Media Technology MSc

MSc Thesis


Title

Cinemetric Analysis of Acts in Motion Pictures: Finding Narrative Structures in Film Form

Student(s)

Chris Heydra

Year

2012

Abstract

Watching and understanding motion pictures is rooted in a viewer’s understanding of conventions of how the events and characters are presented in the film. These conventions manifest themselves as elements of the films form; shots are filmed and edited in a logical, purposeful way. Among other things, they can be expressed through the positioning of the camera and the pace at which the shots follow one another. We argue that slight changes in the form of a film occur and coincide with three different phases (acts) of a films narrative structure. We analyse five films to find moments of change in film form through cinemetrics, the use of metrics to describe film form. A comparison between the known plotpoints, or transitions between acts, and the moments of change in film form may reveal a possible relationship between formal style identifiers and act transitions. Although our analysis did not yield significant relations between moments of change in film form and the plot-points, conclusions are drawn and discussed and recommendations for future work are made.

Full Reference

Chris Heydra, "Cinemetric Analysis of Acts in Motion Pictures: Finding Narrative Structures in Film Form", Master's Thesis for the Media Technology programme, Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2012