Narrative Development


Our narrative for our music video; consists of a broken relationship between a woman and a man in which he is greatly paranoid, the audience to begin with don’t know why, and because in the performance she is telling him that he is okay and reassures him-  the audience begin to believe her. However, the viewers see more and more footage of him being further abnormally worried and then see that he has committed a big crime. This uses an unrestricted perspective as the performer doesn’t know of this until later on in the song, so the audience knows information that a character doesn’t.

Looking at the structure of the majority of music videos, we have picked apart our narrative by using the three-point arc that helps us recognise what happens during the beginning, middle and end.  Also, we have established the themes and conventions that will be featured throughout the music video, (such as paranoia and trust).

The narrative can be split into two different views for the audience, in which are; restricted and unrestricted. Restricted perspective gives the audience less information and are unaware of some happenings but find out at the end, and unrestricted let’s the audience know something that a character does not.  An example of this used in our video is that we have chosen to use the unrestricted perspective because it makes the audience captivated as they would want to know the outcome, however the video can be left to the audience to decide what happens next.

After the research into the structures that are commonly found, we have noticed that they all fall under a category of the following three types of narrative- or, are a mixture: illustration- where the narrative matches the lyrics (for example; if the lyrics were ‘falling down’ the illustration would be of something or someone falling as that specific lyric is played), amplification- this is when the narrative is inspired by the themes of the lyrics, and thirdly; disjuncture is when the narrative seems to hold very little similarities to the lyrics and can be quite random.

Therefore we decided to use the amplification narrative type so that we can project those themes of paranoia and also use some aspects of illustrative narrative as it helps tell the story. In almost every narrative of a music video shows a conflict or problem that needs to be overcome by the character/s in order to restore life back to normal. This is where the narrative arc shows a good representation of how the story would usually go because at the beginning it starts off fine and how everything is normal, and as the arc begins to rise that represents a climax in a problem or conflict. When the arc is at its highest point it is called disequilibrium, and then the narrative can either stop there and leave the audience on a cliff hanger/leave it to them to interpret the rest of the narrative. Or, fix the problem and return back to normal which is then the complete arc. This will be shown in our music video when at fisrst the audience believe that he hasn’t done anything wrong but they are proven wrong in the disequilibrium as he will be seen murdering someone which will completely change the audiences’ views.

Also something that we noticed was that most of the videos were almost incomplete and left it up to the viewers to decide what happens next, this is something that we plan to do in our music video as we think that it creates an unpredictable element which is what makes them want to rewatch it to try and create possible answers. However, we do know that you want the audience to feel predictable please when watching it, so, we are sticking to we’ll known features and elements of the genre  so that they gain that feeling.


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