This leads on from the last handout you were given HORROR NARRATIVES If you have lost it look on the blog, YOU WILL NEED IT AND YOUR NOTES TO MAKE SENSE OF THIS HANDOUT Make sure you read through the slides we didn’t get to
EXAM PRACTICEthis hand out along with the last will help you to prepare to answer the following question... How far are the storytelling methods used in the films you have studied for this topic typical of their genre?
MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THE QUESTION IS ASKING!• It can help if you write it out in a way that you understand, but make sure you still reference the original question in you answerDiscuss the devices (methods/tools) that are used to communicate the story to you, are these devices typical to the horror genre or not? Look back at the exam question does it make sense now?
WHAT DEVICES ARE USED IN THE FILMS WE HAVE WATCHED? METHOD/DEVICE/TOOL POSSIBLE DISCUSSION POINTSNarrative StructuresNarrative TheoryNarrative ThemesUse of charactersUse of settingsMicro features (typical visual and soundtechniques)
WHAT DEVICES ARE USED IN THE FILMS WE HAVE WATCHED? METHODS/DEVICES/TOOLS POSSIBLE DISCUSSION POINTS (think about the extent to which they are used in a typical or not so typical way)Narrative Structures • 3 Act StructureConsider why narrative structure important in genre films? • Noel CarrollAnd how it’s used as a tool to communicate to you • Kristen Thompson • Also see slide 13 on Horror Narratives hand-outNarrative Theory • TodorovCan narrative theory be used as tool to explain how the story • Proppis communicated? • Levi-StraussBe aware that the discussion points for Narrative Structures are • Also see slide 22 on Horror Narratives hand-outrelevant here too.Narrative Themes • You will be able to cover themes by discussing Binary Oppositions – consider how the use of this tool communicated messagesUse of characters • Could reference Propp • Definitely discuss the role of the ‘monster’ and ‘the final girl’ • Also see slides 28-31 on Horror Narratives hand- outUse of settings Setting can be linked to themes, for examples most settings bring about themes of isolation and entrapmentMicro features visual and sound techniques
REMINDER OF THE EXAM QUESTIONHow far are the storytelling methods used in the films you have studied for this topic typical of their genre? REWORDED Discuss the devices (methods/tools) that areused to communicate the story to you, are these devices typical to the horror genre or not?
APPLY THE METHODS TO THE TEXTS• Go through each film and make notes on:1. How each method/tool/device is used in the film (I would stick with The Descent, Creep and Dracula)2. To what extent it has been used in a typical/ not so typical way3. Remember to always consider the meanings and messages that are being communicated ALSO REMEMBER THAT YOU MAY HAVE SOME OF THESE NOTES FROM THE LAST HANDOUTE.G. Different groups wrote down notes for different films, share your notes! And if you want to look at your display work you prepared last term it on top of the filing cabinet at the front of class
HOMEWORK Finish notes inpreparation for timed (50mins) essay on Monday