What Is Film Narrative?

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A film narrative is the story that the movie is telling, whether that narrative is linear or fractured. Discover how to use flashbacks and voice-overs when crafting a film narrative with filmmaking tips from a director and filmmaker in this free video on making movies.

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Hi, my name is Jared Drake and I'm going to talk to you about film narrative. Your film's narrative is your movie's story. There's all kinds of narrative. There's linear narratives which tell the story from A to B, they start at one moment, from one moment and they go all the way until problem is resolved. You can have fractured narratives which is where the story jumps back and forth in time. It starts when the guy's 35 years old and flashes back to his or her old childhood, then jumps forward to when they're older and then back again and you kind of have to piece it all together for yourself as the viewer. Elements that you can use in narratives, you can use flashbacks, you can use voice overs, you can use multiple perspectives, maybe you don't have one main character but you have a number of main characters, you can, the class Hollywood narrative typically ends with a happy ending. You can do your own thing and maybe you have a sad ending. There's all kinds of narratives available that you can use and you can make up your own even if you wanted to.

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