BBC's soccer commentaries teach us storytelling tools - PART II

 Photography by   Agência Brasil

Photography by Agência Brasil

Soccer, Storytelling and German Movies

Essay by Mark Wachholz and Katti Jisuk Seo (only in German, sorry)

We compared and analyzed the German and the British soccer commentary on the mindblowing game in Belo Horizonte. Why do the Brits thrill us a thousand times more than German Béla Réthy here? What can storytellers and filmmakers learn from the British commentary?

In PART I OCEANS OF SPACE we analyzed how question-answer patterns, character's intentions and future predictions draw the audience in. We found out that the British commentary's courage to interpretation is crucial to thrilling storytelling.


PART II: A Test of Brazilian Character

Read the second part of our analysis to learn how the BBC commentators create the story of a character test, where Brazil have to climb mountains and redefine their goals. Find out how the Brits weave a web of meaning by using metaphors and identifying real dramatic conflicts.