In order to correctly understand how narrative can be used within our music video, we created this stop motion based on the narrative of “injustice and equality”.
Our stop motion fits the traditional linear narrative structure set out by Todorov, as the video is presented with a start (exposition), which is represented by the man and the child meeting each other and the child dropping his toy. A middle (climax) when the man steals the toy from the child and leaves the frame and-an ending (denouement) represented here by the the police man stopping and arresting the man, retiring the toy to the child and leaving frame.
Our narrative also represents the conventional character types. It portrays a Heroin, the Childs saviour, after the climax. The ‘Damsel in Distress‘ is represented by the child and the antagonist is presented as the thief who steals from the child.
Similarly the narrative features Binary Oppositions, a theory creates by Levi Strauss, whereby the narrative contradicts its self. For example, we were given “injustice and equality” and therefore had to fit ways to represent each part of the narrative and hw they interact with one and another.
It is important for us to consider these different sorts of narrative features when looking to create a music video narrative, as often the narrative will differ from traditional film media. Music videos are often repetitive as often the lyrics on which the narrative is based on are repeated within the song. This helps for the audience to keep a sense of place within the music video and for the narrative not to overpower the songs meaning.
Additionally music video narrative can be effected by the style they are shot in, an Illustrative music video narrative will closely follow the lyrics in the song, creating visuals and characters to represent the lyrics. Where as an amplification narrative will use more narrative features and following the lyrics in the song less, in order for it to more adequately fit the genre or artists style. A Disjunctive narrative will use the most narrative features as there is often no link between the song and the narrative portrayed, instead a story if often told.
When planning the narrative for our music video we have considered which features we will want to include and what narrative content relation there will be. We have chosen to portray a Amplification Narrative as this allows for us to create a narrative which incorporates the ideas within the lyrics as-well as to include other narrative scenes which we feel will help the video referent the genre of Contemporary R&B