P Narrative• We are using Linear Narrative for our opening sequence initially, however we then use a non linear narrative, as we have a flashback quite near to the beginning of them film, which changes the linear narrative structure.
Q Tvzetan Todorov: Narrative StructureTzvetan Todorov is a Franco- Equilibrium: it is a narrative thatBulgarian philosopher. He lived in starts with a state of harmony,France since 1963 with his wife and example a group of people enjoyingtwo children. their live. Disequilibrium: it is a world of stability which involves disruption, example when an evil event happens to character in a movie. New Equilibrium: it is when the evil in a movie is removed and it restores harmony.
Q It contrast with disequilibrium because it has some disturbing images in the middle the movieThis describes equilibrium asit has the character enjoying This links with newhimself because he thinks equilibrium as it showsthat everything is perfect. a peaceful atmosphere between the characters
Binary Opposition: Binary opposition is theidea of bringing two ideas that arecompletely different together into one film.Examples of this include:•Cowboys versus Aliens•Aliens versus Ninjas•The Matrix
Binary Opposition.• We are not using this as it wouldn’t be suitable for the type of film idea we have, as there are literally only paranormal activities in her house, not paranormal activities and ninjas or paranormal activities and aliens.
Characters and their purpose in Propp’stheory:•The villain (struggles against the hero)•The donor (prepares the hero or gives the herosome magical object)•The (magical) helper (helps the hero in the quest)•The princess (person the hero marries, oftensought for during the narrative)•Her father•The dispatcher (character who makes the lackknown and sends the hero off)•The hero or victim/seeker hero, reacts to thedonor, weds the princess
Film Theory.• We aren’t using Strauss’ film theory as it is not suitable for what we want our opening sequence to be.• In our opening sequence, it could be argued that out character is the hero, as she is doing all of the research herself and trying to save herself from her possession.
Film Theory.• We’re applying Todorov’s film theory, as at the beginning of our film idea, the character’s life is in a state of harmony. (Equilibrium)• As our idea continues, the character finds more and more out about the ghost as it slowly possesses her. (Disequilibrium)• Finally, the death of the character brings final peace and harmony, or so the audience think until a new family move into the same house. (New Equilibrium)
R Columbia Pictures• It’s an American film production and distribution company.• Columbia Pictures now forms part of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment.• Columbias major contract stars were Jean Arthur and Cary Grant (who was shared with RKO Pictures).• It is one of the leading film companies in the world, a member of the so-called Big Six.• It was one of the so-called Little Three among the eight major film studios of Hollywoods Golden Age.
R Films and Budgets.Anaconda The plot centres on a Budget:$45,000,000 film crew for National (estimated) Geographics who are Opening Weekend: kidnapped by a $16,620,887 (USA) hunter who is going (13 April 1997) (2456 after the worlds Screens) largest anaconda, Gross:$136,885,767 which is discovered in (Worldwide) . the remote jungle.Fright Night Fright Night is an Budget:$9,000,000 American vampire (estimated) comedy horror film Opening Weekend: starring William $6,118,543 (USA) (4 Ragsdale, Chris August 1985) (1542 Sarandon, Stephen Screens) Geoffreys and Roddy Gross:$24,922,237 McDowall that was (USA) (22 September released in 1985. 1985)
R Why Columbia Would Be Suitable.• I chose this because they make lots of horror films that relate to our genre.• We aim a big hit for our genre so we can relate it to the budget of Columbia pictures.• It is an inspiration to film distributing and production.• They have Co-production companies who help and support them in exhibition and going into cinemas.
S Titles And Credits• Titles and credits from real films: • The Ring • Se7en • Rosemarys Baby • Stephen Kings "IT" • Frankenstein (1931)
S Titles And Credits of ‘The Ring’• The font appears hand written A handwritten style font would emphasise the‘Mental illness’ aspect of our film as the textwould appear messy and scattered, as if written bysomeone in panic or distress, (mentally unstable)• The ‘O’s in the text match the ring of the well in the filmThis emphasises the theme of the film, which has inspired us to use a font style which gives clues to the audience as to what our film will be about without giving too much away.
S Titles And Credits of ‘Se7ev’• Similarly to ‘The Ring’, ‘Se7en’ also has handwritten style fonts that are often spaced out or slanted. • The most inspiring thing about ‘Se7en’ is the animation of the text. • The quick bright flashes of the text create excitement for the audience and keep them on the edge of their seat which is essential for thriller films and has inspired us to display our text in a similar way.
Titles And Credits of S ‘Rosemary’s Baby’• The font style and colour are somewhat unusual as it does not link with anything in the movie.• However the fact that its so uncommon for a Horror/Thriller, makes it unique and unpredictable. • Baby pink colour, however symbolises the innocence of Rosemary’s character. •Similarly, our main character also possesses a sense of innocence.• This has inspired us to use a font not normally associated with Thrillers to make it as unpredictable as possible.
STitles And Credits of Stephen King’s ‘IT’The title of the film is the The bright red symbolisesonly text in this colour blood and gore therefore(bright red) and font style. attracting the target audience as it is common in Horror/Thrillers.This makes the title stand The small cuts and slits withinout from the rest of the text the letters emphasis thehighlighting the significance violence in the movie as theyof the ‘IT’ character to represent stabs and scratches.intrigue the audience.
Titles And Credits of ‘Frankenstein’ S (1931) • The inconsistency of the text style could be used to disorientate the audience and perhaps panic them and keep them on the edge of their seat. •Also used for once sentence. •Each word is a different font. • The different fonts represent the •Each piece of text is written way that ‘Frankenstein’ was made in a different font, confusing up of different parts just like thethe audience yet still intriguing text. them.
S The colour of Our Text• At fist we considered using a deep red font colour as it is usually associated with Horrors/Thrillers. ‘What Lies Within’• However once we changed our opening sequence from a Horror to a Thriller we decided that a colour associated with blood and gore would not be appropriate plus too common and predictable.• We then took inspiration from ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ which uses a baby pink to signify her characters innocence. • In a similar way we decided that white would be the best option for us as it resembles something pure. ‘What Lies
S The Font of Our Text• After exploring different fonts from real films and opening credits we narrowed our favourites down to:• Block Capitals e.g. ARIAL BLACKThis could represent a sense of seriousness about the film. The houses being built where a Mental Institution once was. The fire that was used to cover a murder.• Handwritten style Font e.g. Bradley Hand ITCWe would use this to resemble the mental state of the characters by making the writing as unstructured and disorientated as possible.• Old Fashioned Font e.g. Brush Script MTThis could emphasises the time period of when the Mental Hospital was running. It gives the audience an insight to the film.
S Our final Font style and colour• We finally narrowed it down to the font we felt was most appropriate for our opening sequence and genre.• We wanted to chose something that gave little clues about the film but not too much and wasn’t too predictable.• We decided to go with a handwritten style font as we hoped this would emphasise the ‘Mental illness’ aspect of our film as the text would appear messy and scattered, as if written by someone in panic or distress, (mentally unstable).• Inspired by ‘The Ring’ and ‘Se7en’• We were also inspired by ‘Se7en’ to make the text flash onto the screen and fade away.
T Copyright Free Music SitesWe had to look at copyright free sites for music and• http://freeplaymusic.com/• http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/• http://www.royaltyfreemusic.co.uk/
T Music That Inspires Us• We like distinctive sounds like the sound of typing, creaking and eerie diegetic sounds in films. Also, slow footsteps with emphasis on each step as this also builds the tension.• This makes it more realistic as it scares people more and they can relate to it.
How We Used This Music.• We took distinctive sounds, like typing to keep the pace quite slow.• Coupled with our diegetic sounds, this made our opening sequence quite eerie. We also used them to build excitement and tension as our character tries to exit her room.
U BBFC and Rating• There are 6 different BBFC ratings.Uc gives guidelines for a child being able to watch afilm by themselves (from the age of 4)U stands for universal, enabling everyone to watchthe film.PG stands for Parental Guidance. So the film issuitable for children as long as their parents arewatching with them.12A requires the viewers to be aged 12 but haveadult supervision whilst watching the film.12 requires the viewer to be aged 12 and over.15 requires the viewer to be aged 15 and over.18 requires the viewer to be aged 18 and over.R18 is a legally restricted classification for explicitworks of consenting sex or fetish material.
U BBFC and RatingOur film fits into the 15 classification.This is because there is a strong threat in ourfilm and sadistic behaviour is shown when theghost harms the character in her sleep just toconvey her message.