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Film & Culture Chapter 4
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The major character whose values or behavior are in conflict with those of the protagonist.
A scene-by-scene (sometimes shot-by-shot) breakdown that combines sketches or photographs of how each shot is to look and written descriptions of the other elements that are to go with each shot, including dialogue, sound, and music.
The images, action, and dialogue necessary to give the audience the background of the characters and the nature of their situation, laying the foundation for the rest of the narrative.
The resolution or conclusion of the narrative.
An element—event, character, object, setting, sound—that helps form the world in which the story occurs. Compare nondiegetic element.
diegesis (adj. diegetic)
The total world of a story—the events, characters, objects, settings, and sounds that form the world in which the story occurs.
Something that we see and hear on the screen that comes from outside the world of the story (including background music, titles and credits, and voice-over narration). Compare diegetic element.
A subordinate sequence of action in a narrative, usually relevant to and enriching the plot.
The imaginary time in which a movie's images appear or its narrative occurs; time that has been manipulated through editing. Compare real time.
The major character who serves as the "hero" and who "wins" the conflict. Compare antagonist.
Accepted systems, methods, or customs by which movies communicate. Cinematic conventions are flexible; they are not "rules."
Providing a third-person view of all aspects of a movie's action or characters. Compare restricted.
Providing a view from the perspective of a single character. For example, restricted narration reveals information to the audience only as a specific character learns of it. Compare omniscient.
Narration when a character breaks the "fourth wall" (the assumed barrier between the characters on the screen and the audience) to address us directly.
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