NARRATIVE ARC NON STOP MOTION

 

 

In this task we had to construct a non stop motion video with a planned narrative and assigned characters. My narrative followed the story of a family walking in the park until the child goes missing after seeing a pig in the distance. The parents then stop and realise and panic until the child appears again and they all reunite happily.

 

Narrative structure:

The traditional narrative structure is present with the equilibrium of the parents and the child taking a leisurely stroll in the park. Then there’s a disruption as the child wonders off and the parents realise she is missing, with this being the tense climax of the narrative. The revelation is when she appears from the bush and is found again by her parents and equilibrium is restored as they reunite and end hugging together as a family.

Characters:

The conventional characters are evident with the unaware and helpless child, the father as the hero who find her and then the mother representing the damsel in distress as she worries for the whereabouts of her child.

Binary oppositions:

The present binary oppositions in my narrative were themes such as lost and found and loss and discovery. This was shown through the narrative of the parents loosing their child and their emotional reactions to this .

Music video narratives:

However for music videos, usually the whole narrative is not shown so there isn’t always a beginning, middle and end. Often they’ll only show a snapshot of the narrative at a particular moment and capture the atmosphere and feeling at that time. This keeps the audience engaged and gives them greater focus on what’s trying to be portrayed at that time. Often, the narrative is also combined with performance to accentuate the feelings of the star and support the narrative. Overall the combination of narrative and performance makes the video more thematic and highlights meaning from the song.

 

Looking at the structure of narratives gives us an idea of how we want to construct our video to make in thematic and interesting but also as a snapshot of a narrative surrounding our darker themes. We want to represent and amplify the lyrics whilst also creating a interesting visuals as part of representation.

 

 

PRELIMINARY TASK 2

For this task, we had to produce a short video story with a simple plot line in order to develop our skills in continuity editing. This short sequence had to be free of dialogue and use a variety of shot distances. Below is my video and story board for the planning process:

 

The story board helped me roughly plan out in a clear manner what shots I wanted to get and the angles I would use. I also put a brief description of each shot relating to acting and narrative.

STRENGTHS:

  • I think my use of music and sound effects helped support the narrative and enhance the emotions and feelings communicated by the characters.
  • I got a good variety of shots such as long-shots, mid shots and close ups. I also used the camera in motion as well as stationary to really give a feeling of being involved in the story.
  • I followed the rules of continuity editing well so the story flowed well and the sense of location was clear (eg-180 degree rule).

WEAKNESSES:

  • Looking back, I should’ve taken more shots with different angles so that I wouldn’t have to edit and use jump cuts which ruin the fluency of the video.
  • I would also have chosen a different filming location as the area we used had uneven terrain meaning a tripod couldn’t always be used, resulting in unsteady shots.
  • I should have also been clearer and firm with my director skills so the emotions of the characters were clearer and more evident.

 

 

 

 

PRELIMINARY CONTINUITY TASK 1

This is Alex’s and I’s video we directed, filmed and edited for the scene ‘Present Face’

I have used the following camera techniques to make the scene exciting and dramatic:

  • establishing shot
  • over the shoulder
  • shot reverse shot
  • reaction shot
  • close up
  • match on action
  • using a tripod for stability in shots
  • filming whole scene from each angle (over one shoulder, over other shoulder, establishing shot angle)

I used these shots to make the scene more interesting by selectively exposing the angles I wanted to. This means I can draw the audience focus to what I intend to create more tension and for dramatic effect, such as a close up of someone’s face will accentuate that reaction/expression more. Variation engages the audience in the action more successfully. I also ensured to film the whole scene from every angle so that I had plenty footage that flowed well to work with and to have a consistency in camera location/angle.

I have learnt to use the following continuity editing rules:

  • 180 degree rule
  • match on action
  • establishing shot
  • shot reverse shot

I used these rules to ensure my video was consistent and ran smoothly with clean, accurate cuts. By filming using the 180 degree rule, it means that the setting is constant and so makes sense for the audience of where the actors are in the shot. The shot reverse shots gave a fluency to the conversation in the scene so the story could be followed easily.

I have learnt to use the following tools/techniques in Premiere Pro:

  • selection tool
  • razor
  • scale
  • mark in/mark out
  • contrast/colour/lights levels

I used these tools to precisely choose the successful parts of the scene that we wanted to show to tell the narrative. These tools also helped us edit/fix any filming such as frame size or camera quality to a certain extent.

If I was to film and edit this scene again, I would’ve taken some more close-ups to capture and show the audience the actors facial expressions more for dramatic effect and understanding. I think I would’ve also filmed a reaction shot of Amie at the end. The quality of the footage was also not the best so I would probably experiment with different cameras.

Here is the script we used with annotations on our thoughts and ideas and shot list: