Story Conventions
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Story Conventions

Season
Unit 1 MediaUnit 3 Media
Unit
media representationsnarrative and ideology
Episode
representations and constructionsthe c words

〽️ Narrative Structure

Definition

Most films can be seen under some basic hollywood narrative structures. Typically, a film can often be described under a three act structure, where the world of the film is established, there is is rising tension which leads to a climax and resolution.

Much of how this looks or works may depend on genre conventions, however, we as an audience depend on the good guy to win, the couple to end up together, or more than anything, that there is an ending. The narrative needs to feel as if it had a beginning, middle and an end.

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Narrative structure

Worksheets / Resources

🖼 Narrative Structures PowerPoint.pptx43.0KB

Video Examples

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Scene library

Get Down
Terminator 2
Gene Hunt
Ashes to Ashes
Furious Intro
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Escape
The Invisible Man
Brooklyn 1972
Dog Day Afternoon
Peter is You
Dispatches from Elsewhere
Indy Intro
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Closing Sequence
Slumdog Millionaire
What lies beneath
Blue Velvet
Opening Sequence
The Matrix
Opening Sequence
The Matrix
Want to play a game?
Scream
Who wants to be a millionaire?
Slumdog Millionaire
Award
The Sixth Sense
Titles Sequence
Watchmen
First Attack
Jaws
Opening Sequence
Rear Window

Outside Resources

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Swipe file

Structuring Time | VCE Media, Victorian Curriculum, Media Arts, digital literacy, media education, filmmaking
Chernobyl - A Masterclass in Perspective - YouTube
What Is Character Perspective? - YouTube
How to Control the Point of View of Your Story
Understanding Point of View in Film and Video
Art of the Opening Scene — How to Start a Movie 6 Different Ways, From Nolan to Baumbach - YouTube
Spielberg: How to Introduce Characters - YouTube
Good Will Hunting — The Psychology of Character - YouTube
4. How Are the Characters Portrayed? – Exploring Movie Construction and Production
Narrative – Moving Pictures
“Narratives” in “Film Appreciation” on OpenALG
3. What Are the Mechanics of Story and Plot? – Exploring Movie Construction and Production
What Type of Scene Is It?. “It is important to understand what… | by Scott Myers | Jul, 2021 | Go Into The Story
Joker Director Breaks Down the Opening Scene | Vanity Fair - YouTube

🤵 Character construction

Definition

The characters in a film are what moves the narrative forward. It’s the characters’ desires and traits that provide the motivations for a story to progress in a ‘natural’ way.

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Character construction

Worksheets / Resources

🖼 Character PowerPoint.pptx38.8KB

Video Examples

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Scene library

Time To Die
Blade Runner
Trunchbull
Matilda
Captain Jack Sparrow
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Ice-Cream Shop
Killing Eve
Homecoming Dance
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Gene Hunt
Ashes to Ashes
Peter is You
Dispatches from Elsewhere
Indy Intro
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
James T Kirk
Star Trek

Outside Resources

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Swipe file

Spielberg: How to Introduce Characters - YouTube
Good Will Hunting — The Psychology of Character - YouTube
4. How Are the Characters Portrayed? – Exploring Movie Construction and Production
Children of Men Alfonso Cuarón film analysis • Senses of Cinema

👀 Point of View

Definition

Point of view is basically whose eyes we see the film through. This is usually the same person telling the story.

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Point of view

Worksheets / Resources

🖼 Point of VIew PowerPoint.pptx38.8KB

Video Examples

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Scene library

Ice-Cream Shop
Killing Eve
Breakdown
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Cafeteria Fight
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Homecoming Dance
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I am not an animal!
The Elephant Man
Dead Mum
Slumdog Millionaire
Restaurant Scene
Vertigo

Outside Resources

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Swipe file

Chernobyl - A Masterclass in Perspective - YouTube
What Is Character Perspective? - YouTube
How to Control the Point of View of Your Story
Understanding Point of View in Film and Video

⌚️ Time structures

Definition

Extended info / examples

Structuring of time

Worksheets / Resources

Video Examples

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Scene library

Bones
The Green Knight
Get Down
Terminator 2
Closing Sequence
Slumdog Millionaire
Titles Sequence
Watchmen

Outside Resources

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Swipe file

Structuring Time | VCE Media, Victorian Curriculum, Media Arts, digital literacy, media education, filmmaking

Story Conventions worksheet

✍️ Story Conventions Worksheet.docx396.9KB