Up to now, the play’s been defined by what the quarterback sees. It’s about to be defined by what he doesn’t.
Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.
Over Thanksgiving break, I had the opportunity to watch The Blind Side, a movie I’ve been meaning to watch since it came out in 2009. It is now on my list of all-time favorite movies.
I love The Blind Side for its exceptional casting, acting, portrayal of a true story, and cinematography. The word “monologue” may remind some of Hamlet’s famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy, but I have to say the opening monologue of this movie is equally captivating. The director casually drops the title of the movie only a couple of minutes in, immediately dictating the course of the movie and its focus clear to viewers.
“Now…the highest paid player on an NFL team is the quarterback…more often than not, the second-highest paid player is…a left tackle. Because, as every housewife knows, the first check you write is for the mortgage but the second is for the insurance. And the left tackle’s job is to protect the quarterback from what he can’t see coming. To protect his blind side.“
Bam. We’ve been sucked into the movie by the title drop. You just kind of know that this is going to be good.
I love that the movie begins and ends with a monologue. The opening monologue sets the scene with a flashback to Lawrence Taylor’s famous play that ended the career of legendary quarterback Joe Theismann. The ending monologue conclusively ties the story back to Lawrence Taylor and the position of offensive tackle.
When creating videos for my school’s broadcast journalism class, even just simple sports highlight reels, I like to tell a story. I want viewers to see everything. The game isn’t everything. There’s much more to a sport than a couple hours of gameplay. The Blind Side does an extremely good job of telling a story.
When creating a work of art, be a storyteller. Include everything. Every little detail. Captivate your audience so much that they’re worried if they blink, they’ll miss something important, like a quarterback getting sacked in the blink of an eye. Protect your blind side by capturing and paying attention to everything, not just what’s within your scope.