What is a Narrative Story?
What is a narrative story? Why is it important in filmmaking. In this presentation I share elements of a narrative story as my class makes a short film. You can find more of my teaching information on my blog at http://www.chipdizard.com
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - What is a Narrative Story?
What is a Narra*ve Story? Mr. Dizard’s Interac*ve Media Produc*on
Deﬁni*on • A narra*ve story is a way of ordering events and thoughts in a coherent sequence that makes them interes*ng to watch and listen. • For our purposes, our stories will be under 15 minutes.
Must Have’s • Stories must have some sort of conﬂict or complica*on. The role of the story is to ul*mately resolve that conﬂict or complica*on. • Stories oNen have a surprise, a new piece of informa*on that changes the direc*on. • Stories with one main subject usually have greater impact than stories with many subjects
What’s not a story • A person is not a story • A place is not a story – Those are topics – A story shows the challenges that occur to a person or place over *me.
Examples • Not a Story – Nick TroRer performing for the AFSIVA Talent Show. • Story – A *mid student who can really sing who prepares for the talent show for the ﬁrst *me.
Examples • Not a Story – Mr. Fried’s teaching photography to Kyrell. • Story – How a student with no prior experience with photography becomes a world-‐class photographer with Mr. Fried’s guidance.
Examples • Not a Story – A Crossing Guard’s work • Story – How a crossing guard is the ﬁrst line of defense for children walking into the building and why she has been doing it for 25 years.
Examples • Not a Story – Ms. Stokes Career as an Educator. (Maybe a documentary) • Story – A former student impacted by Ms. Stokes and why the student sends her child to learn under her.
Stories must be visual • In the video/mul*media world, stories must be able to be shown in a visual world. • Have you ever read a book and then seen the movie and been disappointed?
Project • Think of three story ideas and write them down in this format: • Not a story • A Story • We will share out to the class.