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Film Studies 1020E
Gregg Redner

11/10/09 Narrative I: - One might say that film came into its own as an art form with Edwin S. Porter’s film The Great Train Robbery (1903) - Why do you think this is? What’s the difference between a narrative e, plot, story, and screenplay? - Narrative – the recounting of real or fictitious events. It refers to the strategies, codes, and conventions that organize a story. Narratology is the stud of narrative structure. - Plot – everything presented to us on the screen in the course o f the film, including diegetic events located totally in the world of the film, plus non-diegetic material which might include captions and dates, music and titles, all of which are part of the film’s narrative strategy. - Story – what the director or screenwriter has in mind that they wish to reveal through the plot and narrative strategy, The subject matter or raw material of the narrative - Screenplay – the finished scrip for the film, containing dialogue and explicit descriptions of significant action Narratology and Plot Analysis: - While Propp was speaking specifically about Russian folktales, these categories work quite well with cinema, each of Propp’s character possibilities contains both ordinary and extra ordinary qualities - There are limited number of possible plot structures: 1) Prohibition 2) Struggle 3) Return 4) Recognition - According to Vladimir Propp (Russian literary theorist) there are also a limited number of character possibilities: 1) Villian 2) Hero 3) The donor (who prepares the hero) 4) The helper 5) The sought-for person The Main Components of Narrative are Story, Character, Plot and Narration: - Story: the subject matter or raw material of the narrative - Characters: those individuals who motivate the events and perform the actions of the story - Plot: the order of the events and actions of the story, arragned according to a particular temporal pattern. Some events are shown some are omitted - Narration: refers to the emotional, physical or intellectual perspective through which the
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