Trede (trede) wrote in mandykane,

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THE MANNEQUIN BALL - short film treatment by Tredanse

(Black and white. Dark. Rich tones.)

The intro to the song (wrench noises)
Mandy walks past abandoned department store at night, peers in at the mannequins, look of sadness in his face as his eyes pass over all the mannequins standing in couples.

Music begins with piano/string motif that is repeated throughout the song.
Zoom into window, past all the mannequins, into old-fashioned elevator doors

She lived on the seventeenth floor / above an accessory store
Zoom through dusty cluttered "attic" store room, to lone female mannequin standing by an open window (note: mannequin characters are computer generated, with clothes and wooden faces with porcelain eyes)

She watched the sun rise and then fall / and dressed for the mannequin ball
Close up of her "face" (sad posture), then a mid shot of her in a beautiful evening gown - perhaps resembling a bridal dress

For every night at twelve o'clock / her father would close up his shop
She turns to face elevator, her lover (human) steps out and approaches her

And visit his only true love / And they danced all the night
They embrace and he holds her, moving slowly to the music

And he looked in her eyes of porcelain ice
Close up of the faces - he's obviously sad

And told her that he had to go
At "he had to go" his lips mouth "I have to go"

Over the moonlight where your dreams can't be sold / And you never grow old
He mouths this along with the music, although slightly out of sync so it seems more speech-like than song-like

The repeated piano signature kicks in, and he walks away, looking back over his shoulder before the elevator doors shut on the boomcrash at the end of the chorus.

And after her love disappeared / the mannequin waited for years
Mandy walks along the dusty glass front, singing as he watches the still mannequins. He notices one male mannequin standing alone while all the others are coupled.

She stood by the window alone / and wished for her love to come home
She stands by the window alone, slumping and becoming lifeless again

And although he never returned / no matter how long that she yearned
Silhouette of her lifeless body, as well as shots of the empty department store, not a movement anywhere

She still heard him whisper her name / and she danced all the same
Slow fading montage of female mannequin dancing as the seventeenth floor becomes dustier and older in time

And he looked in her eyes of porcelain ice / and told her that he had to go / over the moonlight / where your dreams can't be sold / and you never grow old
Mandy walks slowly along the store front singing. The lonely male mannequin comes to life and watches him mournfully yet hopefully. The two make eye contact briefly, then Mandy looks away. Cut back to lonely female mannequin as chorus repeats. She droops sadly...

Repeat of piano signature
She was left all alone / looking for love / spent her time carrying the dance (not sure about this lyric..)
The mannequins in the store's ground floor slowly come to life, approach their partners and begin to dance slowly, all in unison. The male mannequin doesnt dance, he just watches Mandy sing. The female mannequin on her floor slumps at the window...

Zither-sounding thing comes in, sad interlude
She turns suddenly - the lights above the elevator come on. The floors begin to light up in turn, up to 17.. she watches, straightening up, and the doors open...

And he looked in her eyes of porcelain ice / and told her that he had to go / over the moonlight / where your dreams can't be sold / and you never grow old
Her lover steps out - but it's not her lover, it's a mannequin who resembles him - same clothes, face, etc. He puts out his hand. She takes it and they begin to dance. They step into the elevator together

Piano/string signature
They emerge on the ground floor and dance into the centre of the ball, lit up somehow so they stand out from all the other couples. The ball progresses. The lonely male moves towards the wall sadly.

And the whole world will fall / for the mannequin ball (repeated)
Mandy sings this, watching the main couple dance, tears in his eyes. Soon his attention turns to the male mannequin. The mannequin lifts his head and gazes out at Mandy. He holds up his wooden hand, palm up, an invitation. Mandy blinks away tears, shakes his head and steps away from the window. The mannequin's hand falters and drops to his side. He stares longingly as Mandy disappears into the night beyond the glass, then turns away..

Repeated piano/string signature until end
As he turns he sees another male mannequin standing beside him - this one resembles Mandy, same clothes, etc. He holds out his hand to the lonely one and slowly they join hands, embrace, then begin to dance. They too are emphasised by the light, and they join the dancing couple in the centre of the ball. As the song ends, the two couples dance in their own worlds of bliss.

The song ends
The sun rises and all the mannequins become lifeless. Light pours into the abandoned store and we see all the couples standing together, our main mannequins holding their respective partners, locked together in happiness forever.
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