Blog Post 2: Narrative Traditions II

The short films that we watched for this lesson were very interesting because they did not follow Aristotelian plot structure. The first short film, Meshes of the Afternoon, was difficult for me to understand. I got the sense that it was almost a thriller since there was a time loop around her possible death. I was confused with the plot and what it was supposed to convey, it seemed as if there were multiple animations of that day all intertwining with the rose, key and knife symbolizing her death.

I connected with Small Deaths more than the first video because the plot was delivered differently. I got the impression that this video was about a girl who had witnessed bad situations throughout her life. First with her father leaving, then the dead cow, and finishing with a nasty overdose prank. The plot was more linear, but it did not have a central conflict or a climax, it was more of a few memories.

    She and Her Cat was interesting in the way of it being a short story with no clear purpose. The cat was talking about his first love, his owner, and I think that she left him in the end. It reminded me of a nursery story that has a small message hidden in a cute tale. I did not fully understand the message behind it, but it was cute.

The last film, 160 Characters, was the most emotional for me as I can completely relate to what happened. I too was left to raise my daughter on my own and no matter how much I tried to keep the father around, he chose not to be involved. I wont get too much into that, but I really felt that film as I knew the feelings she felt all too well. This story was a recollection of how Victoria ended up as a single parent to her son.

All of the short films had a linearity that told a tale about a past event. There was a conflict in each film, a possible murder, hard life events, the love of an owner, and parenting alone, but they were told in a linear fashion set in the past rather than the present/future. The first film had me extremely confused for a day (I am only now figuring it out), the second reminded me of some of my past, the third was cute but sad, and the last had me teary. There was also narration in all of the films, with the first and second using visualization rather than words. I still caught the narration because in Meshes there were multiple layers of the same story, much like canon or round singing. In Small Deaths  the story is told by watching the events as one would in a memory.

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