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2.2 - Structure | Narrative Structure
This lesson covers...
how to tell a good story.
By the end you should...
understand how almost every Hollywood film is structured.
Here’s the structure that most American films use. Learning this may change the way you watch films (it did for me). It’s a structure as old as time and storytellers have been using it for thousands of years. Joseph Campbell called it the monomyth or Hero’s Journey. I’ll refer to as narrative structure
. Its basic elements are:
1. Status Quo
2. Inciting Incident/Status Quo Change
3. Raise the stakes
4. Moment of Truth
5. Outcome/New Status Quo
Life as is. The hero, our main character, is living his/her normal life.
Inciting Incident/Status Quo Change
One day, something happens. A boy discovers he is a wizard (Harry Potter). A girl falls down a rabbit hole (Alice in Wonderland). A murder happens (almost every mystery). You get the idea. In short, the hero is called to adventure.
Raising the Stakes
Things get more dangerous and important.
In small dramas, the events become more important inwardly, to our main characters’ personal lives, threatening to change them forever.
In action movies, events become more important outwardly, escalating until not only our characters’ lives are threatened, but the country, the world, then
(in big budget films) Civilization as We Know It.
In some films, the character’s inward journey (what s/he must learn) and outward journey (what s/he must do) are intertwined. See: Star Wars,
Avatar, The Dark Knight.
Moment of Truth
The climax. The moment of highest tension. The character must make the Ultimate
Choice or fight the Ultimate Battle.
Will Beauty kiss the Beast and save his life?
(Beauty and the Beast)
Will Neo realize—and accept—his role as The One before it’s too late?
Will Frodo destroy the Ring and save Middle Earth?
(Lord of the Rings)
Outcome/New Status Quo
Questions to ask yourself?
What was the plot of the film and who were the main characters? How was the plot structured (chronological, flashbacks, nonlinear)?
What was the central conflict of the film? What was the setting? What themes emerge?
What did you notice about the way in which the film was made? Was it done on a sound stage? On locations? On a theatrical stage? Was it black and white or color? Grainy or smooth? How did the director use light and shadow? Were the camera angles at all unusual? How did the use of camera angles, lighting, and sound contribute to the whole film? WIKI-HOW -----HOW TO WRITE A MOVIE REVIEW
Gather basic facts about the movie.
You can do this before or after you watch the movie, but you should definitely do it before you write the review, because you'll need to weave the facts into your review as you write. Here's what you need to know:
The title of the film, and the year it came out.
The director's name.
The names of the lead actors.
Take notes on the movie as you watch it.
Before you sit down to watch a film, get out a notepad or a laptop to take notes. Movies are long, and you can easily forget details or major plot points. Taking notes allows you to jot down little things you can return to later.
Make a note every time something sticks out to you, whether it's good or bad. This could be costuming, makeup, set design, music, etc. Think about how this detail relates to the rest of the movie…