The“String Bean Film” is one that expresses itself as a fictionalfilm. This is because the events in this film occur in achronological order-one after the other (Bordwell,1985).Fanatics of this movie can link the relationship of one event withthe other hence the narrative results into a happy ending for theaudience. For instance, chronological aspect of this film is evidentwhereby the old woman finds a discarded pot near her apartment andplants in the seed. Later on, she takes the plant in her apartmentswhere it grows in a retarded manner. With this chronological flow ofevents, the audience is not left hanging thus they can make sense outof the flow of events in the film. Another evidence that the movie isa fictional movie is because of the unification of events. The sceneof this film is taking place at continuous place and at specifictimes. Although the scene of the movie is changing from the outsideof the apartment to the inside, the films still remain easy to followwith no consequences on its flow.
Afilm that is less than sixty minutes long shows some similaritieswith the feature movies in different perspectives. One of thefundamental similarities is role and number of characters. Just likefeature films, short fictional films have one or more main charactersin the story who do not change their personality. An example of thisaspect is in Leon’s case. In this short fictional film, Leon is themain character in the story and the main subject of the actions inthe film. Like the feature movies, the short fictional films alsohave got goals. The goal is not usually stated by the character butrather the audience unveils the goal in the process of viewing thefilm. The story line is also another similar characteristic betweenthe short films. The story line has duration of time that it narratesthe experiences of each character or a set of characters in the film.The story line also shows how characters both in short films andfeature film face problems while trying to reach their goal in thefilms(Edgar-Hunt, 2010).Moreover, short films have episodic scenes that are experienced infictional films. These scenes expressed in short films tend totransform from one place to another and at different times. Forinstance, in Leon’s case, there are scenes where he plays his roleat his apartment while dressed as a priest. In another scene, he isat a telephone booth calling the FBI to inform them of thedemonstrators.
Shortfilms also have some differences from feature films. Unlike in thefeature movies where conflict between characters is used to build theplot of the film, in short fictional films the viewer’s only seethe conflict of one character hence development of plot is a bitchallenging. Another notable difference is in the goals of thecharacters. Short fictional films have only one goal and which theyface a lot of problems to achieve.
Themain goal of characters in feature films is to certify that theaudience does not lose interest in the film. They do this by playingtheir respective roles until their audience is satisfied(Beiman, 2007).Conflict in feature films occurs when the character seeks to achievesame goals or different goals. These conflicts leave the character ina dilemma. The solution to these conflicts is playing the role untilone succeeds. Despite the setbacks characters face in achieving theirgoal, they should try as many times as possible until they eventuallysucceed spectacularly. In the movie thestand and deliver,a high school teacher faces the conflict of being overworked.However, he does not give in but rather works harder until heresolves the conflict by ensuring that the students pass their tests.Moreover, in the film musicof the heart,a violin tutor endures setbacks until he finally succeeds in his workhence resolving the conflict.
Beiman,N. (2007). Prepareto Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features andShorts: Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features andShorts.Burlington: Elsevier.
Bordwell,D. (1985). Narrationin the fiction film.Madison, Wis: University of Wisconsin Press.
Edgar-Hunt,D. R. (2010). BasicsFilm-Making 03: Directing Fiction.Lausanne: AVA Academia.