In my imaginary surf movie, this would be the first shot. Rather plain, no waves, but plenty of room in the frame for a title like "Modyssey" or something more contemporary like "Hipsters Unleashed 3". A rather laid back vibe would slowly start creeping out of the speakers. This would be the second shot, as I establish mise-en-scene as the French film critics in Cahiers du Cinema were want to say.
"What matters in a film
is the desire for order,
the placing of actors and objects,
the movements within the frame,
the capturing of a moment or look...
Mise en scene is nothing
other than the technique
invented by each director
to express the idea
the specific quality of his work."
Of course there would be surfing footage. Eventually It's a surf movie after all. This post is for my fellow traveller and student of cinematic discourse, Mark. Soon holidays, buddy.