SUFFER // LYDIA BRITTAN
MUSIC VIDEO SYNOPSIS // PITCH
The song Suffer is the story of a woman who was wronged by her lover and sought revenge. The tones of this music video are dark, moody, emotive, and stark. When listening to the song you feel the rage in Lydia's voice. That rage and darkness will come out in this video as a complement to the song.
Throughout the song we see Lydia singing in three different scenes. Beginning with her silhouetted behind fabric (see Reference #1 below). As the song progresses, we begin to see her in these different locations, each one representing a different thread in the story of the song. The second scene we reveal her in (Reference #2) is very closeup shots of Lydia against a mirror, cringing and squirming at the touch of her silhouetted lover behind her. The third location (Reference #3) is of Lydia in shoulder-deep water, soaking wet and slightly hunched over.
Scene 1 represent's Lydia's solitude and isolation. Scene 2 represents the brokenness of her relationship. Scene 3 represents the resolution of her situation.
In addition to the locations of Lydia actually singing the song, we also tell the story of the song by intercutting imagery of what happened in the relationship. We start by cutting to imagery of photos on a wall/shelf of a happy couple, wedding, etc. The camera moves slowly through their home in a single shot and begins to reveal it's completely trashed. We see evidence of a massive fight that recently took place. There are broken things all over the floor, photos of Lydia's lover with a different woman, a steaming teapot on the stove, a bloody skillet on the ground with food laying nearby, etc.
Eventually we leave the home and are outside. We see what looks like evidence that a body was drug through the dirt, along with small puddles of blood along the way. We then arrive to a shed where it looks like someone was chained up and various torture-tools on ground (hammer, bat, wrench, etc.).
We leave the shed and follow tractor tire tracks in the dirt and arrive to a tractor with chains tied behind it, parked next to some water. The chains are bloody and next to the tractor we see chains around the bottom of a tree trunk as if someone was chained to it not long ago. This is where the visuals of the story end.
The video ends with Lydia walking off-camera in Reference 3 and body floating up in water right where she was standing (she drowned him).
Basically this is a spin on Jeremy's idea. It tells a very similar story without showing it actually happening. It leaves more to the imagination and also allows us to focus more on Lydia's performance of the song in the three singing scenes. Another really strong aspect to this direction is it presents a mystery. Throughout the whole song you are seeing that someone was hurt but you don't know who until the very end when Lydia steps away to reveal the body of her lover floating the the water.