Check This Out: xkcd's Brilliant/Confusing Movie Narrative Charts
I love xkcd. It's one of my favorite webcomics and is daily reading for me. It's very geeky, mainly for tech and math geeks, but it's brilliant. Simple style with big ideas. The latest comic created by Randall Munroe on xkcd.org features a series of Movie Narrative Charts that map out characters throughout an entire trilogy (specifically Lord of the Rings and Star Wars). It maps their relation (are they near or far from each other) over the horizontal axis of time. Take a look, it's pretty damn cool, you'll understand once you see it. And to top it all off, he threw in charts for 12 Angry Men and Primer as well, for a laugh. You've just got to see this!
At first I tried to follow this and make some sense of it, but eventually I realized it gets very confusing very quickly. I guess I'm trying to process every moment in every movie and remember everything. Oh yea, I guess Treebeard didn't really do anything after The Two Towers, he just hung out and still exists. Hell, I'd pay good money to see an entire book of these kinds of charts for every major movie. They're fascinating to look at. I wonder if screenwriters chart out their movie like this while they're writing it - seems like it'd be helpful in keeping the story together (look at Jurassic Park, every last raptor is accounted for). Brilliant!