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A plane crash on 14 November 1970 kills all 75 people on board. Cue: 13:00 - 16:20 mins

Storyboard Text

  • Extreme Long Shot
  • Sound
  • Screech!
  • Mid Shot Tracking Hand-held Cam.
  • Fire burns in the woods and firefighters arrive. This is important because it shows the extent of the crash. The fire is extensive and many people are arriving showing how close the community is.
  • Slo Mo and Sound
  • Nate and Tommy arrive at the scene after hitching a ride from town. The abrupt screech of the brakes reveals just how quickly they were travelling. This is important because it shows how eager they are to see what is happening.
  • Over-The-Shoulder Close-Up Shot
  • Nate and Tommy run closer to the plane. This is important because it creates a sense of chaos, panic and commotion at the crash site. Everyone runs as they are anxious to find out if their friends/players are alive or not. They overhear: "There is no front of the plane."
  • Dissolve and Sound
  • "Paul's dialogue is unanswered: "Is this our boys' plane?" Fireman #217 picks up something, realises what it is and turns to walk up the hill to the interested spectators.  He is filmed in slow motion and the loud burning fire sounds are muted somewhat as sombre music begins. This is important because it highlights the severity of the situation and the sad mood.
  • The Marshal University playbook is recovered from the fire and handed to Don Dedmon. This is important because it confirms that it is their flight that crashed. Perhaps it is symbolic of the only thing that survived. There is also almost no sound.
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  • The shot of the plane burning dissolves slowly to the exterior of the church on campus where many people have gathered for support. We hear crying and chatter. This is important because it connects the tragedy with the need to have faith now and in the coming days and months.
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