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Horror Narrative

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Horror narrative theories

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Horror Narrative

  1. 1. Narrative
  2. 2. Lesson outcomes • Understand what is meant by narrative in film • Introduction to narrative theory • Apply narrative theories to film
  3. 3. 20 post it story Task: You have 20 post-its. I’d like you to create your own short story. You need to: • Set out a basic situation • Develop and introduce a complication • Climax and resolve the problem. You have 15 minutes to complete this!
  4. 4. Narrative key terminology • Story: WHAT you’re telling/ reciting • Narrative: HOW the story is structured • Linear narrative: In order of time/ events/ chronological order • Non- Linear narrative: Random order of events; maybe through parallel editing, flashbacks, flash forwards or have a cyclical structure. • Diegesis: The world of the film
  5. 5. Narrative key theorists: Syd Field Hollywood films have a ‘three part structure’ • Act 1 Sets up location, characters, gives a general idea of what is happening. At the end of Act 1 is a crucial event that sets up the rest of the film. • Act 2 Key confrontation as main protagonist faces a series of obstacles they need to overcome. At the end of Act 2 the end is in sight but not until one final problem is resolved. • Act 3 All plots/ subplots are resolved.
  6. 6. Narrative theorist: Claude Levi Strauss Narratives (and the world ) contain ‘binary oppositions’ that work against each other. For example • To understand the hero we need to also know the villain. • To understand what good means we also need to know what is bad Can you think of other oppositions you might find in a Horror film?
  7. 7. Your story on 20 post -its Can you apply either Syd Field or Levi Strauss to the story you created at the beginning of the lesson?
  8. 8. An American Werewolf in London We are going to watch the opening of An American Werewolf in London. While you watch see if you can apply Syd Field and/ or Todorov to the narrative (you will only see Act 1 for Field so make notes on all the elements you see) Genre: Extension If you can make a list of all the iconography/ semantic elements that link to the Horror genre.

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