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Carrie Lee

"What You Want"
Evanescence

What You Want” evokes freedom and the fighting spirit of Evanescence’s fierce comeback. The New York cityscape provides an industrial backdrop for the video that embodies where the band has been since the release of their last album. The metropolitan setting echoes their first video for “Bring Me To Life”, but takes it to another level, raising the stakes and placing everything on a grander scale. Shots of the band take place in a small, gritty underground venue packed with a throng of screaming fans. Cut scenes show Amy breaking free from the tightly spaced confines of the city and eventually running across the Brooklyn Bridge, returning to the world as its reigning rock goddess. The video takes place in the early morning darkness, eventually culminating in the hint of a sunrise behind the city skyline as the band gazes across an endless expanse of ocean—it’s the dawn of a new day for Evanescence.


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EXT. NEW YORK CITY – EARLY MORNING DARKNESS

The camera pans over the skyscrapers of New York City as the video begins. Darkness still saturates the city in the pre-dawn hours. Amy’s haunting vocals reverberate between the buildings. The band has been playing to a packed room all night. The camera zooms in a blurred rush and as soon as the guitars come in,

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INT. CROWDED VENUE – PRE-DAWN 0:19

The band is playing a small underground club. The colors are still muted, but bursts of stage lighting flash over the scene. The gritty little venue is reminiscent of Evanescence’s earliest gigs. A fanatic crowd surges against the stage, their tightly packed bodies filling wall-to-wall in a high-energy frenzy. Amy’s hair is long and wind-swept, expressing a wild freedom. She has a dramatic stripe of red make-up across her eyes. The group performs with feverish enthusiasm.

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INT. SUBWAY – PRE-DAWN 0:35

Amy is alone in an empty subway. The lights flicker eerily (a'la horror movie) as she searches for an exit. The camera follows her from behind as she runs her hand along the dirty brick walls that confine her.

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INT. CROWDED VENUE – PRE-DAWN 0:43 Close up on Amy for “Every heart in my hands like a pale reflection”

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INT. STAIRWELL – PRE-DAWN 0:51

Amy is running up a dark, cramped stairwell trying to exit the subway station. She seems slightly paranoid, yet confident and determined.

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INT. CROWDED VENUE – PRE-DAWN 0:55

Another wide shot of the whole band playing to the venue. Individual close-ups of band members.

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EXT. ALLEYWAY – PRE-DAWN 1:07

Amy has escaped the subway to find herself in a tight alleyway with buildings hemming her in on either side. The city is still dark, but streams of light from a few scattered windows and other sources of light cast ominous shadows.

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INT. CROWDED VENUE – PRE-DAWN 1:11

Another wide shot of the whole band playing to the venue. Individual close-ups of band members.

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EXT. ALLEYWAY – PRE-DAWN 1:26

Amy is still walking down the long alleyway, tilted camera angles reflecting her tormented mental state as she struggles to exit the long maze of buildings.

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INT. CROWDED VENUE – PRE-DAWN 1:34

Another wide shot of the whole band playing to the venue. Individual close-ups of band members.

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EXT. New York Streets – PRE-DAWN 1:49

Amy has found her way onto the winding, empty streets of New York in the early morning. She snakes her way through the city’s obstacles.

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INT. CROWDED VENUE – PRE-DAWN 1:58

Another wide shot of the whole band playing to the venue. Individual close-ups of band members.

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EXT. BROOKLYN BRIDGE – DAWN 2:05

(acting, no lip-syncing) As the song reaches its climax, Amy runs across the Brooklyn Bridge. The moment encapsulates her exuberant freedom, her hair streaming behind her. The cables on the bridge create a strobelike effect as the sunrise begins to peek over the city skyline, streaking through the wires. Right as the lyrics hit “forever spiraling” Amy jumps into the air and the video follows her in a slow-motion close-up. “Down, down, down,” with her hair and clothing flapping around her in a surreal and beautiful fall. At 2:36, she hits the pavement hard, landing on all fours like a superheroine.

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INT. CROWDED VENUE – DAWN 2:37

Short close-up of Will’s drumming

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EXT. BELOW BROOKLYN BRIDGE – DAWN 2:40

(acting, no lip-syncing) As she sings “It’s only me” we see Amy where she fell, kneeling with her head down, hair covering her face. The camera zooms into a close-up slowly from the side. She slowly and defiantly lifts her head.

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INT. CROWDED VENUE – PRE-DAWN 2:52

The band is rocking harder than ever and the crowd is in ecstatic chaos. Individual close-ups of band members.

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EXT. BEACH – DAWN 3:17

Amy has made it to the coast. She walks in slow-motion towards the water’s edge with the New York City skyline behind her, the golden rays just peering over the skyscrapers. At 3:24 the camera follows her from behind. She wades into the water. The other band members walk into frame from behind the camera, wading into the water with her. The video ends with the band facing an endless expanse of ocean.

FADE TO BLACK

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