Close All Laptops Please
Only the back half of the class may use their laptops.
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.
- Types of characters:
- Static: The character's personality, views and actions stay the same.
- Dynamic: The character's personality, views and actions change because of the story.
A Story Needs a Story
- Parts of a narrative:
- Complicating Action
- Rising Action
- Falling Action
Introduces the characters and dramatic situation that is happening.
- What character traits are established?
- What goals are there?
- What obstacles might stand in the way of characters?
- When does the exposition end?
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.
The protagonist faces a major conflict.
- What is the major turning point?
- Does the protagnist change their goals or approach?
- Do any cues draw attention to the change?
Where the protagonist works to resolve conflict.
- Is there one conflict or many?
- Are some resolved along the way, or do they all resolve at once?
- How is the protagonist affected as the action rises?
Where the protagonist resolves conflict; one or more of them.
- Does the protagonist achieve her goal?
- How does the narrative change at this point?
- What is the main climax?
Shows what happens after conflict is resolved.
Demonstrates the final outcome and theme of the story.
- While watching Juno, aim to answer:
- Identify two things that defined Juno's character, and how you recognized them.
- In Juno, what was the major turning point? When does the tension begin to rise?
- 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.
Act Two: Complicating actions.
Act Three: Action (climax) leading to resolution.
Epilogue: Closes to the film, reiterates the theme.
A Story Needs an Audience
Every narrative needs an audience to be interested and understand what is happening.
The detailed A02 rubric is available on Canvas. Please review it before submitting your work.
Getting feedback from your peers!
Find two other classmates to sit and discuss your work with.
You will have about 15 minutes
Show your draft of your text-image combinations. Your peers should describe what they see:
- Exactly what kind of combination is used?
- Where is our attention focused? Why?
- What is the message that we see?
- Is the message that we see visible without you explaining it?
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:
- Are being used correctly and effectively?
- Are there ways in which they could make the message clearer?
- Can you identify that each of these has been considered?
Summarize your peer's thoughts.
- 2 identified strengths in your work
- 2 identified weaknesses in your work
- 2 ways or methods through which you will improve on your work
For next week
- Bring a camera to next week's lecture
- Complete A02
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