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Introduction: Narrative.

-Narrative is the way that a story is told.

-My film trailer is based around the crime thriller genre, with one main character.

-The full narrative is not revealed so I do not give away the resolution without the audience seeing the full film.

-My trailer is linear - the events are in order.

-This varies from others as many use to non-linear technique to make it harder for the audience to guess what will happen in the full film.

Paragraph 1: Todorov.

-He believes that all narratives are set out in a certain structure.

-Beginning with equilibrium/status quo, followed by disruption, followed by a resolution and then a state of complete calm.

-I follow this as although my trailer begins with a murder, there was no danger for my main character. There is disruption where my main character is kidnapped - reinforced by the change in atmosphere and setting, being much darker and creepier.

Paragraph 2: Todorov.

-Also supported through sound.

-The soundtrack picks up pace and gets faster along with the action.

-At the start the music is quite slow and at the height of the intensity the ambient sound changes (when the detectives race to find her).

-The idea of disruption is portrayed through the changing pace and volume of the sound.

-The non-digetic scream draws attention to the beginning of the disequilibrium as soon as she is kidnapped.

Paragraph 3: Todorov.

However, I have not completely supported Todorov's idea...

-I have chosen to do this as I did not want the ending of my film to be given away to my audience for marketing purposes. My idea was to use an open narrative within my trailer to add mystery and suspense, making them want to watch the full film in the cinema.

Paragraph 4: Levi-Strauss.

-The concept suggests that there must be binary opposites within a narrative to create tension based on opposition or conflict.

-Two characters fighting (hero/villain).

-My trailer supports this as there are very few characters shown within my trailer, with the main two being at the source of conflict.

-They both fight against each other, the victim tries to escape control.

-Series of close ups - alternating faces.

-Deep music - highlights fear.

Paragraph 5: Vladimir Propp.

-Eight characters to help develop the narrative:





--False Hero




Paragraph 5: Vladimir Propp.

-Although I don't have eight different characters, it could be suggested that some characters have taken on more than one of these roles.

-I do have characters based on the ideas of a villain and a princess. I have also got a strong hero.

-The close-ups show that my victim is the princess as we can see distress and fear on her face.

-I have also shown the pressure felt by the hero.

Paragraph 6: Barthes' Enigma Code.

-The theory suggests that the narrative will establish enigmas or mystery as it goes along.

-These mysteries are overcome by the end of the story.

-This is something that is clearly present in my trailer through the use of fades to black that I have included in between camera shots and intertitles to show the passing of time, with details missing.

-We are not sure which details are missing, creating mystery.

-Sound also creates suspense, minimal dialogue keeps characters feelings a mystery.


Narrative is mainly clear through camera and sound to help establish the genre...

-Although my audience found the majority of my trailer clear, it was slightly difficult to read more into the characters because of the lack of dialogue, making my narrative slightly harder to guess.

-I could have made this better by using dialogue so the characters feelings become clearer for the audience. These feelings may then foreshadow events that are to come.

-The theories suggest that was successful as I have used many of these elements within my narrative.