1. HUNGER GAMES
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger
Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the
twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.
Preferred - The Hunger Games is a very recent film that is releasing a trilogy to
the cinema. The movies are based off a book of three which are captured by
the film very well. The concept of the movie in my opinion is flawless, this is
the main reason for my love for this film. I believe that I am around the right
age range to find this film appealing and not see it as over the top. For
example if I was younger I find the film too violent. However if I was a lot older
then I would not see the point in the concept and plot.
Star Theory - The main actresses that takes the lead in this amazing film. Is none
other than Jennifer Lawrence. The Hunger Games franchise is what set off
her acting career. Hearing news of his budding young actresses people gave
the film a chance and then film spread.
A actor that sealed the deal for his film would have to be Woody Harrelson
who plays Haymitch Abernathy , a previous victor of the Hunger Games. I
believe that his acting brings together the entire film controlling the scene to
make all actors and actresses performances better.
Director - Garry Ross
Year – 2012
Genre – Adventure/Sci fi/Thriller/Action
2. CODES AND CONVENTIONS: HUNGER GAMES
The equipment shown in this shot to the left shows the
meaning f the entire film. That survival is necessary to
make it in this world. This is the main theme of the film
As the main lead is fighting for her life. I chose this
Specific shot because it show determination on the
Actresses face. Showing that she is will fight for the
Things she believes in .
The next shot was chosen because I believe that
It summarises the whole film in one. That the Hunger
Games is all a show to keep people occupied from
The real horrors that are out there. This connote with
Bright colours used to make everything look
3. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on an
"unexpected journey" to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group
of Dwarves to reclaim their stolen mountain home from a dragon
Preferred – The Hobbit Descends from a great trilogy that I grew up
with. I believe that the being exposure at a young age with fiction
films that create so much imagination. This genre has stuck with
me and that is why The Hobbit have come to be on my most
favourited films of all time. The demographic has always been
aimed at males because of the action that is shown throughout the
film such as: Bow and Arrow s and Sword fighting. Also the
characters created for the film are mostly strong male oriented
figures that people could look up to as a role model. The male
roles are similar to Robert Bly’s pre industrial mythopoetic
Star Theory - Ian Mckellen one of the most iconic actors for action and
adventurous films. Known for the role of Magneto and Gandalf
and other great characters. Fans from all over the world would go
to see films just for him. As is acting and humorous side make the
film worth watching.
Director – Peter Jackson
Year – 2012
Genre – Adventure/Fantasy/Action
4. CODES AND CONVENTIONS: THE HOBBIT
The first shot is showing the audience the
Original buildings from Lord of the Rings Trilogy
So that the cult following can relate the films
Together. This can also be seen as references
As the character might relate ideas to the sequel
The convention shown in this shot is the locations
that have been created to make the audience believe
that they have travelled to a different universe. With
the ways that the buildings are sculptured and how
the landscape looks. In this case giant mountains
covered with trees and waterfalls.
5. Their cult following of the Lord of the
Rings and The Hobbit trilogy. Enough
for people to take the films to the next
level. They even invented the rest of
the Elvish language from the film and
made it fit with the English language.
Conventions were made so that
people could cosplay as their
favourite characters and interact with
the rest of the fans in the ways of the
6. THE DARK KNIGHT
When Batman, Gordon and Harvey Dent launch an assault on the
mob, they let the clown out of the box, the Joker, bent on turning
Gotham on itself and bringing any heroes down to his level.
Preferred - Not only does the genre intrigue me but I have been a big fan
of fictional superhero films ever since I was a small child. This film
appeals to me more than most because of the way the hero is
represented as a dark character fights for justice. Also the use for a
loveable villain such as The Joker adds a complex and twisting plot
to the concept. Even though big names are added to the film people
to see the hero as Batman’s legacy has been going for years.
Star theory – There are many different actors and actresses that are
worthy of watching in this film such as: Christian bale and Morgan
Freeman. The one actor that everyone came to see is Heath Ledger
who plays the incredible Joker. To prepare for his role, Heath
locked himself in a hotel room for a week. Then the true Joker
Director – Christopher Nolan
Year – 2008
Genre – Action/Crime/Drama/Thriller
7. CODES AND CONVENTIONS: DARK KNIGHT
The first thing you think about when you hear the name Batman
is the black suit. Throughout the trailer they try to keep the hero
an enigma. As the bat suit is always remodelled, this entices the
Audience to keep watching until it gets to the end of the trailer
where they unveil the suit. The suit is black because the colour of
the a bat is black. This goes against typical conventions of colours
such as red, blue and green.
To show the wealth of Gotham the trailer shows
most of the characters in suits. This shows that
Bruce Wayne does not come from a poor background.
This is how he is fuelled to become Batman because
he has the money for resources. This is also against
convention because most typical superheroes have
a superpower. Batman doesn't have a power is just
Trained and has the money for the job.
8. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Eight years on, a new evil rises from where the Batman and
Commissioner Gordon tried to bury it, causing the Batman to
resurface and fight to protect Gotham City... the very city which
brands him an enemy.
Preferred – Watching the Batman franchise over the years, I have loved
the films dearly. I chose this film to show that it still maintains a
overall good narrative keeping the audience enticed with plot
twists and intriguing characters. Christian Bale has become a
Iconic figure for young children. He is seen as a role model, this is
another reason why people would return to the trilogy because
they have seen the other films and know that he is a well renown
Star Theory - After The Dark Knight villains were the new craze. Next
in the list was Bane played by Tom Hardy. Before the film was
release Tom made a name for himself in a exceptional performance
in the film Inception. People were surprised by the transformation
into Bane’s character as the normal Tom hardy was completely
unrecognizable but his acting still shone through this is why
people would want t see this film.
Director – Christopher Nolan
Year – 2012
Genre - Action/Crime/Drama/Thriller
9. CODES AND CONVENTIONS: DARK KNIGHT RISES
For the sequel to The Dark Knight. Conventions for villains over
the years has changed. An audience wants a Villain that is witty
and memorable. The Villain Bane was introduced instantly to the
audience. This is so when people go to watch the film they instantly
know who he is. The reason he is the main focus for this film is
because you have already seen what Batman looks like in the
previous films. So new excitement must get the audience enticed for
the film. This is in the form of Bane.
I chose the shot of the stadium to connote that
The film took place in Gotham city. You can tell by the
Mass of people and a stadium would not be built in a
Small town. This shot was also chosen because
It shows the audience a action sequence in the film
big scale. Telling us that the production is to a
professional standard and it is something that no one
has seen before.
A skilled extractor is offered a chance to regain his old life as
payment for a task considered to be impossible.
Preferred – Because of the concept that revolves throughout the
entirety of the film. I am at the right age to understand the
meaning and be able to decode the plot that the producer has
set for me and not to get confused. The genre being an
Action/Thriller appeals to me because of my gender as most
films in this type of genre is male orientated. The overall star
theory in this film would be another good reason for me to go
watch this film as they associated with the Action/Thriller genre
a lot. Such as Leonardo Dicaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt who
have starred in films like: Django Unchained and Looper
Star Theory - There are many big names for this blockbuster film
such as: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page
and To Hardy. All of these actors have been in multiple big
Hollywood blockbusters and are well known by a wide audience
who would be solely happy to go and watch this film for one f
these actors or actresses.
Director – John McTiernan
Year – 1995
Genre – Action/Crime/Thriller
11. CODES AND CONVENTIONS: INCEPTION
The first shot is too connote the unique selling point of
the film. Which is the concept of the dream world, Where
anything is possible to create if you can think it. This
Is give the audience the reassurance that the CGI is
Professional and also to explain the concept for any
The final shot shows a big part of the films success.
This is the star theory of the film. The biggest names
where casted for this film such as: Leonardo Dicaprio
and Ellen Page. The stars cult following would bring in
more people to watch the film because they are staring
in it, even if the audience didn’t like the concept of the
12. MEDIA LITERACY – HOW I HERE ABOUT FILMS
The way that I find out about films is using the internet whether that be:
This is where I find Trailers for the upcoming films this allows me t visual
assess the film and whether I want to go and see it.
Social Networking ( Facebook/Twitter);
This is usually where a friend has talked about a upcoming film or a star
that they really like is in a certain film. Depending on the news I will look
into the film for myself.
Reddit is the sole hub for all of the internet. If news of a film is out then this
site would have the information. I check this site daily.
13. ACTIVE SPECTATORSHIP
The relationship between an audience and the
film. This suggests that different people will
react to a film in various ways. The audience
will not just blindly accept he messages
given to them. Active Spectatorship also
relates to cult following.
where the audience characterized by a feeling of
sympathy and camaraderie with others who
share a common interest. Fans typically are
interested in even minor details of the
object(s) of their fandom and spend a
significant portion of their time and energy
involved with their interest.
Even though the marketing of a film could bring
in a big following. From previous films or
books. An example is Prometheus with its
viral videos of Meet David. This attracted the
film a wide audience, but the film failed to live
up t expectations.