BBC Learning Zone Clips

CLIP 6531

Story Opening

Story Opening
Key Info
  • Story Opening
  • Duration: 00:34
  • Four different scenes from the same area, introducing a range of characters. They appear linked but it is not clear why. A young man, an older man, a couple sitting in a car and a young woman are introduced. The sound track is upbeat and reminiscent of the blues.
  • Subject:



    Media: Moving Image

  • Keywords: TellingStories, sound track, film, scene, shot, composition, structure, paragraph, planning, beginning
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful as an introduction to composition in media. After planning the beginning of a story in which characters are introduced in the first chapter, students could then translate this into a 30 second film, in which the characters are introduced and linked implicitly. No words are spoken. The music soundtrack can be changed to see how this alters the mood of the opening. Develop a narrative to go with this clip as a voice over.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.