RTF 317 � NARRATIVE STRATEGIES

RTF 317 � NARRATIVE STRATEGIES - RTF 317 NARRATIVE...

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Unformatted text preview: RTF 317 NARRATIVE STRATEGIES 15/01/2008 15:29:00 Jan 15 1. Short: Difference between Narrative and Narration in Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962) 2. 3. Narrative: story itself 4. Narration: process of telling story 5. 6. Jan 17 7. COURSE PACKETS ARE READY AT IT COPY 512 w. MLK -- it copy 8. 9. group reading outlines due Sunday night by midnight by email. The Mechanics of Narrative and Classical Hollywood Cinema, or Why Its Really Hard to Be Free of The Matrix Formula 1. Narrative: (casualty + time + space) 1. Chain of events in cause-effect relationship occurring in time and space 2. Made up of plot and story i. STORY: all events in a narrative both explicit and inferred (how it happened, what we see and what we dont see) ii. PLOT: everything visibly and audibly present in the film (what happened, what we see even the credits and the score of the film) 3. Cause and effect characteristics i. Characters drive the action, driving the narrative ii. Events motivates the characters to do what they do, planted in the scene iii. Motivation 4. Time i. Temporal order the way the narrative is created through time ii. Story duration versus plot duration story time exists both before and after. Plot time is the time that is depicted only what is pertinent to the story. iii. Screen duration running time of the film 5. Space i. Events occur in specific locales ii. Screen space (what is in the frame) vs. offscreen space (what you dont see) 2. Narratives within Classical Hollywood Cinema 1. The Rules of CHC Narrative i. Action will primarily spring from individual characters as casual agents (PROTAGONISTS) (generally is a person) 1. Dependent upon personal psychological causes (decisions) 2. DESIRE is key motivating factor usually driven by a goal ii. Goal oriented protagonist is blocked by counterforce opposition iii. Protagonist must seek to CHANGE the situation so the goal can be achieved 2. The Rules of CHC Time i. Time is subordinate to cause-effect chain 1. Devices used to make plot depend upon cause-effect a. Appointment (encounters) b. Deadline (plot duration demonstrated) 3. Tendency toward objective story realities and unrestricted narration 4. CLOSURE at end Jan 22 Narrative: the anatomy of a scene within CHC story event : creates meaningful change in the life situation of a character that is expressed and experienced in terms of a value and achieved through conflict story values : universal qualities of human experience that may shift from positive to negative, or negative to positive from one moment to next (alive/dead;...
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RTF 317 � NARRATIVE STRATEGIES - RTF 317 NARRATIVE...

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