CASE STUDY:
STAR TREK INTO
DARKNESS
PRODUCTION VALUES
In terms of production values, Star Trek Into Darkness is a
sequel built on the commercial and critical ...
JJ ABRAMS
The film was produced by the Director JJ Abrams’ own
company, Bad Robot Productions who also make, and have
made...
INTO THE DARKNESS
The film conforms to the codes and conventions of
• A science fiction film
• An action film
• An adventu...
KEY CONCEPT:
NARRATIVE
Narrative & Story
Story = a sequence of events = the plot
Narrative = the way those events are put ...
NARRATIVE STRUCTURE
Classic Hollywood structure
TODOROV
Todorov’s narrative structure
NARRATIVE STRUCTURE
The narrative is single stranded, linear (an action
convention in itself) and conforms to both a class...
TASK
When watching the film, makes notes on the narrative structure:
• What is the equilibrium?
• What is the disruption?
...
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Narrative and star trek

Narrative and star trek
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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  • 1. CASE STUDY: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
  • 2. PRODUCTION VALUES In terms of production values, Star Trek Into Darkness is a sequel built on the commercial and critical success of Star Trek (2009) but in reality is the 12th film in a Paramount franchise that is over 40 years old. As a result, it had a higher production budget of $185 million compared to the $160 million of Star Trek – both figures however signify that the film can be categorised as a global blockbuster in terms of production values with a useful comparison being the second best box office film of 2012, Skyfall with a $180 million production budget and the no. 1 of that year The Avengers at $220 million. Once production budget figures go over $150 million, the film enters the realm of the blockbuster movie and needs to have a successful box office to evidence commercial success.
  • 3. JJ ABRAMS The film was produced by the Director JJ Abrams’ own company, Bad Robot Productions who also make, and have made iconic science fiction television programmes such as Lost, Fringe and Almost Human and science fiction films like Cloverfield and Star Trek. The distributors, Paramount brought in JJ Abrams to direct the first Star Trek film, and also to reboot the franchise because of his pedigree in working with supreme high production values within the genre of science fiction but also his ability to encode emotive representations to appeal to broad demographic . JJ Abrams is currently rebooting the Star Wars franchise as Director (also Bad Robot Productions) with Star Wars Episode VII set to be released at Christmas 2015.
  • 4. INTO THE DARKNESS The film conforms to the codes and conventions of • A science fiction film • An action film • An adventure film This means it is a hybrid genre
  • 5. KEY CONCEPT: NARRATIVE Narrative & Story Story = a sequence of events = the plot Narrative = the way those events are put together = the structure When exploring the narrative we analyse the construction of the story i.e. the way it has been put together, not the story itself
  • 6. NARRATIVE STRUCTURE Classic Hollywood structure
  • 7. TODOROV Todorov’s narrative structure
  • 8. NARRATIVE STRUCTURE The narrative is single stranded, linear (an action convention in itself) and conforms to both a classic Hollywood three act structure but also Todorov’s four act structure The new equilibrium offered at the end of the film can also relate to the idea of a sequel with the ‘things will never be the same again’ narrative linked to the fact that the re- commissioned Enterprise is departing on a new, five-year exploratory mission which enables the possibility of Star Trek 3.
  • 9. TASK When watching the film, makes notes on the narrative structure: • What is the equilibrium? • What is the disruption? • What is the attempt to repair? • How does the narrative resolve and establish a new equilibrium? • What audience pleasures are offered through this narrative?