Creative Strategies: Brain Storming

To begin with, we started looking into the options we have to work with in terms of narrative. Asking each other questions like:

‘What narrative would we enjoy working on over a 7 week project?’

‘What sort of narrative would be easy to achieve or pull off within the time frame provided?’

‘Would it be easier to achieve a joke within 15-30 seconds as opposed to a serious or ‘deep’ narrative?’

As a result, I wanted to refresh myself with the concept of narrative structure within film and I came across this relatively handy and informative presentation on the exact topic.

I found the information on slide 5 to be particularly interesting. it basically breaks down the Narrative structure to it’s bare essentials,


Exposition – Rising Action – Climax– Falling Action – Resolution

Exposition – meeting the characters, establishing the setting, setting the tone         establishing the normal of the film world.

Rising Action – the central conflict is introduced and the tension between the protagonist and the antagonist begins to mount.

Climax  The climax is the turning point, which marks a change, for the better or the worse, in the protagonist’s future.

Falling Action – The major action has happened, this is the aftermath,this is the sorting out of the major conflict’s resolution.

Resolution  the creation of the new normal. The conflict is resolved.


Narrative elements to consider when thinking about our final idea. The simple way in which each major part of the narrative is broken down and presented here should help us lay out the basic foundations of our story when we decide on one.

A list of possible narrative structures we can explore:

  • Humour
  • emotional
  • romantic
  • Action
  • Educational
  • Twisted humour
  • Horror
  • Sci-fi
  • Fantasy
  • Western
  • Apocalyptic
  • Post Apocalyptic
  • Adventure
  • Musical
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