Ted talk – script

Ted talk slide 1:
On slide – Narratology of stranger things
Script – Hiya, my ted talk today is about narratology in the popular series Stranger things.
Narratology is the specific study of narrative and narrative structure.

on slide 2 – short description of stranger things
script -Stranger Things is a Netflix original popular series created by the Duffer brothers and is set in the 80’s which brings to light a lot of controversial topics and gives a new perspective on the plot development compared to other similar series.

slide 3 – intertextuality and non linear narrative
Script – Stranger things uses non linear narrative and works extremely well with many different concepts involved in the overall plot while also having an easy story to follow throughout. It uses intertextuality with symbolism and references to 80’s films and many inspirations such as Steven Spielberg and Wes Craven. Using many similar shots from films such as Stand By Me, Alien, Nightmare On Elm Street and The Goonies.

Slide 4 Movie references to stranger things.
Script – Now heres a video showing all of the intertextuality and references that inspired the series.

Slide 5 – props narrative theory list
Script – talk them all through then move onto slide 6

Slide 6- stranger things characters relating to props theory
script – talk through them all and why

Slide 7 – a quote from shawn levy
Script – A lot has been said about our show’s style, genre elements, and cinematic references, but what makes the Duffers special is that they service all these things while keeping the show consistently rooted in character.

slide 8 feminine roles
Script – Stranger things has had many controversial reviews on the feminine characters and their development which is mostly to enhance the male characters actions or to push the plot forward rather than to enhance and develop their characteristics of the female roles despite them seeming to have key roles throughout the series. Joyce byers who plays the role of a grieving mother seems to only be used as a prop character to bring the other sides of the multi stranded narrative together without any character development of her personal character and without showing any initiative other than to captivate the audience towards the other main characters. They also use nancy as a plot enhancement and to join together the multi strands of media with the love triangle formed between her and two other characters which only focuses on their character development instead of her as an important character.

Slide 9 – multi stranded narrative – many different narratives that link together throughout the series
Script -Stranger things has an impressive multi stranded narrative that leaves a lot of theories and anticipation for the second series they bring some of the smaller strands of narrative together to collectively help the audience comprehend some of the symbolism that can be missed with many multi stranded narrative shows and has intelligently used the different narratives to give many different textures of story therefore not giving the audience the same tired narrative threads.


Unit 9 – Corporate Video – Feedback

After showing my client the finalised video I asked for feedback. It was through Facebook, which I feel is slightly unprofessional but I know my client personally so we felt this was appropriate.Screen Shot 2016-11-15 at 18.23.16.png

I feel like I didn’t get much of a response from my client, however she has responded fairly positively in the response I did get.

In my opinion, I feel like the video I created really suited the client and her business. The only issue I had with the video was the voice over, due to the tone of voice of my client. I used a lot of techniques to brighten the videos I captured, due to the actual footage being quite dark.

I feel my video is definitely fit for purpose, as it explains what happens within the business and also provides a visual representation for the audience.

The client was happy with the video I created for her, however she wasn’t comfortable with her voice being featured throughout the video.

I’m not certain as to whether or not she’ll use my video due to her lack of confidence with me using her voice, so I may either put the information into text, or get someone else to record what my client says in the video, as it’s great information.

The only improvement I can see to fix is simply the voice over, as it lacks emotion throughout and portrays a lack of confidence and that doesn’t show the company in the best light. If I sorted that out, which I plan on doing, I feel my corporate video would be perfect for my client’s website.


Personal Evaluation:

I feel like overall, my behaviour and communication was fairly professional, however I feel the platform we used to communicate, Facebook, was lacking in professionalism when taking the situation into consideration. I did enjoy working freelance as I didn’t have to worry about letting anyone but myself down, and I really enjoyed working to my own schedule and being fairly one-on-one with my client. My client gave me a lot of leeway when it came to the video, and it gave me a chance to express the sort of look I felt was right for the business whilst still making sure all was okay with the client.



https://litreactor.com/columns/what-stranger-things-can-teach-us-about-characterization focusing on johnathans character development and gives good and bad reviews of the shows development over season

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/08/how-the-female-characters-of-stranger-things-revea.html completely disagree with their view of winonas character development but an interesting view on the womans side of the show.

https://cultural-learnings.com/2016/07/16/the-strangest-thing-about-stranger-things-is-its-potentially-undefined-future/ interesting explanation of some of the plot holes and jumps in the non main characters development to fit into the short amount of episodes and for season 2 to make sense with less episodes to fully give the characters time to develop naturally.

https://medium.com/panel-frame/five-reasons-why-dustin-is-the-best-character-on-stranger-things-4b9294a683f1#.531xmtgdl appreciation of the main cast consisting mainly of children and gives an interesting view on how children view themselves compared to an adults stereotypical view of children and their thought patterns. Also mentions the inspiration for the characters from many great 80’s movies.

http://collider.com/stranger-things-season-2-cast-new-characters/ i would like to see some confident female characters that meet female stereotypes but are proud and like to still be themselves instead of another character feeling the need to be a tomboy to fit in with the main boy cast.

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http://metro.co.uk/2016/10/17/stranger-things-actor-noah-schnapp-addresses-whether-his-character-will-is-gay-6195986/ looks into the sexuality of the characters and brings to light the importance of the show being people who are perceived to be “different” that come together and appreciate their differences and that people watching can relate to that, rather than trying to relate to their sexuality or gender.

https://blog.reflektive.com/stranger-things-performance-reviews/ interesting reviews of the characters individually and talks about personality traits you wouldn’t usually value in a character.

http://www.esquire.co.uk/culture/tv/news/a10913/will-from-stranger-things-reckons-his-character-could-turn-evil/ characters own opinion on his character development and possible overall plot development in the second series.

http://thetalkhouse.com/stranger-things-problem-plotblocking/ interesting take on the characters and how the plot does seem to have a lot of useless content and the emotions of some of the characters become tiresome.

10 http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/7/13203688/stranger-things-panel-nycc-2016-millie-bobby-brown-david-harbour new york stranger things panel answers a lot of the popular questions involving the characters and season 2.

11 https://www.reddit.com/r/StrangerThings/comments/4v82bf/spoiler_alert_what_did_el_mean_by/ fan theories about els character development along with the demigorgon (them being one and the same)

12  https://moviepilot.com/p/stranger-things-fan-theory-gaten-matarazzo/4101903 theory that will has similar powers to 11, discuss the idea of will possibly being 11’s twin???


14 http://www.gamesradar.com/80s-movies-inspired-stranger-things/ Focusing on 80’s movies that inspire stranger things characters and their development

15 http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/07/inside-stranger-things-the-duffer-bros-on-how-they-made-the-tv-hit-of-the-summer.html duffer brothers quote


16http://eds.a.ebscohost.com/eds/detail/detail?vid=3&sid=5dfb623a-3e78-425a-9bbc-7d2e873fcb69%40sessionmgr4010&hid=4108&bdata=JkF1dGhUeXBlPWlwLHVpZCZzaXRlPWVkcy1saXZlJnNjb3BlPXNpdGU%3d#db=cat03612a&AN=exco.0415236118 media studies book