog surrounding it.

FADE OUT:

Just in case you missed it…

Baby…

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