Serial Orientations

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Presentation given at Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) on 10 November 2011. Full text of paper available at http://wp.me/p3JAa-dy

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Serial Orientations

  1. 1. Serial Orientations: Mapping the Narrative Worlds of Contemporary Complex Television Jason Mittell (@jmittell) Middlebury College,Vermont, USALichtenberg-Kolleg, University of Göttingen (2011-12) http://justtv.wordpress.com http://tinyurl.com/complextv
  2. 2. Serial Orientations: Mapping the NarrativeWorlds of Contemporary Complex Television
  3. 3. Commercial US Television accessibility
  4. 4. Commercial US Television accessibility least objectionable content
  5. 5. Commercial US Television innovations of meanings & form
  6. 6. Commercial US Television narrative complexity
  7. 7. orienting paratexts
  8. 8. categories oforienting paratexts
  9. 9. a television serial creates a sustained narrative universe, populated by a consistent set of characters whoexperience a chain of events over time
  10. 10. a television serial creates a sustained narrative universe, populated by a consistent set of characters whoexperience a chain of events over time Time Characters Events Space
  11. 11. Time
  12. 12. TimeStory Time Plot Time Screen Time
  13. 13. TimeStory Time Plot Time Screen Time
  14. 14. TimeStory Time Plot Time Screen Time
  15. 15. TimeStory Time Plot Time Screen Time Schedule as Orientation
  16. 16. TimeStory Time Plot Time Screen Time
  17. 17. TimeStory Time Plot Time Screen Time
  18. 18. TimeStory Time Plot Time Screen Time
  19. 19. TimeStory Time Plot Time Screen Time Chronology as Orientation
  20. 20. TimeStory Time Plot Time Screen Time
  21. 21. TimeStory Time Plot Time Screen Time
  22. 22. TimeStory Time Plot Time Screen Time Calendaring as Orientation
  23. 23. Time
  24. 24. Time
  25. 25. Time
  26. 26. Time
  27. 27. Time
  28. 28. Time
  29. 29. Recapitulation
  30. 30. Recapitulation Analysis
  31. 31. Recapitulation Analysis Expansion
  32. 32. Screen Time: Plot Time: Story Time: Schedule Chronology CalendarRecapitulation Analysis Expansion
  33. 33. Plot Recapitulation (Events)
  34. 34. Plot Recapitulation (Events)
  35. 35. Event Analysis
  36. 36. Event Analysis
  37. 37. Event Analysis
  38. 38. Plot Expansions
  39. 39. Plot Expansions
  40. 40. Plot Expansions
  41. 41. Plot Expansions
  42. 42. Character Recaps
  43. 43. Character Recaps
  44. 44. Character Analyses
  45. 45. Character Analyses
  46. 46. Character Analyses
  47. 47. Character Analyses
  48. 48. Character Expansions
  49. 49. Character Expansions
  50. 50. Character Expansions
  51. 51. Spatial Orientations
  52. 52. Spatial Orientations
  53. 53. Spatial Orientations
  54. 54. Spatial Orientations
  55. 55. Spatial Orientations
  56. 56. Spatial Orientations
  57. 57. http://www.lostlocations.com/
  58. 58. 4.815 N 162.342 W
  59. 59. Lost, “Lockdown” (2006)
  60. 60. Locke’s attempt to recreate map (solo effort)
  61. 61. Lost screen-capture
  62. 62. Annotated Map @ 1 hour
  63. 63. Annotated Map @ 8 hours
  64. 64. Annotated Map @ 16 hours
  65. 65. Annotated Map @ 24 hours
  66. 66. Other Annotated Maps
  67. 67. Other Annotated Maps
  68. 68. Entertainment Weekly’s“official” Annotated Map
  69. 69. from Lost jigsaw puzzle from Lost:Via Domus videogame
  70. 70. original production map
  71. 71. So What?
  72. 72. So What?• Complexity demands orientation
  73. 73. So What?• Complexity demands orientation• Television activates audiences
  74. 74. So What?• Complexity demands orientation• Television activates audiences• Orientation as transformational fandom & play
  75. 75. So What?• Complexity demands orientation• Television activates audiences• Orientation as transformational fandom & play• Room for growth in complex spatial storytelling
  76. 76. Thank you! Jason Mittell (@jmittell) Middlebury College,Vermont, USALichtenberg-Kolleg, University of Göttingen (2011-12) http://justtv.wordpress.com http://tinyurl.com/complextv

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