Macro Elements of a Scene : Star Wars Episode 3

Macro Elements of a Scene : Star Wars Episode 3

Narrative is the structure of which a films story is told. Most films follow a five stage set up which enables us to consider how the story will unfold by breaking it up. The five stages are Exposition, Development, Complication, Climax and Resolution. This is a sensible way of telling a story, as it becomes simpler for the viewer to understand. Also the audience expects certain things from the different stages of the narrative.

Genre means the category a film falls under. This provides the audience with a way to differentiate films from other types. Conventions are the things we come to expect in certain genres, e.g. Western’s have cowboys and Indians, horrors have scary places etc.

This gives the audience some predictability, as the viewer expects to see certain things from a type of film. For example, the viewer watches a horror to be scared and watches a comedy to laugh. Producers are provided some form of predictability by genre in the film industry, although every film is produced differently in terms of storyline, cast, setting etc.

Films generally follow trends. When a new film is created, it is a risk for the films directors. A film is more likely to follow similar traits of a ‘box office smash’ as this is less of a risk for the investors. The industry expects the audience to watch a film similar to one that was a huge success. Once a group of films have been created following this pattern, a genre is born.
The film I have chosen to analyse is Star Wars Episode lll: Revenge of the Sith, directed by George Lucas in 2005. The ten-minute sequence of the film I am going to use is the climax, as this is the most dramatic part of the film.

The film is of hybrid genre as it uses conventions from Action (heroes, villains & fights), Fantasy (special powers & other worlds), Science Fiction (robots & spaceships). The film also shows some romance conventions. The audience’s main expectation for a climax is dramatic tension. This is delivered in this...

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