Explain in detail the distinction between plot and story in fiction films.

Please respond to both of the following questions. A substantive four- to five-paragraph
response to each question is required. Be sure to answer each question completely. Write in
the present tense, use 12-point Times (Mac) or Times New Roman (PC) font, double-spaced,
with 1.25” margins left-right and 1” margins top-bottom.
1. Explain in detail the distinction between “plot” and “story” in fiction films. Be very precise.
To demonstrate the distinction provide a specific example from Film Art, a specific example
from the lectures, and two (2) original examples of your own drawn from the Lynne Ramsay
film Small Deaths, which is available at the link below (this is the short film we considered in
lesson 3 on mise-en-scene). It is very important that you be sure to cover the following in
your answer: plot gaps, inference making and the role of film style in guiding audience
perceptions, responses and inferences.
2. Analyze how (a) cause and effect, (b) the changing knowledge of characters and (c) character
goals operate in the scene from ET: The Extraterrestrial that is available at the link below.
Your goal is to demonstrate how these three strategies work to ensure that the unfolding
events in the scene cohere and logically follow from each other such that a new narrative
state of affairs is plausibly reached by the end of the scene that is different from the narrative
state of affairs in place at the beginning of the scene (you are expected identify both these
narrative states of affairs). You must discuss how the performances of the four actors in the
scene reveal to us the changing knowledge and intentions of their characters and how this
helps to create for us a clear chain of psychological causes and effects. (Before answering