Our film conformed to the thriller genre through the use of tension within ourscenes. Suspense and tension was built through the editing and use of quick cutswhen the protagonist discovers the government secret. From when theprotagonist realizes he needs to test the theory a number of quick shots are usedup until he reaches the science laboratory; this shows his rush to getthere, leaving the audience wondering why he’s in such a hurry and also where heis going. The fast pace of each shot shows the protagonists anxiousness and rushof adrenaline as he runs to the lab, at the same time the audience feel thetension and suspense as they are eager to find out what the result of hisdiscovery will be.
One of our main thriller convention focuses was to create many enigmas withinour film. This was effectively done in most of the scenes: by the opening scene ofthe depressed and anxious protagonist, the audience immediately ask themselves‘who is this man?’ and ‘why is he in this state?’. As the story goes on to answertheir questions, more enigmas are presented; when the agent’s phone rings thereis a mystery of who the caller is, and also what he is saying to the agent. Thisenigma is reinforced by how the agent is not entirely revealed straight away – theaudience are only able to realise he is in fact an agent when the protagonistopens his ‘Top Secret’ email.
Another great convention used in our film was the concept of a flashback, thisworked extremely well and gives the audience a feel of two different situations intime, the past and present. Within the flashback scenes we included point-of-view shots which were used to enable the audience to understand and perceivewhat the protagonist was looking at, at that specific point in time. This puts theaudience in a first person view, making them feel involved while also allowingthem to absorb more understanding of the situation the character is in. A point ofview shot is used when the protagonist opens the agent’s email; from here theaudience feel as if they have also opened it, making them feel like they’re in theprotagonist’s shoes. The final shot consists of a tracking shot which then mergesinto a point-of-view shot, this was done to make the audience feel as if they arerunning with the character and looking up at the sky themselves; this makes themwonder how the protagonist is feeling after proving his theory.