Notes - Narratives and Meaning 09/06/07 Narrative Design

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Unformatted text preview: 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 husbands 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 Saddles orchestra in the desert.) Extra Diegetic/Non 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. 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. 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 One trait. Usually minor characters because they are given less screen time and thus have less of a chance to show different traits....
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Notes - Narratives and Meaning 09/06/07 Narrative Design

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