New Narratives · Schematic Diagram and Artifacts

Schematic Diagram – Schematic Research and Ideas

After completing our first assignment of are ‘Vogler Presentation’ we began a new project, task 1 being to create a schematic based on a chosen film, and then create an artefact related to our findings and research. Our group had a very optimistic outlook on this challenge because we had all worked so well together in the previous task, also the film given to us for the Schematic task, ‘Raging Bull’ (1980) was a very interesting watch. Mainly because I would have never really watched a film of this genre on my own terms, so having to watch it as part of our task was certainly a good reason to watch such a well thought out film. Having never done a task like this before, I wanted to familiarise myself with what a schematic actually is. Following a recent group meeting we decided it would best benefit the team to plan and schedule how we should tackle such a tedious task of creating a schematic, including looking at last year’s works and how to apply the positive aspects of their work to our own.

What is a Schematic?

The schematic we had to create, in regards to this task, is a diagram that represents the timeline or narrative of a film, including major and minor characters and what they do on and off screen until the end of the narrative. As a cause of its simplistic approach, schematic diagrams tend to use iconography instead of realistic pictures, this is done in order to present the viewers information in its simplest form.  A great definition I found of what a Schematic is from (What is schematic diagram? Definition and meaning, 2017) is “A drawing showing all significant components, parts, or tasks (and their interconnections) of a circuit, device, flow, process, or project by means of standard symbols. This is one of the main reasons why these types of diagrams are used on things complicated as railway station maps or the design of equipment in the electronic industry. It omits unimportant information and simplifies the subject to it’s core details, much like how our group want to deconstruct the film ‘Raging Bull‘ (1980).

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Example of a conventional Schematic –


A re-imagined circular schematic diagram based on the London Underground –

The group’s original idea was to create the Schematic pointing downwards so the information and timeline could be structured in a non complicated way, followed by some possible icons instead of a colour scheme to represent the characters. When seeing last years Schematic Diagrams, we wanted to try and challenge the usual format and really liked the idea of transforming our Schematic diagram into a circular shape rather than the conventional use of straight lines. What better way to link our Schematic diagram to the film ‘Raging Bull‘(1980) than to make it in the shape of a bull ring with iconography possibly related to this as well, such as a bull’s head. The circular shape of the diagram would also indicate how the beginning of the film starts at the end in a continuous cycle, or a loop.

The circular shape of the hero’s Journey diagram was also key in informing our schematic diagram, mainly because our task was to describe Lamotta’s life in relation to the Hero’s journey, despite the fact ‘Raging Bull‘ does not follow a linear structure. What better way to reflect that our diagram was well informed, than by following the same circular layout of Joseph Campbell’s diagram.

The Hero’s Journey –

However the real challenge is, how to create the circular shape of the diagram without making the overall piece too convoluted or without enough room to provide information. I suggested that maybe these circular diagrams could be separated into two, with one being linked to the main characters of the plot, and the other linked to secondary characters. Although, this would have complicated the diagram more than needs be, we wanted all of the information to be easily accessible by remaining all in the one place.


What is schematic diagram? Definition and meaning (2017) in Available at: (Accessed: 9 February 2017).

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