Music Video Treatment: Treat You Better Ashworth Remix
The first time I heard this song, it was a suggested track on Spotify from a playlist of songs I want to write treatments for which includes the original version of "Treat You Better" by Shawn Mendes. What struck me about this version was how different a story came to mind for me in comparison to the one I had for the original. Not that it didn't essentially have the same theme of one potential partner being a better match for the singer's object of affection or that the tempo didn't suggest a dance video. Rather what I could not get out of my head was essentially remixing the remix.
As I mentioned in the treatment, most of us have experienced what it is like to be put into the "Friend Zone". Whether you have decided to look at this situation as a complete loss or you have looked at it as gaining another friend is entirely up to the individual. In the event we've chosen the former, sometimes we spend so long in that space that we don't know if there are opportunities to take to get out of it or we fear what will happen if we do. That person has become an integral part of our lives and choosing to change that dynamic is not always irreversible should that individual not reciprocate our feelings. But what if the person on the other side of the Friend Zone border feels the same way?
When I listened to this addictive track on repeat, the lyrics changed in my mind and eventually I started to sing the altered version in my head in which the chorus is the point of view of someone who knows they are in the wrong relationship but the right one is with her best friend who has not shown her that he has romantic interest in her. So instead of telling him how she feels out loud, she stops time in her mind and proclaims her love for him in secret. Given that the verses are essentially his internal monologue, we as the audience would know that he harbors the same feelings for her and that the only real obstacles to their relationship are the barriers they've built in their minds and the only thing needed to remedy the situation is a drop of courage from either side.
What do you envision when you listen to the song? What are your thoughts on the music video treatment? Let me know in the comments below.