Assignment 6: Simple film structure analysis Amy Cleary
The impossible • A regular family of five travel to Thailand to spend Christmas there. • After settling in they go to the pool like all the rest of the tourists. • While there they get caught in one of the worlds worst natural disasters, a tsunami. • The mother and the eldest son get swept away while the youngest two and dad disappear, not knowing if either are dead or alive.
Has the institution created a text with a conventional narrative structure?• Yes, there is clear linear narrative as the story starts at the beginning and finishes at the end.• Act 1 (set up)• Act 2 (conflict)• Act 3 (resolution)
B) Explain how the film is implicit or explicit?Explicit Narrative Reasons Explicit Narrative evidenceReason 1They are on holiday in Thailand andstaying in the hotel.Reason 2The tsunami hits where there staying.Reason 3The mother and eldest son loose the dadand the two youngest sons.Reason 4The mother is the most wounded andneeds help.
How the film uses conventional narrative structure (Act 1) Act 1-set upScene 1 Scene 2 Scene 3 Scene 4When they Christmas Eve Christmas day Boxing Dayarrive. “Lucas, Simon and “ Henry” “Lucas”“Maria” Thomas”• When they are • They are setting • The parents • They are at the pool on the off Chinese wake the and unexpectedly a aeroplane, the lanterns to children up on tsunami hits. mother panics celebrate Christmas day to when they hit Christmas. open their turbulence. presents.
Act 2- conflict (Act 2)Scene 4 Scene 5 Scene 5 Scene 6“Maria” and "Lucas” “Maria” and “Lucas” “Maria and man”• A tsunami hits • The mother • A man from the • The mother goes and the family struggles to climb village comes to the hospital are separated. the tree as she is across Maria with Lucas. He However the badly injured. and Lucas and uses his time by mother and helps her to helping people Lucas are in sight safety. look for their of each other. relatives in the hospital.
Act 3 • Act 3-ResolutionScene 7 Scene 8 Scene 9 Scene 10“Henry” and “Thomas” “Henry” “Henry, Lucas and “Whole family” Simon”• Henry tells Thomas • Henry calls • The three • The family fly he and Simon have home and brothers are back home after to be alone for promises reunited and they are now, as he needs “Brian” he will then find their reunited as they to look Maria and find Maria and dad. have travel Lucas. Lucas. insurance and get special treatment.
Why have the film makers used this structure?• The film makers have used this structure because its familiar to the audience and it leaves us as an audience satisfied because we understand the storyline. If they had changed the acts around, we as an audience may be confused and become frustrated because we wouldn’t understand it.
What impact does this have on the audience?• This film can have a big impact on the audience emotionally as it is a hard hitting film about a real life natural disaster.• It makes the audience believe they are in that situation as it is a true story about a real family and it is unexpected and realistic. These are photos from the real tsunami.
What audience expectations have they established or challenged by using this structure?• They have established the typical audience expectations as they have used act 1,2 and 3, in this order. However there is a part where “Maria” has a flashback about what happened as the tsunami hit her and this part challenges the audience because it makes a change and its unexpected.