1: How does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
1: How does your media productuse, develop or challenge forms andconventions of real media products?
How the opening sets up the thrillerI got the idea for my opening from the film ‘TheThird Man’ this was made in 1949. The openingcontains stills to create an enigmatic atmosphereso I thought it would be a good idea to use inmine.I got the idea of the narrative-building andenigmatic look of clothes and clutter chucked onthe floor with a sense of abandonment from thefilm ‘Taken’.I also got the idea of narration off thefilm “The Watchmen” because it uses narration inits opening sequence and I thought it created areally nice effect as well as setting the scene well.
Genre and how the opening suggests itWe started the opening with stills of a trashed house with the television blaring showing that there wassomeone previously there. This creates the first enigma much like the film ‘The Third Man’ as I havementioned. Other thrillers use narration as a means of moving the story on considerably without the audiencehaving to see anything of importance. This is used in films such as; ‘The Watchmen’ and ‘Kill Bill’. I used this inmy opening because I thought it went well with the theme of a mans child and wife being abducted. It is himexplaining his situation and it also creates enigma: where is he saying this from?, has he been arrested andquestioned?, is this just a journal entry like in ‘The Watchmen’?
The first shot we see of a person suggests they are the main character in most thrillers and this is true here. Aswe see the man walk in it immediately creates enigma, something which is profound in the thriller genre. Weask ourselves; who is this man? Why is he here? Where has he come from?
Continuity Editing – WatchmenIn continuity editing everything is filmed so the viewer believes the are watching continuous action. The actorsappearance, lighting , colour correction and direction must stay consistent from shot to shot.Link to the actual clip
In my opening I have followed the rules of continuity editing like the 180 degree rule and the 30 degree rule. Ihave also kept consistent colour correction to add a dark feel to the opening and unsettle the audience.
Intercutting credits and actionsI got my idea of intercutting titles from a selection of thrillers such as ‘Syriana’.
Above you can see our intercutting credits, the titles also follow the conventions of modern thriller moviecredits. They are at the start like most thrillers and they have correct professional naming such as; Directedby, Producers etc.See the full credits
Title FontI used this font as a title font because I think it supports the thriller genre very well. I wanted a typewriter fontlike a ransom note which follows the narrative of the opening. It is also a distorted and heavy font which makesthe audience feel on edge like in the film ‘Se7en’. We made a black background appear when the titles comeup because we didn’t want to distract away from the main sequence at hand. It carries an impact but does notcompletely draw you away from the narrative and that was our desired effect from the start.
Production Company LogoNormal thriller films have a logo at the start to showcase the production company making the film and I didn’twant to differentiate from that convention. Here are some below.I decided upon the name ‘Hard Winter Studios’ for my production company. The logo is a de-leaved treesurrounding by snow. This adds to the thriller element of the opening by having a sharp name and horror-likeLogo. I decided to be co-producers with New Line Cinema. Co-production is needed to fund films and New Linealso act as distributors. New Line are also known well among the genre as they produce high quality thrillerFilms.
Thriller Films from novelsI decided my film should be based on a book mainly because it is a great way to get a quick audience. Peoplewho were already interested in the book have an immediate interest in the film and want to watch it. Alongwith the film going audience we would have most of the people who have read the book with it. This is alsoused heavily in the film industry and more often in the thriller genre. It also means a story is already pre-written and the film company just has to change it for film.