Narrative Conventions Within Short Film

Short films narrative, whilst sharing some aspects of narrative with feature length film, is often constrained by the time frame of the film. They often follow a singular plot progression with less depth this can mean that some short films can appear to be very different narrative wise when compared to mainstream film.

The first point of difference with the two types of film is the elimination of the equilibrium. Many films follow Todorov’s four act structure consisting of the equilibrium, where all is fine and within natural flow, Disequilibrium, Recognition and Reformation. However when considering short film many decide to leave out an equilibrium as it is the least crucial to the plot, often time consuming and difficult to make interesting.

The second way in which narrative is different is through showing the passing of time. With many feature length films the story is separated into following the progression of many different characters and plot lines this is a useful tool when showing the passing of time as it can be used to break up sections of plotline. However it is often the case that within short film  the linear simple plotline restricts this from being possible without seeming unnatural.

The way in which the passing of time is shown within short film is often through the use of cliché filming techniques such as filming a clock in time-lapse or even montages. This is taken into consideration when making our film ‘After Hours’ in the fact that we’re showing the progression of  a full day and night cycle within our short film.

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