Narrative structure, style & theory
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Narrative structure, style &
Consideration of narrative structure
Most psychological films are non linear due to the use of
flashbacks. We plan to use flashbacks within our opening
sequence to make the audience feel connected with the
characters as this is what we found out when doing our
questionnaire that they liked. For e.g there will be flashbacks to
when the villain seeks out their victims.
Consideration of narrative style
1) Unrestricted? OR Restricted?
2) Subject character identification OR Object character
1) It restrictive as we want to create an enigma for the
audience so they want to watch the rest of the film to find
out what is going on. For e.g the villain’s identity is never
2) The audience is given objective character identification
meaning they see the characters thoughts and memories.
This is to make the audience feel close to the characters.
Consideration of narrative theory
Todorov: The opening sequence will start with disequilibrium, this is
usual for psychological film, as they usually do not go in a linear
fashion. There will be flashbacks to the equilibrium, however the
opening sequence will be set in the disequilibrium.
Propp: Within our opening sequence their will be a villian.
Barthes: The enigma code is present as we want the audience to
wonder what the villain is doing and why he does it?
Cameron: Split, forking and episodic narrative are not used. However
anachronic is, as flashbacks will be seen within the opening sequence.
Convention Use Develop Challenge Inspiration/similarity from a real film? How?
1) (plot) involves
characters past x
Hunger games, as the flashbacks show the main characters
past which inspired us to do something similar.
on time, not in a
Memento inspired us to try and use a non linear narrative
to create a psychological feel to the film.
x Hard Candy, as the lighting is blue and sterile which creates
tension within the film. This inspired us to use tense and
close ups and mid
Panic Room uses a lot of close ups of facial expressions to
show how the character is feeling.
5)-(MES) wild body
Within the film Panic Room the girl has a seizure which
inspired us to use wild body gestures to show psychological
tension to create
shock within the
Se7en uses tense music which was parallel to the pace of
the editing, which builds up tension and intrigues and
shocks the audience. This inspired us to used tense music.
Texas Chainsaw has a scene where the characters are in a
fun fair at a park which is unusual as its open and public, so
we decided to film in a park for one of our scenes.