Narrative Notes - Narrative Notes STORY/PLOT The Story is a...

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Narrative Notes  STORY/PLOT The Story is a pattern which viewers create through assumptions and influences. Ideally it can  be embodied in a verbal synopsis. The Story is not the profilmic event. It is never materially  present on the screen or soundtrack. The Plot is the presentation of the story in the film. The  Plot arranges the story events according to specific principles. STYLE Style is the film’s use of cinematic  devices. Style interacts with the Plot in various ways through  mise en scene, editing, cinematography and sound.  Style and Plot are concerned with different  aspects of the film. Plot is concerned with the drama. Style is concerned with the technique/s.  In most classical films, the Plot (drama) controls the style (technique). But this does not mean  that style is just a vehicle for plot.  There are many techniques that can be used for the same  purpose in the plot.  For example, the plot may require two events to be seen by the viewer as  occurring at the same time. This can be done in a number of ways: crosscutting; split screen;  staging the two actions in depth; using an object in the setting such as a radio or television, 
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course SAC 236 taught by Professor Cohen during the Winter '07 term at University of Michigan.

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