Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Narrative exercises
As an opening to a film, how would you show that 100 years have progressed using only one set?I had the idea of expressing that a significant amount of time has passed through usingdifferent modes of vehicles passing through the shot which would demonstrateadvancements in transport over the years to indicate that a large amount of time haspassed. A transition from black and white to colour would also be really effective toindicate that 100 years have passed by expressing how technologies have advancedthrough the ages.
Using four shots, how would you demonstrate a year has gone by using the same scene?The ‘four shot’ allowance would be perfect for showcasing the four seasons;autumn, winter, spring and summer which would indicate that a full year has passed.One of the most significant ways of displaying the changes in seasons is through a treeas exampled below as trees are dramatically effected by the seasons from loosing allof there leaves in the autumn to sprouting fresh blossom in the spring.
3 more ways of informing that a year has passed:1. A calendar prop could be used showing a character flipping over the pages for eachmonth through speeded-up time to show the months passing.2. The date at the head of a newspaper could also be used to express a ear has passedby moving the date along.3. Using the setting of a New Year’s Eve party, it could be expressed that a year haspassed by focusing on a banner and transitioning the year from one to the next; forexample 2011 to 2012.
How would you show that 24 hours have passed usingthe same subject?Focusing on a fixed subject, time could be sped up by 24 hours throughchanges in lighting to demonstrate night and day passing. The scene couldbegin with ambient lighting to represent daylight, then transition to low keylighting to show night has fallen before returning to ambient to show the startof a new day.
How would you make it clear to your audience that thenext part of the narrative is a dream?The transition between the two scenes would be vital in the portrayal of adream sequence. A ‘fade to white’ would be an effective transition to showthe start of a dream as this would provide a clear, separation point. A‘dissolving’ or ‘fading’ technique would also be effective as this creates anunnaturalistic representation of how actions occur in real-time, expressingthat the next sequence is only a dream.
How would you make it clear to your audience that thenext part of the narrative is a flashback?A flashback could be represented through a transition from colour to blackand white or sepia to show the change in time. It could be introduced with afade to black transition to clearly distinguish between the shift in scenes. Theaction could also be warped and cantered to express that the action is nothappening in real time.