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In this session we are going to focus on the narrative elements. When we speak about films we, more often than not, mean narrative films — films that tell a story.
Because stories are all around us in life, literature, other films we will approach a narrative film with a great many existing expectations. This session will consider how narrative form engages the viewer in this dynamic activity. Although causality and time and space is central to narrative, films may also make use of different principles, such as parallelism, whereby two separate lines of action are intercut in order to allow us to compare and contrast.
Network narratives Pulp Fiction, Babel, Crash, etc — which show parallel lines of action and conceal causal links — are also increasingly popular. In order to make sense of narrative, it is first essential for us to clarify the distinction between story and plot.
Story and Plot The plot of a film is the explicit presentation of narrative story events along with additional non-diegetic material credits, score, etc. Cause and Effect Usually the agents of cause and effect are characters.
Characters — who may be flat or well-rounded — have particular traits attitudes, skills, habits, tastes, psychological drives, etc.
Although characters usually provide the causal impetus in a film this is not always the case: As human beings, we naturally seek to connect events by way of cause and effect — we look for causal motivation. Sometimes apparently minor details can, in fact, play major causal roles. Filmmakers can choose when to suppress causes detective films, etc.
Indeed, some films can deny us knowledge of causes or effects even at the end leading us to speculate. As such, time is one of the central components which the filmmaker has at his disposal.
Unlike in the real world, time can be compressed, stretched, and can run both forwards and backwards. Often past and present are alternated and flashbacks may themselves be presented out of chronological order. Indeed, even entire narratives can be presented in reverse chronological order e.
This reordering of events, by way of the plot structure, can can add elements of surprise, suspense, and emphasis to a story. At a more specific level, screen duration can expand stretch relationshipcontract summary relationshipor remain faithful real time to story time.
By far the most common of these is the summary relationship whereby a particular plot event e. Repetition can also be employed to emphasise the significance of a particular event. Space Plot can lead us to infer other story spaces than those presented to us on screen.
Screen space bears a similar relationship to plot space that screen duration does to plot duration.
The portion of the plot that lays out important story events and character traits in the opening situation is called the exposition. There is no set pattern of development but some common ones are the goal orientated and investigation plots.
Time and space can also provide plot patterns.
Films can combine various patterns of development — as a film trains the viewer in its particular form, viewer expectations become more and more precise. The middle portion of a film may cause suspense or surprise by delaying or cheating our expectations: The ending of a film will typically seek to resolve causal issues that have run through the film by way of a climax, creating tension or suspense and formal resolution, which will result in emotional satisfaction.
Some films, however, are intentionally anticlimactic. In such films we do not receive causal closure and are left uncertain about causes and effects. This particular form may encourage us to imagine for ourselves what happens next or to reflect upon other ways in which our expectations have been fulfilled.
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The most important factors that enter into narration involve the range and depth of story information that the plot presents. Range of Story Information: Unrestricted narration is when the viewer knows more than the character but seldom everythingwhich helps build suspense.
Restricted narration limits the viewer to what characters know or less?'It is important to see beyond narrative voice when judging a text.' Unless a story is written from someone's point of view there is no story. Within literature, two commonly used viewpoints are First person and Third person limited.
All people see is that I'm freezing up.
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This is the second in the month-long series I’m going to be running, featuring important writing techniques I learned or had reinforced while I was writing my dieselpunk novel Storming (coming December 4th). Although narrative voice is something I’ve always been conscious of, it was literally a revelation for me in writing this book.
The Holocaust has scarred us, a yetzer hara (sneaky bastard of a voice in our heads), that keeps trying to tell us how we are defined by our past, controlled by events that happened to us, instead of using those moments as points of growth.
Nov 12, · Narrative voice is an essential element throughout any novel. At its core, this literary element is often used as a tool of persuasion, or dissuasion, that can encourage a reader to be compassionate toward one character and judgmental depending on the overall goal of the author.