180 Degree RuleIn this 180 degree rule sequence that we incorporated into our preliminary here the maincharacter is shown to be having a conversation with his doppelganger. To apply another typeof shot would only confuse the viewer, as the camera only stays on one side to provide theexpected position of shots to the audience. This allows for a simple but effective portrayal ofdialogue and interaction between the two characters. In all thrillers this type of shot iscommon.
Match on actionHere we used match-on-action to portray the release of the papers and the resultingcollision of them with the floor. As shown the papers are shown in one shot to besuspended in the doppelganger’s hand, and then the next is them landing on the floor.We used this shot to build suspense before the doppelganger’s identity is revealed; thepapers are seen as a motive to the doppelgangers, the emphasis upon their placementbuilds importance upon them, suggesting that they are meaningful. This creates a senseof mystery in this scene, and that is exactly the right atmosphere that we want for thismoment of vital revelation of the plot. In thrillers this usually builds up suspense toanother shot as the camera focuses on an object and in many cases the audience do notknow what the next shot will reveal, such as in this one.
Shot/Reverse/ShotHere a shot looking up to my figure is shown, whilst following after is another behind merevealing my action. This shot was put in to allow the audience to understand the situation;my intention is to take the broom to clean with it. Consequently the following shots arenaturally understood by the audience and this technique purely just secures this. Genericallythrillers tend to incorporate this shot for the same intention to clarify and to create a sense ofcontinuity that makes the film run more realistically.
Other Key Shots• The following slides are shots from my preliminary that are not included in the 9 shot.
Cross-cuttingIn our film we used cross-cutting to create a sense of continuity; theprotagonist is moving closer to the doppelganger. The flicking papersshows that there is some sort of disturbance in the building, and theshot sequence emphasises the obliviousness of the janitor whichthen creates an effective build up throughout the rest of the filmfollowing this. In thrillers these shots are generally used to uphold anotion of continuity when two characters are gradually comingcloser until they clash.
Over-shoulder shotHere is a very long over-shoulder shot that we filmed. This was done to makethe viewer feel that they are exploring and experiencing the dissension intothe basement; it creates a large sense of mystery and suspense. The longlength of the shot makes the plot seem more real and more convincing, asthe lack of editing at this part reflects the wariness and caution that thecharacter portrays.