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Narrative Structure
Todorov
Equilibrium Amelia wakes up in the forest, whilst the character appears to be in an
unusual situation she does not appear to be in any danger. Therefore this part of the
production can be considered the equilibrium, as it is the most normal part of the
production before any significant danger is present.
Disruption to the equilibrium When Amelia first sees The Whistler this can be
considered the disruption to the equilibrium as this is when the danger of the
antagonist is first apparent and disrupts the normalcy established from the
equilibrium.
Recognition of the disruption The disruption the equilibrium is first acknowledged
when The Whistler first chases Amelia, as this is where the protagonist reacts to the
danger presented by the antagonist.
The events that take place after this point do not occur in the two-minute
opening sequence.
Attempt To Repair The Equilibrium When Amelia decides to go on a quest to
uncover the whistlers true identity and find out what happened on that day in the
woods.
New Equilibrium/ Restoration to the Equilibrium Amelia finds out the truth and
attempt to move on with her life.
Propp
The Hero Refers to the character on a quest, in terms of our production this is
Amelia (The Protagonist) as she is on a quest to discover the identity of The
Whistler.
The Villain - This is the character that opposes the protagonist and often prevents the
hero from continuing on their quest. The antagonist is typically portrayed as the
villain; this can be seen through our production as the antagonist (The Whistler)
does prevent Amelia from continuing with her quest although this
The Donor: This is the character that provides the hero with help typically by
providing the character with an object, which has special powers. As the production
is only a two-minute opening sequence there is no character, which can be related to
the character of the donor.
The Dispatcher: This is generally the character, which sends the hero on their quest
as Amelia makes the decision to go on a quest so some may interpret Amelia herself
as being both the dispatcher and the hero.
The False Hero: This is the character which may attempt to help the hero but may
provide incorrect information which results in the heros quest being disrupted, like
the donor there is no character within the opening sequence which can be identified
as the false hero.

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The Helper: This character aids to hero, the role of the helper character can vary
between each narrative. There is no character which can be identified as the helper
within the opening sequence.
The Princess: This is a stereotypical female character who is seen as the reward for
the hero at the end of their quest, because of this they are often used as bait for the
hero by the villain. Whilst there is no clear princess character Amelia could be
considered the princess character to a certain extent as she is portrayed as the
damsel in distress, on the other hand as she is already considered the hero this
would not make sense within the narrative.
Her Father:The father of the princess is the character who gives the hero permission
to have his daughter. However, as there is no real princess, there cannot be a father.
Barthes:
The Enigma/Proairectic Code:
This refers to how tension is built up within the text resulting in the audience
becoming suspicious of what the current events will eventually transpire. Within our
opening sequence we will achieve this through fast paced editing and slow nondiegetic score music building up throughout in order to evoke a suspicious reaction
from the audience.

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