• Niteen Hatle

Listen To Your Heart – Music Video

Performances of the Indian athletes at the recent Asian Games (2018) impressed me so much that I was compelled to share this screenplay of a music video for Roxette’s song ‘Listen To Your Heart’.

I hope you like it.

I have also uploaded the song with screenplay suggestions toward the end.

Enjoy!

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART – ROXETTE

A screenplay by Niteen Hatle

FADE IN

INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR – EVENING

ON A WOMAN BESIDE A STRETCHER

She is crying. Two nurses move the stretcher. The man on it is the husband. He has had a heart attack.

They guide the stretcher through the corridor.

CUT TO

ON THE OT DOOR

The nurses take him inside the operation theater. They signal the woman to stay back. Couple of doctors rush in behind the nurses.

The door is closed.

CUT TO

ON THE WOMAN

The woman breaks down. She cries out loud. She stumbles back and falls on the bench.

She looks up at the OT door. She remembers the happy days with her husband.

Her eyes well up. A tear runs down her cheek and falls on the floor.

It shatters.

FADE OUT

FADE IN

INT. BEDROOM – DAWN

ON A BED

The woman wakes up with a start. She had had a nightmare. She looks at her husband sleeping to her left.

She shakes him furiously. The husband sits up.

CUT TO

EXT. ON THE ROAD – DAWN

ON THE COUPLE

The woman and her husband jog on the road. The husband looks at her and smiles. She smiles back.

MOVE WITH THEM

A group of children jog toward them. They look at the couple and pass them by in the opposite direction.

FOLLOW THE YOUNG GROUP

The kids jog for some distance and then break into a sprint.

They come to a middle-aged couple jogging in the opposite direction.

MOVE WITH THE MIDDLE-AGED COUPLE

They jog a bit slower. But they look determined. They talk to each other while running.

They jog ahead and pass by an older couple.

STAY WITH THE OLDER COUPLE

The older couple jogs even slower.

A family of middle-aged parents and teenage children catch up with them, jogging in the same direction as the older couple.

MOVE AHEAD WITH THE FAMILY

The family looks healthy. All are in their sportswear. The parents talk to their kids and the teenagers look enthusiastic.

A group of cyclists pass them by.

FOLLOW THE CYCLISTS

The group of three children paddle hard to climb an ascent.

They ride up and away toward an apartment.

CUT TO

ON THE CYCLISTS

The group of cyclists stops at an apartment building. They call a friend in a house in the apartment.

CUT TO

INT. IN A HOUSE – DAWN

ON A BED

A teenager stirs in his sleep. He wakes up and lazily goes to the window.

CUT TO

ON THE CYCLISTS

The group asks the boy to come down and go cycling with them.

CUT TO

ON THE TEENAGER AT THE WINDOW

The boy waves his hand, yawning, signaling his friends to go on without him.

He turns and goes inside.

CUT TO

INT. THE TEENAGER’S HOUSE – MORNING

ON THE BATHROOM DOOR

The boy comes out of the bathroom. He goes to the wardrobe. Removes a trouser and starts to wear it. He finds it difficult to get into it. He eventually does. But he is unable to buckle up. The two ends of the waist buckles are nowhere near each other!

He can’t believe it. He closes the door of the wardrobe and stands back to look himself in the mirror.

CUT TO

ON THE MIRROR

He finds himself incredibly fat and round! The boy is shocked! He stumbles back in horror! He just can’t believe it.

DISSOLVE

ON THE BED

The teenager wakes up horrified! Throws away his blanket and gets out of bed.

CUT TO

ON THE CYCLISTS

The teenager joins the group with his bicycle. The entire group then rides down the slope.

MOVE WITH THEM

At the intersection of the slope and the main road, the group turns right. Another group of cyclists joins them.

CUT TO

AERIAL VIEW OF THE CYCLISTS

The large group of cyclists goes down the road.

CUT TO

ON THE CYCLISTS

They are paddling hard with their heads down, as if racing. They turn right.

MOVE IN CLOSER ON THE CYCLE TIRES

The cycle tires rotate very fast. The legs are paddling hard.

DISSOLVE TO

EXT. ATHLETICS STADIUM – DAY

ON THE TIRES OF THE WHEELCHAIRS

Legs are replaced by hands rotating the tires of wheelchairs. Several wheelchairs are being driven.

They line up at the starting point of the race.

PULLBACK

To reveal the wheelchairs with the athletes on them.

Starter pistol goes off! Off they go! Spectators cheer them.

The athletes rotate the wheels faster and faster.

MOVE WITH THEM

They compete with each other. As they get closer to the finish line, the athletes put in that extra effort to rotate the wheels.

Touch down! The winner jumps up in joy and punches the air!

Spectators applaud!

The winner raises his arms in celebration.

CUT TO

EXT. ATHLETICS STADIUM – DAY

ON THE RUNNERS

Eight runners come around the final bend. They run hard. And fast.

The lead athlete runs harder. She is all concentration. Her eyes set on her goal. Her eyes on the finish line.

She picks up speed as she nears the ribbon. She storms in and takes it.

She smiles and raises her hand. The spectators cheer her.

She runs ahead on the track, proud of herself.

CUT TO

ON AN INDIAN HIGH JUMPER

He starts the approach slowly. He gains speed. He makes a curve. Runs toward the pole at top speed.

He leaps up in the air. His body twists. His hands and head go up and over the pole. His body twists again. His torso is parallel to the pole.

The momentum takes his body down and his legs are thrown up. He clears the pole.

He falls on the mat and bounces and stands up in jubilation.

The crowd cheers. He acknowledges their love.

CUT TO

ON AN INDIAN LONG JUMPER

She starts sprinting, and gains speed. She runs harder. She nears the foul line. Stamps the line with her left foot and then flies in the air.

Bending backward, her legs flap in the air. Her arms swing as if swimming with the wind.

Her legs go down first, her arms are still swinging, trying to take her body as farther as possible.

Touch down. She lands on the sand.

CUT TO

ON AN INDIAN SHOT PUTTER

The putter brings the metal put to his neck and steadies it. He bends down a little.

Then turns and leaps backward at the same time. His torso comes out. His hand swings forward with the put and he releases it.

The put flies up in the air, travels some distance, and falls on the ground with a thud.

CUT TO

ON THE INDIAN WEIGHT LIFTER

The weight lifter walks toward the weight. Bends down and holds the center bar. She checks her grip. She checks her legs for firmness.

With a quick show of strength, she picks up the weight. Bending her back, her legs push her upper body and the weight upward.

She rests the weight on her shoulders. Concentrates. Readies herself for the tremendous effort.

Pools of sweat roll down her face. Her eyes are full of concentration.

With all her physical and mental strength, she raises the weight and like a trophy holds it over her head.

She holds it for sometime for the judges to clear her lift.

Then she throws it down.

CUT TO

EXT. ON THE ROAD – EVENING

Large number of people start to run.

This marathon is for everybody, for every age group. Old and young, man and woman.

Hundreds are participating in this race.

Some run ahead. Some are left behind.

Some are running for the prizes, some are running because it’s a race.

A teenager runs enthusiastically.

A young female runs to prove a point.

A middle-aged man runs to show he’s fit.

An old couple runs to prove they are not old enough.

All the people run together.

One by one they complete the race.

They are happy.

FADE OUT


Yup, editing text or video is a difficult job. But that’s the way it is. You got to leave out things to make the presentation/video better. Full video editing of the above would be quite interesting.

YouTube link -> Listen To Your Heart – Music Video Screenplay

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