Music Video Treatment Lost in a Maze RuthlessConcept: Showing the corrupt nature of society and our ‘Lost’ generation by using childrenas the main actors. The main child actor, a young black male , will be the child parallel of‘Ruthless’ , representing the artists fears about society. There will be a mixture ofconceptual, and narrative shots. The conceptual shots will include the young boycontinuously running up and down a flight of stairs, which will reenact the ‘maze’. Thenarrative shots will have the main narrative which consists of the main protagonists and hisstory, and a subnarrative presenting the struggle of a little girl. There will be noperformance shots of the actual artist ‘Ruthless’ in this music video, in order to create asubverted depiction of our ‘Lost’ society.Characters/ActorsYoung Black Male (aged 811)Will be playing the main character and representative of the actual artist.Young Female (Any race, aged 510)Will be playing a little girl with a baby in the subplot
Baby: (Any gender, correspondent to the race of the little girl, aged 411 months)Will be playing the little girl’s ‘baby’ (in a hypothetical context)Extras: 2 Young Black Males (same age as main character)Will be playing the main characters friends, who beat him up and take his money.Storyline (main): 1. Boy is ‘dealing’ football cards to his friends 2. We see shots of where the young boy keeps his money; his soft plush teddy bear (MS of teddy/CU of teddy) 3. The boys meet up at night and exchange cards. (CU shots of cards, and large amount of money) 4. Other boys beat main character up and take his money. (variety of CU, MS and LSSubStoryline: (very simplistic with limited ‘plotpoints’): 1. A little girl is looking after a young baby 2. We see shots of the little girl, holding, rocking, feeding and changing the babyThese two storylines will be interchanged throughout the video.Conceptual Shots:Main character running up and down a fleet of stairs. There will be signs reading ‘LevelOne, Level Two, Level Three...’ etc., as the character runs up.
Shot Types:The main shot times will be LS (Long Shots) and MS (MidShot), however CU (Close Up)and ECU (Extreme Close Up) will be used.Performance shots of main characters = CU/ECUConceptual Shots:Mainly LS of main characters running through this ‘maze’ of stairs.Location:There will be 3 main locations for the video. One for the main narrative, and one for theconceptual shots. Both will be indoor locations.1) Interior House: Bedroom Scene for little girl2) Exterior Garden: Shot at night for main character’s scene when ‘dealing’ with his friends3) Interior Car park: A public car park for conceptual scenes, with stairs, signs and arrows.