Narratives and Meaning

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Narratives and Meaning 09/06/07 Narrative Design Planning/Constructing a story. Stories  are  constructions; someone is making choices. Story o All events explicitly presented in the film as well as events implied in  the film. o For example:  Rushmore - Mrs. Cross’ husband’s death is part of the  story, but not so much the plot. Plot o Things picked out of the story. o The main/more important aspects. Diegetic o From/in the world of the film. o If a character can feel it, hear it, touch it, experience it, etc. o Breaking the fourth wall. o Music characters listen to (i.e., on a boom box or in a car; Blazing  Saddle’s orchestra in the desert.) Extra Diegetic o Not part of the world the characters are in. o For example… Scoring. Subtitles, titles, credits, etc. If diegetic music transitions into another scene, it becomes extra  diegetic.
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Classic Structure of Hollywood Movie Aristotilian theory o Standard of Hollywood screenplays. o Every story has to have a beginning, a middle, an end. o Three Acts First Act Exposition Characters; setting. Protagonist has an obstacle or goal to overcome  or achieve. Typically takes the first 30 minutes. Second Act Development. Problem reaches climax, ending the second act at  around minute 70/75. Third Act Resolution o Organization Linear Construction Not necessarily chronological. Causal logic; cause-effect. They can jump around in time, but still has the causal  correlation. Usually, each scene causes the next scene to happen.
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Domino effect. Scene A causes Scene B which causes Scene C,  etc. Episodic For example,  Rushmore, Crash, Nashville. Not every scene has an effect on the next; no causal  correlation. Thematic/Contextual Primary organization of the film is based on a theme. Theme- what cuts are based on. Documentary, experimental. For example,  Heaven . The theme is afterlife, and that is  how the movie moves around. o Elements Characters Protagonist Good guy Antagonist Bad guy Or, as in Twister, bad thing, ie. The twister itself. Round character Character that can be described with many  adjectives or traits. Usually, major characters because they are given  more screen time to be able to develop different  traits. Flat characters
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One trait. Usually minor characters because they  are given less screen time and thus have less of a  chance to show different traits. Exceptions- ie, in Sin City all the characters are 
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