Resubmission – Task 2: Develop Imaginative Ideas and Plan your Music Video Production

For my idea I have decided to pick a ‘subject’ – to base my music video around – first.
And after much thinking I have decided to go with one of my favourite love stories of all time. My plan is to create a video that brings a gives ‘fresh’ look to the original tale. Yet I also want it to pay a tribute, by making it look like a music video made for the film. In order to gain a real understanding of the story – and possibly gain inspiration – I have researched into the original tale of Beauty and the Beast, as well as revisit the world of the Disney’s adaptation.

Beauty and the Beast: A tale as old as time
Plots:
(Original by Jeanne-Marie de Beaumont)

A wealthy merchant lives in a mansion with his three daughters. All are equal in beauty, but the youngest, Belle, is kind and pure of heart; while the two elders, in contrast, are wicked, selfish, vain and secretly taunt and treat Belle more like a servant than a sister. The merchant eventually loses all of his wealth in a tempest at sea. He and his daughters are consequently forced to live in a small farmhouse and work for their living. After some years of this, the merchant hears that one of the trade ships he had sent off has arrived back in port, having escaped the destruction of its compatriots. He returns to the city to discover whether it contains anything valuable. Before leaving, he asks his daughters if they wish for him to bring any gifts back for them. The oldest two ask for clothing, jewels and the finest dresses possible, thinking his wealth has returned. Belle is satisfied with the promise of a rose, as none grow in their part of the country. The merchant, to his dismay, finds that his ship’s cargo has been seized to pay his debts, leaving him without money to buy his daughters their presents. During his return, the merchant becomes lost in a forest. Seeking shelter, he enters a dazzling palace. A hidden figure opens the giant doors and silently invites him in. The merchant finds tables inside laden with food and drink, which seem to have been left for him by the palace’s invisible owner. The merchant accepts this gift and spends the night there. The next morning as the merchant is about to leave, he sees a rose garden and recalls that Belle had desired a rose. Upon picking the loveliest rose he can find, the merchant is confronted by a hideous “Beast” which tells him that for taking his most precious possession after accepting his hospitality, the merchant must die. The merchant begs to be set free, arguing that he had only picked the rose as a gift for his youngest daughter. The Beast agrees to let him give the rose to Belle, but only if the merchant will return.
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty dines with the Beast in an illustration by Anne Anderson.
The merchant is upset, but accepts this condition. The Beast sends him on his way, with jewels and fine clothes for his daughters, and stresses that Belle must never know about his deal. The merchant, upon arriving home, tries to hide the secret from Belle, but she pries it from him and willingly goes to the Beast’s castle. The Beast receives her graciously and informs her that she is now mistress of the castle, and he is her servant. He gives her lavish clothing and food and carries on lengthy conversations with her. Every night, the Beast asks Belle to marry him, only to be refused each time. After each refusal, Belle dreams of a handsome prince who pleads with her to answer why she keeps refusing him, to which she replies that she cannot marry the Beast because she loves him only as a friend. Belle does not make the connection between the handsome prince and the Beast and becomes convinced that the Beast is holding the prince captive somewhere in the castle. She searches and discovers multiple enchanted rooms, but never the prince from her dreams. For several months, Belle lives a life of luxury at the Beast’s palace, having every whim catered to by servants, with no end of riches to amuse her and an endless supply of exquisite finery to wear. Eventually she becomes homesick and begs the Beast to allow her to go see her family. He allows it on the condition that she returns exactly a week later. Belle agrees to this and sets off for home with an enchanted mirror and ring. The mirror allows her to see what is going on back at the Beast’s castle, and the ring allows her to return to the castle in an instant when turned three times around her finger. Her older sisters are surprised to find her well fed and dressed in finery. They are envious when they hear of her happy life at the castle, and, hearing that she must return to the Beast on a certain day, beg her to stay another day, even putting onion in their eyes to make it appear as though they are weeping. They hope that the Beast will be angry with Belle for breaking her promise and eat her alive. Belle’s heart is moved by her sisters’ false show of love, and she agrees to stay.
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Illustration by Warwick Goble.
Belle begins to feel guilty about breaking her promise to the Beast and uses the mirror to see him back at the castle. She is horrified to discover that the Beast is lying half-dead from heartbreak near the rose bushes her father had stolen from and she immediately uses the ring to return to the Beast. Belle weeps over the Beast, saying that she loves him. When her tears strike him, the Beast is transformed into the handsome prince from Belle’s dreams. The Prince informs her that long ago a fairy turned him into a hideous beast after he refused to let her in from the rain, and that only by finding true love, despite his ugliness, could the curse be broken. He and Belle are married and they live happily ever after together.
Villeneuve’s version
Villeneuve’s tale includes several elements that Beaumont’s omits. Chiefly, the back-story of both Belle and the Beast is given. The Beast was a prince who lost his father at a young age, and whose mother had to wage war to defend his kingdom. The queen left him in care of an evil fairy, who tried to seduce him when he became an adult; when he refused, she transformed him into a beast. Belle’s story reveals that she is not really a merchant’s daughter but the offspring of a king and a good fairy. The wicked fairy had tried to murder Belle so she could marry her father the king, and Belle was put in the place of the merchant’s dead daughter to protect her.She also gave the castle elaborate magic, which obscured the more vital pieces of it. Beaumont greatly pared down the cast of characters and simplified the tale to an almost archetypal simplicity.
(Story found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauty_and_the_Beast)

Disney’s adaptation:
An enchantress—disguised as an old beggar—offers a prince a rose in exchange for shelter in his castle from the cold, but the prince arrogantly refuses. In response, the enchantress transforms him into a beast, and his servants into household items. She gives him a magic mirror that enables him to view faraway events, along with the enchanted rose that she had offered. To break the curse, the prince must learn to love another and EARN her love in return before the rose’s last petal falls. If he fails, he will remain a beast forever. Ten years later, a young bookworm named Belle is bored of her village and seeks excitement. Due to her nonconformist ideals, she is ridiculed by everyone but her father Maurice and an arrogant, muscular hunter named Gaston. Despite other women flirting with him and many men admiring him, Gaston is determined to marry Belle. She repeatedly rejects his advances.
Maurice and his horse Phillipe get lost in the forest while traveling to a fair to present his wood-chopping machine. After being chased by a pack of wolves, he comes across the Beast’s castle. Inside, he meets Lumière the candlestick, Cogsworth the clock, Mrs. Potts the teapot, and her son Chip the teacup. However, the Beast quickly discovers and detains Maurice. After Phillipe leads Belle to the Beast’s castle, she offers to take her father’s place. The Beast accepts the offer despite Maurice’s objections. While Gaston sulks over Belle’s rejection, Maurice returns to town and is unable to convince the others to save Belle from the Beast. The Beast angrily refuses to let Belle have any dinner that night after she refuses to dine with him. Despite this, Lumière offers her a meal. While he and Cogsworth also give her a tour of the castle, she wanders into the forbidden West Wing. The Beast inadvertently chases her into the forest by frightening her in frustration and she encounters the pack of wolves. After the Beast is injured while fending them off, Belle thanks him for saving her life. He begins to develop feelings for her while she nurses his wounds and he delights her by showing his extensive library. While the two begin to bond, Gaston pays Monsieur d’Arque to send Maurice to the town’s insane asylum if Belle refuses Gaston’s proposal again.
While SHARING a romantic evening together, Belle tells the Beast she misses her father. He lets her use his magic mirror to see him. She sees Maurice dying in the woods trying to rescue her. The Beast lets her go out to save him and he gives her the mirror to remember him by. She finds Maurice and brings him home. As Gaston is about to bring Maurice to the insane asylum, Belle proves Maurice’s sanity by showing the Beast with the magic mirror. Realizing Belle loves the Beast, Gaston convinces the band of villagers that the Beast is a man-eating monster and leads them to the castle to kill him. He confines Belle and Maurice to their basement.
Having stowed away into Belle’s baggage, Chip manages to free them. Gaston confronts the Beast while the servants fend off the villagers. The Beast initially is too depressed to fight back, though perks up after seeing Belle return to the castle. He battles and defeats Gaston in battle on the rooftops, though spares his life by ordering him to leave. When the Beast reunites with Belle, Gaston stabs him, only to lose his footing and die. Belle professes her love for the Beast, who dies before the last rose petal falls. With the spell broken, the Beast is revived into his human form, and each of his servants also resumes their human form. Belle dances with him in the ballroom.
(Story found at:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauty_and_the_Beast_%281991_film%29)
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(Story found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauty_and_the_Beast_(1991_film))

Themes (or ideas) of my own interpritation:
• Love: In this tale two people fall in love. One is of extreme beauty, while the other is ugly to behold. Yet despite this Belle falls in love with the beast; as the two grow fond of each other’s company. Belle’s story tells us that, in terms of romance, a man (or partner) should be loved because of the quality of their soul and heart, rather than the quality of the face. (This particular theme links to the moral of the tale.)
• Sacrifice: The most recognisable sacrifice is seen when Belle takes her father’s place at the castle as the Beast’s prisoner. However the other sacrifice is when the Beast lets Belle go to help her father, who is ill – as the Beast knows how much her father means to her. Yet by doing this kind act, the Beast knows that he may have lost his chance to become human again. However the Beast does an act that is known in true love – he put Belle’s needs before his own.
• Equality: At the begging Belle is partly afraid of the Beast, and the Beast behaves in an aggressive manner (mainly yelling, or growling but he never hits Belle). However as the story progresses both Belle and the Beast begin to have feelings for each other, and see each other as equal. Unlike the times of the era, when the story was first written, Belle is seen as an actual person through the eyes of the Beast – rather than just a ‘housewife’ or isn’t “traded like cattle for the advancement of men” – Lady Elizabeth, The Other Boleyn Girl
• Isolation/Escapism: When Belle goes to the castle it is deep within a forest, and far from the outside world. It’s almost as if she goes into another world entirely – as if escaping from reality.

Music Video Style/Type Choice:
Abstract/Narrative

Music Video Idea:
(This idea was inspired by the theme of escapism – the idea of entering a world of a mind’s own imagination) A young woman, named Alexie, who feels more at peace when reading her books and day dreams, reflects on the harsh world of reality. Wanting to be free the young woman magically finds her way into an enchanted world, where she finally feels acceptance.

Song choice – one:
The Escapist – Nightwish

Who’s there knocking at my window?
The owl and the Dead Boy
This night whispers my name
All the dying children

Virgin snow beneath my feet
Painting the world in white
I tread the way and lose myself into a tale

Come hell or high water
My search will go on
Clayborn Voyage without an end

A nightingale in a golden cage
That’s me locked inside reality’s maze
Come someone make my heavy heart light
Come undone, bring me back to life
It all starts with a lullaby

Journey homeward bound
A sound of a dolphin calling
Tearing off the mask of man
The tower, my sole guide

This is who I am
Escapist, paradise seeker
Farewell, now time to fly
Out of sight, out of time, away from all lies

A nightingale in a golden cage
That’s me locked inside reality’s maze
Come someone make my heavy heart light
Come undone, bring me back to life
It all starts with a lullaby
(Lyrics from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/nightwish/theescapist.html)

My interpretation of what’s happening in the lyrics:
The song, in a nutshell, is about escaping from the harshness of reality. The singer is seeking a way to be free from this world, which controls and traps a human, while becoming ‘the Escapist’ who can break free from those bonds. This song really fits with my idea – plus I also happen to listen to ‘Nightwish’ in my spare time.
I like my idea a lot – but there is parts that feel too big to film in the space of time that has been given to us.

Song choice – two:
While your lips are still red – Nightwish

Sweet little words made for silence not talk
Young heart for love not heartache
Dark hair for catching the wind
Not to veil the sight of a cold world
Kiss while your lips are still red
While he’s still silent
Rest while bosom is still untouched, unveiled
Hold another hand while the hand’s still without a tool
Drown into eyes while they’re still blind
Love while the night still hides the withering dawn
First day of love never comes back
A passionate hour’s never a wasted one
The violin, the poet’s hand
Every thawing heart plays your theme with care
Kiss while your lips are still red
While he’s still silent
Rest while bosom is still untouched, unveiled
Hold another hand while the hand’s still without a tool
Drown into eyes while they’re still blind
Love while the night still hides the withering dawn

Kiss while your lips are still red
While he’s still silent
Rest while bosom is still untouched, unveiled
Hold another hand while the hand’s still without a tool
Drown into eyes while they’re still blind
Love while the night still hides the withering dawn
(Lyrics from: http://www.metrolyrics.com/while-your-lips-are-still-red-lyrics-nightwish.html)

My interpretation of what’s happening in the lyrics:
This song is about love. It speaks of savouring the moment of love – making it last – entering the world of where it’s just you and your lover before reality seeps in and destroys it.

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