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Narratvie Exercise – Monomyth

Posted: January 24, 2017 by Alan Hardcastle in FDA 16_18
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This week, I have a number of things I need you to look at – Composition & Movement and Monomyth.

The first one discusses movement from left to right across the composition of the frame, and the psychology of our understanding of this.

The second talks about the overall structure of the story, based on The Writers Journey and how this is influenced by myths and legends.

So, what I need you to do, is explore elements of both using the camera. Home many of the stages of the monomyth can you represent using composition and movement?

So, for example –
Your character is has the call to adventure, and refuses it – how do you frame the hero? How does the Hero move within the frame?
Crossing the Threshold – How do you show the Character “leaving the limits of their world?” And how would you show them coming back for the Return Threshold?

You can either pick stages and explore them in  a series of shots, or try to construct a narrative from a selection of the stages to show a narrative developement following the Monomyth theory. either way, I am not worried about location, acting or sound / dialogue – I purely want to see how you use the camera to communicate the stage.

 

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We are looking at narrative as the series of clues & cues within the frame that tell the story. Focusing on Composition and Movement gives us a chance to simplify the construction of the frame to better communicate the narrative element we are referring too.

Movement within a frame is important, but what does it communicate?

We can look at the main axis of movement in relation to the camera  – up & Down, closer & further away and left & Right. It is this movement across the screen that is potentially the most interesting and least obvious when it comes to meaning.
In the video essay from Channel Criswell, he explores how left to right indicates movement towards the future or progress, whereas right to left indicates movement to the past or regression – but there is a further negative feeling that doesn’t occur with left to right. while initially, this could be about what we are used to  – reading, right-handedness, conventions in mathematical representation etc, it seems that it is a constant across cultures.

See the original article at NoFIlmSchool for more info.

But before we move, we need to know where we place our subjects and other cues that form the narrative that communicates the story.