Open Source Cinema | Social | Serializing Cinema
Finding Regularities in the Format and in the Consumption -> Universality
What came into my mind immediately when tasked to serialize cinema is to dissect the visual within a frame into foreground & background. Then, I thought of the classical three-act structure of a story: setup, conflict, and resolution.
Why do we (or at least, I) prefer a narrative (feature-length films) to be structured into three or five acts? I assume it's because it's just how my brain is wired to process it – maybe, my cognition and emotional journey are best facilitated in this format.
Like how letters are codes for not only a physical phenomenon (sounds) but also a meaningful action (words, forming sentences), cinema is also a code for us to consume narrative and stories. And in that sense, when finding the regularities in physical phenomena within cinema, I should also keep in mind the bigger, meaningful action.
Traditional Cinema Components
Relationship between the character and the background
Type: Protagonist / Antagonist / Deuteragonist
Story Arc: Setup / Confrontation / Resolution
Character’s action (description of what happens in the story)
I also thought of another way I consume narratives: binge-browsing. Different from staring at a screen for a prolonged period of time, binge-browsing is faster, non-linear, greatly varied in terms of content, and haphazard.
Yet I consume more content and narrative by binge-browsing and not by watching conventional cinema pieces. So what can cinema learn from content whirlpool that is social platforms? Perhaps, similar to how a story is divided into three acts to accommodate my cognition and emotional journey, the act of consuming should be divided into several parts as well.
Intention: What do I need to know? What do I want to know?
Attention: What else is interesting for me to look at?
Larger experience: How does this piece of content relate to the larger identity and experience that I've built over the years? Does it reassert my values and beliefs?
Maybe this is far-fetched, and has no practical implications at all in serializing cinema. But I would like to think that there is value in investigating what compels people to consume a narrative. Finding the regularities in these compel-factor might not yield in modular elements a producer can use to make a story, but it would empower the producer to break out of technicalities and facilitate narrative-consumption in an almost feral way.
Social "Cinema" Components
Number of impressions
Number of shares
Quality: objective(declarative), subjective(opinion)
Intent: to promote, to seed chaos