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RTF 317 Screening Journal 5

by: Cassidy Schap

RTF 317 Screening Journal 5 RTF 317

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Cassidy Schap
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Narrative Strategies in Film and Television
Michael Rennett

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Narrative Strategies in Film and Television
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Cassidy Schap on Wednesday September 30, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to RTF 317 at University of Texas at Austin taught by Michael Rennett in Spring 2015. Since its upload, it has received 15 views. For similar materials see Narrative Strategies in Film and Television in Film at University of Texas at Austin.


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Date Created: 09/30/15
As I was reading the quotNarrative Structuresquot chapter in the booklet it occurred to me the ways in which the TV shows we watched differed from the Classical structure denoted by the book The rst thing that struck me was that classical cinema focuses on a single protagonist the quotcentral characterquot quotThe story revolves around him or herquot Butler 180 With shows like Parks and Rec and The Fresh Prince of BelAir it might seem obvious that Leslie Knope and Will Smith respectively are the main characters They both tend to drive the plot surrounded by their cast of supporting characters Seinfeld though named after one of the characters seems to revolve more around the hijinks of the entire cast as opposed to focusing on a single character Despite the fact that Parks and Rec does tend to revolve around Leslie the episode titled quotPawnee Rangersquot actually kind of diverges from this trend While the classical narrative is quotmotivated by the desire of a single characterquot Butler 180 the episode follows the motivations of not just Leslie but Ron Ben Tom and Donna Leslie s desires drive the motivation to be better than Ron s camping troupe but Donna s desire to include Ben and Tom s desire to have an appropriate quotTreat Yo SeIfquot day drive a secondary narrative that intertwines with Leslie s narrative In this way the plot of the episode is split between multiple narratives each driven by a different motivations In keeping with the focus on the quotPawnee Rangersquot episode it is interesting to note the syntagmatic structure or quotthe order in which the scenes or syntagms transpirequot Butler 181 Because the episode is focused on two separate narratives that are occurring presumably at the same time but in different places we see scenes from both intertwined into one episode As Butler notes quotthe time in lm does not match the time in realityquot 181 Thus we have Ron and Leslie s camping scene followed directly by Ben s shopping trip but when we return to Leslie s storyline an indeterminate amount of time has passed We can assume that the two plots are not placed in perfectly sequential order so we rely on how much the story has progressed to help us gure out where we are in the story as we switch from scene to scene


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