Narrative Arc Stop Motion

Below is a video that my partner and I created using Stop Motion Studios to create a 16 second clip of a idea which tells a narrative story, we were randomly given; two pieces of MES and two character and one binary opposition pair which we had to base the narrative on in the clip

Does it fulfill the traditional narrative structure?

This stop motion narrative does fulfill the traditional narrative structure because it has an equilibrium at the beginning which is shown with the helicopter at the start, a climax with the cow getting onto the helicopter and going to the horse. Our video fulfills the traditional narrative explored by Todorov with the equilibrium of the helicopter spinning and also the cow climbing onto the helicopter, the climax of the cow going over to the horse and then fighting it, and then the resolution of the horse getting up and ending with the equilibrium of the horse walking away from the villain/ antagonist.

Do the characters fulfill conventional character types?

The characters does fulfill the conventional character types through the cow being the villain/ antagonist and the horse being the victim but then becoming a hero/protagonist who does the better thing and is the better character overall.

Are there binary oppositions?

The binary oppositions which cause the conflict in the narrative explored by Levi-Strauss are savagery/ civilization which is shown through the savage cow who goes over to the horse and throws a ladder and starts a fight but the civil horse just gets up so the horse is automatically becomes the better person who walks away from the toxic situation instead of fighting.


How do Music Video narratives differ from conventional narrative ideas? 

Music video narratives are often different to the conventional narratives because they don’t have an ending because the producer of music videos want the viewer to watching the video again because if there was an ending they wouldn’t have to use their imagination and it wouldn’t spark their curiosity.As well as not finishing the whole conventional narrative structure, it is often that the story is not in order because the audience consumes the video in a looser way than with a story. Music videos don’t tell a full story in a sense they just explore the different themes in the song through a narrative which is subordinate to the performance.

Also the music video narrative is not long due to being shared with performance so it is often easier to film a thematic narrative instead of a whole story because not everything will be explored in the short amount of time and is separated between the two sections.

This preliminary task is going to help with the production of my narrative because it has allowed me to identify the structure of narratives and what I need to explore and look at when planning and shooting my narrative. I will be able to understand the traditional structure of a narrative and take that to use into my narrative part of the video to create a story for the audience, however I know that the narrative should not be complete so that the viewer will want to go back and watch it again to try and find answers to create their own interpretation and ideas for the ending of the story I am trying to perceive.

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