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Lesson 3 short film narrative

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Lesson 3 short film narrative

  1. 1. TV & Video Short Film
  2. 2. Last week What were we looking at last week?
  3. 3. This week We’re going to look at narrative structure.
  4. 4. By the end of today, you MUST understand what a narrative is SHOULD explain the difference between linear and non linear narratives COULD explain what plot points are
  5. 5. Intro What is a narrative structure.
  6. 6. A narrative is a story Stories are the driving force behind a good single camera production. But what do we expect a story to have?
  7. 7. Good narratives have…. • Interesting & believable characters • A good concept (the idea) • Drama! • Action! • A beginning, middle & end • Exciting plot points
  8. 8. Film narratives are like a good burger They’re split into 3 different parts. We call each of these parts “acts”
  9. 9. Film narratives are like a good burger They’re split into 3 different parts The first 3rd of the film is the setup: Its where we meet the characters and find out what the basic stories premise is …. 30 minutes
  10. 10. Film narratives are like a good burger They’re split into 3 different parts The second 3rd of the film is the conflict: Its where the main character has to fight against increasing odds to get what they want…. 30 - 60 minutes
  11. 11. Film narratives are like a good burger They’re split into 3 different parts The final 3rd of the film is the resolution: Its where the story wraps up, and our characters get to the end of their journey 30 minutes
  12. 12. Plot points At the end of act 1 & act 2 is a plot point. A plot point is something that happens which moves the story forward in a new & interesting way.
  13. 13. Plot points Lets look at the plot points in Batman Begins. At the end of act 1 Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham and becomes Batman. At the end of act 2 Ra’s Al Ghul returns to Gotham and burns down Wayne Manor.
  14. 14. All stories have a timeline, a chronological order. As film-makers though, do we need to tell the story in the order in which it happens?
  15. 15. As film-makers we can edit it together in the order we want.
  16. 16. We can choose to tell it in the order it happens…. A linear narrative
  17. 17. Or out of order… A non-linear narrative
  18. 18. Today We’re going to look at two narrative examples. Make notes as you’re watching: • identify what happens • what the plot points are • How do we know what narrative each story is?
  19. 19. Film Screenings • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4HUy dk0kII • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwCE E7m38VM
  20. 20. Feedback What did we learn about the narrative structure? • Is it linear, or non linear? • How were the beginning & end related? • What were the plot points?
  21. 21. TASK: On your Powerpoint If you haven’t already write about: 1. what single camera filming is 2. What the difference is between a serial, series and single 3. What genres are, explaining 3 different genres Write about: - Linear narrative - Non-linear narrative - Plot points

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