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.

Prelim Task 2- Tell me a story

Below is my story board highlighting all the key points and angles that went on in my clip, this story was about two male teenagers in a relationship where one is completly in love with the other whereas the other doesn’t look too happy to be in a couple with him but he decided to change that at the end.

By making the story board I used a sheet of A3 paper and 16 sticky notes and drew what my models were going to do and the different camera shots and angles that I was going to use and the description of facial expressions/action.

In the video I was looking to achieve a clip with no dialogue in it, I had to make sure it showed reaction and action and was exctiting for the audience.There were a couple of props needed for this clip and they were a flower, a love letter and finally a ring.

The assessment criteria relating to filming and ensure that you take those into account during your planning and filming. These are:

1. Holding a shot steady
2. Framing a shot
3. (Shooting a) variety of shot distances

3 Strengths are;

  • The music fitted well together
  • The clips worked well after each other
  • The organisation eg the storyboard worked out well

3 weaknesses are;

  • More closes up of each of the models reactions in each section
  • The clips could run more smoothly after each shot
  • Something at the end as the ending is very short and abrupt


After filming the whole video a couple things I now know what I should have done whilst filming is

  • Filmed each shot twice just so if something goes wrong I have a back up one
  • Filmed each shot from every angle so I have a variety to choose from
  • Filmed shots from each distance so that you have a shot from each perspective


Prelim Continuity Task 1

This was the final video of Present Face that I edited on Premier Pro.

Below is the script we got given to us that we had to annotate with all the different shots that I wanted to use in our video.



  • I used the following camera techniques : long shot, mid shot, shot/reverse shot, panning, eye line match and match on action to make my clip work.
  • I used these techniques to create a sense that these two actors are a couple and that they are together by using the Two shot which makes it that more interesting and pleasing to look at. I used these techniques to create a sense of emotions of their reactions, eye line match presents the story through their eye line to show their point of view of what’s happening and the use of shot/reverse shot is good to make the conversation look more realistic.
  • I have learnt to use the following continuity editing rules is the 180 degree rule this rule is used to make sure that you don’t spin the camera all the way round otherwise the story wouldn’t flow properly, this rule makes sure that when filming I know what angles I can and can’t use.
  • I used these rules to help make my video much cleaner and clearer and that my video told a story to the reader and that it all made sense to the reader. However, I accidentally didn’t film a close up of the two actors so I didn’t get a feel for their point of view but the other shots still worked.
  • I have learnt to use the following tools/techniques in Premiere Pro and that is the razor tool this helped me cut out all the bits that my actors either stuttered on or started, this gave me a clean cut video as the end result.
  • I used these tools to improve my video and to make sure that I had left no errors in my video.
  • If I was to do this project again I would do some things differently for example I would make sure that the Shot Reverse Shot ran more smoothly as it just stopped all of a sudden and looked very rushed and blunt which was not what I wanted to achieve. However, I should have zoomed in and done a Mid Shot when the two actors were speaking as the audience might say that it was too hard to follow and take multipe recordings of the whole video.