My daughter is making a short (6min) dance movie for her final school project, and she's having trouble figuring out what the formal narrative structure would be, and isn't getting much help from her teacher.
The film opens with a 30 second shot of two characters looking at each other, with some jumpy editing cuts showing flashbacks and flash-forwards - the purpose of which (though you don't realise at the time) is that they're deciding whether or not to run away together. Then the main section starts and we sort of jump into their minds, to see a representation of their thoughts/state of mind (via dance). It then ends back where it started, with them looking at each other, and coming to the conclusion (based on the main section's 'deliberation') that they're going to run away, and then doing that.
We've been told by her teacher that this would be considered a linear narrative, just with a prologue and epilogue, but from what we've read online this doesn't quite seem to fit. It's not technically a flashback, or bookend, or anything else that i can find online, and while i'm sure there have been films organised like this i can't for the life of me think of an example, other than something like The Wizard of Oz's 'it was all a dream' technique, though it's not quite the same thing.
Sorry if i didn't explain that clearly, please let me know if there's anything that needs further clarification.
If anyone has any answers/ideas i'd really love to hear your thoughts!