Saturday, 8 January 2011

Three Act Structure and Digital Story Telling

“Every movie has a beginning, middle and end, but not necessarily in that order” Jean Luc Godard.

One of the most recent films I have watched was called Righteous Kill starring two of my favourite actors Robert Deniro (Turk) and Al Pacino (Rooster). The first state of equilibrium is highlighted  by the main characters in this film, two veteran police officers called Turk and Rooster on the verge of retirement. This film does not follow the traditional 3 structure order as the first act starts with the beginning of the final act. The first act shows Turk confessing for the crimes he has allegedly committed, murdering fourteen people during his time on the police force. This leads the viewer to believe that he is the protagonist of the 3 act structure. This belief continues throughout the second act where we believe that Turk has lost faith in the police force and the legal system of America, therefore changing the state of equilibrium from a hard working police officer into a vigilante. This change occurs when a child rapist and killer is not found guilty and Turk felt that justice wasn’t served. Turk decides to plant a gun on the killer causing him to be arrested. Throughout the second act viewers see the murders mentioned above and are lead to believe that the allege protagonist (Turk) is responsible. Entering in to act 3 we re-visit the first scene at the beginning of the film and realise that the confession being read out By Turk is actually Roosters. It is at this point that the viewer finds out that the true protagonist is Rooster and that Turk is the antagonist.
Equilibrium is restored when Turk corners Rooster in a final climax and kills Rooster therefore removing the vigilante from the equation






The Harry Potter films

In 2001 the phenomenon that is Harry Potter hit the big screen. What started off as a novel written by an unknown author, the now famous J.K Rowling has turned in to one of the greatest examples of Digital Story Telling over the last ten years. Her first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was launched in 1997 and due to its great success was made into a film. The film was launched with a PG rating certificate, but due to its story of fantasy and wizardry, appealed to all ages. In order to extend this book and her following 6 books to a wider audience, J.K Rowling re-released her books with a more mature front cover with no cartoon illustration on the front as she now recognised that her new extended audience may not feel comfortable in public reading a book that was originally targeted for children.
Due to harry potter ‘s success audiences were extended further by a large number of merchandise being launched. This merchandise included computer games, board games, collectable figurines, websites appealing to children, and rides in a number of theme parks.
Even though the Harry Potter series is over ten years old, it still appeals to a wide audience growing day by day regardless of age, gender or specific interest. The increase in merchandise, films and book covers has meant that the audience of Harry Potter has extended from those that are interested in reading books to those that enjoy amusement rides, computer games, DVD’s, going to the cinema, Playing board games and much more.














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