Category Archives: narration

Ishtar: An Immortal (Poem)

The Poem for Ishtar
 
I am Ishtar,
and I am who I am
I am the First and I am the Last
When all other Gods are dead,
I will sing their final Requiem
 
Even in the brightest light of the Sun,
I am the Morning Star
And in the darkest night with no Moon
I am the Evening Star
The Shining Celestial Star of Venus
 
I am not just beautiful.
I am dark and powerful
I am unforgiving
I am your breath
I am your tears
I can hear you calling before you even speak it
I am love
And I am rage
 
My father gave me the heavens 
Kingship over the sky and sea he gave me,
Hurricanes and lightning I made
Queenship he gave me,
The Lion he gave me,
Waging of battle he gave me, 
the Attack he gave me
 
Woe betide he who would dishonour my name  
I will bring up the dead to eat the living
And I will lay your soul to waste
I will let the fire and smoke consume all of earth
And when everything burns to ashes,
I will be reborn.

Narrative of (500) Days Of Summer


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Focusing on the narration of the movie (500) Days of Summer from 2009 which is told in a non-linear narrative in other words the film events are portrayed out of chronological order.

People are drawn to a good story, and I am no different. Whether fictional or biographical, stories have and always will be a part of what has shaped my life. I think that half of what makes a story engaging is how it is told and it is my belief that what the audience perceives about a story or narrative is directly influenced by what the artist, writer or director comprehends and how they choose to present that understanding.

(500) Days of Summer is as the poster states; a story about love and not a love story. It’s the story of Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon Levitt) who believes in true love and when Tom meets Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) he thinks he has found his soulmate. But while Summer likes him perfectly sincerely, she does not share the same views on love and is not looking for commitment. Ultimately, she breaks his heart and he is left baffled.

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When the numbers of the days in the relationship are shown, the coloring and “mood” of the background art change to reflect the status of the relationship. Good days are brighter and bad days are darker.

The movie narrates of the chapter of time in which Summer is in Tom’s life and is told from his perspective. Their romance and subsequent breakup is revealed through a non-linear narrative segmented time fragments, jumping from different days in the past or present as we follow Tom’s memories during the high and lows of his relationship with Summer.

The non-linear narrative dismisses the atypical Freytag 5 part (dramatic arc, exposition, rising action climax and dénouement) structure of storytelling a drama and utilizes its kaleidoscopic time structure as an appropriate tool to tell Tom’s story. As human memories are seldom recalled in chronological order, especially when it concerns a failed romance and the person in question is going back over the course of the relationship and looking for those first signs of the end that they’d missed when it was happening. They start near the end, and then hop around between the times that were good and the times that left pain.

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Another use of camerawork I was really impressed with was when Tom meets up with Summer again a few months after their breakup. A split screen is used in this sequence to show his Expectations and the Reality of what actually happened. The viewer is shown first hand the variants between reality versus Tom’s expectations as well the disappointment he is ultimately subjected to at the end of the scene. There is no dialog during the entire sequence and the subtlety was sublime and very effective in portraying how how often a person’s reality doesn’t line up with how they play things out in their mind.

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