Research a Practitioner & Narrative Story (Part 1 & 2)


Difference between a narrative and a plot:

Narrative is what happens chronologically in the story.

The plot is the way in which the director chooses to portray the story.

Narrative: Chain of events in a story. The narrative for Peaky Blinders is linear.

Non- linear: The storyline when it is not in chronological order.

Linear: The storyline is in chronological order and has a clear beginning, middle and end.

Narrative theory:

Todorovs narrative theory Narratives have 5 sequences or steps or events in order for the narrative to be recognisable for audiences.

1) Equilibrium – the stage where the narrative is steady and unchanged.

2) Disruption of equilibrium – Something happens to change the narrative- This can be flashbacks, Dream sequences flash forwards.

3) Realisation of the disruption – Characters realised there is a disruption within the narrative.

4) Quest to restore the equilibrium – this doesn’t have to be a quest, but consists of some struggle against the disruption

5) Re-establish equilibrium/ new equilibrium…. A resolution…A clear ending Although it can be a new beginning.

Propps character types:

  • The Hero- Resolves the disruption.
  • The Villain usually creates the narrative disruption.
  • The Donor, who helps the hero by giving him a tool. It may be an object, information or advice, which helps in resolution of the narrative.
  • The dispatcher, who starts the hero on his way, aids the hero in the task of restoring equilibrium.
  • The false hero, who tempts the hero away from his quest
  • The helper, who helps the hero
  • The princess, who is the reward for the hero.
  • Her Father, who rewards the hero for his efforts

McG – Joseph McGinty Nichol – Music Video Director and Film Producer

In 1998, McG directed the very successful music video for ‘The Offspring’s Pretty Fly (For a White Guy). He began his career in the music industry. He directed and produced music videos and has produced various albums. This video has currently, in November 2015, 2.7 million views on YouTube. McG then moved on to producing films. McG also own a production company called Wonderland Sound and Vision, founded in 2001.

Joseph McGinty Nichols net worth is 20 Million Dollars.

He won the Hollywood Breakthrough Award at the 6th Annual Hollywood Film Festival held in 2002. He also won the Billboard’s Pop Video of the Year in 1997.

“His music career included directing over fifty music videos such as Smash Mouth‘s ‘All Star‘, The Offspring‘s ‘Pretty Fly‘, and directing documentaries on Korn and Sugar Ray.” (Source)

Productions that McG is well known for include:

Chuck (TV Series) (executive producer – 84 episodes) Chuck (2007) Poster

Supernatural (TV Series) (executive producer – 169 episodes)

Supernatural (2005) Poster

Jump (TV Movie) (executive producer)

Westside (TV Movie) (executive producer)

(Sourced from IMDb).

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
2000 Charlie’s Angels Yes No No
2003 Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle Yes No No
2006 Stay Alive No Yes No
We Are Marshall Yes Yes No
2009 Terminator Salvation Yes No No
2010 Fantasyland No Yes No Debuted on SnagFilms.[81]
2012 This Means War Yes Yes No [82]
Stolen No Yes No
2014 3 Days to Kill Yes No No
2015 The Duff No Yes No
2016 The Babysitter Yes Yes No
Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
2002 Fastlane Yes Yes Yes Directed and wrote the pilot only.
2003–07 The O.C. No Yes No
2004 The Mountain No Yes No
Supernatural No Yes No
2007 Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For the Next Doll No Yes No
Chuck Yes Yes No Directed only the pilot.
2008 Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious No Yes No
Sorority Forever No Yes No Web series
2010 Exposed No Yes No Web series
2010–11 Human Target No Yes No
Ghostfacers No Yes No Web series
2010–2013 Nikita No Yes No
2011–2013 Aim High No Yes No Web series[83]
2013 Westside Yes Yes No ABC pilot[84]
2014 The Mysteries of Laura Yes Yes No NBC Pilot

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McG commonly bases his narrative around the equilibrium theory. For example, his TV Series ‘Chuck’ was about an agent trying to solve cases/problems. The equilibrium theory is exactly that, trying to restore the equilibrium. Much like many American investigation shows like NCIS or CSI. “Since geeky Chuck accidentally became the mental host of the Intersect, an unprecedentedly powerful computer mind containing all information available to the US government, he’s a primordial national security asset and risk. So CIA and NSA each appoint a top agent to guard Chuck, and often get involved with him in spy adventures. Meanwhile his identity must be kept secret from Chuck’s sister, her perfect partner Devon, both surgeons, and Chuck’s goofy colleagues in Buy More, the Burbank electronics store where he works as a cover.” Source

His famous TV Series Supernatural was also based around the equilibrium theory. “This television drama is about two brothers, Sam and Dean, who were raised by their father, John, to hunt and kill all things that go “bump in the night” after his wife, Mary, was murdered by evil supernatural being when the boys were young. 22 years later the brothers set out on a journey, fighting evil along the way, to find their recently missing father who, when they finally meet up with, reveals he knows what killed their mother, a demon, and has found a way to track and kill it.” Source

This shows that the entire story is an ongoing equilibrium and each couple of episodes has their own todorov theory cycle which then contributes to the bigger picture.

Part Two – Tell a Story

I’m looking to make a music video, a story about two friends that have grown up together and found themselves doing the same jobs and courses through their friendship. Lots of memories are shown (recreations) and during the credits the original footage is shown. The aim of the story is to make the audience happy for the characters and then turn the story around by creating a disrupted equilibrium. This will make the audience feel a sense of shock or excitement by showing that an object that was dropped by someone in public is capable of teleportation and this makes the two boys fall out and they become enemies for a while whilst a large chase/fight scene commences. One of the boys knock out the other I the chase and the wakes up to find him being interrogated by who was once his best friend. During the interrogation, the two boys find out that they want the same thing out of the item as an attempt to repair the damage and then the equilibrium is resolved.


Initial Ideas:

I was initially going to make a music video as a cover of Hero by Enrique Iglesias. I was going to re-record the song myself and change the story of the original video. It was all going to be filmed in town and it was going to include situations where someone is in a troubled situation and someone resolves it.

Another idea that I had was that it was going to be a linear film that tells a story about two friends that met at a young age and were best friends for the rest of their lives. I figured that the film would be made better if there was a disruption of equilibrium as this would be more interesting. (The friends until the end idea was my original idea).

This is done by introducing a disruption to the friendship. Using a circuit board as a prop, I introduced the idea of teleportation. At the start of the film, it shows a POV shot of being interrogated to show that the person interrogating is the enemy at some point. This makes the audience look out during the film to see where it would end up in that situation therefore it gets the audience thinking and being more involved with the film.

The story boards do not match the final product as my ideas were constantly developing during pre-production and production.

My Short Film/Narrative Story: