Allan Isaković Media Studies

Category: Preliminary Video Tasks

Narrative Arc Stop Motion


For this task, in groups, we had to make a stop motion animation. We had to choose our characters and props at random, as well as choosing a narrative. My group’s props, Characters and narrative were a Lego car, a flag, a little girl, an octopus and our narrative was lost and found.

  • Does it fulfil the traditional narrative structure?

Yes, the Stop motion starts off with the equilibrium of the girl and octopus laying next to each other. It then has the disruption, which is when the octopus goes for a walk and gets lost. The Disequilibrium/ climax is when the little girl cannot find her friend the octopus, and she begins her search. The revelation is when the girl is driving, and she sees the octopus. The final equilibrium is when she grabs the octopus at the end of the stop motion picture.

  • Do the characters fulfil conventional character types?

Yes, the motion picture follows conventional characters types. The octopus in the video is the damsel, and the little girl is the heroine who’s purpose is the find and rescue the octopus.

  • Are there binary oppositions?

Yes, the binary opposition in our production was Searching and Finding. There is also the binary opposition of loss and discovery.

  • Explain how Music Video narratives can differ from these conventional ideas i.e. are able to play with time and space, are episodic, are anachronic, are thematic and don’t always have an ending so that they are repeatable etc.

A music video can differ from the narratives of a conventional idea because the footage could be added in which the things that are happening pre-date the rest of the footage, but are still relevant to the story being shown in the music video. These may also not have an obvious ending. This allows the video to be made repeatable so that the audience wants to watch it again, as a music video is only a short amount of time to tell a story, so therfore only snippets of a story are shown of at decisive moments.

Prelim Task 2 – Tell me a Story

In this task, we had to work in groups to create our own short story that followed certain assessment criteria. My group’s story was about a relationship in which, one is fighting for the appreciation of the other. One example of the assessment criteria that we had to follow was it had to have an appropriate background song

To ensure we met the task criteria we used a range of shots and framing, these allowed us to convey our characters emotions and reactions to our audience. An example of a camera shot that we used would be a close-up which we used to show the range of emotions that our models were portraying.

If I was to film this again I would include more match on action shots and more close-up shots, so that the audience has a better understanding of what is happening in the story and the emotions of the characters. I would also have a more detailed storyboard so that we could plan the short film better and so that we could more efficiently produce it.

Some of the strengths in my short film are:

  • the variations of camera angle
  • the variation of shots
  • The use of reaction shots

Some weaknesses in my short film are:

  • The music
  • Some shots are slanted
  • Some of the shots used have a blur

Prelim Continuity Task 1

  • I have used the following camera techniques, Mid-shot, longshot and a match on action.
  • I used these techniques to create a sense of emotion that would cause the audience to be captivated by the story. A mid-shot was used to show  Mark’s (Neo) reaction to receiving the sweater, whilst a longshot was used to show Patrice (Sophie) leaving the room in anger.
  • I have learnt to use the following continuity editing rule, don’t cut bits out. An example of this is if someone is sitting down don’t cut to them leaving the room straight after, you have to show them standing and walking towards the door then them opening the door. Some other editing rules that I have used are  SRS, match on action and the 180-degree rule.
  • I used these rules to show Patrice leaving her seat and walking to the closed door and opening it. I also used these rules to help to condense footage time down, whilst maintaining a sense of realism.
  • I have learnt to use the following tools/techniques in Premiere Pro, zoom and graphics.
  •  I used graphics in Premiere Pro to show the title of the video and the creators. I used zoom to show the audience the actor/actresses emotion.
  • If I was to do this project again I would do some things differently, such as I would include more camera shots, so that the clips could flow continually better.


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