There are 5 stages to any narrative.
• What are they?
• Who came up with the 5 stage narrative
• List the 7 character types which occur in any
• Who identified these character types?
Point of the narrative
Levi Strauss identified the key term which refers
to the conflict which drives the narrative.
• What is this key term?
• List 3 examples of conflict
Conflict and Combat
Hero and Villain
Damsel in distress
High Speed Chases
Threat of injury/death
• Special effects are becoming an essential to
any modern Action Adventure film
• Sometimes hard to spot because the
technology is now so good
Types of special effects
• Models and miniatures – scaled down realistic
representations of buildings or vehicles (e.g.:
Star Wars, Harry Potter)
• Make-up – transforms actors – scars, blood,
alien creatures etc.
• Physical Effects – Stunts and pyrotechnics
• Camera Speed – slow or
• CGI – Computer
Generated Imagery now
Make a list of any Action Adventure films that
you know which use the following special
effects, provide examples :
• Scale models
Conflict and Combat
• The fist fight – common in early films - now also
includes martial arts
• Combat can be hand to hand, involve lots of
different weapons or mass battles
• Fight scenes can be comic in tone with no one being
seriously hurt OR realistic portrayals of mass deaths
• Which films use light references to violence and
which ones are more graphic?
• Speed and Motion –
chases, races against time and
escapes are common features
• Speed is mainly associated
with fast moving vehicles (e.g.
Speed, Bourne Identity etc.)
• This is created by the editing straight cuts every second.
• Non-diegetic sound - Fast
paced music also adds to
create a sense of speed and
• Diegetic sound adds sense of
urgency (e.g.: wheel spins etc)
• Jeopardy and Suspense – scenes often end on
a cliff hanger set around the hero having to
escape a threatening situation.
• To create suspense the characters need to be
someone we can identify with and care
• As you watch – make notes on all the key
terms we have identified and recapped in
today’s lesson that are featured within the