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

Soccer, Storytelling and German Movies

PART III: Falling Apart

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

From "a composed fashion" to a total "shambolic" chaos. This is how the brazilian team changes in BBC's story of the FIFA worldcup semi-final. Read our final part to find out how the British soccer commentary shows us universal mechanisms of the human conditon us by creating deep thematic conflicts.

Read PART III.

In our 3-part analysis, we compared 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?

  Photography by    Agência Brasil

Photography by Agência Brasil

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.

Read PART I

In PART II A TEST OF BRAZILIAN CHARACTER  we found out how the BBC commentators create the story of a character test, where Brazil have to climb mountains and redefine their goals. Learn how the Brits weave a web of meaning by using metaphors and identifying real dramatic conflicts.

Read PART II