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Classical Hollywood Narratives


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Classical Hollywood Narratives

  1. 1. Hollywood Narratives in Pictures and Screenshots Donna Lye 14046 DIP Lvl 2 – ANN3A
  2. 2. Contents 1. Abstract 2. Introduction 3. Mise-en-scene 4. How Hollywood Narratives has evolved 5. Has ‘New Hollywood’ retained Classical Narratives of Hollywood? 6. Conclusion 7. Bibliography
  3. 3. Abstract • Introduction to Classical Narratives – Touch on definition and elements of Hollywood Narratives . • How Classical Narratives have evolved – Examples of the changes from older films vs new films using the same franchise. – Discussion on how I feel about the changing narrative elements in Hollywood.
  4. 4. Introduction • Classical Hollywood Narrative is a dominant form of storytelling in Cinema that was introduced sometime between the 1920s to 1930s – Follows a set of unspoken rules – Is typically expected from the audience – Is still commonly used in today’s films.
  5. 5. The 3-Act Structure • Resembles the world we know – Problem is introduced early in the movie – Characters work on the problem – By the end, the problem is solved
  6. 6. Mise-en-scene • Characters almost never look directly into the camera – Occasionally shown to give dramatic effect • Backgrounds designed to be true to life – Occasionally elaborate but still designed to resemble the world we know
  7. 7. How Classic Hollywood Narrative has evolved • Considered the 1st film to make use of dialogue and the Classic Hollywood Narrative • Marked the decline of silent films • Gave MGM financial success to make more films
  8. 8. How Classic Hollywood Narrative has evolved The Television
  9. 9. How Classic Hollywood Narrative has evolved
  10. 10. How Classic Hollywood Narrative has evolved • Charismatic, more laid back and experienced • Mostly pure entertainment • Over the top stunts and explosions • Reboot of the film franchise • Features a darker, grittier and more realistic Bond • Retains over the top stunts and explosions
  11. 11. How Classic Hollywood Narrative has evolved • Follows 6 different stories that intertwine with each other • Crosses through different time periods • Retains elements of Classical Narrative
  12. 12. Has New Hollywood retained the Classical Narrative Structure? The One Ring, The Fellowship of The Ring & the Destruction of the One Ring; The Lord of The Rings Trilogy Harry finds out he’s a wizard, Dumbledore’s army, Harry versus Voldemort; Harry Potter Anthology
  13. 13. Conclusion • A basic and and effective story structure that can be built on to tell a more compelling story • Will continue to be the main structure of storytelling for a long time
  14. 14. Bibliography • Berliner, T (2010), Hollywood Incoherent, United States of America: University of Texas Press • Nelmes, J, Nichols, B (1996), Introduction to Film Studies, United States of America and Canada: Routledge • Maltby, R (1995), Hollywood Cinema, United States of America: Blackwell Publishing Ltd