The Narrative Arc Stop Motion what now?

As a group of three, we created a stop motion animation with the aim to create a 30 second video that would highlight the crucial aspects that make up a narrative. We decided to create a narrative which had the theme of ‘lost and found‘, which manifested itself in the form of using Lego bricks to illustrate someone getting rescued that was in danger of being injured by a shark and then escaping.

Does it fulfill the traditional narrative structure?

Yes, it does as it includes a clear beginning middle and end which is a mirror image of the theorist Todorovs idea of perfect structure. The start features a visual representation of the shark swimming around the surfer. The middle presents the boat coming in and picking the surfer up with the shark rising out of the water slightly, before finishing with the two riding away on the boat.

Do the characters fulfill conventional character types?

We went against the conventional norms of a woman character being the reward of the hero at the end of the narrative and instead had another man as the ‘damsel in distress‘. However we also conformed to the conventional features of a lost and found narrative by having one character that is in despair and feels as if all hope is lost, as well as one that saves the other that is brave and courageous. In our video this took shape in the form of the person in need being the surfer that is being terrorised by the shark, and the robot driving the ship acting as the ‘knight in shining armour‘ type character.

Are there binary oppositions?

The main binary opposition present in our short narrative is that of nature vs. man which is formed around the theory of binary opposition coined by Levi Strauss. This is represented through the shark that acts as the antagonist that is part of nature trying to devour the man in the water.

How Music Video narratives can differentiate from conventional ideas?

Compared to other film media, music video narratives are repeatable which is made possible by the fact that many of them don’t have an ending to them which creates a paradoxical¬†and repeatable idea, as if they could happen under lots of different circumstances. The narratives can also be set out in a nonlinear fashion, which opens a whole new playing field of understanding and meaning that can be unlocked by using things such as flashbacks.

In conclusion, this task has aided my knowledge of how to create a polished and eventful narrative, which differentiates from conventional ideas and also sticks partly to a traditional structure to create media to the best of my ability. If there was one thing I had learnt that I didn’t know before, it would be that narratives being nonlinear could actually greatly improve the narrative, as it can help to provide information that needs to be known to understand the narrative without actually telling the viewer.

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