Thursday, 06 March 2014
Codes and Conventions
• To consolidate knowledge of
codes and conventions of the
Action Adventure genre
• To analyse the opening of an
How do we define action adventure?
What are the differences that each
A film that features set pieces focusing on action
(car chases, explosions, stunts) which follow an
adventure narrative (a hero undertaking a quest)
How many of these films have you
In pairs, see if you can decide which are
Action Adventure films.
Restoration of a
Equilibrium - A
calm before the
Disruption - The
point where the
story changes: a
death, an event,
Vladimir Propp’s seven spheres of action:
Hero: Individual(s) who's quest is to restore the equilibrium.
Villain: Individual(s) who's task is to disrupt the equilibrium.
Donor: Individual(s) who gives the hero(s) something, advice,
information or an object.
Helper: Individual(s) who aids the hero(s) with their set task.
Princess (Prince): Individual(s) which need help, protecting and
Dispatcher: Individual(s) who send the hero(s) on their quest.
False Hero: Individual(s) who set out to undermine the hero's quest
by pretending to aid them. Often unmasked at the end of the film
• Pick a well-known fairy tale from the list:
Jack and the Beanstalk
• Apply Todorov’s narrative theory:
– Equilibrium – Disruption – Restoration
• Apply Propp’s character types and comment on their
Watch the Following Clip
• Fill in the work sheet.
• Commenting on the narrative structure of the clip –
apply Todorov’s theory.
• Commenting on the different character types that
you can see. Are they stereotypes? Apply Propp’s
• Are these conventional of the genre?