Content Outline & Treatment For Terracotta Warriors Video Content Outline: Introduction: • The Terracotta Army is one of the greatest architectural wonders of the ancient world. • How was this amazing army discovered? Discovery: • Local people were experiencing the annual drought • Almost all of the water would soon be used up in the village. • Men decided to dig a well near the base of a nearby mountain where a local river begins. • Clay head was discovered, then other parts of the soldier. • Later archaeologist came in and discovered more and more clay pieces General Explanatory Facts: • Found four large pits; three of which contained a great clay army of soldiers, horses, chariots, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians. Conclusion: • The discovery of the Terracotta Warriors was an amazing discovery for China and an amazing archeological discovery for the world.
Treatment: The video starts out with a real photograph showing a scene looking over one of the pits full of rows of terracotta soldiers in a battle formation. Chinese folk music plays softy in the background. The narrator begins by stating that the Terracotta Army is one of the greatest architectural wonders of the ancient world due to its vast size and the craftsmanship and detail in their construction. As the narrator speaks the first image fades into several other close up images of individual and small groups of soldiers. A question that needs answering is put forth to the audience: “How was this amazing army discovered?”. The last scene of a soldier fades into a map showing the entire country of China. There is a graphic marker that shows the location of Xi’an, China. The narrator explains that in March of 1974, outside the city of Xi’an, China a small village was experiencing the effects of the annual drought. As he speaks, the view of the map zooms closer and closer to show an areal topographical view of the location of Xi’an and surrounding area and mountains. The map then fades into a picture of a small Chinese village. The narrator continues with the story explaining that all of the water would soon be used up in the village and the people were getting worried. He further explains that a group of men decide to dig a well near the base of a nearby mountain where a local river begins. The picture fades into an animated drawing showing a group of Chinese farmers digging a hole in the ground close to a mountain. Continuing to see the farmers digging, the narrator says the farmers continued to dig for a long time. Then one of the farmers struck something hard. The men believed it to probably be a stone that needed moving and so gathered around to help remove the stone. We then see a still drawn graphic image of a pair of hands holding the clay head of a terracotta warrior over a hole in the ground as the narrator explains. The scene then changes to show the animated digging scene but with the added clay head on the ground.
The narrator explains how the farmers continued digging and found more pieces of clay warrior statues. The scene of the animated farmers digging changes a little by showing clay arms, then legs, and then a torso appearing near the hole. The narrator continues to explain how the farmers realize this is an amazing discovery and soon afterwards Chinese archeologists arrive and begin digging all around. We now see the landscape showing the previously dug hole, farmers, and a group of archeologists all digging. As the people dig, the same landscape changes to show four large pits spread out all over the visible area. Each pit shows hints of clay shards of statues in the earth. The narrator describes how the archeologists and farmers continued digging over the years and found four large pits; three of which contained a great clay army of soldiers, horses, chariots, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians. The scene fades from the four pits into a real picture of the soldiers lined up in a pit. The narrator concludes by stating how the villages search for water brought about a momentous discovery for the Chinese and eventually the rest of the world. Â
Published on Mar 2, 2011
Published on Mar 2, 2011
This is the outline and treatment for a short informal educational video. This would be a video set up in a kiosk at a museum exhibit.