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Media thriller

  1. 1. Thriller Media studies- Assessment 1 Owen Edobor
  2. 2. What is a thriller ? When we first think of the word Thriller we instantly think of a cinema movie and jumpy scenes. This is not 100% accurate but it has an element of truth. • A thriller is a novel, play, or movie with an exciting plot, typically involving crime or espionage. • It is often seen as a person, thing, or experience that creates a thrill or mystery to be solved. • Thrillers tend to be psychological, threatening, mysterious and at times involve larger-scale villainy such as espionage, terrorism and conspiracy.
  3. 3. Different Types of Thrillers Thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television programming that uses suspense, tension and excitement as its main elements. Thrillers heavily stimulate the viewer's moods, giving them a high level of anticipation, ultra-heightened expectation, uncertainty, surprise, anxiety and/or terror. Films of this genre tend to be adrenaline-rushing, gritty, rousing and fast-paced • Common subgenres are psychological thrillers, crime thrillers, erotic thrillers and mystery thrillers. Another common subgenre of thriller is the spy genre which deals with fictional espionage. • The horror and action genres often overlap with the thriller genre.
  4. 4. T he Key THEMES of a Thriller are categorised into five groups, these are: Crime, Mystery, Psychological, Spy and Paranoia. Kidnappings Captivities Revenge Suspense Hope Heists Investigations Ransoms Electronic Surveillance Assassins THEMES Who Done It Paranoia Mind Games Psychological False Accusations Death Scenarios Obsession Stalking
  5. 5. Main Characters • • • • • • • • • The protagonist(s) faces death, either his and/or her or somebody else's. The main storyline for the protagonist is either a quest or a character that cannot be put down. The film's narrative construction is dominated by the protagonist's point of view. The force(s) of the antagonist's must initially be cleverer and/or stronger than the protagonist's. The main plotline focuses on a mystery that must be solved. All action and characters must be credibly realistic or natural in their representation on screen. The two major themes that underpin the thriller genre are the desire for justice and the morality of individuals. One small, but significant, aspect of a thriller is the presence of innocence in what is seen as an essentially corrupt world. Either by accident or their own curiousness, each character is dragged into a dangerous conflict or situation that they are not prepared to resolve. Characters include criminals, stalkers, assassins, innocent victims (often on the run), menaced women, characters with deep dark pasts, psychotic individuals, spree killers, sociopaths, agents, terrorists, police officers and escaped cons, private eyes, people involved in twisted relationships, world-weary men and women, psycho-fiends, and more...
  6. 6. Codes & Conventions I n most thrillers the director wants to direct the audiences attention to what is being said, therefore there is no background music. However when there is music it is often in the background, soft and almost eerie. This builds suspense and makes the audience want to know what is going to happen next. Film Thriller: 1. Mind of The Audience 2. From for Emotion 3. Camera is Not a Camera 4. Dialogue Means Nothing 5. Point of View Editing 6. Montage Gives You Control 7. Keep the Story Simple! 8. Characters Must Break Cliché 9. Use Humour to Add Tension 10. Two Things Happening at Once 11. Suspense is Information 12. Surprise and Twist 13. Pivotal reason for the suspense to occur In order to gain a further understanding about how to create a thriller film click on the following link:
  7. 7. Christopher Nolan Facts: • Prestigious film director, film producer and screenwriter. • 30 July 1970 (age 43) London, England, UK • Studied English Literature at UCL • Married to Emma Thomas with 4 children • Has received 11 career awards since 1998 Nolan’s years of education were very eventful and productive but once leaving UCL Nolan directed corporate videos and industrial films. He began work on his third short, Doodlebug (1997), about a man chasing an insect around a flat with a shoe only to discover when killing it that it is a miniature of himself. This short introduced ideas which Nolan would later incorporate into his feature films. Nolan believes whether a small budget or a large budget the way he approaches every movie is the same. He said “the only sincerity in film making is to make a film that you would go see yourself”. “The way in which your mind has to be active putting together shots of the sequence portrays that there is a very strong relationship between memory and film”, An example of this is the film ‘Momentum’. This quote was said by Nolan as a response to the statement made that he is very fond of psychological thrillers.
  8. 8. The Success Of ‘The Dark Night Rises’ THE SECOND BEST THRILLER MOVIE OF ALL TIME. • Despite early concerns that it was “underperforming” after an opening weekend that didn’t meet unrealistic expectations, Christopher Nolan’s trilogy-ending Batman epic The Dark Knight Rises rose above those early doubts and has now entered the elite club of films with more than $1 billion in worldwide box office to their name. In addition, the latest Batman movie also passed the box office tally of its predecessor, The Dark Knight, in both foreign box office and worldwide receipts. • Current sitting at more than $1,011,011,000 in total global box office returns, The Dark Knight Rises is a little more than $8 million ahead of The Dark Knight‘s total gross. Helping the new film achieve that success is a whopping $577.7 million in overseas receipts so far, easily topping the previous movie’s $469.7 million foreign box office. Keep in mind that The Dark Knight Rises just opened in China last weekend, so those coffers are going to keep swelling for several more weeks. • The film was a mix between an action and crime thriller.
  9. 9. Extra Information Things people may want to know: Top 5 thriller movies 1. The Sixth Sense 2. The Dark Night Rises 3. Inception 4. Psycho 5. The Departed • The differences in filming when it comes to Horror and Thriller movies. This short clip explains and shows us them...