Narrative: The Story Teller Contest

Narrative: The Story Teller Contest

With winter fast approaching, I thought it might be a good time to release details for the 2010/11 Storyteller Contest. I ran this once before using ‘Once Upon A Time…’ as the theme (original contest thread is HERE)

A great movie (often) needs to have a great story driving it; and there are many different ways of conveying that story to an audience. This year the Story Teller Contest will focus on
Narrative Techniques.

Narrative is generally accepted as possessing two components: the story presented and the process of its telling, or narration, often referred to as narrative discourse. Story is a series of represented events, characters (or agents for some), and actions out of which the audience constructs a fictional time, place, and cause–effect world, or digenesis.

Key points

  • Create a movie or audio play utilising narration to enhance the story
  • Solo or group project
  • Any length, any genre, any format (TM, MS, I clone etc)
  • Narration workshop hosted by Jase & AND on the 101 Show (date tba)
  • Prizes tba (anyone that would like to suggest or donate a prize please pm me)

So, your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to create an original piece of machinima or audio theatre that employs narrative techniques to enhance the story. Your submitted piece will be judged on the effective use of narration in your story, originality, creativity and overall story quality

Very basically there are 2 types of narration, first person and third person. First person narration involves one of the characters within the story providing narration in either a past or present context. Third person narration involves a character not directly involved with the story providing narration. There are many different ways you could use narrative techniques to provide another dimension to your story


  • Submission period will be from 1st March 2011 to midnight 31st March 2011

  • Must be an original works created for this contest

  • Any machinima platform is acceptable

  • Movies must be uploaded to the Story Teller Contest page on TMU (details tba)

  • Narration must be audible (i.e not by subtitle)

As with any contest the primary aim should be to have fun, so get thinking, have fun and we hope to see you taking part in this years Story Teller Contest


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