“After The Storm” music video.

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Some years ago after hearing this song it started to tell a story in my head. I don’t really know how it came there or how it evolved into this. As I listened to the song it turned into the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ from the disciples perspective. I was listening to a playlist this Easter morning and the song came on again. I realized I never shared this so I figured why not.

“After The Storm”

And after the storm,
I run and run as the rains come
And I look up, I look up,
on my knees and out of luck,
I look up.

Night has always pushed up day
You must know life to see decay
But I won’t rot, I won’t rot
Not this mind and not this heart,
I won’t rot.

And I took you by the hand
And we stood tall,
And remembered our own land,
What we lived for.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

And now I cling to what I knew
I saw exactly what was true
But oh no more.
That’s why I hold,
That’s why I hold with all I have.
That’s why I hold.

And I won’t die alone and be left there.
Well I guess I’ll just go home,
Oh God knows where.
Because death is just so full and man so small.
Well I’m scared of what’s behind and what’s before.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

And here is the rough script beat by beat.

  • Fade in
  • Dark clouds above. Rain is letting up. There’s a shot of rain hitting a puddle. A cross is reflected in it.
  • Song Starts
  • “And after the storm…” Disciple #1 walks up the hill through a mass of spectators.
  • “And I look up…” Disciple #1 drops to his knees.
  • Shot of #1 kneeling before two feet pinned to wood.
  • “On my knees and out of luck…” Shot of #1 looking up at Jesus and crying.
  • “Night has always pushed…” Shot of #1 turning around and looking at all the crying/angry spectators. Jesus’ body is being taken off the cross in the background. Light begins to come through the dark clouds.
  • “You must know life to see decay…” Shot of guards looking guilty.
  • “I won’t rot…” Shot of #1 looking at the guards with a look of anger.
  • “Not this mind and not this heart…” Shot of #1’s emotions letting up. (He bites his anger because he knows it’s not right/ takes in his frustration.)
  • #1 walks up to Mary M. who is crying.
  • “I took you by the hand.” #1 grabs Mary’s hand.
  • “And we stood tall.” Mary stands and leans against #1 crying”
  • “Remembered our own land.” extreme wide shot of #1 and Mary walking down the hill. (The whole location can be seen with the city in the background behind the hill.
  • (Brief instrumental part up to “There will come a time you’ll see”) Shot of #1 pushing forward a box and stepping onto it.
  • “With no more tears and love will not…” Shot of #1 preaching these words as a sermon.
  • Shot of people gathering to listen to #1.
  • “…over your hill and see what you find there…” Cut to Mary M. at Jesus’ grave in the garden.
  • Mary approaches the grave and stone has been removed.
  • (Brief instrumental part) Show Mary’s shocked face then a bright reflection shines on her.
  • (Brief instrumental part cont’d.) Cut to Mary running away from the site
  • Cut to Mary telling the disciples.
  • Shot of Thomas in denial.
  • “Now I cling to what I knew…” Shot of Thomas denying it to the other apostles.
  • “Saw exactly what was true” Shot of a light appearing in the room. Thomas is shocked.
  • “Oh no more..” Shot of Thomas approaching Jesus with his hand out.
  • “That’s why I hold, That’s why I hold…” Shot of Thomas touching the wounds and weeping.
  • “…And I will die alone…” Panning shot of Judas’ corpse hanging from a tree on a deserted road.
  • “I guess I’ll just go home…” Shot of Judas in the afterlife. Flames before him His expression is of loss and fear.
  • “Oh God knows where…” Shot of a blinding bright Jesus in front of Judas.
  • “And man so small..” Shot of Judas dropping at Jesus’ feet crying.
  • “Scared of what’s behind…” Shot of Judas knelt and Jesus’ feet with flames reflecting on his back.
  • “and what’s before…” Jesus leans down and places his hand on Judas. (the flames behind him fade due to the brightness of Jesus.
  • Jesus speaks to Judas. “There will come a time you’ll see…”
  • Shot of Judas calmed.
  • Shot of Jesus as he continues. “…with no more tears…”
  • “…and love will not break…” Shot of Jesus walking in a large field with all the disciples.
  • For “but dismiss you’re fears” till “what you find there with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair” cut back and forth between shots of Jesus leading the disciples and close ups of the disciples saying their goodbyes.
  • “And there will come a time you’ll see” The second the drum beats when the chorus is sung again Jesus’ feet lift off the ground.
  • For the remainder of the lyrics cut back and forth between the disciples’ reactions watching and Jesus ascending to the heavens.
  • After the word “hair” Shot of Jesus disappearing into the clouds.
  • Shot of golden sunshine coming through the clouds (For the final drums.)
  • (For the final bass line) Extreme wide shot from above. (Helicopter shot) of all the disciples looking up. They are standing scattered in the rough shape of a cross.
  • Fade to black.
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