Monday, 27 January 2014

Theorists - Roland Barthes

Action and Enigma Codes:

  • Barthes' interest in narrative derived from the concept of the use of visual codes
  • Enigma codes are images/sequences that control how much we know in the story, engaging and holding audience interest. They present puzzles which demand to be solved
  • Action Codes are those images/sequences that work as a form of visual shorthand making complex ideas immediately apparent and carrying the story forward
  • The following are some of the key components of this theory:
Restricted/Unrestricted Narration:
How much information do you release to the audience

The compression of time within a film

The 'because' of the story


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