Narrative and Story
- Story, tale - accounts of happening, description of a scene or a character, including visuals;
- Technique and process of narrating.
(By the way, many paintings are performative: the brushstrokes and line quality matter).
A narrative is an account of a series of related events or experiences, fictional or not. Narratives can be presented verbally, via still or moving images, or through a sequenced combination of media. I obviously used it in filmmaking and story-writing, and more open to interpretation in fine art.
Almost all my visuals or text contain some forms of narrative presentation. To sort them efficiently, I have combined formal types of writing and narration, most Nichols' and a few De Bromhead’s documentary modes, and some other classifications - because no system was sufficient or universal enough for my needs.
I came up with five modes: expository, linear, observational, participatory, poetic.
Modes of presentation:
These modes are not entirely mutually exclusive, but I attempt to order my material by most prominent features, and tend to assign only one mode-label to each piece.
Other Modes of Narration
Sets of methods authors or artists often use in verbal works:
- By point of view: first-person view, second-person, third, and alternating.
- By voice: stream-of-consciousness, voice of a character (both could be unreliable or not credible), epistolary (from writing), and third-person voices.
- By time: past, present, and future tense.
Documentary mode is a conceptual scheme developed by Bill Nichols that distinguishes particular traits and conventions of various documentary film styles.
Documentaries - nonfictional stories about some aspect of reality - emphasizing or expressing things as perceived, possibly without distortion or insertion of fictional matter: documentary films, novels, books, comics, animations, etc.