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Passage Of Time

Passage Of Time






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    • Structuring time In narrative cinema
    • This is not just about narrative structure….
      • ie. linear v’s non-linear plots.
    • The three elements of time structure….
      • Temporal order
      • Temporal duration
      • Temporal frequency
    • Temporal Order
      • The structuring of events which may include chronological order, flashbacks and/ flash forwards.
    • Temporal duration
      • The manipulation of time from real time to reel time, that is the foreshortening or expansion of time and the length of time events are portrayed on screen.
      • There are a number of codes and conventions to the Temporal duration of time in films.
        • Days, months and years can pass in a quick succession of shots
        • A character can get into a car one scene, and be in their office the next.
        • Fade to black or white, or another transition effect like an iris or a wipe can signify missing time.
        • And costume, makeup or other special effects can advance quickly, telling us time has changed.
      • Usually a combination of real time, foreshortened time and expanded time are used together in a narrative.
    • Temporal frequency
      • Involves the repetition of action from the same or different camera angles. It is another way that emphasis can be given to a particular event. This doesn’t just have to be a “Die Hard” explosion repeated three times…
      • It can also be used to build tension…
      • Or reveal a new perspective of an event from a different characters point of view
    • The effect of all this…
      • Is to create the “beat” or “rhythm” in a film, and you should be able to describe and analyse the way each film’s time is constructed.
      • one of the questions on the past 4 media exams has always focused on time in narrative cinema.