Using visual examples of where your coursework does
Using visual examples of whereyour coursework does or doesn’tfit into the theories within genres.
Daniel Chandler• In regards to his theory, I feel that I have stuck to mostsettings and themes within my genre. Most like manythrillers, there are conventional ideas that seem to bemost popular, such as in my short film I have basedmy setting on a school, graveyard and a dark room. Inmost thrillers, you will find that they stick to usingvulnerable settings. On top of this, most films also usea dark disserted room to connote that the victim is in adark and dangerous place; this is way I wanted tostick to this conventions. And finally I think usinggraveyard conveys the idea that the victim is closer todeath then they may think themselves, so this wasvery useful to portray in my short film.• I think sticking with the idea that the killer stalks andmurders a young, naïve school girl, builds on theemotions the audience may have, so I think this was avery conventional theme to use. Also, if we were touse an older women it wouldn’t achieve the sameeffect, mostly because the older women has a greaterchance to defend herself then a school girl that hasjust lost her father.
Deborah Knight• I agree with Knights theory, as sheconveyed the idea that certain feelingsare suggested by different conventionsor actions. As I built on anticipationusing conventional events and ideas tosuggest that the killer is getting closerand closer to capturing the young girland showing him walking closer to her;this allowed me to gain fear andsympathy. I agree with this theorymostly because the people watchingmy film would like watching thrillers orhorror films, meaning that they areknown to the events and frighteningscenes they may contain. As a whole, Ithink this type of audience like the fearand being able to scar themselves, togain satisfaction and an adrenalinerush.
David Buckingham• I think my film sticks to conventions, as iam giving the audience the chance to gainfeelings and emotions such as fear andanticipation through the events I portray.However, I also think my film disagreeswith this theory mostly becauseconventions in my film haven’t changesthrough periods of time.
Steve Neale• I think my film agrees and supports this theory,as I have stuck to conventions and repeatedsome ideas from existing films, for example akiller stalking a young naïve school girl,following her every where about and knowingexactly where she is at certain times.Supporting this I also conveyed theseconventions by using locations and settingsthat would be increasingly vulnerable. I alsostuck to using a young female, that may nothave as much dominant control over an oldstrong man, by doing this, it allowed my victimto look weaker and more at risk. However, inthe majority of films I have watched, I’venoticed that there is certain endings thatwithout doubt conclude the film; this is eitherthat the victim escapes and the killer is found,or the victim is saved and the killer is exposedor that the young girl dies but the killer is killedor dies through some cause, which allows thevictim to get her revenge and it ends on ahappy ending. However, in my film none ofthem endings match mine, and this is mostlybecause we ran out of time and had to stick toa 5 minute time restrictions so in this way myfilm doesn’t link to conventions.
Tom Ryan• I agree with Ryan’s theory, as Icertainly think that genres providea guideline and framework. I thinkthis mostly because I directed athriller movie and knew straightaway, after choosing my genre,that I was going to base my storyboard around a stalker/rapist,murdering a young female victim.However, this only linked to myfilm, I think in most cases thiscould be disagreed with as somefilm directors can link genrestogether; this as a whole playsaround with the events that willhappen in the film.