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1 Introduction Narrative structure is simply how a narrative is put together so we may analyze the narrative In other words it is the way the story unfolds In order to arrest readers attention fully the story should be worth telling It must be extraordinary It may involve death or danger something amusing the unexpected or the uncommon The narrator must show that what he is relating is worth ones time to hear It all begins with a main idea It tells us what the story is going to be about He will pick the style according to his idea either linear or non-linear and a genre high concept hook which he must stay with through out the story to prevent it from flying all over the place The narrator then will throw main characters purposeful direction right pace etc into the story Buried beneath most great films are skeletons Strip away a films characters location and story and underneath you will find the bare bones of structure This is the framework on which the film is built According to Syd Field author of Screenplay - The Foundations of Screenwriting Structure is what holds the story in place 2 Typical elements in a narrative structure Reverse engineering take something apart see how it works and copy it This is exactly what Syd Field did What did all great scripts have in common What made them work where others failed The answer is great structure I am going to go in details what some of these elements are a Abstract Abstract is a clause that summarizes the whole story It is usually at the beginning of the story and is optional Some of the writers choose to reveal the end in the beginning In short it is an introductory summary b Orientation Orientation establishes the time place setting and opening cast It sets a distance between the narrator and the narrative Orientation
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