Tuesday, 23 March 2010

images for evaluation







These are images we are going to use in our evaluation

Friday, 19 March 2010

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Evaluation Draft deadline mon 22nd 9am, final deadline mon 29th 9am

Thriller Film Opening Sequence Evaluation - 1500-2000 words
PowerPoint uploaded to moodle

1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge conventions of real media products?
What conventions of professional products have you used in your own film? (narrative conventions, character conventions, genre, camerawork, sound, editing, special effects, mise-en-scene? Use screen grabs of your own sequence to illustrate each example where you have followed conventions or gone against (challenged) conventions. Also use images from the films that have influenced you where relevant.

2. How does your media product represent particular social groups? (gender, age, ethnicity etc.)
Compare a character in your sequence to a character in a professional film (use images). If you have included a villain/victim character, does the character follow conventions of characters in professional films. For example, is your villain male? Is your victim female? Therefore how are you representing gender?

3. What kind of media institution would distribute your media product?

Discuss similar professional films and their production companies (use images of the films and logos). Which production Company do you think would distribute your film? (if it was professional and if you had made the full film).

4. Who would be the audience for your media product? (BBFC and target audience) Use images from a similar product with a similar target audience. Remember that target audience is not the same as classification.

5. How did you attract/address your audience?

Refer to Significant moments in your sequence where you have tried to generate a response from the spectator (a close up to encourage identification with a character, music that encourages the spectator to feel suspense, tense, visceral reaction etc.) What techniques have you used to encourage the spectator to want to see the rest of the film? (Clues about narrative, character, etc.) Use screen grabs of your own sequence.

6. What have you learnt about the technologies from the process of constructing your product?

(blog, camera equipment, editing software – Final Cut Express, istopmotion, Garageband etc.) Use screen grabs/photos of all these things. Be very specific about tools/effects/techniques learnt not just ‘I have learnt a lot about the software’

7. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to your final product?
Discuss your second preliminary task that you did in a week before starting Thriller. Discuss what you have learnt since then about construction of micro elements in order to create meaning, how to use different techniques, practical skills etc. How have you built on your knowledge that you learnt from the prelim task? Use screen grabs of your prelim task and your sequence where relevant.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Response to feedback

We felt that the feedback was fair and it informed us of various issues that need to be rectified in the up coming weeks. We agree and thank P1 02 for being nice about our piece and we agree that we need a soundtrack. This would add tension and pace to the scene.

In light of some negative feedback we (2 group members) have decided that we need to film some extra shots some time next week to add pace and make our thriller the best it possibly can be. With sound I think we would have had more positive feedback from the other groups and the hand washing scene would become less repetitive. If we do all of this to our piece it should become top notch like some of the other we viewed today.

Rough Cut Evalution

p1- 02- we liked the variation in shot types and style of the film. we thought that the film flowed very nicely and displayed the story very well. we thought that obviously sound is an issue but we pressume this will later be added. sound that would be good with the seqeunce would be fast paced and tense

p1-03
- No sound?
- Good costumes
- Good variety of shots, long shots worked well
- Enigmatic vibe
- Drug scenes could be improved, try using flour or sugar instead of blue tack.
- Hand washing scenes get repetitive and dull, could be shortened, try to get hold of fake blood. Tomatoes are not convincing.

P1-04
The lack of sound doesn't create an atmosphere. The use of costume helps the audience to get a sense of who the characters are. The person is washing their hands for to long and it begins to become tedious.

P1-05
We thought the fake blood worked well - disagree STRONGLY with p1-03. We thought that the sequence was very believable.
We thought for your soundtrack you should use very fast paced, heavy music as this will match your title 'The Chase' and make the sequence seem much faster.
We thought the variety of shots was good because it added to the atmosphere.
We thought cutting back to the sink scene linked it very well because it created some confusion which made it much more tense.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Rough cut of our thriller

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We would like feedback on the order of the shots, and what sort of backing music/soundtrack would be fitting.

fuck

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Our logo


We have found this logo that previously we have forgotten to add up.

Our plan to meet the shooting deadline

  • Due to College being closed on Wednesday we cannot gather our group together to film the shots we planned.
  • So now our plan is to book a camera for Thursday at the start of lunch or Friday from 2:40 onwards.
  • We will film all of our remaining shots with the experience we have from our Children's film project and the test shots we have done throughout our thriller project.
  • We will edit our final piece with detail but at the same time quickly and efficiently. The shooting deadline is Monday this means we will still have time to edit throughout the week and make the sequence the best it can possibly be.
  • We are also going to make a soundtrack next which will fit in the with the overall theme of our sequence.

Test footage

This is some test footage that Ollie filmed with the camera. The two shots filmed are the same sort of shots that we are going to use in our final piece. We may also have to use these two shots in the final sequence if we do not have enough time to film them again.
video video

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

HALF OF OUR GROUP!

the people who turn up to lesson

Part of filming completed

Due to a complication in the communication of the group we have not completed all the filming that we have planned to do today. Our group booked a camera from 1:30 24th of February to 9:00 25th of February and planned to complete the bulk of our filiming. However, Lauren or Ollie didn't have the other group members phone numbers so we could not contact them informing them of the times we were going to go to the setting of our thirller opening. Despite the complications we completed two short shots in our opening. Next time we book the camera+tripod we'll attempt to be better organized in order to get all of the filming done in time.

Blog of the week

We think that group P1-04 has been chosen as blog of the week because there blog is very well presented and includes a lot of information about what they are planning. They have used a lot pictures and have made every blog clear. For our blog to improve and be up to the standard of being blog of the week we should start adding more photo's to make what we are planning more clear.

We also think the target audience they have chosen is good as well. It shows clearly who the target audience is and the ages of which people are allowed to watch. I think we should also add more detail to our posts instead of just rushing to post everything up as quick as possible.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

!!!!!

Our new filming date will be on Wednesday 24th of February.

Target Audience and Certificate by BBFC

The target audience for our film is going to be people between the ages of 15 - 45. The reason for this is because it displays mature content including drugs, violence and fowl language. We believe it would not be appropriate for a younger generation to be exposed to the level of drugs and violence used in our film.



Our certificate will be a 15. This is due to the showcase of violence and drugs which make it inappropriate for younger viewers. However we think 15 year old viewers and above should have gained a level of maturity at that age to understand and interpret our film without taking offense.


Target Audience



Thursday, 18 February 2010

example of a film that is similar to our clip

There are not a lot of films I could find that do resemble our film clip but one film clip that has already been used on this blog that I found is "Harry Brown - Official Clip - He's Got a Gun" and this film clip is on youtube and it is from the film Harry Brown which came out in late 2009.

One obvious thing in the Harry Brown clip which is similar to our film "the chase" is that both films try and make the characters look very intimidating and this is done in both films by the characters having hoods up to try and make them look more like youths who want to cause violence. And a good part in Harry Brown which represents this is when they are in the tunnel and the youths start to get threatened, but even while they are scared they still look intimidating because they are holding guns and have there hoods up.

Some parts of the narration of Harry Brown are similar to The chase and this is for instance when Harry Brown goes to the marijuana growing building which is not in this clip, and he goes there to try and stop the marijuana plant growing and this is similar to our film because there is a drug deal and then one of the dealers gets chased which clearly shows that one person is trying to stop the drug deal take place and that is another way in which the films are similar but a way in which they are not similar is the whole narration in harry brown is for harry brown to get avenge for his best friends death caused by the youths while in the chase, the narration is about a youth who has to start drug dealing to make a lot of money to take care of his mum who is ill.

One more thing that is similar in both films is the fact that the atmasphere is very tense almost all the way through it and this is done to build up tension to make the viewer be on the edge of there seat and this is shown in Harry Brown when they are in the tunnel and it is the same in our film where jack gets chased and this is used to represent that both films are crime/drug related thrillers

Friday, 5 February 2010


This is some practice footage of the drug deal; in all fairness the clip was bad and there is quite a few areas that we will need to improve for the actual sequence.
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Shot list.

This is our shot list.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Pictures of storyboard






Influence

The film 'Harry Brown' is a sort of influence for our film, it is a crime / thriller film which is based around gun crime and drugs which is similar to ours. This film uses people in hoodys which is similar to our clip and there is a sense of danger too and that is represnted by a gun in this clip and in our clip we will represent danger with a pocket knife


We are going to be using garage Band for the music in the back ground.







we are also using final cut express.




This is the location we decided to film our thriller. This is because the location is secluded and quiet and not a lot of people pass by, so there wont be a lot of disturbance.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Planning for filming


Props: We are going to use a variety of props for our sequence. Some of which are:
- fake drugs which we will use skittles, sherbet and fruit pastilles.
- Money for when the dealer is selling the drugs to Jack.
- simon will have a knife too and this will emphasise how much simon needs the money and the knife will look like this:



Costume: Our costumes are going to be dark and mysterious clothing which does not give any of our identities away to the audience. We are going to be wearing either black or navy colour hoodies. Dark trousers or trackies and darkly coloured shoes. We will also have jack in a hoody while he is running away to try and hide his identity to the person chasing him the hoody will be similar to this:
Lighting: We are going to make the lighting low key so it keeps us hidden. We are planning on filming our sequence in the evening just as it is starting to get dark. We are going to make sure that the lighting is always behind who ever is in the scene so you can see them. Our equipment is only really going to consist of our camera. The lighting for our sequence is going to look something like this: Street Light Fixture.jpg

Make up/ Hair: We are going to keep our hair normal as we are playing subtle characters. We are not going to use any make up as you are not going to see any of our faces in the sequence.
List of equipment:
-Camera
-Tri-pod
-Torches
Times + dates + Back up plan: We are planning to film this at around 4:30 - 6pm as it starts to get dark around that time. The date we are going to film is.....

Locations: We are going to film some of our sequence around the Grand Arcade shopping center in town and around The museum of Zoology.



Planning for filming

-Props
-Costume
-Lighting (design /effect/equipment)
-Make up/hair
-List of equipment
-Times and dates you want to film and back up plan
-Locations (maps? permission? photos>)
-Actors (photos and suitability)
-Production roles - assign role to each member of the group:
  • Camera person, director/s, producers, production co-ordination
  • Provide definitions of each role and each persons suitability for that role - experience? skills?

Friday, 29 January 2010

Analysis of other title sequences.

In preparation of making our storyboard we looked at four title sequences "Carlito's Way' 'Don't look here' 'No country for old men' and 'Heat'. We looked at the shot types and use of non-diagetic and diagetic sound and decided how to implement this into our sequence. A voice-over or narration over the top was effective in 'Carlito's way' and 'No country for old men'. We also thought the way the actual titles in 'Heat' faded and distorted was effective. The use of point of view shots in Carlito's way gave a different perspective and gave a way of the audience engaging with the character

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Props

In our film sequence called 'the chase' we have to use a number of different props to go with our film sequence. One important prop that we need is definitely going to be a plastic see through bag with sugar or flour in to represent the drugs that we are going to use when the drug deal takes place in our film sequence. Another key prop that will be needed will be a lot of money and we will need this because when the exchange takes place we have to make it look like there is a big drug swap, so having a lot of money will represent that the drug exchange is a very important and the drugs are worth a lot of money. Another prop that could be used is maybe a pocket knife that both characters could use and these would represent the danger in both characters and how the drug deal is risky but on the other side it can show how they are poor and living a low quality of life because a wealthy drug dealer would most probably carry a more dangerous weapon. The last prop that we are going to need will be a picture of a woman who looks old, and this will represent a mum to the character in the film and this will influence the audience because it will make them realise that the character giving the drugs away is only doing it so he can make money and pay for his mum who needs help

Influences

There has been a number of things that have influenced us to make our film sequence called 'The Chase' one main thing that has influenced us was the film called "Banlieue 13" which is a film which has Parkour including into the film. This film shows a lot of chase scenes which is what our film includes as well. Another influence is that by using a film dedicated to drug use we can use some easy to get costumes that are brilliant for the sequence; and this is for example the use of hoody's which we can use to make the drug dealers seem more intimidating and this will add a sense of tension and suspense. We also thought that another influence was how we could use lighting and we decided that filming the sequence in a dark lighting is perfect for the use of drug dealing because it makes the scene look more thrilling. Using the low key or darker lighting also creates a more tense atmosphere for the audience.


Feedback.

Feedback session.


  • Where are we going to shoot it?
  • Very good.
  • Would be very tense with the chasing.
  • A lot of opportunities during some shots such as the running, hands exchanging.
  • Could be jump cuts.
  • Leave plenty of time to edit.
  • Use a lot of effects such as filters and dissolves.
  • Maybe think of changing roles for the main character, Simon could be sympathized with a lot easier by the audience. Whereas Jack is tall and could be seen more powerful and intimidating.
As a result of this feedback we will make sure that as a group we are organized so we leave plenty of time at the end of the shooting to edit, and make things as good as they can be. So we can use filters and dissolves, and change things if needed. During this time we can also experiment using different effects and and sounds when editing. After thinking about the characters, we feel that Jack is better actor to play the role of the main character, we think this because Jack is not meant to be sympathized with by the audience because he looks vulnerable, because this character is not. But because this character is meant to miss home and his family and his life. This is why we think the characters should stay as they are, although this was a fair point made during the feedback session.

This feedback made us as a group think of how much time we were going to spend on filming, we suggested we have one night of filming when everyone is free so we have the rest of the time to edit. We also thought a lot more about the location of where we are going to film. We came to the conclusion that we will be filming at the grand arcade. This is because its an enclosed pace and there could be a lot of potential there to film. We have also thought a lot about the organization of the group and who is going to be doing what and timing.

Action Points
...By the start of filming we are going to have achieved.


  1. To have all props ready to use. ( we will all get our own props and if someone has something some one else needs, we will discuss this.)
  2. A definite location.
  3. How long were going to have the camera.
  4. What time we will meet and end, so we know what time to go and what time to be picked up.
  5. To know who'd doing exactly what.
  6. Story board.
  7. Definite idea what we are going to do when we get to the location when we are beginning to film.
  8. What shots we are filming and in what order.
  9. What lighting we will need.
  10. If we need any more actors, or help.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010




The 'Human Factor' opening sequence by Saul Bass is very simple, yet i think effective. The red back ground gives a sense of danger. Considering there is an object that is compatable to communication, a telephone, it gives a clear indication that the film has something to do wtih communication or lost communitcation, or along those lines. This is all due to the colour red. As the shot pans across the wire of the telephone while the music that is being played in the back ground is digetic. The music is played with an acoustic guitar, which is creating confusion and tension, but at the same time a relaxed feel. As the sequence progresses so does the music, although it still has that relaxed feel to it, outbursts remind you that the film is horror. The image on the screen sometimes puts you off the music as they are very contrasting, the music is soft and security, but the image gives the feeling of being on edge, and not to trust what you are hearing. As the title sequence carrys on, it becomes clear that there is a break in the wire, hanging on my a strand. This backs my theory that the film is about lost communication, or broken communication. However it is just holding on. The title then comes up in a very blurry writting, this could convey the thought of communications being blurred or someones life e.c.t.

Pitch of an idea for a thriller sequence.

Next lesson our group has to pitch our idea for our film.

Narrative.

'The Chase' is about about a young boy who has to leave his family behind. A drug deal that goes wrong causes jack to leave home leave his family and his identity. Now hes on the run from his enemies.

Character.
Jack - This is the main character. He's 19 years old. Left home due to a massive drug deal, putting him and his family at risk.
Simon - In one of the shots, his hands and jacks hands are seen exchanging drugs and money. He is the drug dealer in the movie.
Ollie - This character is another drug dealer. Tied up for stealing money.
Other characters could be used to chase the main character, Jack.

Atmosphere.
The atmosphere of the film is going to be very tense, and upbeat. The chases will have tension and suspense, with an upbeat underlying sense. However there will be also a lonely emotion throughout, because he has had to leave his family and life.

Sub genre.
Action Thriller.

Our title will be 'The Chase' this because Jack is always running, and being chased through out his life.

The first shot will be of bloody hands.
Exchange of drugs and money,
running,
fast paced,
different angles at filming the same shot,
walking through a door,
character tied up,
more running and climbing.

Setting.
In Cambridge.

Lighting.
At night/dusk. Dark no special lights needed. Maybe flash light or torch.

Props.
The props we will need are limited. Money, bag with flour in, or sugar.
Red paint.
Rope.
Chair.

Costume.
Black clothes for jack.
Ollie jeans and normal hoodie.
Simon normal everyday clothes.

Sound.
Very dark and sinister, but faced pace. Maybe the sound effects of the water running, the rope tying and footsteps.

Camera work & editing.
Short duration shots to make it quick paced.
And there will be long duration shot also.

Anatomy of a murder

The title sequence of this film shows a dull grey screen and then it suddenly changes with a sharp loud sound which is used to make the reader feel unpleasant and shocked there is also a silhouette of a body lying on the floor and it has the words 'anatomy of a murder' put into the body and this clearly gives the idea that the film is based around a murder and creates a thrilling kind of atmosphere for the audience. The audience will also know at this point that that character who is the silhouette is murdered by the way the character is placed at the start. The rest of the title sequence continues to show body images in a bleak form and the technique used to do this is to have a quick pan from one body part to another and it creates the idea that the people murdered have been tore limb from limb and it makes the audience feel tense and nervous while watching this opening sequence. 0.06 seconds into the clip the narrative has a Spanish off screen narrator to say the title of the film very quickly and because the voice used is deep, and it gets played when the audience least expects it; it creates a image that the film will be more or less a crime thriller. Near the end of the clip there is a quick zooming in of hands and this represents a murder scene and how the investigators look in for little details on hands and gives a hint to the audience that the film may have a clue in it if you look at the murdered body's hand and it makes the audience feel exited and it allows them to pay close attention to the narrative too because they will be looking out for a hand. After the fast zoom in of the hand there is a complete contrast to the pitch black screen and a white title appears instantly and the narrative does this because it wants the audience to feel thrilled and shocked in the film and it gives a sense to the audience that the atmosphere in the film will be very jumpy and fast moving because of the title sequence.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Analysis of 'The Human Factor"

The title sequence of a Saul Bass film I am going to analyse is “The Human Factor”. The title sequence of the film starts off by zooming out and showing you an establishing shot of a object which is a telephone. This is on a dark red background, which is often associated with danger. The sequence doesn’t really give anything away to the audience it actually leaves you thinking what is going to happen in the film and gives you a sense of confusion as it gives nothing away about the film. This makes the audience tense because they do not know what the telephone is there to represent. The camera then pans across the telephone cord showing it at different angles. It then shows a break in the wire, which is creating a sense of tension and suspense. This could be suggesting that the film has something to do with murders or kidnappings. The brake in the wire could also be representing the loss of a person or the loss of trust that someone has in someone. When the camera finally shows you the phone with a medium shot it is still crating mystery for the audience. The music that is being used is diegetic soundtrack, which has no word to it. The music is an acoustic guitar. The music starts off quite dark at the beginning, which is creating confusion and tension. As the sequence progresses the music starts to lighten up a little bit but is still putting the audience on edge about what is happening. This is also contrasting to the image of he telephone and the red background because the music is making you feel at ease with what you are seeing but then you still feel a tension of what the films is going to bring. The break in the phone cord is where the title of the film appears. This could be showing a cut or break in communication leading to the loss of life and the failure to help someone in need.


Tuesday, 19 January 2010

The chosen film that we have both watched is sherlock holmes the movie. We both felt a strong emotional response to the movie because we identified with sherlock holmes and watson, and when they nearly got defeated this brought a huge emotional response and some people in the cinema started to cry from watching it. We both thought the film was really good. The storyline in the film was clever.

'Personal Response'

The film we have chosen to look at is 'Paranormal Activity'. We chose this film because we have both seen it and enjoyed the film. At the beginning of the film we got to know the characters, and it became apparent that the woman character was being followed by a demon. We identified with the character Mika this is because he is living with the character who is cursed by a demon and he reacts to how any normal person would. The camera used is a hand held, this creates an uneasy aura, it also gives the effect that it is all done by them and at home. I think this would be good to incorporate this into our thriller sequence.

Thriller analysis.




This thriller sequence is very simple and quite to a certain degree effective. The first shot of the sequence is of error codes e.c.t i think this as a first shot makes the person watching very confused about the genre of the film to come up. However i think this also becomes very effective. This group hold a shot steady where appropriate, throughout the whole sequence they use a shaking action to create depth to the sequence, causing confusion and disorientates the scene. They use this well towards the end, when the shot merges into the title. The editing on the title is excellent, making the film look a lot scarier, using fire. The lack of information in the sequence creates an ambiguous feel and leaves the viewer questioning the genre and ethics of the film as a whole. However the sound of the sequence lets it down. There are a lot of pauses for silence, however i don't know if this is for effect or a mistake in not planning enough to have time for a detailed sound track. On the other hand it doesn't give a lot away still creating the aura of suspense and mystery.

For all of these effects and editing techniques we will be awarding this group; 36/60. This is because they seemed to lose track of the aim, and rather than focusing on a good structure, they use there time up with editing for the title.

We will use this information to our advantage, putting this knowledge into our own thriller sequence.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F8rj9mjyOg&feature=player_embedded

The thriller sequence called Easy Target is quite a good thriller sequence. This is one of the best openings we have seen from last year. It doesn't go into to much detail about what is going to be happening in the rest of the film which is a down side but on the other hand the sequence uses a lot of steady shots where appropriate. There is also a good use of mise - en - scene in the sequence which is very effective in making the opening sequence look like a thriller. he soundtrack used in the opening sequence also creates a sense of mystery and also makes you want to carry on watching. The way they have made the sequence makes the film mysterious and dark. Overall we think that this opening sequence could of been made better, but it is still on the borderlines of a high level 3 and a low level 4; we give this opening sequence a 48.

We will use this opening sequence to our advantage because we will use it as a guideline to when we make our opening sequence. The mise en scene in this opening sequence has told us a lot because it shows how using good props and costumes makes the clip a lot better.

Friday, 15 January 2010

The Dark Knight

How does it follow generic conventions (micro + macro)?

The dark knight does follow the conventions of a thriller film for example the mise en scene when the crooks use the scary mask that is used to represent evil, the masks also are used to make the men look mysterious but if you look closely you can tell who the joker is. Another way the dark knight follows the generic conventions of a thriller is because of the sound that is used; At the start of the sequence there is a screeching sound which sounds spine chilling but for the rest of the sequence the music is simple and makes the audience feel excited and on the edge of there seat and this is unusual for a thriller because the music should be more thrilling to fit the genre of a thriller film. One last thing that does follow the conventions of a thriller film is the narrative and how they go to rob a bank. this is stereotypical of a thriller film

The Dark Knight.

How does is follow generic conventions?
How does it make you feel?
How does it achieve this?

The first thing we see is a comic book looking opening, the cartoon smiles and low key lighting starts the scene with a tense apprehension. Another part of the sequence is the fire, this gives the impression that the film is violent, and the thudding of the music creates a tense atmosphere for the film to begin. The establishing shot is of buildings, this gives the audience a clear cut view of where the opening sequence will be shot. However the convention of a normal thriller hybrid is that it is set at night, but this scene is in the broad day light, which challenges the conventions of a normal thriller scene. The smashing of the glass seems much louder than the music that is playing in the background. This gives the smash a focused point in the shot. The masks that are worn in the whole sequence makes me feel uneasy. I think they used masks to disguise the criminals because a lot of people find masks, clowns, and things that are abnormal scary. They had the same effect on me, they also made me feel scared if the unknown. The use of guns during the whole sequence and how freely they are used made me feel uncomfortable, this is because guns are not meant to be used with a care free attitude. This gave the characters a care free veiw of death, which made it more on edge of what was going to happen next. There was also a hint of mystery when there is a long shot of man holding a mask in his hand and we cant see his face.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Notes about Vertigo.



In the opening sequence of the film 'Vertigo' a chilling tone is created. This is created through; Narrative, Character and Atmosphere. Firstly, the first thing we see if a mouth, then a close up of the mouth, this gives the sequence an edge of apprehension, this is because it makes the audience feel on edge when it is something to do with the human body, and harm. The music at this point in the sequence is very tense, using a string ensemble with a high pitch. When the camera leads to the mouth, and then lingers there the music changes into more of a tense and ends into a crescendo ( also when the character engages in dialogue, this is at the end of the opening sequence). Then after the focus on the mouth, the camera moved slowly up past the nose, towards the eyes. The same thing happens with the tone and atmosphere of the music when the camera hits, what looks like, a woman's eyes. This builds a lot of tension in this scene.

Cape fear - expectations

In the opening sequence of Cape Fear there is long lasting thrilling music which creates an atmosphere and it gives a sense that the film will be a thriller too. But by reading the start of the film it does not give any sign of being a thriller because the main villian 'Max Cady' is in prison and because he is in prison there is no way of him harming anyone so the audience would not be getting the thrilling feeling at the start of the film. But when the film gets about half way through and when 'Max Cady' is released the audience would start to feel suspense because they know the villian is out and most probably looking for revenge and that is why from the middle of the film onwards the audience would start to get thrilled.

The title sequence of the film doesn't have very much to do with the film. The image of a man that you see in the water could either be a representaion of 'Max Cady' or of 'Sam Bowden'. Seen as the film is a thriller it is more likely to be of 'Max Cady' as he wants to get revenge on 'Sam'. The idea using the water could be a good representation as the film is set in Florida and that is right on the coast of America. This is linking back to the synopsis because 'Max Cady' is seen as dangerous in the film and in the water.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Thriller Sub genres.

For the thriller genre there are several sub-genres. These include action, spy, political and even erotic thrillers. The reason for these sub genres is becasue the genre 'Thriller' could fit into various other genres including horror or fast paced action movies. The thriller genre can include the following sub-genres, although they may include elements of other genres.

* Action thriller: This may include movies such as the Bourne trilogy or the James bond movies. These often include a lot of fight scenes and fast action scenes which may include one character chasing another.


* Conspiracy thriller: Where one man/woman is against a large group or society.

* Crime thriller: Which includes a storyline solely based on a crime committed Recent movies including 'Sherlock Holmes' fall into this category.

* Disaster thriller: Movies such as war of the worlds and independence day fall into this category as they both show large scale (most of the time exagerated with CGI) disasters including the end of the world.

* Drama thriller: Drama thrillers conventionally have numerous plot twists and a slow pace. Movies such as 'The Illusionist'

* Erotic thriller: These include erotic scenes and also a plot that is thrilling and full of twists for the audience.

* Legal thriller: Usually there is a good character and a bad character and they make the viewer take a moral judgment on one of them. The setting is usually in a courtroom or a prison.

* Medical thriller: In which there is a rush (usually against time) for a hero-type character to save another character with medical skills. Films such as awake fall into this.

* Political thriller: This type of sub genre which the hero/heroine must ensure the stability of the government that employs him. Films such as Agency.

* Psychological thriller: In which the main character is mentally and emotionally disturbed instead of physically. Films such as 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' fall into this category.

* Spy thriller: This is when the main character has to go against enemies, usually this includes agents or in recent years terrorists. Films such as 'Mission impossible' comes under this sub genre.

* Techno-thriller: In which (typically military) technology is described in detail and made essential to the reader's/viewer's understanding of the plot. Films such as 'The hunt for the red October' are under this sub genre.

* Religious thriller: This is when religion is closely connected to the plot of the film. Films such as 'The Da Vinci code'.


Friday, 8 January 2010

prelim

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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Conventions of a thriller


One key convention of a thriller is Suspense and this is vital to a thriller because it draws the watcher into the thriller film. Another key convention of a thriller film is that the Crime is always at the core of the narrative and this helps build a plot and it allows the watcher to know what's happening. Another example of a convention of a thriller is an Enigma (mystery) for spectator - solved at the end of the film conventionally. There are also some micro elements too that are used such as Musical score - suspense and tension, Low key lighting - adds to mystery, often oblique / canted angles - distort image, mystery. A final convention in a thriller is a Protagonist (main character - hero) and antagonist (A villain or force working against protagonist) - Paranormal/supernatural And this is used to make sure it is clear who is the hero and evil person. Also a hybrid is a mix of genres too that is generally used in thriller films.