Notes on reading Bordwell and Thompson

  • Causality, Time and Space as central to the understanding of a narrative.
  • Parallelism: a similarity among different elements (eg. Dorothy’s 3 Kansas farm hands are parallel to her 3 companions in Oz
  • Invites us to compare and contrast the various elements at play.
  • Plot and Story: We often infer events that are not explicitly presented. We make assumptions based on cues.
  • Story: presumed and inferred events; diegesis Ithe totally world of the action)
  • Plot: The explicitly presented, nondiegetic material
  • Cause and Effect: spectators seek to connect events by means of cause and effect: we look for causal motivation.
  • Time: spectators construct story time on the basis of what the plot presents
  • We are active audiences in navigating through a films manipulation of order,duration and frequency and constructing chronology.
  • Space: The physical space of actors as well as the visible space on the screen (screen space)
  • Patterns of development (plot progression): change in character knowledge, goal-oriented plot,
  • Experimental film: wilfully nonconformist
  • Abstract, Associational forms
  • DOCUMENTARY film: 
  • Categorical: aims to convey information in a simple fashion
  • Rhetorical: Filmmaker wished to make an argument or convince the spectator.

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