Color Me Badd – Wildflower

Wildflower Cover

Wildflower

Music Video Concept/Script

By

Rico Lamoureux

 

Song

By

Color Me Badd

 

All Rights Reserved

 

 

FADE IN:

RURAL LANDSCAPE – 1920’s – DAY

From down below we pan with a crop duster plane as it soars low through the blue sky.

(CHIMES ADDED) Another plane flies into frame right below the first one, a small hand guiding it as the toy matches the movements of the real one above.

(PIANO AND GUITAR ADDED) We start to fall back on the little girl who’s holding up the toy plane while she runs through the tall grasses of the wide-open land she calls home.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. KITCHEN – DAY

The little girl, now ten years old, holds a crying two-year-old against her small waist while she tries to transfer a pot of macaroni and cheese into a large bowl.

At her feet another child. A four-year-old she lures to the kitchen table with dinner.

Going back to get a plate for her little brother, her mother stumbles into the kitchen with a younger man and heads out the screen door to who knows where. Taking a drag from a cigarette, the guy mindlessly hits the table, sending the bowl of mac & cheese crashing to the floor.

He shows just a moment of remorse but is quickly pulled away by the irresponsible pregnant mother of four as she comes back in for him while dismissively throwing a few words over to her overworked daughter before pushing through the screen door.

EXT. HOUSE – CONTINUOUS

Straddled atop a motorcycle chopper the neglectful mother holds on to her boy toy as they speed away.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. KITCHEN – CONTINUOUS

Watching from inside the screen door the little mother slowly turns back around to the world that’s taking her youth.

LYRICS

She’s faced the hardest times you could imagine

and many times her eyes fought back the tears

Slo-Mo, on her knees she cleans up the ruined and macaroni and cheese. She looks over to…

LYRICS

And when her youthful world was about to fall in

Each time her slender shoulders

Bore the weight of all her fears

Slo-Mo, the four-year-old crying at the dinner table as we pan over to him.

LYRICS

In the sorrow no one hears

Slo-Mo, next we pan over to the baby in its highchair, also crying up a storm.

LYRICS

Still rings in midnight silence

Completing our Slo-Mo pan we’re back on the overburdened ten-year-old taking it all in.

LYRICS

In her ears

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. BARN – DAY

From out of the shadows Bryan steps out into the sunlight which lights half the barn.

LYRICS

(Bryan singing)

Let her cry

for she’s a lady

Let her dream

for she’s a child

He stops and looks down a few feet in front of him at the ten-year-old washing clothes by hand in a bucket.

LYRICS

(Bryan singing)

Let the rain fall down upon her

She’s a free and gentle flower

growing wild

FADE TO BLACK:

EXT. YARD – DAY

Tracking along with a bucket of wet clothes we get wider to reveal the back of the one carrying the laundry out to the clothes line. It’s our little heroine, now sixteen.

LYRICS

And if by chance that I should hold her

(and if by chance that I should hold her)

Let me hold her for a time

(let me hold her for a time)

DISSOLVE TO:

With the shot still more on her back than on her front, she pins a child-sized shirt up on the clothes line.

LYRICS

And if allowed but one possession

Staying on the same shot, beyond the clothes line a plane comes soaring through the sky.

LYRICS

I will pick her from the garden

to be mine

As our young lady’s gaze follows the plane flying overhead she turns around to a close-up, a combination of innocent beauty and worn years of child raising.

LYRICS

Mine

FADE TO BLACK:

INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT

(DURING INSTRUMENTAL SECTION)

The mother’s boy toy, also now six years older, quietly shuts the bedroom door behind him and walks past the two sleeping boys and over to the bed which holds the innocence that is his lover’s daughter.

Feeling his presence, she turns over to her other side, frightened.

FADE TO BLACK:

INT. KITCHEN – EVENING

The last of her innocence gone, we’re on a close-up of the sixteen-year-old staring blankly out the kitchen window.

LYRICS

Be careful how you touch her

for she’ll awaken

DISSOLVE TO:

Wide Shot – Serving tray in hand resting against a full pregnant belly as she heads out the kitchen…

LYRICS

And sleeps the only freedom

that she knows

(that she knows)

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. BEDROOM – CONTINUOUS

… And into her mother’s bedroom, her two siblings, sexually abusive stepfather and lounging pregnant mother all sprawled out on a queen-sized bed watching TV and eating.

She serves her mother.

LYRICS

And when you walk into her eyes

you won’t believe

The way she’s always payin’

for a debt she never owed

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. KITCHEN – DAY

The adolescent yet experienced young mother rocks two bassinets. One holding her biological child, the other her mother’s child/her sister, her two siblings running and playing. Something she stopped doing a long time ago.

LYRICS

And the silent wind still blows

that only she can hear

and so she goes

FADE TO BLACK:

INT. KITCHEN – DAY

MONTAGE – One by one her two younger brothers, younger sister and daughter metamorphosize into young adults as they head out the screen kitchen door with suitcases in hand. All the while the woman who raised them stands at the kitchen sink shrinking down as she ages.

LYRICS

Let her cry

for she’s a lady

(she’s a lady)

FADE TO BLACK:

EXT. HOUSE PORCH – DAY

Now middle-aged, our selfless heroine walks out onto the porch as her daughter and son-in-law arrive with her eight-year-old grandson. She greets them all with warm embraces.

LYRICS

Let her dream

for she’s a child

(child)

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. LIVING ROOM – DAY

Grandson points to an old toy plane up on a knick-knack shelf. His grandmother carefully takes it down, remembering how dear it was to her…

LYRICS

Let the rain fall down upon her

… And gently hands it off to her grandson, followed by brushing a caressing hand to the side of his head.

LYRICS

She’s a free and gentle flower

growing wild

FADE TO BLACK:

EXT. HOUSE PORCH – DAY

Now eighty years old, the resilient soul that is our loving heroine opens the screen door to a gentleman in a pilot’s uniform. The sight of him brings such joy to the elderly woman and the two embrace. It’s Bryan, her grandson.

In his hand he carefully displays the old little toy plane she once gave him.

LYRICS

Ooh let her cry

She’s a lady

(for she’s a lady)

He then points out to the wide landscape, a crop duster airplane much like the one she used to admire as a child.

LYRICS

Let her dream

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. LANDSCAPE – MOMENTS LATER

Bryan turns the plane around and gets ready for takeoff, his grandmother seated at his back and as excited as she’s ever been in her life.

LYRICS

For she’s a child

DISSOLVE TO:

Grandson and grandmother soar through the open blue sky…

Joy like never before fills her as she takes it all in…

LYRICS

Let the rain fall

Let the rain F…A…L…L

Slo-Mo, the plane whizzes by…

LYRICS

(She’s a free and gentle flower)

growing wild

DISSOLVE TO:

Slo-Mo, the plane soaring above the landscape below.

LYRICS

(She’s a free and gentle flower)

growing wild

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. BEDROOM – DAY

Bryan holds his grandmother’s hand in the both of his as he sits beside her bed.

Finally at peace, she lies there with her eyes closed.

LYRICS

She’s a flower

growing wild

DISSOLVE TO:

POV Shot – Flying above the landscape that was her home for eighty years, she’s now off for an eternal flight through the clouds.

FADE OUT:

 

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