Thursday, March 1, 2012

rush: sweet miracle fan video and treatment

I've mentioned it before on this blog that both I am my husband are big fans of the band RUSH.  A few years ago, their work in addition to a book that one of the band members had written inspired me to take one of their songs and write and film a fan based video for it.

After posting it on the interwebz, it became a hit among a number of other fans.  I thought I'd post  a link to it here as well.

And yes, the gal in the video is me.

Sweet Miracle Fan Video

Behind the scenes photos of video shoot

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Lyrics:

"Sweet Miracle"

I wasn't walking on water
I was standing on a reef
When the tide came in
Swept beneath the surface
Lost without a trace
No hope at all
No hope at all

Oh - sweet miracle
Oh - sweet miracle
Of life

I wasn't walking with angels
I was talking to myself
Rising up to the surface
Raging against the night
Starless night

Oh - sweet miracle
Love's sweet miracle
Of life

Oh salvation
Oh salvation

I wasn't praying for magic
I was hiding in plain sight
Rising up from the surface
To fly into the light




Treatment 1 – Sweet Miracle music video

Darkness.  Silence.  Then the sounds of cards being shuffled:  Also sounds of the, birds, boardwalk.


Opening Credits are shown between random images of tarot cards


Scene 1: Young woman walking aimlessly on boardwalk.   Day is dark, overcast windy.  Ignored by people around her.  Seemingly despondent and trance like.  People bump into her, jostle her, unsympathetic, not seeing.  They are happy, jovial etc.  She seemingly sticks out like a sore thumb.  Still no one pays attention.  She is very ethereal in appearance as if she wasn’t really there - like a ghost?   

Scene 2: As she walks by, an older man sitting at a table grabs her hand.  He waves to her to sit.  He spreads a deck of tarot cards to her.  Motions for her to pick 3 cards.  She pulls the 3 of swords. Obviously it mirrors her state of mind.  Then she picks the 9 of swords, And then: The Fool:








Meaning of cards:
3 of Swords: Sorrow, tears, separation of lover
9 of Swords – doubt, desolation, disappointment, death of loved one
The Fool - Important choice to be made in life


Disgusted, she moves to walk away.  The man motions for her to try again.  This time she pulls the Lovers.





Meaning of card: - The Lovers – Love, beauty, trials overcome


Confused and unhappy, she throws the card down on the table and runs away.  (Song starts the minute the Lovers card lands on the table and she runs away)  As she leaves a figure of a man, his face unseen, approaches the table.  The tarot card reader smiles knowingly as he shuffles the deck and presents it to the figure. The figure chooses a card for himself – the camera does not see the card.  It is pocketed as the unknown man leaves the table.


Verse 1:
I wasn't walking on water
I was standing on a reef
When the tide came in
Swept beneath the surface
Lost without a trace
No hope at all
No hope at all



Scene 3: The young woman is at the water’s edge.  The water laps at her feet. She is drawn to the horizon.  Something washes up and brushes against her feet.  She picks it up and turns it over.  It is a tarot card: Strength. 





Meaning of card: - Strength – Triumph of love over hate, power, energy, action, courage


She looks around, confused. The beach immediately near her is empty, desolate.   Others seem to be in the distance, paying her no attention.  Where did the card come from?


Refrain:
Oh - sweet miracle
Oh - sweet miracle
Of life



From above her on the board walk, we look over the “unknown man’s” shoulder as he gazes down to watch her.  She walks on.   He leaves in the opposite direction.


Verse 2:
I wasn't walking with angels
I was talking to myself
Rising up to the surface
Raging against the night
Starless night


Scene 4:  The woman continues walking down the beach as the sun starts to go down.  All around her, others are gathering in pairs/couples/families and walking away in the opposite direction.  Again all not noticing her, banging into her.   It is getting windy.   Her hair blows in her face. Something brushes against her cheek. She runs after it.  Another card:  The Moon:





Cut to shot of card to fade to shot of full moon alone in clear starlit sky . . .


 Meaning of card: - The Moon – Imagination, intuition, dreams


Refrain:
Oh - sweet miracle
Love's sweet miracle
Of life

Oh salvation
Oh salvation (2x)



Scene 5: Beach - night time.  Various groups are settled around bonfires.  The young woman is at one alone.  She stares into the fire and sees in the flames 3 cards hovering:


  


                               
She reaches out to them as they disappear. Frightened she runs away.


Meaning of cards:
The World -  Completion, reward, assured success, triumph in all undertakings
Wheel of Fortune – good fortune ,success, unexpected turn of luck, destiny
Ace of Cups – Abundance in all things, love, joy, house of the true heart, content


Verse 3
I wasn't praying for magic
I was hiding in plain sight
Rising up from the surface
To fly into the light



Scene 6: Still night. She runs past the fires and other couples.  She stumbles and falls in the surf.  We see someone come up to her and kneel in the surf to help her to her feet.  It is the unknown man from the beginning of the video.  He puts his coat over her shoulders.  She is shy.  He is tender.  She puts on the coat and inadvertently reaches into one of the pockets.  She is surprised to find a card. She looks at it. 


Refrain:
Oh - sweet miracle
Oh - sweet miracle
Of life ( 2x)



She drops the card into the surf as they smile at each other both slowly walk away from camera towards the fires and the people.  We see as the camera pans down it is: the two of cups:





Meaning of cards – Two of cups – beginning of a love affair/spiritual union, plans with a kindred soul, union, passion


The surf slowly takes the card away.  Pan up to the moon.  Fade out w/ music.
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