Our video opens on a car sitting alone in an abandoned area. No music, just ambient sound. The camera slowly pushes in on the car. We cut to a waist up shot behind a woman walking towards the car. Clad in all black and a roughed up leather jacket, she carries a large duffle bag at her side. She gets to the car and pops the trunk, dropping the bag inside and gets in the drivers seat. She starts the car and turns on the radio. We hear static as she tunes her dial. We hear a news broadcast about;
“A recent breach on government headquarters where ‘resistance fighters’ stole classified data and compromised the national well-being. Authorities are now on the lookout for a young woman considered armed and dangerous, etc etc etc…”.
It’s clear they are referring to Jillette. This is not a democracy. The world has become a brutal fear-based dictatorship and that’s clear. She turns the dial again. She lands on the intro to ‘Flip A Coin’. We hear it as if it’s coming from the speakers.
She drives off and the track rises as the ambient sounds fade. She drives and drives. Over highways, onto country roads. She clearly has a destination in mind. We cut back and forth to her singing along and her just driving (not singing), carefully picking our moments to make things feels a bit more story driven than creating an obvious performance.
She arrives at her destination; a cabin in the woods. She grabs her bag from the trunk and walks inside. Sitting down she pulls out a computer and plugs in a thumb drive. We don’t see her screen in detail or what she’s doing but allude to her releasing or sending off this “classified data” to someone. It could be to the public, to a friend but it’s not the focus.
Throughout these interior cabin moments we see shots where she’s singing the lyrics of the song. Never turning into a full on performance it’s always almost as if she’s talking/singing to herself. We want the viewer to stay in her world and not remember this is a music video.
Night has come and we cut our camera to a handful of solider types moving in from the woods. Tactical gear, machine guns, and masks. We see them coming for the house, Jillette seemingly ten steps ahead and not worried at all. She sits in the middle of the room, the news on the television showing exterior shots of the house. This is big. We begin to see lasers (red or green depending on desired look) cut through windows and into the house. A light haze highlighting every beam. She closes her eyes and everything seems to fade away.
Our camera follows her as she stands up, grabs something from her bag and walks out the front door. She steps outside, soldiers shouting, lights in her face and her body covered in scope lasers. They tell her to drop “it” over and over. We still don’t see what she’s holding. She slowly raises both of her arms into a cross above her head when gunfire erupts. Cutting to her face it’s clear she’s been shot. Her eyes begin to fade as she falls to the ground. We see clips from the television, cutting frantically back and forth between reality and the screen. A soldier pushes his hand in front of the camera and the nation loses picture. As our camera slowly moves towards Jillette we see her lying, shirt soaked in blood, dead. The camera slowly moves over to reveal what she was holding…two yellow roses, one in each hand. The camera holds as the music fades out and returns to ambient sound.
We unexpectedly cut to a young man sitting in his room. He’s sitting on the edge of a couch/bed glued to his television. He’s witnessing the broadcast before it was cut off. We see the look on his face begin to change. Jillette, through her sacrifice against a corrupt world, seems to have inspired change. She showed that an idea can never be killed, only strengthened.
We push in on our young mans face when all of a sudden he looks directly into the lens.
Cut to black.
DIRECTORS NOTES: Overall, this isn’t a promotion for violent resistance or justifying either side of the fight. This is all about an idea. An idea that people deserve to live with free press, free speech, and to make their own decisions. An allegory about fear (the government) and breaking away from that (resistance fighters) to embrace transparency and non-violent means to an end. The focus is much less on taking a side and more on the idea of living or dying for something greater than yourself. For the good and well-being of your fellow man.
Also, through research we made sure to avoid using any hand gestures and/or colors that could symbolize or be confused with resistance movements or ideals that are violent or divisive in nature. Yellow is a universal symbol for peaceful protests and has been for decades. The hands up/arms crossed is a peaceful symbol used around the world to promote democracy, freedom, and demonstrating to authorities that you do not have a weapon or intend to harm.