Narrative in Film and TV: Classroom Resources (paperback) – Eleanor Rehahn

60pp   £22.50  ISBN: 1-903663-62-8   2006
Film and fictional television are for the majority of us our most typical media experience. Our experiences lead us to form expectations based on the type of text that we are watching, which in turn enable us to make sense of what we watch and ‘read’ from the text. Our expectations regarding narrative relate to one of the most basic human activities: storytelling, the causal relationship between one event and another. The study of narrative involves exploring the variations in narrative structure of events in a variety of different media ‘texts’.

The aim of these Classroom Resources is to enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the narrative structures of film and fictional television, and to be able to analyse texts using relevant narrative theories and key media terminology. The Resources provide materials that outline key theories and ideas, and tasks and activities that encourage students to explore, discuss and analyse key texts, using familiar and accessible texts (Casablanca, Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, The Office).
Eleanor Rehahn was a Head of Media Studies at a school in Middlesex and now teaches in Suffolk.

What is Narrative? / Classical Hollywood / Case Study: Casablanca (1942) / Modern Hollywood / Case Study: When Harry Met Sally (1989) / Case Study: Star Wars (1977) / Postmodern Narratives / Case Study: Pulp Fiction (1994) / Case Study: Run Lola Run (1999) / Postmodern Text and Institution / Fictional Television Narratives / The Soap Opera / Case Study: Soap Opera Simulation / The Television Series / Case Study: Television Series / The One-off or Single Drama / Technical Conventions of Fictional Television / Case Study: The Office / Narrative and Institution


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