Todorov believes that they conventional narrative are structured in 5 stages.
Stage 1- A state if equilibrium at the out set.
Stage 2-A disruption of equilibrium by some action.
Stage 3-A recognition that there has been a disruption.
Stage 4-An attempt to repair the disruptions.
Stage 5-A reinstatement of the equilibrium.
The way this is structured it can be very familiar and it can be easily applied to many mainstream film narratives.
Allan Cameron 4 words/stages
Modular Narrative-Articulate a sense of time as a divisible and subject to manipulation.
Stage 2-Forking Path
Stage 4-Split Screen
Anachronic-Where flashbacks or flash forwards are involved where there is no clear dominance between any of the narrative threads. They often repeat the scene different to create tension.
Forking Path-The narratives juxtapose alternative version of a story. showing the different possible
outcome from a single small changes in a event or a group event. They tend to contradict each other due to the amount of number of plot line they introduced.
Episodic-organised as either Abstract series or Narratives anthology.
Abstract- the narratives have characterized by the operation of an system that is non
narrative and tends to be dictate/over lay the organization of the narrative elements.
Narrative anthology- A bunch of series of short stories that doesn't connect yet share
a odd similarity.
Split Screen-This narratives are different from others as this one talks about the other narratives.
As the others narratives modularity is more articulated along spatial than temporal lines. Within the film they divide the screen into two or more frames so it juxtapose then event that is going on.