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<ul><li>Scream </li></ul><ul><li>Helpless, female victim </li></ul><ul><li>Open, spacious house- Vulnerability </li></ul><...
<ul><li>Inception </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of action happening- gun, water, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Male protagonist and anta...
<ul><li>A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Female victim, also a protagonist </li></ul><ul><li>Low key lig...
<ul><li>Shutter Island </li></ul><ul><li>Male protagonists </li></ul><ul><li>Smartly dressed, ambiguous situation </li></u...
<ul><li>Psycho </li></ul><ul><li>Female victim </li></ul><ul><li>Shower- Nudity; Vulnerability </li></ul><ul><li>Shadows- ...
<ul><li>Die Hard </li></ul><ul><li>Female victim- Linked with protagonist </li></ul><ul><li>Male antagonist and protagonis...
<ul><li>Pulp Fiction </li></ul><ul><li>Guns- symbol of danger </li></ul><ul><li>Smartly dressed- Contrast with character (...
<ul><li>The Sixth Sense </li></ul><ul><li>Child protagonist/victim </li></ul><ul><li>Very low key lighting- horror element...
<ul><li>The Silence Of The Lambs </li></ul><ul><li>Female protagonist- not conforming to gender norms; shown holding gun <...
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Thriller Screenshots: Conventions

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  1. 1. <ul><li>Scream </li></ul><ul><li>Helpless, female victim </li></ul><ul><li>Open, spacious house- Vulnerability </li></ul><ul><li>Light centralises character- High key lighting not present in rest of scene </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Inception </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of action happening- gun, water, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Male protagonist and antagonist </li></ul><ul><li>Natural light from outside used to brighten shot </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Female victim, also a protagonist </li></ul><ul><li>Low key lighting- eerie element </li></ul><ul><li>Enigma code- What’s happening? Why is it happening? </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Shutter Island </li></ul><ul><li>Male protagonists </li></ul><ul><li>Smartly dressed, ambiguous situation </li></ul><ul><li>Natural lighting, contrast to dark environment from where they just came </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Psycho </li></ul><ul><li>Female victim </li></ul><ul><li>Shower- Nudity; Vulnerability </li></ul><ul><li>Shadows- Male antagonist, murder, etc. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Die Hard </li></ul><ul><li>Female victim- Linked with protagonist </li></ul><ul><li>Male antagonist and protagonist </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnic minority shown as antagonist </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Pulp Fiction </li></ul><ul><li>Guns- symbol of danger </li></ul><ul><li>Smartly dressed- Contrast with character (both killers) </li></ul><ul><li>Natural lighting from window used to enhance scene </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The Sixth Sense </li></ul><ul><li>Child protagonist/victim </li></ul><ul><li>Very low key lighting- horror element </li></ul><ul><li>Can see vapour condensing in breath- we know the room is cold- enigma code </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The Silence Of The Lambs </li></ul><ul><li>Female protagonist- not conforming to gender norms; shown holding gun </li></ul><ul><li>Low key lighting- A bigger element of mystery </li></ul><ul><li>Medium shot to show most of the set/ situation she’s in </li></ul>
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