A. Communal Context

  • We not only have a specific mood, but we are located inside a certain cultural situation with its own mood
  • We have to look outside of ourselves to our community in order to find out the mood of society
  • Our community has its own unique set of perspectives, values, morals that we must become attuned to and to discover
  • We not only affect our community, but in return our community affects us
  • Interpolation: the institution and structures that surround us and shape our values
  • What are the values of our community?

B. High Concept

  • Narrative’s premise
  • Built using a “what if” scenario
  • Concept is high above the rest of the narratives components
  • All action is hinged on this one critical point
  • One-liner captions
C. Ficelle:
  • the strings that connect us to the secondary characters, shift focus off of hero- what’s going on around us?
  • Strategy of placing more importance on the supporting cast than the hero of a narrative
  • threading/connecting us to the secondary characters; shift focus off of hero.

D. For Example, “Be Kind Rewind”

  • Focalization
    -Every story is told from a point of view
    -Point of view taken by the narrative to the dramatic action of events
  • Focalization: at the beginning focus solely on Mos Def, but as the story progresses the film starts to focalize on Mike and Jerry, but to the community- the sense of the community
  • The movie provides no resolution, but it does provide some closure to the characters and their community
  • It not just about Mos Def, it’s not just about Jack Black, but about the community (the building, Fats Waller)
  • Becoming part of something that participating in community activities means more than simply “gimme, gimme, gimme”
  • Emphasis on community creativity

E.  Syncretism

  • Filling in the gap, threading together of at least two different discourses or even languages that exist in our life
  • You can’t talk like you are in a brothel when you are at school, so we have to be able
  • Switching from tunnel vision to panoramic
  • syncrotiscism- filling the gap between two different things
  • it’s all about threading different stories together

F. Greimas

  • Articulated a structure of narrative in terms of several axis
  • Relations of subject and object (the goal or desire of the hero)
  • Helpers and opponents (resources to support the quest and obstacles to the goal)
  • Sender and Receiver (axis of communication)
  • Sender is the source of value(s) in the narrative world
  • Extimacy
    -Inside/outside experience
    -The outside disaster or problem forms an image of an interior feeling
  • EVOKE

G. Donor

  • ”Helper” role in a typical narrative
  • Tests the protagonist’s worthiness, desire, and competence so that they make undertake their quest
  • Gives the protagonist the tool(s) required to defeat the “villian” or achieve the completion of
  • Check out from 1:40 on for good example of Donor
  • Riddles of Sense
    -Posed by the donor
    -Tests the hero’s worthiness
  • Luke’s Test
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3 Responses to “Band 2: Chapter 7”

  1. Steve Harris Says:

    Here are my notes on some of the key topics from chapter seven:

    Ficelle
    -Strategy of placing more importance on the supporting cast than the hero of a narrative

    Greimas
    -Articulated a structure of narrative in terms of several axes
    -Relations of subject and object (the goal or desire of the hero)
    -Helpers and opponents (resources to support the quest and obstacles to the goal)
    -Sender and Receiver (axis of communication)
    -Sender is the source of value(s) in the narrative world

    Donor
    -“Helper” role in a typical narrative
    -Tests the protagonist’s worthiness, desire, and competence so that they make undertake their quest
    -Gives the protagonist the tool(s) required to defeat the “villian” or achieve the completion of

    their quest

    Focalization
    -Every story is told from a point of view
    -Point of view taken by the narrative to the dramatic action of events

    Riddles of Sense
    -Posed by the donor
    -Tests the hero’s worthiness

    High Concept
    -Narrative’s premise
    -Built using a “what if” scenario
    -Concept is high above the rest of the narratives components
    -All action is hinged on this one critical point
    -One-liner captions

  2. Steve Harris Says:

    A couple more notes:

    Interpellation
    -Process by which our identity is constructed

    Extimacy
    -Inside/outside experience
    -The outside disaster or problem forms an image of an interior feeling


  3. my notes aren’t as good…but here are some of them.

    -interpellation: seek what the values of the community are

    -syncrotiscism- filling the gap between two different things

    -it’s all about threading different stories together

    -Ficelle:threading/connecting us to the secondary characters; shift focus off of hero.

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