06 Telling Stories

Close All Laptops Please

Only the back half of the class may use their laptops.

Close all laptops please

Telling Stories

The Most Boring Story Ever

Why is this story so boring?

I go to the store. A car is parked. Many cars are parked or moving. Some are blue. Some are tan. They have windows. In the store, there are items for sale. These include such things as soap, detergent, magazines, and lettuce. So you can purchase many types of things at stores.

The Most Boring Thing Ever Written (Bradezone)

A Story Needs Characters

The protagonist is the main character; typically the 'good' in the story.

The antagonist is the character working against the protagonist; typically the 'bad' in the story.

Characters Change

A Story Needs a Story

  1. Parts of a narrative:
  2. Exposition
  3. Complicating Action
  4. Rising Action
  5. Climax
  6. Falling Action
  7. Resolution


Introduces the characters and dramatic situation that is happening.

A Story Needs a Challenge

Internal conflict is the protagonist struggling with their own issues, while external conflict is the protagonist struggling against others, nature or society.

Conflict Arises

The protagonist faces a major conflict.

Rising Action

Where the protagonist works to resolve conflict.


Where the protagonist resolves conflict; one or more of them.

Falling Action

Shows what happens after conflict is resolved.


Demonstrates the final outcome and theme of the story.

Identifying Narrative

  1. While watching Juno, aim to answer:
  2. Identify two things that defined Juno's character, and how you recognized them.
  3. In Juno, what was the major turning point? When does the tension begin to rise?
  4. What is the climax of Juno? What made you identify this as the turning point in the tension?


Act One: Exposition leading to a turning point.

Shot from the first act of Juno (Autumn)


Act Two: Complicating actions.

Shot from the second act of Juno (Winter)


Act Three: Action (climax) leading to resolution.

Shot from the third act of Juno (Spring)


Epilogue: Closes to the film, reiterates the theme.

Shot from the epilogue of Juno (Summer)

A Story Needs an Audience

Every narrative needs an audience to be interested and understand what is happening.

A02 Rubric

The detailed A02 rubric is available on Canvas. Please review it before submitting your work.

Today's Activity

Getting feedback from your peers!

Find two other classmates to sit and discuss your work with.

Step 1

You will have about 15 minutes

Show your draft of your text-image combinations. Your peers should describe what they see:

Step 2

You will have about 15 minutes

Take a look at the design principles being used. Can we say that angle, balance, scale, colour, framing and typography:

Step 3

Summarize your peer's thoughts.

For next week

Please remember!

  1. Bring a camera to next week's lecture
  2. Complete A02

Visual storytelling

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