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Unformatted text preview: Narrative Structure l. Traditional Three—act structure 1) Act 1: Introduces characters, goals, conflicts, and ends with a turning point which causes a shift to Act 2. The main character (protagonist) modifies the methods to obtain their goals or changes goals altogether. Act 2: Involves conflict. The protagonist meets obstacles, possibly caused by an antagonist. These obstacles increase in number and complexity leading to the major turning point, referred to as the climax. Act 3: Presents the denonernent, a series of events that resolve the conflicts that have arisen (not always happily). When the concluding events (the conclusion) tie up loose ends, leaving no unanswered questions, the film provides closure. I. F our Act Structure A. Film Scholar, Kristin Thompson argues that both classical and contemporary Hollywood films exhibit a four-part structure. 1. The parts (roughly equal in length) are separated by turning points linked to character goals. 2. In the Introduction the initial. turning point, followed by a complicating action. This leads to a central turning point, at the Midway point. - After the Midpoint, the character clearly struggles to attain goals that leads to a climax, followed by the resolution and. the epilogue (a section or speech at the end of a play that leads to the conclusion. and sometimes makes a comment on the work). .433” 5. The main difference is that the Four Act Structure locates a turning point Midway “the dead center” of the film (roughly approxirn ately 60 minuets into the film). B. Second Point ll. Supporting Point: UCLA Professor Howard Suber’s research confirms this analysis. He observed a centripetal movement toward this midway point. At this point something occurs for the protagonist that creates a centrifugal movement or movement directed outward from the center that leads to a climax. It can be subtle as in the film, Ordinary People where a meeting with a psychologist creates a turning point that allows the antagonist to begin to break through some of his issues. ll. Conclusion: Narrative Form A narrative is usually a series of events that occurs in space and time that focus on human characters, their struggles and the obstacles they encounter to attain their goals. The'narrative is framed through both Diegetic and non Diegetic Elements. The Diegesis is the implied world of the story. The non—Diegetic elements are elements such as back story that the audience is aware of but the actors are not (Rosebud in Citizen Kane). Russian Literary theorists created two terms to describe the transformation of a complete, chronological story (the fabula) into an abbreviated, reoganized version of events (the synzhet). The faubla may include the backstory (a character’s formulative experience before the beginning of the synchet. Taken From: Maria Pramaggiore and Tom Wallis’s text, Film: A Critical Introduction, 2nd ed, (2608). Pearson. Howard Saber: UCLA Lecture. 5. The main difference is that the Four Act Structure locates a turning point Midway “the dead center” of the film (roughly approximately 60 minuets into the film). B. Second Point 1. Supporting Point: UCLA Professor Howard Suber’s research confirms this analysis. He observed a centripetal movement toward this midway point. At this point something occurs for the protagonist that creates a centrifugal movement or movement directed outward floor the center that leads to a climax. it can be subtle as in the film, Ordinary People where a meeting with a psychologist creates a turning point that allows the antagonist to begin to break through some of his issues. 11. Conclusion: Narrative Form A narrative is usually a series of events that occurs in space and time that focus on human characters, their struggles and the obstacles they encounter to attain their goals. ' The narrative is framed through both Diegetic and non Diegetic Elements. - The Diegesis is the implied world of the story. The non—Diegetic elements are elements such as back story that the audience is aware of but the actors are not (Rosebud in Citizen Kane). Russian Literary theorists created two terms to describe the transformation of a complete, chronological story (the fabula) into an abbreviated, reoganized version of events (the synzhet). The faubia may include the backstory (a character’s formulative experience before the beginning of the synchet. Taken From: Maria Pramaggiore and Tom Wallis’s text, Film: A Critical Introduction, 2nd ed, (2008). Pearson. Howard Sober: UCLA Lecture. ...
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