Ana muses about a technique for opening stories
In his great little book, Hooked, Les Egerton discusses techniques for hooking a reader on page one and never letting them go.
In the early 1900s, silent films adopted the techniques used in novels. Novels were expected to have lyrical transitions that explained the next scene would be set, so "Meanwhile, Back On The Ranch..." appeared on the big screen explaining where the next scene would be set.
In 1960, French film director Jean-Luc Goddard changed everything about how films and novels were structured. He invented the Jump Cut out of financial necessity. He'd shot eight thousand meters of film, and his producers allowed only five thousand meters. He had to drastically cut the film or it would not be financially viable, so he and his editor cut the transition scenes.
Some critics hated it, but some loved it, and love prevailed.
We know now to open stories with action, close as possible to the Inciting Incident. Television and movies have trained readers to expect action, not descriptions, on the first page. Backstory is to be doled out through the story, not be the opening chapter.
All because a director had more footage than allowed.