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Dramatic Structure ‘Story & Plot’ ~ Elephant (Including a Deconstruction of the Opening Sequence

Dramatic Structure ‘Story & Plot’ ~ Elephant (Including a Deconstruction of the Opening Sequence

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Broadcast Media & Popular Culture ~ Level 1 Term 1
Moving Image History & Theory
Assignment 2:
Question 1: Dramatic Structure \u2018Story & Plot\u2019 ~ Elephant
(including a Deconstruction of the Opening Sequence)

Words: 3032
Essay ~ 2702
Deconstruction ~ 330

Joanne Lamberti
st06002041
joannelamberti@hotmail.com
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I declare that the work in the following assignment is entirely
my own unless otherwise referenced or clearly stated.
Joanne Lamberti
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This assignment is an analysis of the filmE l e p h a n t \u2018inspired by the
tragic events at the Columbine High School\u20191 , it was written and

directed by the controversial director Gus Van Sant and won many
awards upon its release in 2003 including the highly acclaimed Palme
D\u2019or prize. It will discuss how the film challenges and conforms to the
classic formulaic narrative structure employed by Hollywood to appeal
to mainstream audiences, with particular reference to the camerawork
and how it constructs a coherent sense of time and space
(verisimilitude). It will also assess the importance of the characters,
and if and how the general style of the film creates an illusion of
reality. By doing so, it may be possible to identify whether or not the
techniques employed within the text are classically conventional and
dominated by Hollywood cinema or if it is an oppositional text that
mostly uses techniques derived from Second (European/Art) cinema.

When analysing any text in relation to its narrative structure, story
and plot, it is primarily imperative to define these terms as a basis to
later refer to. Narrative for instance, is simply the combination of
story (fabula) and the plot (syuzhet) as introduced within (and
borrowed from) the Russian formalist period. Narrative is a concept
that many argue has five classically employed conventions which
together constitute the diegesis of a film as discussed by Brannigan.
With the overall structure being the primary component, a clear and

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