You need at least 40 post it note on A2 paper so that you can really sort out how you are going to shoot your narrative. Think of all those skills you used at AS – match on action, shot reverse shot, framing, 180 degree rule, pull focus, DOF, framing, angles and distances to help tell your story.
Here is some background reading to help you understand the purpose of storyboards and how they are designed. How to Use a Story Board
Narrative is the ‘study of stories’. It includes the following:
The order in which the story is told.
How the audience is positioned in relation to the narrative.
The character’s journey. What epiphany do they have?
The conflict & theme explored and how they are resolved.
The codes in the text which help the audience understand the story and its messages.
Here is a Slideshow which runs through narrative with specific reference to music videos. You should be able to use some of the ideas in the video below, although you will find that because music videos don’t tend to follow conventional narrative structures you might be better off analysing your thriller in terms of narrative, if it crops up in the exam.
A lot of the ideas were are going to explore can be described as ‘formalist’. That means they explore the form or shape of a story, it’s structure, both Todorov and Propp are formalists. Here is a formalist description of a common narrative ‘The Hero’s Journey’:
A Cultural Anthropologist
Levi Strauss is an anthropologist. He is more interested in cultural ideas beneath the story (its themes). He was interested in how messages and values are communicated in the conflict within a narrative.