Master of New Media

S&I Assessment 3: No Direction Home

In the two-minute opening scene of ‘no direction home’ by Martin Scorsese, the first clip is Bob Dylan’s concert scene.  This is Bob Dylan began to be famous or his heyday, from this scene edited by Thelma Schoonmaker, it will allow the audience to quickly think of this documentary is about the life of Bob Dylan and his impact on 20th-century American popular music and culture.  Next, the music suddenly stops, the scene switches to the snowy woods.  I think this is a strong contrast with the concert scene and the grey and quiet woods, not only in the sound but also in the colour also appeared in a great contrast.  The consequent, Bob’s voice begin to introduce with the background music ‘Drifting too far from the shore’, and the title ‘Many Years Earlier’ appears in the middle of the frame.  All of the features as a signal to the audience, his story is about to begin.

The old house and Bob’s childhood photo are presented in the frame respectively with narration by Bob Dylan.  It is a start that he recalls his childhood memories, including his view of the song and how he was influenced by music.  Just because of a guitar and an old record player.  I think these things pave the way for his music achievement in the future.  This is the common way to be used in the biography of the documentary, such as Elon Musk: How I Became The Real ‘Iron Man’.

Then Bob Dylan introduces the situation in the past.  Through the past videotape to describe the impact of the development of the mineral industry in that era.  The past videotape, like evidence, can truly reflect the situation at the time.  After that, Bob comes to the job of his brother and father.  This is an introductory way of describing social phenomena and family background, and the audience is easily brought into his story.

Although I have not seen this complete documentary, I believe that the main content of the documentary is focused on the impact of music on him and the influence of Bob’s music in that era.  In the subsequent content may introduce the difference between the family work and Bob’s musical career will have a negative impact on Bob.  In addition, the story will show his accomplishments or changes according to different time periods.  I think these things can be drawn in the rest of the film through this the opening scene.


Bloomberg 2014, Elon Musk: How I Became The Real ‘Iron Man’, YouTube, 10 Jun, Bloomberg Risk Takers, United States, viewed 30 May 2017, < >.

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