PREVIEW AND SYNOPSIS
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The following description is designed to give you a sense of the
style and structure of the video.
The BREAD COMES TO LIFE video begins by showing many of the varieties
of bread and the ingredients from which it is made. The story then
focuses on a baker who grows wheat in his backyard garden, threshes
and mills the grain, and uses the resulting flour to make a loaf
of bread in his own kitchen. The film then turns to large-scale
bread production: a wheat harvest on a farm, the inside workings
of a huge flour mill, and a behind-the-scenes look at a commercial
bakery. It concludes with a montage of all kinds of people baking
bread and all kinds of creatures – even cows – enjoying
Scene by Scene Description
Here is a detailed outline, scene-by-scene, of the style and structure
of the film with some sample text and photos.
||Scene 1 (30 seconds): The film opens with an animation
of planet-shaped bread flying through space and zooming in
on a lump of pulsating dough. Letters, made out of bread
dough, emerge and arrange into the title: BREAD COMES TO
LIFE. A hand wearing a white glove enters the frame and picks
up one of the letters and lifts it to the camera as Lily
Tomlin says "Bread". From here the story
unfolds to reveal the entire cycle of the process of creating
||Scene 2(1.5 minutes): An introduction to the many shapes,
types, and sizes of bread, each appearing on screen by themselves
or with people as they are named. Sample text: "Thin
bread, twin bread. Diced bread, sliced bread. Bread with
holes, dinner rolls. Soft squishy fluff bread, hard day-old
||Scene 3 (1 minute): The nature of dough and the things
you can do with it. Sample text: "Dough is a springy
jiggly lump that’s fun to poke and thump. Squish it.
Stretch it. Squash it. Squeeze it. Slam it. Toss it."
||Scene 4 (1 minute): The mystery of yeast with very close-up
shots of yeast dividing and producing bubbles in expanding
dough. Sample text: "Watch that dough stretch and
grow as busy yeast doubles and doubles, blowing it up with
thousands of bubbles."
||Scene 5 (1 minute): Grinding wheat into flour followed
by a very close-up look at a grain of wheat. Sample text: "Each
grain of wheat even looks like the bread we eat".
||Scene 6 (4 minutes): A white-gloved baker plants, tends,
harvests, and threshes wheat in his backyard garden. "When
the crop is ripe and old, the stalks are bowed and streaked
with gold. And every head of wheat contains many tiny finished
||Scene 7 (4 Minutes): The same baker then "heads
for his kitchen with his hands just itchin’ to bring
some breads to life." He grinds up his harvested
grain into flour and mixes, kneads and bakes it into a
loaf of whole wheat bread.
||Scene 8 (5.5 minutes): The story moves to large-scale bread
production: "It all begins on farms where nature’s
charm fills up fields that yield bushels of wheat." After
showing a combine harvesting a large field of wheat, the
viewers visit a huge mill that "grinds and sifts
a million pounds of flour every twenty four hours." The
camera then moves inside a commercial bakery where "all
through the night, bakers dressed in white are on the go
doing what it takes to make the bread we know."
||Scene 9 (1 minute): The conclusion shows the extent to
which the world is occupied with making bread, the ability
of very young people to make it, and how it is food for all
kinds of creatures, including cows! Sample text: "Day
and night, around the clock, in a story that never stops. … And
whatever shape it finally takes, no matter the place where
it finally bakes, everyday we are blessed with a mountain
of bread. … It’s the staff of life. May all be